Resource Center: The Complete Guide to Nursing in Indiana

Published: June 15, 2020

If you’re considering becoming a nurse in Indiana — or, if you’re looking for nursing resources in the state — keep reading. This page lists everything you need to know about nursing in the Hoosier State, including the job outlook for nurses, scholarships, licensure information and more.

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How to Become a Nurse in Indiana

Here’s a five-step overview of how to become a nurse in Indiana:

  1. Complete nursing school.
  2. Pass the NCLEX exam.
  3. Obtain an Indiana nursing license.
  4. Secure a nursing job.
  5. 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.

Is Indiana a Member of the Nurse Licensure Compact?

According to the Indiana State Board of Nursing, NLC membership will be effective starting July 1, 2020.

The benefit of being an NLC member is that you can have a single, multistate license that allows you to practice nursing in Indiana and other NLC-participating states. Multistate licensure removes the hassle of applying for licensure in multiple states and paying each state’s renewal fees.

Indiana nurses can apply for multistate licensure on July 1, 2020.

How to Look up an Indiana Nursing License

You can use the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency’s free license search tool to look up a nursing license in Indiana. This is helpful if you want to find out when your license expires or check the disciplinary history of another license.

Continuing Education Requirements

RNs, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) in Indiana are not required to complete continuing education for license renewal.

You are required to take a refresher course, however, if your license has been expired for three or more years and you aren’t licensed in another jurisdiction. You’ll also need to submit a renewal form, make an appearance before the Board and pay a $100 fee.

For more information about continuing education requirements for Indiana nurses, visit the Indiana State Board of Nursing’s continuing education page.

Demand for Nurses in Indiana

The job outlook for nurses in Indiana is bright, according to the U.S. Department of Labor:

  • The agency projects that employment of registered nurses (RNs) in Indiana will grow 12% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • That’s 4,750 annual projected job openings.
  • Nursing jobs in Indiana are growing at a faster rate than for the nation as a whole; from 2019 through 2029, employment of registered nurses in the U.S. is expected to grow 7%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Indiana Professional
Licensing Agency

Phone: 317-232-2980
Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday

Address: 402 West Washington Street, Room W072, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Indiana State Board
of Nursing

Phone: 317-234-2043

Address: Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, Attn: Indiana State Board of Nursing, 402 West Washington Street, Room W072, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Top Health Care Employers in Indiana

Based on the U.S. Department of Labor’s list of the state’s largest employers, below are some of the top health care employers in Indiana where nurses can look for jobs.

Nursing Organizations and Scholarships

Professional Organizations for Nurses in Indiana

Specialty Nursing Organizations in Indiana

Nursing Scholarships for Indiana Residents

Earn a Nursing Degree in Indiana

Are you a nurse who wants to take the next step in your career? Purdue University Northwest (PNW) College of Nursing offers an online RN-to-BSN program and an online MSN program that provides class flexibility to suit your schedule. If you want to gain skills and knowledge to keep pace with Indiana nursing and advance your career, learn more about our programs. Request more information today.


NCLEX Exam: NCLEX is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.

Job Growth Projections: Sources: U.S. Department of Labor, O*Net, Indiana Employment Trends for Registered Nurses and Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses