Q. Can I apply for licensure by endorsement if my school is not accredited?
A. No. Alabama law requires graduation from a program accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Q. How long does it take to get a license?
A. There is no timetable for issuing licenses. A license will only be issued when all requirements are completed. Applications are processed on a first-in first-out basis.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. $85.00 for the application, an additional $50.00 if requesting a temporary permit and a $3.50 transaction fee. Be advised that pursuant to Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code Section 610-X-4-.14(1), fees and fines are non-refundable. Your application fee for a temporary permit will not be refunded, even if your Alabama nursing license is issued first or you are deemed ineligible for a temporary permit
Q. My nursing school is closed. How can I obtain a transcript?
A. Contact the Board of Nursing in the state where your school was located. Someone was appointed receivership of the school’s records.
Q. How can I apply for a temporary permit? How long is it valid? Do I have to have CE to obtain a temporary permit?
A. We do offer a temporary permit which would allow a first time applicant for endorsement to go to work for 90 days while they meet the requirements for permanent licensure, including CE. There are four requirements to issue the temp permit: completed endorsement application, fee, citizenship/legal presence documentation, and a notarized copy of a current/active nursing license card. You will not be eligible for a temporary permit, if the answer to any of the regulation questions is 'yes.' If the state you are coming from no longer issues license cards with the effective dates, we will accept a notarized copy of the online verification page (which reflects name, license #, status, and effective dates) from the Board of Nursing website for the issuance of the temporary permit.
Q. I’ve held an Alabama license in the past. I also hold licensure in other states. Do I need to endorse?
A. Once you’ve had an Alabama license, you always have an Alabama license. If you did not keep it current, then the status is lapsed and you will need to reinstate it.
Q. My original state of licensure is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact. Is this acceptable for Alabama?
A. Alabama is not a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact. It is mandatory to obtain an Alabama license in order to work or practice in Alabama.
Q. How do I obtain my contact hours?
A. We typically accept continuing education courses that are approved or accredited by any State Board of Nursing, state Nurses Association, or national organization such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). A search can be conducted on the internet for continuing education for nurses, to locate online providers. You should check the approval or accreditation statement to see if the CE will be accepted. The Board does not accept contact hours earned from MEDCEU (www.medceu.com) or its affiliates, i.e. American Medical Education. We only accept college courses toward the CE requirement if they were completed after obtaining initial licensure as a nurse.
Q. What is the earning period for the contact hours?
A. Contact hours should be no older than 24 months from the date you apply.
Q. The state I am endorsing from does not require contact hours. Do I still need to have them?
A. All endorsement applicants are required to submit 24 contact hours of continuing education, even if they are coming from a state that does not require them.
Q. I am a new graduate. Do I need 24 contact hours? Can my college course work be used as continuing education?
A. All endorsement applicants, regardless of their date of graduation or date of licensure, are required to submit 24 contact hours of continuing education. We only accept college courses toward the CE requirement if they were completed after obtaining initial licensure as a nurse.