Please note the following licensure by exam rule, pursuant to Louisiana Administrative Code and Louisiana Revised Statutes:
An applicant may be permitted to take the NCLEX-PN for initial licensure up to four times within a period of two years from the date of being made eligible, but no later than three years from the completion of the practical nursing program. If the applicant fails to pass the exam within the allotted number of attempts or by the eligibility expiration date, the applicant for licensure by exam must re-enter and successfully complete the entire practical nursing program without advance credits before being allowed to take the practical nursing examination again.
An applicant for licensure by examination:
Reference for law: Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, Title 37, Chapter 11. Nurses, Part II. Practical Nurses, §970.
Reference for Administrative Code: Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 46, Professional and Occupational Standards, Part XLVII. Nurses, Subpart 1. Practical Nurses. Chapter 17. §1703.
The Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE) now provides a secure nurse portal to enable candidates for initial licensure to complete the following tasks:
TEMPORARY PERMITS ARE NOT ISSUED TO PN APPLICANTS FOR LICENSURE BY EXAM. IT IS UNLAWFUL TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF A PRACTICAL NURSE WITHOUT A VALID LICENSE.
All applicants for licensure by exam must create an account in the Nurse Portal. Paper applications for licensure by exam are no longer accepted. Please click here for Nurse Portal information and instructions.
A state and FBI criminal background check (CBC) is required for applicants for licensure in Louisiana (single or multi-state). CBC application instructions and forms can be accessed at https://www.lsbpne.com/forms/criminal-background-check/
Criminal background check results are valid for one year from date of being made eligible.
After an applicant is approved for licensure by exam, an eligibility timeframe is determined. An applicant must take and pass the NCLEX-PN prior to the eligibility expiration date without exceeding four attempts. Eligible applicants are notified of the eligibility expiration date via the Nurse Portal Message Center.