National Requirements for Licensure

Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)

The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) is a statutory agreement between two or more states established for the purpose of remedying a particular problem of multistage concern. Each party state is a signatory to the same contract. For that reason, there is a need for “substantive sameness.”

The NLC allows for a nurse (RN or LPN/VN) to have one multistate license (issued from his/her primary state of residency). The NLC permits the nurse to practice in other compact states (physically or via Telehealth) subject to individual states laws. A resident of a compact state (like Missouri) is issued a multi-state license that is valid for practice (physically or telephonically) in all Compact states. To be eligible for a multi-state license a nurse MUST be a legal resident of a compact state. A nurse needs to meet the Uniform Licensure Requirements for a compact license.

The NLC was originally developed based on the Driver’s License Compact (DLC).

  • It shares the same concept of one multistate license issued in the Primary State of Residence (PSOR) and accepted in all member states.
  • You can drive across state lines with one license because other states are members of the driver’s license compact. They accept the license of your PSOR.

Licensure in Missouri and Other States

  • The Applied Tech curriculum meets the requirements for licensure in Missouri, and, as a resident of Missouri for at least 6 months, receiving licensure in Missouri will allow you to practice in all NLC states.
  • A nurse that holds a Missouri single state license and does not meet the residential 6-month requirement in Missouri to obtain a multistate license will need to seek reciprocity in any additional state that nurse chooses to practice.
  • No determination has been made about how our curriculum will be received by non-NLC states. Individuals will need to contact those individual boards of nursing for further guidance regarding licensure.

Compliance: eFCR 668.43(a)(5)(v)