Find Your State Board of Nursing

Every state has a Board of Nursing, which regulates the practice of nursing in their individual state. Before you make the final decision on which nursing school to attend, you need to check with your state Board of Nursing to make sure that they are accredited. Most Board of Nursing websites have a list of currently accredited nursing schools in their state, which can usually be found under their “resources” or “education” sections. It’s also important to note that nursing schools can lose their accreditation so you want to double-check that they are currently accredited before making your final decision.

The role of the Board of Nursing is to ensure the health and safety of all those patients who are cared for by nurses in their state. The Board of Nursing does this by ensuring that nursing schools are properly preparing their students for a career in nursing, and by ensuring that nurses are competent and appropriately educated to provide skilled nursing care. If a complaint is made against a nurse or a nursing facility, the Board of Nursing will review that complaint to determine if there is any merit to it. The Board of Nursing can take actions ranging from a written reprimand to suspension or revocation of a nurse’s license.

If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, you need to check with the Board of Nursing to see if you are still eligible to become a nurse. This is decided on a case-by-case basis. Here is the contact information and website addresses for all States Board of Nursing:

Alabama Board of Nursing
770 Washington Avenue
RSA Plaza, Ste 250
Montgomery, AL 36104

Phone: 334.242.4060
Fax: 334.242.4360
Website: www.abn.alabama.gov


Alaska Board of Nursing
550 West Seventh Avenue Suite 1500
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3567

Phone: 907.269.8161
Fax: 907.269.8196
Website: www.dced.state.ak.us/occ/pnur.htm


Arizona State Board of Nursing
4747 North 7th Street, Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85014-3655

Phone: 602.771.7800
Fax: 602.771.7888
Website: www.azbn.gov


Arkansas State Board of Nursing
University Tower Building
1123 S. University, Suite 800
Little Rock, AR 72204-1619

Phone: 501.686.2700
Fax: 501.686.2714
Website: www.arsbn.org


California Board of Registered Nursing
1625 North Market Boulevard, Suite N-217
Sacramento, CA 95834-1924

Phone: 916.322.3350
Fax: 916.574.8637
Website: www.rn.ca.gov

California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205
Sacramento, CA 95833

Phone: 916.263.7800
Fax: 916.263.7859
Website: www.bvnpt.ca.gov


Colorado Board of Nursing
1560 Broadway, Suite 1370
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303.894.2430
Fax: 303.894.2430
Website: www.dora.state.co.us/nursing


Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing
Dept. of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue, MS# 13PHO
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0328

Phone: 860.509.7624 (860.509.7603 – for testing candidates only)
Fax: 860.509.7553
Website: www.state.ct.us/dph


Delaware Board of Nursing
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Cannon Building, Suite 203
Dover, DE 19904

Phone: 302.744.4500
Fax: 302.739.2711
Website: http://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/nursing


Florida Board of Nursing
Mailing Address:
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN C02
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252

Physical Address:
4042 Bald Cypress Way
Room 120
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone: 850.245.4125
Fax: 850.245.4172
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa


Georgia Board of Nursing
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858

Phone: 478.207.2440
Fax: 478.207.1354
Website: www.sos.state.ga.us/plb/rn

Georgia State Board of Licensed Practical Nurses
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858

Phone: 478.207.2440
Fax: 478.207.1354
Website: www.sos.state.ga.us/plb/lpn


Hawaii Board of Nursing
Mailing Address:
PVLD/DCCA
Attn: Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801

Physical Address:
King Kalakaua Building
335 Merchant Street, 3rd Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808.586.3000
Fax: 808.586.2689
Website: www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/pvl/boards/nursing


Idaho Board of Nursing
280 N. 8th Street, Suite 210
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720

Phone: 208.334.3110
Fax: 208.334.3262
Website: www2.state.id.us/ibn


Illinois Board of Nursing
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph Street
Suite 9-300
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312.814.2715
Fax: 312.814.3145
Website: www.idfpr.com/dpr/WHO/nurs.asp


Indiana State Board of Nursing Professional Licensing Agency
402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 317.234.2043
Fax: 317.233.4236
Website: www.in.gov/pla


Iowa Board of Nursing
RiverPoint Business Park
400 S.W. 8th Street
Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309-4685

Phone: 515.281.3255
Fax: 515.281.4825
Website: http://nursing.iowa.gov


Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 S.W. Jackson, Suite 1051
Topeka, KS 66612

Phone: 785.296.4929
Fax: 785.296.3929
Website: www.ksbn.org


Kentucky Board of Nursing
312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222

Phone: 502.429.3300
Fax: 502.429.3311
Website: www.kbn.ky.gov


Louisiana State Board of Nursing
17373 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810

Phone: 225.755.7500
Fax: 225.755.7585
Website: www.lsbn.state.la.us

Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners
3421 N. Causeway Boulevard, Suite 505
Metairie, LA 70002

Phone: 504.838.5791
Fax: 504.838.5279
Website: www.lsbpne.com


Maine State Board of Nursing
Regular mailing address:
158 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

Street address (for FedEx & UPS):
161 Capitol Street
Augusta, ME 04333

Phone: 207.287.1133
Fax: 207.287.1149
Website: www.maine.gov/boardofnursing


Maryland Board of Nursing
4140 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215

Phone: 410.585.1900
Fax: 410.358.3530
Website: www.mbon.org


Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
239 Causeway Street, Second Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617.973.0900 / 800.414.0168
Fax: 617.973.0984
Website: www.mass.gov/dpl/boards/rn


