End of COVID-19 Emergency Orders and State of Emergency by October 31

On Sept. 8, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the upcoming rescission of all remaining COVID-19 emergency proclamations and state of emergency by Oct. 31.

Nursing Technician (NTEC) License

A nursing technician (nurse tech) is a nursing student preparing to get an RN or LPN license. Nurse techs are licensed to work in hospitals, nursing homes, or clinics.

Steps to apply

  1. Make sure you meet all requirements
  2. Get your forms signed and ready to upload
    1. Education Verification Form (PDF)
    2. Employment Verification Form (PDF)
  3. Complete an online application
  4. Pay application fee online
  5. Attach required forms and documents
    1. Any “yes” responses to personal data questions must have supporting documents, such as court documents and written statements.
  6. Submit your application

We will email you if we need anything or have issues with your application.

Requirements

To become a licensed nurse tech, you must be enrolled in good standing in an approved RN or LPN program and haven't graduated.

The nursing technician registration is valid until the following (whichever comes first):

  • 30 days after graduation 
  • 60 days after graduation if approved by the Secretary of Health
  • You sit for the NCLEX

See RCW 18.79.340 for details.

Required Forms

These forms are required to process your application: 

Submitting forms and documents

  • You have 14 days after you submit your application to upload your documents online. 
  • After 14 days you won’t be able to access your application though SAW.  
  • If you have more documents to submit after 14 days, please email them to nurselicensing@doh.wa.gov

Credential number

After you submitted your application and payment you will get an email with your pending credential number. 

Refer to this credential number any time you contact us or submit documents. 

We will email you if we need more information. 

More Information

Questions?

We're available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.