CANDIDATES WITH DISABILITIES – REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATIONS
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act
(“FEHA”) grants qualified individuals with disabilities who
participate in the examination process protection from unlawful discrimination.
More specifically, the FEHA protects individuals with physical or mental disabilities, cosmetic disfigurement
or anatomical loss or individuals regarded as or with a record of any disability who is able to perform the
essential functions in an examination setting for the NCLEX-RN with or without an accommodation. A
disability is a limitation of a major life activity that makes achievement difficult, requires special education or
services, or affects social activities or interactions. Impairments that are not disabilities are sexual behavior
disorders, compulsive gambling, kleptomania, pyromania, substance abuse disorders resulting from current
and unlawful use of controlled substance.
While the board is not required to allow an accommodation that fundamentally alters the nature of the
examination, the board will grant any reasonable accommodation and engage in an interactive process with
each applicant who requests an accommodation to ensure that individuals with disabilities are able to
meaningfully participate in the examination process.
The board will make any reasonable modifications to its policies, practices, and procedures to
accommodate an individual with a disability.
The board is not able to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals unless the board is made aware
of the individual’s need. An applicant who needs an accommodation to be able to participate in the
examination, must advise the board by the time of application for the examination. This notification should
include sufficient documentation to enable the board to determine whether or not the requested
accommodation is reasonable and will not fundamentally alter the nature of the examination.
The board is prohibited by law from requiring an individual with a disability to accept an accommodation if
the individual chooses not to accept it.
If you have a disability which may require accommodations of the examination process or access to the
examination center, you must submit with your application the following REQUIRED information:
1. A Request For Accommodation Of Disabilities form completed and signed by the applicant.
2. A Professional Evaluation And Documentation Of A Disability form completed and signed by a
professional evaluator or equivalent information on original letterhead stationery of the evaluator.
3. If applicable, a Nursing Program Verification form indicating what accommodation(s) were
granted in testing procedures during the nursing program. This form should be completed and
signed by the nursing program Dean or Director or their designee or equivalent information on
original letterhead stationery of the nursing program.
The required information must be completed and submitted with your application or your examination could
be delayed. If you have any questions, you may contact the Testing Coordinator by writing to the Board
address, Attn: Testing Coordinator, or by calling (916) 322-3350.
Any examination accommodations, including aids brought into the testing center must have pre-approval
of the Board.
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act as amended by AB2222, Government Code section
12900 et seq. effective January 1, 2001, grants applicants participating in a licensure examination more
protection from unlawful discrimination than the federal Americans With Disabilities Act.