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Apply for an Oregon RN, LPN, or APRN License

What Type of License Do You Need?

If you are currently (or have been) a RN or LPN and want Oregon licensure, or if you are applying for an Oregon advanced practice license (nurse practitioner, certified registered nurse anesthetist, or clinical nurse specialist), please review the licensure options below.  If you don't see a scenario that matches yours, review the section entitled, "Apply for NCLEX Nursing Exam," or contact our office at oregon.bn.info@state.or.us.
 

​You will need to apply for Oregon licensure by endorsement if you completed your nursing education in another state or US jurisdiction (or Canada after 1-1-2015), and were licensed to practice nursing in another state or US jurisdiction after passing the SBTPE or NCLEX examination.  Complete the application and submit the processing fee: Oregon Application for LPN/RN Licensure by Endorsement. You may want to view our online tutorial for assistance in completing the application​.

Be prepared
  • You will need to supply information to meet the Practice Hour Requirement: If it has been more than five years since you graduated from your nursing program, you must include on your application proof of at least 960 hours of nursing practice at the level of licensure sought.  You will need to include current or previous employers and the dates you worked for them.  The total should add up to 960 within five years. 
  • A US-issued Social Security Number is required for licensure. 
Next steps: After you submit your application and payment, you will receive an email with the next steps for you to take:
  1. Background Check: Once your application and full payment are received, you will receive either an email from OSBN (US residents) or an information packet via postal mail (non-US residents) with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: Frequently Asked Questions about fingerprinting.
  2. Official Final Transcripts:
    • Option A: Contact your school and request that it send official sealed final transcripts that include your graduation date and degree awarded to the OSBN office at 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd., Portland, Oregon, 97224. 
    • Option B: If your school subscribes to a national document transfer network, you may request the service to send official electronic transcripts to OSBN at: osbn.transcripts@state.or.us.​
  3. Original and Current License Verification: Provide proof of your original state of nurse licensure, and the current or most recent state where you practiced.  Most states participate in NURSYS for license verification.  If not, you must contact that state directly.
Please note:
  • Oregon requires a license to practice nursing and considers that practice to begin as soon as you begin orientation to a nursing position.  In other words, you must have an active license before you begin orientation.  You cannot offer nursing services, use any nursing title/abbreviation, or sign your name as such without holding a valid and current Oregon nursing license.
  • The Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) does not issue plastic license cards.  Employers should verify licenses through our online license verification system, or the national NURSYS system.  The OSBN does not issue temporary licenses.
Expedited Licensure for Spouses/Domestic Partners of Active US Service Members
If you are the spouse or domestic partner of an active service member, the OSBN may expedite your licensure endorsement process, per ORS 676.308.  To request expedited licensing, the applicant must include the following documents with her/his application:
  1. Provide evidence that you are married to, or in a domestic partnership with, an active member of the United States Armed Forces, and
  2. A copy of the orders for active duty assignment. Please contact the OSBN office at (971) 673-0685 or oregon.bn.info@state.or.us to get further information about this process.
RN/LPN Endorsement Fees and Refund Policy
  • RN or LPN Licensure by Endorsement:  $195.
  • Oregon Nursing Advancement Fund Surcharge:  $9.
  • You may pay by credit card or check.  Fees submitted as part of the application process are not refundable, per ORS 678.410(2).  Be certain that you intend to complete the process before submitting your payment.  If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, or there is an error in your payment, please call our Customer Service Center at 971-673-0685 or e-mail oregon.bn.info@state.or.us.
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Apply for Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure and pay appropriate fees.  Oregon NP’s must also maintain an Oregon Registered Nurse (RN) license and Prescriptive Authority.  The nurse receives an RN license number and a separate NP license number; both will follow the same expiration lifecycle. Oregon recognizes the following NP specialties:

  • Acute Care (ACNP) 
  • Adult (ANP) 
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care (AGACNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care (AGPCNP) 
  • Family (FNP) 
  • Geriatric (GNP)
  • Neonatal (NNP) 
  • Nurse Midwife (NMNP) 
  • Pediatric-Acute Care   (PNP-AC) 
  • Pediatric-Primary Care (PNP-PC) 
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health (PMHNP) 
  • Women’s Health Care (WHCNP)
National certification is required: Proof of active, unencumbered national certification from an accredited national certifying body is required for Oregon NP licensure.  The NP specialty of the national certification must match the NP population focus for which you are applying for licensure per OAR 851-050-0002(1)(d).
 
Education: NP applicants must hold a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited graduate-level program if completed after January 1, 1986.  The nurse practitioner program must match the role and population focus of practice for which you are applying.  Qualifying NP education program must include evidence of completion of graduate level stand-alone nursing courses in physical assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology, as verified upon receipt of your official transcript.  Per OAR 851-056-0006(6), integrated courses in pathophysiology and physical assessment completed prior to January 1, 1996, may be acceptable towards the requirement if content otherwise is equivalent.
 
