A criminal background check is ALWAYS required to be licensed to practice as a nurse in Texas. The Nursing Jurisprudence Examination (NJE) and Pearson Vue (PV) registration MUST be completed BEFORE you can receive your Authorization to Test (ATT). An arrest that occurred prior to, or during nursing school will not automatically bar you from sitting for the exam. However, you may need an attorney to assist with the application, or to petition the Board to allow you to sit for the exam. If you have any questions or concerns about any contact with law enforcement you should contact Buck Johnson for a free consultation.