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49 Pa. Code § 21.23. Qualifications of applicant for examination.

§ 21.23. Qualifications of applicant for examination.

 (a)  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 §  21.7(b)(2) (relating to temporary practice permits). The Board will make available a list of Board-approved English proficiency examinations on its web site.

 (b)  An applicant who graduated from a professional nursing education program in a country or territory 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.

 (c)  A candidate for licensure shall take the examination for the first time within 1 year of completing the professional 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 §  21.23 issued under section 506 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. §  186); and section 1 of The Professional Nursing Law (63 P.S. §  212.1); amended under section 2.1(k) of The Professional Nursing Law (63 P.S. §  212.1(k)).


   The provisions of this §  21.23 amended October 22, 1976, effective October 23, 1976, 6 Pa.B. 2677; amended May 22, 1981, effective May 23, 1981, 11 Pa.B. 1802; amended April 29, 1983, effective April 30, 1983, 13 Pa.B. 1439; amended December 16, 2016, effective December 17, 2016, 46 Pa.B. 7822. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (351271) to (351272).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  21.7 (relating to temporary practice permits); 49 Pa. Code §  21.20 (relating to licensure by examination); and 49 Pa. Code §  21.21 (relating to application for examination).

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