Nevada LPN Programs
Steps to Become a Licensed Practical Nurse in Nevada
- Receive your high school diploma or GED.
- Graduate with a nursing certificate from an online or campus based Nevada LPN program approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing.
- Complete and submit an application form to become an LPN to the Nevada State Board of Nursing. The form can be found at www.nursingboard.state.nv.us. Do not send any documents to the Board of Nursing before you submit your application. The Board will not accept any required documents unless they are submitted with (or after) your application. A fee of $90 must also be paid to the Board of Nursing at time of application. Application and all documents must be forwarded to:
Nevada State Board of Nursing
5011 Meadowood Mall Way, Suite 300
Reno, NV 89502-6547
- Apply to take the NCLEX-PN, (the national certification tests for LPNs). The application is available online at www.pearsonvue.com/NCLEX. The testing fee is $200. Once you've submitted the application and fee, the Board will authorize you to test and you will receive notification from Pearson Vue. Once received, you must call Pearson Vue within 90 days to schedule your test. Test results should be received by mail three to four weeks after taking the test.
- Order an official transcript of your nursing education program sent to the Board directly from the school.
- Complete two fingerprint cards provided by the Nevada State Board of Nursing. If you fingerprint in Nevada, you may choose to have them submitted via electronic transmission. If you download an application from the Board’s website, fingerprint cards will be mailed to you upon receipt of your application in the Board office. If you request an application by mail, fingerprint cards will be included in that packet. Fingerprinting on these coded cards may be done by a law enforcement agency in any state or by a private fingerprinting service. A list of fingerprinting services in Nevada is at www.nursingboard.state.nv.us. It may take up to four months for the Board to receive official fingerprint results from the Department of Public Safety and FBI. A permanent license to practice as an LPN will not be issued prior to receipt of both fingerprint reports. Therefore, it is recommended that you fingerprint early in the application process.
- Your application for licensure is valid for one year from the date submitted to the Board (along with necessary documentation). You must follow up on its status. You can check the Board's website license/certificate verification area to check on its status as well. A license is usually generated within one week of the Board receiving all proper documents.