Virginia Licensure & Registration Info

The Virginia State Board of Nursing licenses registered nurses and practical nurses. Virginia 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 Virginia 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 Overall Score: 83; Speaking Score: 26
  • IELTS Academic Overall Score: 6.5; Speaking Score: 7.0

Notes

Any applicant taught in English DOES NOT need to take an English exam or submit an ELP Report. All non-English applicants where the language of instruction and textbook was NOT SOLEY in English are required to take an English Language Proficiency (ELP) exam. If language of instruction and textbook have English and another language the applicant must take an ELP exam.

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

Any applicant taught in English DOES NOT need to take an English exam or submit an ELP Report. All non-English applicants where the language of instruction and textbook was NOT SOLEY in English are required to take an English Language Proficiency (ELP) exam. If language of instruction and textbook have English and another language the applicant must take an ELP exam.

Licensed Practical Nurse - Initial Licensure

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

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 Overall Score: 79; Speaking Score: 26
  • IELTS Academic Overall Score: 6.0; Speaking Score: 7.0

Notes

Any applicant taught in English DOES NOT need to take an English exam or submit an ELP Report. All non-English applicants where the language of instruction and textbook was NOT SOLEY in English are required to take an English Language Proficiency (ELP) exam. If language of instruction and textbook have English and another language the applicant must take an ELP exam.

Licensed Practical Nurse - Endorsement

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

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 Overall Score: 79; Speaking Score: 26
  • IELTS Academic Overall Score: 6.0; Speaking Score: 7.0

Notes

Any applicant taught in English DOES NOT need to take an English exam or submit an ELP Report. All non-English applicants where the language of instruction and textbook was NOT SOLEY in English are required to take an English Language Proficiency (ELP) exam. If language of instruction and textbook have English and another language the applicant must take an ELP exam.