Upon completion of degree requirements, each student enrolled in the Traditional BSN and Accelerated options must make application to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Professional nurses are prohibited in all states from practicing nursing until the examination is successfully completed and licensure has been granted. Specific information regarding licensure will be provided to the student during the last quarter of the nursing program. State Boards of Nursing have the responsibility and right to deny licensure to persons who have been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation. Persons having a criminal record should consult the Rules and Regulations of the Tennessee Board of Nursing available online at http://share.tn.gov/sos/rules/1000/1000.htm. For North Carolina, it is available online at: http://www.ncbon.com/dcp/i/laws-rules-administrative-code-rules-administrative-code-rules. For more detailed information about the NCLEX, please visit the website of National Council of State Boards of Nursing at http://www.ncsbn.org.
The “SAVE Act” requires Tennessee Department of Health (including all Boards, Commissions, and contractors), along with every local health department in the State, to verify that every adult applicant for a professional license is either a U.S. citizen, a “qualified alien,” or a nonimmigrant who meets the requirements set out in 8 U.S.C. 1621. For more information please visit http://www.tn.gov/health/article/nursing-applications