Registered Nursing Licenses

There is a list of criteria a nursing candidate must meet in order to get a registered nurse license in the state of Pennsylvania. The State Board of Nursing in PA oversees licensure of graduate nurses, as well as provides rules and regulations for expected standards and practices.

To become a registered nurse, you must complete a series of requirements that include the following:

  • Attend a state-approved nursing school.
  • Pass a licensing nursing examination.
  • Complete the proper application.
  • Pay any mandatory nursing license fees.

If you are a graduate from a PA nursing program, you may submit your application online to the State Board of Nursing.  However, if you are a graduate from a nursing school outside of Pennsylvania, you will be required to present a paper application, instead.

For information about the State Board of Nursing, click here.  You can also visit the physical location at the address below:

One Penn Center 2601 N. 3rd Street Harrisburg, PA 17110

Their hours of operation are Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Massage Therapist Licenses

The State Board of Massage Therapy requires potential practitioners to complete an application process that consists of written examination and educational requirements (including classroom instruction) for licensure. Since November 2014, MBLEx, offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), is the only acceptable examination. To apply, simply visit the website or call 1-866-962-3926.

As part of your requirements, you will also need to complete Basic Adult CPR certification. The state does not accept CPR courses that are taken online. You can find a proper course near you by getting in touch with one of these agencies:

  • American Red Cross
  • American Heart Association

Once your application has been received, it may take between 10 to 15 business days to complete an initial review. Learn more by visiting the PA State Board of Massage Therapy website.  You can also call 717-783-7155 to speak with a representative by phone.

Cosmetology Licenses

If you want to be become a hairstylist, a manicurist or any other type of cosmetologist in the state of Pennsylvania, then you must meet certain requirements. The simplest way to get your license is to follow the steps below:

  1. Complete and submit a Cosmetology license form with the $10 application fee.
  2. Provide all necessary documentation, including:
    • Proof of your age, such as a copy of your driver’s license or birth certificate
    • Your official cosmetology school transcript
    • Proof of your high school education, such as a high school diploma or GED points and a diploma
  1. Receive your approval to test.
  2. Schedule/complete the licensing test and pay the $100 examination fee.

Note: After passing the licensing exam, applicants can pay the necessary fee and obtain an official Pennsylvania cosmetology license.

Licensed Veterinarians

Residents of Pennsylvania who would like to be able to care for animals in a medical setting as a veterinarian must meet various requirements. First, all veterinarians must have a state veterinary license in order to practice animal care. The steps needed to get this medical credential are as follows:

  1. You must pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE), which is administered by the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
  2. Complete the Pennsylvania Application for Licensure in Veterinary Medicine, which must feature your Social Security Number and signature. (Only the first three pages need to be filled out, unless you have five years of practice in another state, in which case you must apply under reciprocity and complete all five pages of the form.)
  3. Pay the $35 application fee.

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