The instructions and application for initial licensure are linked here 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).
STEP 1: Application for Licensure
Students may apply online or by mail.
Deadline: September 7, 2015
Apply online here.
Information you will need when applying:
- ACC's School Code: US27403200
- Anticipated Graduation Date: December 10, 2015
Deadline: September 7, 2015 (Postmark Date)
Students who cannot apply online due to eligibility issues will need to download the paper application here.
Mail the completed application + $125.00 fee (Check or Money Order) to:
Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe, Ste 3-460
Austin, TX 78701-3944
If you answer "YES" to any questions in Section D, you must 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 court 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 $150.00 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-RN or issue an online GN Permit until a decision has been rendered by our Enforcement Department.
STEP 2: FBI Finger Print Cards
Deadline: Already completed when you received your "Blue Card" or "Clearance Ticket"
Criminal background checks are performed on all applicants for Licensure in Texas. A criminal background check must be completed through the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) based on the set of fingerprints you provide to MorphoTrust. The BON cannot accept fingerprint cards or criminal background check results mailed by the applicant, or results that were completed for another facility, even if the previous check was completed through the DPS and the FBI. The following information will assist you in submitting the required fingerprints to the Board of Nursing
For Applicants Residing in Texas:
You will need to schedule an appointment by logging on to the ldentoGO website, http://www.identogo.com or by calling 1.888.467.2080. If you are scheduling by phone, you will need to request an "Electronic Fingerprint Submission" appointment. You will be prompted by ldentoGO for the following additional personal data: Date of Birth, Sex, Race, Ethnicity, Skin Tone, Height, Weight, Eye Color, Hair Color, Place of Birth and Home Address. Requested data is required by the TXDPS and the FBI to process the background check.
All necessary fields on the attached FAST Pass must be completed and taken to your appointment along with a valid state issued identification. During the fingerprint appointment you will be prompted for Social Security Number and Driver License Number, you will also be required to have your photograph taken at the time of the appointment. Once the appointment is completed you will be provided with a signed receipt which includes the Tracking Control Number (TCN); please retain this receipt for your records. The fingerprints, demographic information, and photograph will be sent to TXDPS for processing. Once the background check is completed the Criminal History Record Information, based upon the fingerprint submission, will be provided electronically to the BON via a Secure Website account.
For Applicants Residing Outside Texas:
You will need to obtain a FAST Pass and standard FBI fingerprint card from the BON to register your ink card submission by logging on to the IdentoGO website, http://www.identogo.com or by calling 1.888.467.2080. If you are scheduling by phone, please request an "Electronic Fingerprint Submission". You will not schedule a fingerprint appointment; you are only registering your ink card submission. When registering your submission you will be prompted by for the following additional personal data: Date of Birth, Sex, Race, Ethnicity, Skin Tone, Height, Weight, Eye Color, Hair Color, Place of Birth and Home Address. Individual's signature and registration identification number (RegID) must be on the FAST Pass form. Please print legibly. Requested data is required by the Texas Department of Public Safety to process your background check. All the information requested on the form is required.You will need to obtain a complete, legible set of fingerprints on the approved fingerprint card which may be obtained either from the BON or a law enforcement agency, embassy or IdentoGo Service Center near you. You can visit http://www.identogo.com or call 1.888.467.2080 to locate an IdentoGo Service Center in your area to obtain an ink card for submission. The cost for obtaining an ink card may vary and is not included in the Texas Background check fee. Cards must be mailed to the vendor. The following information regarding person whose record is to be searched, must be completed on the fingerprint card. Please print legibly: Printed last name, first name, middle name of individual, including all alias names. Sex, race, date of birth, Social Security Number and the individual's signature must be on the fingerprint card. Please note that IdentoGo Service Centers outside the State of Texas cannot submit fingerprints electronically for a Texas background process.
Mail Fingerprint Card and FAST Pass to:
Texas Cardscan Processing
1650 Wabash Avenue, Suite D
Springfield, IL 62704
The Texas Board of Nursing does not make judgments regarding the fingerprints that are submitted. Occasionally the DPS and/or the FBI will notify the BON that the fingerprints submitted were not usable and/or readable and therefore have been rejected. The BON will notify the applicant that a rejection has been received and another set of fingerprints is required. The BON can only submit a request to initiate a name search on your behalf if our office has received two (2) quality rejections from the FBI. A rejection for any other reason (i.e. smudging, impressions too light etc.) would not count towards this requirement.
NOTE: If you have any questions regarding the F.A.S.T. process, please feel free to contact the Fingerprint Services Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512.424.2365, option 6.Applicants will not be approved to take the NCLEX-RN examination or be issued a GN authorization (if eligible) without a valid criminal history report.
STEP 3: Apply For ACC Graduation
Deadline: October 1, 2015
Apply for ACC Graduation Online. Applying for ACC graduation is the sole responsibility of the students, and you will NOT be considered a graduate of ACC if you miss the deadline.
All students must apply for ACC Graduation regardless if 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.
No extensions will be given.
STEP 4: Nursing Jurisprudence Examination
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.
Instructions on taking the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination: 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 Board 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 the examination is included in your $125 examination fee. Again, you must pass this examination before the Texas Board of Nursing will issue the permanent license.
Step 5: NCLEX Registration
Deadline: November 1, 2015
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 by visiting www.vue.com/nclex
- Register over the telephone by calling 1.866.496.2539, Monday - Friday, 7 am - 7 pm, U.S. Central Standard Time.
- Register by mail with a certified check, cashier's check, or money order with the Pearson Vue Examination Registration Form (bubble sheet). Copies of the form are available in the Nursing Office EVC 8227.
Information you will need when applying:
- School Code: US27403200
- NCLEX-RN registration fee = $200.00