Congratulations on being successful with your nursing school journey! At last, the final course exam has been taken, and it is finally time to begin the process of submitting your application to take the NCLEX -RN and receive licensure!

To make this process as smooth as possible, it is very important that you remember a few key pieces of information:

  1. Follow all of the directions on this site, just as they are written. No information will be accepted in the school of nursing office until all applicable information has been gathered. Any photocopies should be done prior to coming to the school of nursing office. No copies will be made there.
  2. Much of this site refers to the process for becoming licensed in Alabama only, so keep in mind that if you are applying for licensure in a state other than Alabama, you are responsible for acquiring that application and any other information that you may need for licensure in that state. Once you have everything that you need (including an appropriate mailing address for that state board of nursing) you can turn it in to the administrative assistant, and they will take care of mailing it off.
  3. If the state that you are applying to requires your application to be notarized, you will be responsible for taking care of that prior to turning it in to the administrative assistant. Please remember that when a paper requires notarization, it MUST be signed in front of the notary. DO NOT sign it beforehand.
  4. If you are applying to another state and do not know their number, try going to
  5. Make sure to turn your transcript request (Step 1) in to the administrative assistant. DO NOT turn it in to the records office (they will charge you for your request).
  6. The school of nursing pays for the first official copy of your transcript as well as the cost of mailing off all of your paperwork. If there is a problem with the paperwork getting there or with the transcript being incorrect (i.e., name not properly being changed after marriage), all additional costs will be charged to the student.

There is a lot of other good information on this site that will assist you with this process, so be sure to read through everything fully and make sure that you understand what it is that you are responsible for doing. The faculty is happy to help you in any way that we can; however, the primary responsibility for getting this done is on you, the soon to be registered nurse!

Again, congratulations on your accomplishments to this point and on all of your future successes!

The School of Nursing Faculty