To meet the increased demand for certain health care professionals during the current state of emergency and public health emergency, the State of New Jersey is licensing those who have graduated within the last six months from accredited nursing, physician assistant, and pharmacy education and training programs located in New Jersey, and accredited respiratory care therapy education and training programs located in any state, who have not yet taken their licensing exams.  

Until further notice, the Division will be granting emergency graduate licenses to,

  1. Nurses who have graduated from Board of Nursing-accredited programs in Professional Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing who have not yet taken the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN);
     
  2.  Physician Assistants who have graduated from New Jersey physician assistant education programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Inc. (ARC-PA), or its predecessor or successor, who have not yet taken the applicable licensing examination;
     
  3. Respiratory Care Therapists who have graduated from education programs for respiratory care practitioners that are located in any state and are accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) or its successor, who have not yet taken the applicable licensing examination; and
     
  4. Pharmacists who have graduated from accredited schools or colleges of pharmacy who have not yet taken the applicable licensing examination. 

    The Division is waiving fee submission and criminal history background check requirements for all four groups of health care graduates. 

    Emergency graduate licensees will be eligible to work in certain New Jersey Department of Health-licensed facilities, and will be required to sit for an examination within 90 days of the date the Division determines the respective examinations become available.

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