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PDFWAC 246-840-025

Initial licensure for registered nurses and practical nurses—Commission approved Washington state nursing education program.

Registered nursing and practical nursing applicants' educated in a commission approved Washington state nursing education program and applying for initial licensure must:
(1) Successfully complete a commission approved nursing education program. For applicants from a commission approved registered nurse program who are applying for a practical nurse license:
(a) Complete all course work required of commission approved practical nurse programs as listed in WAC 246-840-575(2). Required courses not included in the registered nurse program may be accepted if the courses were obtained through a commission approved program.
(b) Be deemed as capable to safely practice within the scope of practice of a practical nurse by the nurse administrator of the candidate's program.
(2) Complete seven clock hours of AIDS education as required in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 8.
(3) Successfully pass the commission approved licensure examination as provided in WAC 246-840-050. Testing may be allowed upon receipt of a certificate of completion from the administrator of the nursing education program.
(4) Submit the following documents:
(a) A completed licensure application with the required fee as defined in WAC 246-840-990.
(b) An official transcript sent directly from the applicant's nursing education program to the commission. The transcript must include course names and credits accepted from other programs. Transcripts must be received within ninety days of the applicant's first taking of the examination. The transcript must show:
(i) The applicant has graduated from an approved nursing program or has successfully completed the prelicensure portion of an approved graduate-entry registered nursing program; or
(ii) That the applicant has completed all course work required in a commission approved practical nurse program as listed in WAC 246-840-575(2).
(c) Applicants from a commission approved registered nurse program who are applying for a practical nurse license must also submit an attestation sent from the nurse administrator of the candidate's nursing education program indicating that the applicant is capable to safely practice within the scope of practice of a practical nurse.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.79.110. WSR 08-11-019, § 246-840-025, filed 5/12/08, effective 6/12/08.]
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