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Preparing for RN Licensing Cost

A bachelor’s degree in nursing is the first step to fulfill your dream of becoming a registered nurse (RN). Undergraduate education cost would include tuition fees, books, material costs, miscellaneous fees, and living expenses. Of course the exact cost would vary depending on your choice of school or college. In an online nursing program (Western Governors University), basic tuition is $4,250 for the six-month term. Other fees include the following:

  • NCLEX exam fees: $500
  • Drug test fee: $50
  • Criminal background check: $140
  • LabPaq fees: $200
  • iTouch unit: $199
  • Uniforms: $250
  • Consolidated Nursing fee: $350

There will also be added costs for continued education if you plan to obtain a master’s degree in nursing. But when you’re currently employed, you don’t need to pay for this cost because your employer may shoulder it all for you. Another way to save educational expenses is to go to a state university and apply for scholarships or federal grants.

After graduating from any nursing program, you can now prepare for the cost associated with your RN license. This include cost of registering for the exam (unless if it’s included in your program fee as illustrated above), which is typically $200. However, there are still additional licensure fees determined by the State Boards of Nursing for each state. For example, in New York, the fee for a license is $135 and for California, the initial endorsement application is $50.

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Candidates may send their completed test application form together with the fee to National Council State Boards of Nursing. You can also register by phone (1-866-496-2539) but there is a $9.50 service fee. Take note that before the candidate can schedule an exam appointment, he or she must be eligible and must receive an ATT (Authorization to Test).

Since fees and costs are constantly rising, you need to prepare for this now if you want to pursue the nursing career. Your education and license are necessary tools for you to be a qualified nurse. Remember that your little investment will generate huge rewards in the future, not just for you but for the individuals, families, and communities you will serve.