Here’s a five-step overview of how to become a nurse in Indiana:
- Complete nursing school.
- Pass the NCLEX exam.
- Obtain an Indiana nursing license.
- Secure a nursing job.
- Once you are working as a nurse in Indiana, you can complete additional training to pursue a specialty of your choosing.
The following sections provide more information about Indiana nursing licenses, continuing education requirements and nursing jobs in Indiana.
How to Apply for an Indiana Nursing License
Once you’ve completed an accredited nursing program, you can apply for a nursing license in Indiana by completing the state’s application for nurse licensure. Your application needs to be mailed to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency or submitted online. It must include the following:
- Finished application: Complete the application for licensure as a nurse.
- Headshot photo: A 2.5 x 3.5 inch black and white headshot photo of yourself must be taped, instead of stapled, to your application if you’re submitting it by mail.
- Application fee: A $50 nonrefundable application fee is payable to “Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.”
- Documentation of name change: Include a copy of your marriage or divorce decree if your documents have legal naming inconsistencies.
You can apply for an Indiana nursing license as you study for the NCLEX exam. Once your application is processed, you’ll have to complete a criminal background check.
Note that the nursing licensure process is slightly different for Canadian and other foreign nursing graduates. Check the Indiana State Board of Nursing’s application and instructions page for more information.
See Notes and Conditions below for important information.