Michigan/DCH/Bureau of Health Professions
Ottawa Towers North
611 W. Ottawa, 1st Floor
Lansing, MI 48933

Phone: 517.335.0918
Fax: 517.373.2179
Website: www.michigan.gov/healthlicense


Minnesota Board of Nursing
2829 University Avenue SE
Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Phone: 612.617.2270
Fax: 612.617.2190
Website: www.nursingboard.state.mn.us


Mississippi Board of Nursing
1080 River Oaks Drive
Flowood, MS 39232

Phone: 601.664.9303
Fax: 601.664.9304
Website: http://www.msbn.state.ms.us/


Missouri State Board of Nursing
3605 Missouri Blvd.
P.O. Box 656
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656

Phone: 573.751.0681
Fax: 573.751.0075
Website: www.pr.mo.gov


Montana State Board of Nursing
301 South Park
Suite 401
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513

Phone: 406.841.2345
Fax: 406.841.2305
Website: www.nurse.mt.gov


Nebraska Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Board
301 Centennial Mall South P.O. BOX 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

Phone: 402.471.6443
Fax: 402.471.1066
Website: www.hhs.state.ne.us/crl/nursing/nursingindex.htm

Nebraska Board of Nursing
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

Phone: 402.471.4376
Fax: 402.471.1066
Website: www.hhs.state.ne.us/crl/nursing/nursingindex.htm


Nevada State Board of Nursing
5011 Meadowood Mall Way, Suite 300
Reno, NV 89502

Phone: 775.687.7700
Fax: 775.687.7707
Website: www.nursingboard.state.nv.us


New Hampshire Board of Nursing
21 South Fruit Street
Suite 16
Concord, NH 03301-2341

Phone: 603.271.2323
Fax: 603.271.6605
Website: www.state.nh.us/nursing


New Jersey Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 45010
124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor
Newark, NJ 07101

Phone: 973.504.6430
Fax: 973.648.3481
Website: www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/medical/nursing.htm


New Mexico Board of Nursing
6301 Indian School Road, NE
Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Phone: 505.841.8340
Fax: 505.841.8347
Website: www.bon.state.nm.us


New York State Board of Nursing
Education Bldg.
89 Washington Avenue
2nd Floor West Wing
Albany, NY 12234

Phone: 518.474.3817, Ext. 120
Fax: 518.474.3706
Website: www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse


North Carolina Board of Nursing
4516 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607

Phone: 919.782.3211
Fax: 919.781.9461
Website: www.ncbon.com


North Dakota Board of Nursing
919 South 7th Street, Suite 504
Bismarck, ND 58504

Phone: 701.328.9777
Fax: 701.328.9785
Website: www.ndbon.org


Ohio Board of Nursing
17 South High Street, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215-3413

Phone: 614.466.3947
Fax: 614.466.0388
Website: www.nursing.ohio.gov


Oklahoma Board of Nursing
2915 N. Classen Boulevard, Suite 524
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Phone: 405.962.1800
Fax: 405.962.1821
Website: www.ok.gov/nursing/


Oregon State Board of Nursing
17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd
Portland, OR 97224

Phone: 971.673.0685
Fax: 971.673.0684
Website: www.osbn.state.or.us


Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649

Phone: 717.783.7142
Fax: 717.783.0822
Website: www.dos.state.pa.us/bpoa/cwp/view.asp?a=1104&q=432869


Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education
105 Cannon Building
Three Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908

Phone: 401.222.5700
Fax: 401.222.3352
Website: www.health.ri.gov


South Carolina State Board of Nursing
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 12367
Columbia, SC 29211

Physical Address:
Synergy Business Park, Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Drive, Suite 202
Columbia, SC 29210

Phone: 803.896.4550
Fax: 803.896.4525
Website: www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursing


South Dakota Board of Nursing
4305 South Louise Ave., Suite 201
Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3115

Phone: 605.362.2760
Fax: 605.362.2768
Website: www.state.sd.us/doh/nursing


Tennessee State Board of Nursing
227 French Landing, Suite 300
Heritage Place MetroCenter
Nashville, TN 37243

Phone: 615.532.5166
Fax: 615.741.7899
Website: http://health.state.tn.us/Boards/Nursing/index.htm


Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512.305.7400
Fax: 512.305.7401
Website: www.bon.state.tx.us


Utah State Board of Nursing
Heber M. Wells Bldg., 4th Floor
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Phone: 801.530.6628
Fax: 801.530.6511
Website: www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/nursing.html


Vermont State Board of Nursing
Office of Professional Regulation
National Life Building North F1.2
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-3402

Phone: 802.828.2396
Fax: 802.828.2484
Website: www.vtprofessionals.org/opr1/nurses


Virginia Board of Nursing
Department of Health Professions
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Richmond, Virginia 23233

Phone: (804) 367-4515
Fax: (804) 527-4455
Website: www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing


Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
Department of Health
HPQA #6
310 Israel Rd. SE
Tumwater, WA 98501-7864

Phone: 360.236.4700
Fax: 360.236.4738
Website: www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/professions/nursing/default.htm


West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
101 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV 25311

Phone: 304.558.3596
Fax: 304.558.3666
Website: www.wvrnboard.com

West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses
101 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV 25311

Phone: 304.558.3572
Fax: 304.558.4367
Website: www.lpnboard.state.wv.us


Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing
Physical Address:
1400 E. Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53703

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935

Phone: 608.266.2112
Fax: 608.261.7083
Website: http://drl.wi.gov


Wyoming State Board of Nursing
1810 Pioneer Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82001

Phone: 307.777.7601
Fax: 307.777.3519
Website: http://nursing.state.wy.us

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