New Hampshire Nursing Certification and Licensing
Nursing Licensing in New Hampshire
Are you sick of working a dead end job? Wish that you could find a way to live a life that you want and work in a job you love? With nursing, you can do just that. In a nursing career you can find excitement, travel, financial security, and emotionally rewarding situations. There are not many career options that can give you all of those benefits.
New Hampshire Nursing Schools
In New Hampshire, you will need to enroll in a board endorsed or approved nursing program. These are most often held by local community colleges, though larger universities may hold classes. If you wish to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) you will choose a one year program. This program may be slightly longer if you choose part time classes. Registered Nurse (RN) programs are longer, 2 years for an Associate's degree or 4 years for a Bachelor's degree, and require certain prerequisites to be completed.
New Hampshire Licensing Requirements
All of the fifty US states use a standardized test called the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). This test is given on a computer and students answer a minimum of 75 questions. The program will inform you of passing or failure. You must apply for testing and pay a processing fee before you can be approved to take the test. On the day of testing you must bring photo ID and the payment for the testing fee. If you fail the NCLEX, you may take the exam again, but will need to pay all related fees. If you you pass the NCLEX, your license will be recorded and issued on the same day. It does take some time for the physical license to reach your home, about 4 to 6 weeks in the mail. If you are moving to New Hampshire from another state, you will need to apply for licensure by endorsement. New Hampshire is a state that participates in the National Licensure Compact, so if you have a license in another NLC state, you may work in New Hampshire without transferring your license. You will need to transfer your nursing license to a New Hampshire multi-state license if you move there to live.
New Hampshire License Renewal
New Hampshire allows licenses to remain active for two years. At the end of two years you will need to renew your license. This is accomplished by filling out the required forms and paying the renewal fee. You can mail in the fee, along with documentation of hours worked and continuing education if applicable, or pay your renewal fees online with a credit card.