Pennsylvania Board of Nursing

The Board is created with a Mission to establish and enforce rules and regulations relating to the professional nurses and practical nursing licensure and practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Board is also entrusted with the authority to administer examination to all applicants and, the passing of the exam and meeting Board’s requirements make an applicant eligible for the issue of Licensure.

The Board also has the responsibility to approve or deny and operation of nursing education programs for RNs and LPNs and prepares a list of the Board approved programs. In addition, the Board also prepares a list of schools and institutions approved by the Board for LPNs education. Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs) are also regulated by the Board and approval is offered to programs for CRNPs education. Licensing of dietitian-nutritionists is also included by the Professional Nursing Law amendment effective 29/09/2002.

Composition of the Board

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Board of Nursing is composed of 13 Board members, who represent professional nursing, department and public. Out of 13 members, one represent Commissioner of Professional and Occupational Affairs, three represent public, six registered nurses, two licensed practical nurses and one licensed dietitian-nutritionist. Six registered nurses must include 3 nurses possessing Masters’ degrees in nursing.

The appointed Nurse Board members must be consequently for the five-years immediately before the appointment with PA Commonwealth Nursing Board.

The Board members are appointed by the Governor with the consent of the senate and special emphasis is put on the appointment of members from nursing professional as well as from diversified fields.

Responsibilities of the Board

The Board has been authorized to establish rules and regulations for the nursing licensure, administering of licensing examination and practice of professional and practical nursing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The board also has the responsibility to examines licensure of all applicants to see that all the requirements for licensing have been met and that also includes passing of Licensing examination by the professional nursing and practical nursing  before issue of  the licenses to these nursing professionals.
Professional Nursing Law defines the scope of the PA Board of Nursing as:

The Board rules and regulations of the act by implementing and administering provisions and standards for nursing schools and the conduct of the programs.
Licensure of graduate through approved schools and institution is provided by the Board by examination, by endorsement and by renewal of licenses.
The Board has been authorized to establish rules and regulations for the nursing practice.
The Board can suspend, deny, or revoke licenses for cause.
The Board promulgates a list of approved programs, approve basic nursing programs administered in hospitals, schools and institutions and approve foreign exchange visitor programs.
The Board receives and approves inactive status license applications.
The practice of nursing is regulated by the Board.

Further, the Board also prepares a list of schools and institutions that are approved by the board for the education of practical nurses (LPNs).  It is also the responsibility of the Board of Nursing Pennsylvania to regulate (CRNPs) and approves their education programs. The amended Professional Nursing Law, Act 99 of 2002, which became effective on 9/29/02, includes the licensing of dietitian-nutritionists.

Contact information of Board of Nursing Pennsylvania:

State Board of Nursing ?P.O. Box 2649,
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649 ?Phone – (717) 783-7142?Fax – (717) 783-0822 ?E-mail: