Arizona Nursing Board Application

Arizona Nursing Board ApplicationIf you have a criminal incident in your past or a practice related event, your Arizona Nursing Board Application may be stalled while the Arizona Board of Nursing investigates  past incidents. A DUI or substance abuse related criminal incident from your past can lead the Board to question whether you have a substance abuse problem, which can lead to the Board ordering you to receive an addiction evaluation (while adding months to the licensure process).


Do not wait to submit your application. With an incident in your past it can take months to progress through the licensure process. If an investigation is initiated you will have to:

  • Submit an Investigative or Arrest Questionnaire
  • Respond to your investigators inquiries
  • Come in for an interview at the Board
  • Go before the Board at the bi-monthly Board meeting

Keep in mind that the Arizona Board of Nursing will not speed up the application process just because you have a position waiting for you. You should determine if you may have a concern prior to entering nursing school by contacting Attorney Robert Chelle to schedule a consultation. However, if you are currently enrolled in nursing school or have recently graduated you should seek legal counsel to determine what steps can be taken to ensure your application is processed promptly.

Do not contact the Board to discuss your past or a specific criminal incident. The Board investigator that you speak with will take extensive notes regarding your conversation and the notes can be used against you during the investigation process.


It is also important to answer the application questions in the correct manner. Withholding information or not disclosing past events can cause the Board to initiate an investigation or cause you to receive discipline in the future.

Arizona Nursing Fingerprint Clearance Card

Arizona law requires many professions to have an active Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card prior to licensure, certification, or employment. If an applicant is determined to have a criminal history or they have been placed on the Child Protective Services Central Registry they will have to apply (and obtain) an exception (good cause or central registry) from the Arizona Board of Fingerprinting.

If you are having problems with your Arizona Board of Nursing Application contact Chelle Law at 602.344.9865.