Professional Nurse Industry Information

Industry Licensure

Registered Nurse License Requirements in New Jersey

There are three elements that are required for licensure as a Professional Registered Nurse in the State of New Jersey: 

  • Graduation from an approved school for professional nursing;
  • Criminal history background check clearance; and
  • Passing the Professional Registered Nurse NCLEX licensure examination.

Additional Information

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) makes the following information available through its website, and states that “Completing an approved nursing program and passing the NCLEX are the first steps to beginning a successful nursing career. It is important that nurses understand how their profession is regulated and are aware of issues relating to professional responsibility, including knowing what constitutes a violation of the nurse practice act.”

NCSBN also makes the following video, “New Nurse: A License to Practice,” available on its website A helpful brochure titled, “What You Need to Know About Nursing Licensure and Boards of Nursing,” can be found at

Students enrolled in the LPN to BSN program are encouraged to visit the NCSBN website and peruse the many resources that are available.