Practical Nurse Industry Information

Industry Licensure

New Jersey Board of Nursing Licensure Requirements

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

  1. Graduation from an approved school for professional nursing or practical nursing;
  2. Criminal history background check clearance; and
  3. Passing the appropriate National Council Licensure Examination.

Additional Information

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) makes the following information available through their 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 their 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 Practical Nurse program are encouraged to visit the NCSBN website and to peruse the many resources that are available.