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North Dakota Board of Nursing Facts


  • Licenses 13,416 RNs and 3622 LPNs; registered 724 Unlicensed Assistive Persons.
  • Licensure applicant’s competence assessed through required 400 hours of practice and 12 contact hours of continuing education.
  • Licenses 1,217 APRNs; 714 have prescriptive authority.
  • Approves 10 RN, 6 PN and 3 graduate nursing programs with an enrollment of 2040.
  • Average pass rate RN programs is 88%; LPN programs is 95%.
  • Nursing education loan program dispersed $100,190.
  • Member nurse licensure compact along with 24 other states.
  • Online examination, endorsement, renewal for RNs, LPNs, UAP, MA and APRNs.
  • Online verification of licensure/registration of all nurses and unlicensed assistive persons.
  • Submits all licensure and disciplinary data to nursys. All board orders for disciplinary action are attached in nursys and board website.
  • Turn-around time for licensure applications is rapid, less than 2 days.
  • Investigations completed in an average of 49 days for RN & LPNs and 39 days for UAPs.
  • 100% compliance reporting to HIPDB/NPDB & office of inspector general (OIG)
  • Manages criminal history record checks for initial & reactivation of licensure & registration.
  • Responds to questions on practice, discipline, licensure and education.
  • Provides annual report to the governor and available on website.
  • Approved 103 continuing education conferences.

 The mission of the North Dakota Board of Nursing is to assure North Dakota citizens quality nursing care through the regulation of standards for nursing education, licensure and practice.