The Process to Obtain Your License

IMPORTANT: In order to receive your degree, check your CARR and Student Center in MyCI for holds and To Do lists to ensure you have no pending requirements for the University.

Step 1

Read through the BRN website and follow the step-by-step instructions listed in their "Application for Licensure by Examination Packet".

Step 2

For the Examination Application Requirements Checklist, applicants must provide the following (see the BRN website):

  1. Submit the appropriate non-refundable TOTAL FEE (see Application Fee Schedule).
  2. Completed Application for Licensure by Examination.
  3. If applicable, completed Request for Accommodation of Disabilities form(s).
  4. If applicable, documents and/or letters explaining prior convictions or disciplinary action and attesting to your rehabilitation as directed in Section II of the General Information and Instructions.  

Step 3

Once the completed application is submitted, the BRN will send the Live Scan form. Once you receive the form, set an appointment with a Live Scan operator. Make sure you have 2 copies of the form. One is for the Live Scan operator and one is for you.

Step 4

Register with Pearson Vue and pay their fee for testing. Visit Pearson Vue's website and use Program Code US04504300 Camarillo CSU Channel Islands. You must register for Pearson Vue at the same time that you submit your Application for Licensure to the BRN.

Step 5

Once degrees are conferred (may take up to a month after graduation for all degrees to post, so please be patient), the Nursing Department Chair will confirm that you are a graduate of the CSU Channel Islands nursing program.

Step 6

After it is confirmed that you have graduated from the CSU Channel Islands nursing program, the BRN will send you an email with your Authorization to Test information. This information will also be sent to you by mail, which can take up to two weeks to receive.

Step 7

When you receive your Authorization to Test, contact a designated Pearson Vue testing location to schedule your testing day.

Step 8

Take the NCLEX. Good luck!

Step 9

To obtain your PHN Certificate, please read through the BRN document.
Documentation to be submitted to the Board of Registered Nursing:

  1. Completed Public Health Nurse (PHN) Certification and applicable fee.
  2. Request for Transcript form completed by the baccalaureate, entry-level master’s or master’s academic program (Page 8).
    *Complete and submit the "Request for Transcript Public Health Nurse Certification" form to the Records office (Sage Hall). 
  3. Official transcripts for the completed baccalaureate program, entry-level master’s program or master’s program submitted by the academic program.
    *Please remember to request your official transcripts be sent directly to the BRN. Do NOT request these transcripts be sent to you.
  4. Verification of training in the detection, prevention, reporting requirements and treatment of child neglect and abuse which shall be at least 7 hours in length and shall include but not limited to prevention techniques, early detection techniques, California reporting requirements and intervention techniques completed in a baccalaureate or specialized program in nursing or a course approved for continuing education (CE) by the Board of Registered Nursing. The course must include coverage of the California Reporting Law requirements per Section 11166.5 of the California Penal Code.
    *This training was completed in your Community Health course (NRS 453) for which you completed 144 hours of clinical training.

You may also refer to the NCLEX Preparation Slides for more information regarding the application process. The slides are attached. . (PDF, 26.1 MB)

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