Louisiana Licensure & Registration Info

The Louisiana State Board of Nursing licenses registered nurses and practical nurses. Louisiana 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.

Exams scores are required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES if your program was not taught in *English.

Accepted English Language Proficiency Test and Passing Exam Scores:

  • TOEFL Internet Based Test Passing Score: 83; Speaking score: 26
  • IELTS: Overall Score Test Score: 6.5; Speaking score: 7.0; Minimum score for each module: 6.0
  • TOEIC accepted

Notes

*Applicants are English Exempt if they were educated in Australia, Barbados, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom, United States 

Registered Nurse - Endorsement

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

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

Exams scores are required to be submitted to CGFNS for CES if your program was not taught in English.

Notes

Evidence of a current license in the jurisdiction of last employment required. 

Licensed Practical Nurse - Initial Licensure

Service(s) Required

No services required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Notes

Licensed Practical Nurse - Endorsement

Service(s) Required

No services required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Notes

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