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49 Pa. Code § 21.151. Application for examination.

§ 21.151. Application for examination.

 (a)  A candidate for the licensing examination may submit an application together with the required fee no sooner than 90 days prior to completing a practical nursing education program.

 (b)  A candidate will not be authorized to take the examination unless the candidate has satisfied the requirements of the act necessary for eligibility, including confirmation of completion of an approved practical nursing educational program.

 (c)  Graduates of practical nursing education programs outside of this Commonwealth shall file an official transcript validating program completion with the application.

 (d)  An applicant shall demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting proof that the applicant’s nursing education program was conducted in English or that the applicant has, prior to being approved to take the licensure examination, received a passing score on a Board-approved English proficiency examination unless the applicant has already met this requirement in satisfaction of §  21.149(b)(2) (relating to temporary practice permits). The Board will make available a list of Board-approved English proficiency examinations on its web site.

 (e)  An applicant who graduated from a practical nursing education program outside of the United States or Canada shall have the applicant’s education evaluated by a Board-approved foreign credentials evaluator to determine whether the education obtained is equivalent to the program of study required in this Commonwealth at the time the program was completed.

 (f)  A candidate shall take the examination for the first time within 1 year of completing the practical nursing education program unless prevented by emergency, illness, military service or other good cause shown, or the candidate holds a license to practice nursing in another state or country.


   The provisions of this §  21.151 amended under sections 506 and 812.1 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. § §  186 and 279.3a); and sections 8 and 17.6 of the Practical Nurse Law (63 P.S. § §  658 and 667.6).


   The provisions of this §  21.151 amended July 1, 1983, effective July 2, 1983, 13 Pa.B. 2061; amended June 8, 1990, effective June 9, 1990, 20 Pa.B. 3078; amended December 16, 2016, effective December 17, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 7822. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (363484) to (363485).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  21.150 (relating to licensure by examination).

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