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: February 1, 2016
Apply online here.
Information you will need when applying:
- ACC's School Code: US27403200
- Anticipated Graduation Date: May 10, 2016
Deadline: February 1, 2016 (Postmark Date)
Students who cannot apply online due to eligibility issues will need to download the paper application here.
Mail the completed application + $100.00 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: Apply For ACC Graduation
Deadline: March 10, 2016
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 3: 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 4: NCLEX Registration
Deadline: April 1, 2016
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