To meet the increased demand for health care professionals during the current state of emergency and public health emergency, the State of New Jersey is licensing graduates of nursing education and training programs located in New Jersey within the last six months, and graduates of physician assistantrespiratory care therapy and pharmacy education and training programs who located in any state within the last 6 months.

Until further order of the Division, the following four classes of licensee will be granted temporary emergent graduate license:

    1. Nurses who have graduated from 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 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 accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) or its successor, who have not yet taken the applicable licensing examination;
    4. Pharmacists who have graduated from schools or colleges of pharmacy who have not yet taken applicable licensing examinations. 

    Additionally, the Division is waiving fee submission and criminal history background check requirements for all four groups of health care graduates.  Those licensed under this program will be required to sit for an examination within 90 days of the date their respective examinations become readily available to be taken.