Iowa Licensure & Registration Info

The Iowa State Board of Nursing licenses registered nurses and practical nurses. Iowa is a Nurse Licensure Compact (Compact) state, meaning that nurses licensed by another Compact state do not need to apply for licensure unless they plan to make Iowa their primary state of residency.

Select license type you’re applying for:

Registered Nurse - Initial Licensure

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exam scores not required to be resubmitted to CGFNS for CP Verification Letter.

Exam scores are required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES

Accepted English Language Proficiency Test and Passing Exam Scores:

  • TOEFL Paper Based Test Passing Score: 560; Speaking score: 220
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test Passing Score: 84; Speaking score: 26
  • IELTS: Overall Score 6.5; Speaking score: 7.0; Minimum Score for Each Module: 6.5

Notes

*Applicants are English Exempt if ALL of the following are met:

The language of instruction in the nursing program is in English and the language of the textbooks in the nursing program are in English

AND

They were educated in Australia, Barbados, Canada (expect Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom

Registered Nurse - Endorsement

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exam scores not required to be resubmitted to CGFNS for CP Verification Letter.

Exam scores are required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES

Notes

Applicants are English Exempt if ALL of the following are met:

The language of instruction in the nursing program is in English and the language of the textbooks in the nursing program are in English

AND

They were educated in Australia, Barbados, Canada (expect Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom

Licensed Practical Nurse - Initial Licensure

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exam scores are required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES

Accepted English Language Proficiency Test and Passing Exam Scores:

  • TOEFL Paper Based Test Passing Score: 560; Speaking: 220
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test Passing Score 84; Speaking 26
  • IELTS: Overall Score 6.5; Speaking score: 7.0; Minimum Score for Each Module: 6.5

Notes

Applicants are English Exempt if ALL of the following are met:

The language of instruction in the nursing program is in English and the language of the textbooks in the nursing program are in English

AND

They were educated in Australia, Barbados, Canada (expect Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom

Licensed Practical Nurse - Endorsement

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Exam scores are required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES

Notes

Applicants are English Exempt if ALL of the following are met:

The language of instruction in the nursing program is in English and the language of the textbooks in the nursing program are in English

AND

They were educated in Australia, Barbados, Canada (expect Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom

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