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)

  • Original licensure verification. If your state participates in Nursys, you may obtain verification at

Renewal takes place every two years and costs $65. You may renew online or using the paper application.

Continuing Competency

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.

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing web address

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.

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Click here for endorsement FAQs.

Click here for continuing education FAQs.

Click here for general FAQs.

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