Welcome to the Keystone state!
Each state needs a competent medical workforce to meet the needs of it's citizens. However, the requirements for some health care professions are not the same in each state. That is why it is important to find out what is required of you as a future or current registered nurse before moving across state lines. Contact information is located at the bottom of this page.
Click here to view online endorsement application instructions. Fees must be paid with credit or debit cards. You may also click here to view the paper application and instructions. Foreign educated nurses may need to complete the Application for Licensure by Endorsement with Exam for Internationally Educated Practical Nurses. You may use this as a guide for the online application.
Below are some of the general requirements for endorsement. View the paper application or call the PA State Board for more details.
You will need to complete three hours of board approved education for child abuse.
$100 application fee ($135 + $35 if additionally applying for a temporary license.)
US Social Security number (or completed waiver form)
Official Transcripts (in English)
You will have to take 30 hours of continuing education for renewal. You will not have to submit your continuing education documentation unless you are selected for an audit. Keep your documentation for at least five years.
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Phone number: 717-783-7142
Fax number: 717-783-0822
From the main menu, press one first. Then you say nursing to reach the nursing board directory when prompted. Choose 1 for information regarding applying for a license. Then, choose option six. You may be placed on hold before speaking with an agent.