Upon meeting graduation requirements, the student submits an application and fee for initial licensure to the State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health. A separate application and fee is submitted to take the registered nurse licensure examination (NCLEX). Connecticut Public Act 86 365 stipulates that the Department of Public Health may deny any applicant's eligibility for a permit or licensure by examination, endorsement or reciprocity if the Department determines that the applicant has (i) violated any laws or regulations governing the nursing profession; (ii) has been found guilty or convicted of a felony; (iii) is subject to a pending disciplinary action or unresolved complaint before the professional disciplinary agency of any state; (iv) has committed an act which does not conform to the accepted standards of practice of the nursing profession; or (v) has a condition that would interfere with the practice of the nursing profession.

Entry and acceptance into this program does not guarantee licensure or certification, nor does it guarantee employment. There may also be barriers to employment in the field such as certain criminal convictions, or a positive drug test.