Gather in advance all documents, records, certifications and related materials needed for the California license process. This includes academic records from university medical or nursing programs, graduate programs completed, all board exam scores, specialty certifications, e.g., American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) certifications, and related employment documentation. If there are any "skeletons" in closet, e.g., relevant criminal convictions or prior program dismissals, be sure to pull together the documentation, with emphasis on mitigating materials or documents. Carefully check what documents are being asked for, all deadlines in the application process, and applicable fees.
Submitting the Application
After carefully re-reading the entire application and matching all documents required for submission to the board, make extra copies of all documents. Computer scanning is advisable and makes for easy retrieval later on if necessary. If you have a conviction or prior program dismissal, peer review action, or out of state discipline to report, it may be advisable to consult an attorney familiar with California's administrative licensing process. Whether you use counsel or proceed alone, it is worthwhile to become familiar with the sections of California's Business and Professions Code that affect your license. Know your rights and obligations. A qualified attorney can also assist you with this.
What happens if I am denied or threatened with denial of a license?
Denial of a medical or nursing license is a serious matter because it will remain on the applicant's record permanently and be available for review nationally. If you receive notice of pending denial for any reason, you should consider consulting a California licensing attorney. He or she can help you navigate possible negotiated resolution, which may result in licensure at best, or at worst, withdrawal without a permanent, negative record.