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 Iowa Workforce Information NetworkOctober 1, 2014
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License Title: Registered Nurse (Rn) (See Also Arnp)

License Description: Registered nurses practice nursing skills in hospitals and clinics, schools, clients' homes, workplaces, long-term care facilities, and many non-traditional settings. They practice independently, in conjunction with other nurses, with physicians, and as health team members. Nursing care is provided to acutely and chronically ill patients and their families, and involves health education and health promotion for clients of all ages. Registered nurses may supervise other personnel including licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants.

Authorizing Statute: Code of Iowa, Chapters 17A, 147, 152, and 272C

Requirements for License:An applicant must graduate from an approved school of nursing at the RN-level and pass a national examination. Nursing education programs in Iowa vary in length from two to four years after graduation/equivalency from high school. Programs offered by community colleges require two years and lead to an associate degree; college and university programs require four years and lead to a baccalaureate degree.

The Iowa Board of Nursing must approve those applicants with a past felony record. Foreign applicants seeking initial licensure in Iowa must be certified by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) prior to taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam and earn a Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) score of 540. CGFNS provides primary source verification of education, licensure in the native country and a qualifying examination.

Twenty-four contact hours or 2.4 continuing education units are required for renewal of a license issued for less than three years.

Thirty-six contact hours or 3.6 continuing education units are required for renewal of a license issued for three years.

Fees:
Endorsement: $119
Duration: Two-three years - 1st license; Three years - after 1st license
Renewal: $99
Examination: $93 - Application for Iowa licensure
$200 - NCLEX-RN registration



Examination:
When:The national computerized examination (NCLEX-RN) is given year round at approved Pearson Professional Centers in Coralville, Davenport, Sioux City, and West Des Moines, Iowa.
Where:The national computerized examination (NCLEX-RN) is given year round at approved Pearson Professional Centers in Coralville, Davenport, Sioux City, and West Des Moines, Iowa.

License Authority:
Iowa Board of Nursing

400 SW 8th St Ste B
Des Moines IA 50309
Phone: 5152816488


 
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