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The state of Arizona, like all other states, has some of their own unique guidelines and mandates for nurses to take the NCLEX exam. If you need information on taking the Arizona NCLEX, you may reach the Arizona Board of Nursing at:
Arizona Board of Nursing
4747 North 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Phone: 602-771-7800 – Fax: 602-771-7888
In order to remain licensed in Arizona, a nurse is required to practice their profession in some manner either as an employee or volunteer for at least 960 hours every 5 years in. For nurses that do not meet the above requirements they are required to take a refresher course.
Certified Nurses Assistants (CNAs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) all must apply and certify for a state with the Arizona Board of Nursing (ABN) before they will be allowed to legally work in their job capacity regardless if they have other certifications or diplomas. Arizona, like every other state also has certain dates to take the required certification exams as well as state license renewal exams.
Some of the requirements needed to take the AZ state licensing exam are similar to many other states in that they require you to have your High School Diploma, an Associates Degree or Bachelors Degree in Nursing from an approved and accredited school. You must have a passing score on the NCLEX exam, official school transcripts which should include your graduation date and types of degree earned must all be sent by certified mail to the ABN.
Completed application and all applicable fees must be mailed to the ABN. They will not accept facsimiles.
In addition, all state license applicants must submit a completed fingerprint card for state and federal criminal record checks with your application.
Arizona is also one of 24 “Compact States”. If you are a primary resident in a compact state other than Arizona, you should not apply for an Arizona state license unless you are moving to and or are declaring Arizona as your primary State of residency.
Like many other states, Arizona also requires continuing education (CE) in order to remain state certified.
For more information you may write or call the AzBN at the address and phone number listed above.
If you have any questions about taking the NCLEX in AZ, feel free to leave a comment below.