The instructions and application for initial licensure are linked below for your review. Please note that you must now submit the application 90 days prior to graduation (during the first few weeks of the final semester of the nursing program).
Apply online to the BON. (Select application for Graduates & NCLEX Examinations) You will need:
- ACC’s School Code: US27403200 (Be sure to select the Asso. Degree Nursing Program)
- Anticipated graduation date: May 10, 2021
- A $100 fee payable to the Texas Board of Nursing
Students who cannot apply online due to eligibility issues will need to download the paper application. Mail the completed application, fingerprint cards, and $100.00 fee (check or money order) to:
Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin, TX 78701-3944
Paper applications must be postmarked by January 29, 2021.
Licensure Eligibility Issues
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions on the Licensure Eligibility page, was this incident previously reported to the Board of Nursing (BON) prior to your admission to the program, and did you receive a clearance letter instead of a blue card from the BON? If so, you will simply apply to the BON via the paper application and attach a copy of the clearance letter that you have already received from the BON. If you need a copy of this letter, go to the Nursing Office at your assigned campus.
If, however, you have had a recent incident that has caused you to answer “yes” to any of the eligibility questions, you will need to attach a letter of explanation indicating the circumstance(s) you are reporting to the Texas Board of Nursing. The document must be signed and dated. You must also provide course documents that show the disposition of the incident(s) being reported. You must contact the court whereby the incident occurred to request a certified copy. If the record does not exist, you must obtain a statement from that court that the document has been destroyed or could not be located. If it is determined that the issue being reported to the BON meets the criteria for opening a case according to our current rules, you will be required to pay an additional $150 review fee.
Once we have a complete application, required documents, and the fee (if applicable), your file will be transferred to our Enforcement Department for review. This review may take a minimum of four months. The BON will not approve an applicant to take the NCLEX-PN or issue an online GN Permit until a decision has been rendered by our Enforcement Department.
Apply for ACC Graduation Online. Applying for graduation is the sole responsibility of the student, and you will not be considered a graduate of ACC if you miss the deadline. No extensions will be given.
All students must apply for ACC Graduation whether they plan to participate in the graduation ceremony or not. Your “Affidavit for Graduation” cannot be sent to the Board of Nursing unless you are an official ACC graduate.
All applicants by examination must pass the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination. You must pass this examination prior to being issued a permanent license. This has no bearing on your GN authorization.
Ten days after you file an examination application with the Texas Board of Nursing, the applicant will be eligible to take the online nursing jurisprudence exam here.
Follow the instructions to log on and complete the examination. The examination is based on the Texas Nursing Practice Act (NPA) and the Texas Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations. It is recommended that you download a copy of the NPA and the Rules and Regulations. you may also purchase a hard copy of the NPA and Rules and Regulations by contacting the Texas Board of Nursing. The nursing jurisprudence examination is a maximum of two hours in length. If you are not successful in passing the examination, you may take the examination again after seven working days has elapsed from the previous attempt. The cost of this examination is included with your BON application fee. Again, you must pass this examination before the Texas Board of Nursing will issue the permanent license.
The Board recommends that you register with NCS Pearson to take the NCLEX-RN one month prior to graduation.
You may register in one of the following ways:
- Register online for the NCLEX exam or
- Register over the telephone by calling (866) 496-2539, Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. CST or
- Register by mail with a certified check, cashier’s check or money order with the Pearson Vue Examination Registration Form. Copies of this form are available in the Nursing Office at EVC 8227.
When you apply, you will need $200 for the registration fee and ACC’s School Code: US27403200.
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