" The State Board of Nursing shall not issue a license or certificate to an applicant who has been convicted of a felonious act prohibited by the Act of April 14, 1972 (P.L. 233, NO. 64), known as the controlled substance, drug, device and cosmetic act." Or convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory or country unless: (1) at least ten (10) years have elapsed from the date of conviction; (2) the applicant satisfactorily demonstrates to the Board that he has made significant progress in personal rehabilitation since the conviction such that licensure of the applicant should not be expected to create a substantial risk of harm to the health and safety of patients or the public or a substantial risk of further criminal violation; and (3) the applicant otherwise satisfies the qualifications contained in or authorized by the act.
As used in this section the term "convicted" shall include a judgment, an admission of guilt or plea of nolo contendere.