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Credentials Verification Information
Use of the Oregon State Board of Nursing Website for Credentials Verification
The Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) provides and maintains nurse/nursing assistant data as part of its official website, at http://osbn.oregon.gov/OSBNVerification/Default.aspx.  This website is the primary source for nurse and nursing assistant licensure status and other related OSBN information and data.  The information contained in this website is the same information provided through other means, i.e. telephone, facsimile, email or mail, and is true and complete to the best of our knowledge.  Information on the website is synchronized in real time. 
 
The OSBN verifies only the initial prelicensure education that led to a person's eligibility for licensure, such as a BSN, AD, or nursing diploma program.  In many cases, a nurse has additional education (such as a master's degree), but that is not verified since it is a person's initial entry-level education that determines her/his eligibility for licensure. 
 
The OSBN has always required an official transcript for graduates of U.S. schools of nursing applying for licensure by examination.  For graduates of schools of nursing outside of the U.S. applying for licensure by examination, the requirements have changed over the years.  Currently, we require a credentials evaluation by an OSBN-approved credentials evaluation service, but do not require a transcript, as the credentials evaluation service requires one and verifies authenticity. 
 
For nurses from another state applying for licensure by endorsement, we have done primary source verification of the person's initial education leading to her/his eligibility for licensure since Sept. 1, 1994.  Nurses licensed by endorsement prior to that date were not required to submit transcripts and education was not verified except as reported by another state board of nursing. 
 
All Nurse Practitioners (NP), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) certified by the Oregon State Board of Nursing have had initial transcript review and primary source licensure verification to determine that they meet eligibility requirements.  All initial CRNA applicants must provide proof of valid initial national board certification, as well as provide recertification documentation at licensure renewal.  As of January 1, 2011, all initial NP applicants seeking licensure in Oregon must show proof of valid national board certification for the NP specialty for which they are applying.
 
Verification of a licensee’s national certification on record with the OSBN is available through the online verification system (click here).  Verification provided here of national board certification for a licensee is primary source, based on original receipt of the information by OSBN directly from the national certifying body.  It is then the licensee’s responsibility to provide the Board with documentation of national recertification to keep their licensure records current for verification.
 
Verifications for RNs and LPNs endorsing to another state are only provided by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing NURSYS electronic verification system: www.NURSYS.com.
 
A written verification report can be ordered for a CNA, CMA or an advanced practice nurse by calling the Board office at 971-673-0685.  The fee for this service is $10 for a CNA or CMA and $12 for an advanced practice nurse.