North Dakota Nursing License

From the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains, North Dakota nurtures a vast variety of wildlife and plants along with a culturally diverse population. Presidents, actors, and literary geniuses have all called this majestic state home for numerous reasons, chief among them the untamed beauty and the unparalleled quality of life it offers.

Whether you already hold a multistate nursing license or need to get your nursing license in North Dakota by endorsement, the team at Onward Healthcare can help make your travel nursing dreams a reality. We can find your ideal North Dakota travel nursing job, walk you through the North Dakota RN licensing process, set you up with housing, and may reimburse your licensing fees.

How to Apply for a North Dakota Nursing License?

Nurses who do not have an NLC multistate license but hold an active nursing license in another state or U.S. territory can apply for a North Dakota Board of Nursing license by endorsement. First-time licensees would apply for licensure by examination.

What you’ll need for North Dakota nurse licensure by endorsement:

  • A U.S. Social Security number
  • Official transcripts from an approved nursing program that includes clinical experience sent directly to the North Dakota Board of Nursing (NDBON)
  • Verification of initial nurse licensure by examination and any other current nurse licenses
  • Verification of recent practice or education within the past four (4) years
  • 400 hours of licensed nursing practice, or, you must have completed your nursing program, or, you must have completed a board-approved refresher course
  • Completed online application for nurse licensure by endorsement, accompanied by a $160 initial licensing/processing fee
  • Fingerprinting, forms, and fees paid for a criminal background check

Once all documentation is received and approved, the NDBON is quick to issue nurse licenses—often within a week—and the licensing team at American Mobile is available to answer any questions and help you through the process.

Is North Dakota a Compact Nursing State?

North Dakota is a compact state in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). Therefore, if you hold a multistate RN license, issued by your primary state of residency, you are well on your way to working in the Peace Garden State—because you can take travel nursing jobs in North Dakota without the need for additional licensing.

Renewing Your License is Easy!

Registered nurses can renew their North Dakota nursing licenses on a biennial basis through the Board of Nursing’s website, by updating their information and paying the $120 fee ($110 for LPNs). Individuals renewing a nursing license must meet or exceed 400 hours of nursing practice in the preceding four years and must complete 12 contact hours of continuing education (CE) within the preceding two years. See the NDBON website for some exceptions.


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