Practice Requirement (Applicants must fulfill one of the options below):
  • Completion of a qualifying NP program within the past one year; OR
  • Completion of a qualifying NP program within the past two years and a minimum of 192 hours of practice as a nurse practitioner; OR
  • 960 hours of NP practice in your population focus within the last five years from the date of application.
Next steps: After you submit your application and payment, you will receive an email with the next steps for you to take:
  1. Background Check: Once your application and full payment are received, you will receive either an email from OSBN (US residents) or an information packet via postal mail (non-US residents) with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: Frequently Asked Questions about fingerprinting.
  2. Official Final Transcripts:
    • Option A: Contact your school and request that it send official sealed final transcripts that include your graduation date and degree awarded to the OSBN office at 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd., Portland, Oregon, 97224.
    • Option B: If your school subscribes to a national document transfer network, you may request the service to send official electronic transcripts to OSBN at: osbn.transcripts@state.or.us.
  3. Primary Source NP State License Verification: Request verification of your NP license from the state where you are currently practicing, or have most recently practiced.  Have the nursing regulatory agency for that state send the verification to OSBN at: osbn.licenseverifications@state.or.us.
  4. If you are a non-US nursing program graduate, you must have your nurse education evaluated for equivalency to US standards by one of the OSBN-approved credential evaluation agencies.  Have the agency send the completed evaluation directly to the OSBN.  If you have had a credential evaluation completed previously by one of these agencies that is still valid, you may have the agency send the valid evaluation directly to the OSBN.
  5. Monitor your OSBN application status.  Our Application Status Wizard will show you the progress of your application as it moves through our licensing process.
NP Application Fees and Refund Policy

Apply for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) licensure and pay appropriate fees.  CRNAs in Oregon must also maintain an Oregon Registered Nurse (RN) license.  They may also apply for Prescriptive Authority if desired.  The nurse receives an RN license number and a separate CRNA license number; both will follow the same expiration lifecycle.

National certification required: Active unencumbered national certification from the National Board of Certification and Re-Certification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) is required for CRNA licensure in Oregon.  OSBN will validate your active national certification via the accrediting body’s verification website during the application process.
 
Education:
  • All nursing program graduates after December 31, 2000, must hold a minimum of a Master’s Degree from an accredited CRNA education program.
  • If you are applying for a CRNA license with prescriptive authority, your program must include evidence of completion of graduate level stand-alone nursing courses in physical assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology, as verified upon receipt of your official transcript.  Per OAR 851-056-0006(6), integrated courses in pathophysiology and physical assessment completed prior to January 1, 1996, may be acceptable towards the requirement if content otherwise is equivalent.
Next steps: After you submit your application and payment, you will receive an email with the next steps for you to take:
  1. Background Check: Once your application and full payment are received, you will receive either an email from OSBN (US residents) or an information packet via postal mail (non-US residents) with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: Frequently Asked Questions about fingerprinting.
  2. Official Final Transcripts:
    1. Option A: Contact your school and request that it send official sealed final transcripts that include your graduation date and degree awarded to the OSBN office at 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd., Portland, Oregon, 97224.
    2. Option B: If your school subscribes to a national document transfer network, you may request the service to send official electronic transcripts to OSBN at: osbn.transcripts@state.or.us.
  3. Monitor your OSBN application status.  Our Application Status Wizard will show you the progress of your application as it moves through our licensing process.
CRNA Application Fees and Refund Policy

Apply for Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) licensure and pay appropriate fees.  CNSs in Oregon must also maintain an Oregon Registered Nurse (RN) license.  They may also apply for Prescriptive Authority if desired.  The nurse receives an RN license number and a separate CNS license number; both will follow the same expiration lifecycle.

Education
  • All applicants for CNS licensure must hold a graduate degree in nursing from an accredited graduate-level nursing program that included CNS theory and clinical concentration.
  • If you are applying for a CNS license with prescriptive authority, your program must include evidence of completion of graduate level stand-alone nursing courses in physical assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology, as verified upon receipt of your official transcript.  Per OAR 851-056-0006(6), integrated courses in pathophysiology and physical assessment completed prior to January 1, 1996, may be acceptable towards the requirement if content otherwise is equivalent.
Practice (Fulfill One of the Options Below):
  • Completion of a qualifying CNS program within one year from date of application; OR
  • Completion of a qualifying CNS program within the past two years and a minimum of 192 hours of CNS practice, OR
  • 960 hours of CNS practice within the last five years from the date of application.
Next steps: After you submit your application and payment, you will receive an email with the next steps for you to take:
  1. Background Check: Once your application and full payment are received, you will receive either an email from OSBN (US residents) or an information packet via postal mail (non-US residents) with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: Frequently Asked Questions about fingerprinting.
  2. Official Final Transcripts:
    • Option A: Contact your school and request that it send official sealed final transcripts that include your graduation date and degree awarded to the OSBN office at 17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd., Portland, Oregon, 97224.
    • Option B: If your school subscribes to a national document transfer network, you may request the service to send official electronic transcripts to OSBN at: osbn.transcripts@state.or.us.
  3. If you are a non-US nursing program graduate, you must have your nurse education evaluated for equivalency to US standards by one of the OSBN-approved credential evaluation agencies.  Have the agency send the completed evaluation directly to the OSBN.  If you have had a credential evaluation completed previously by one of these agencies that is still valid, you may have the agency send the valid evaluation directly to the OSBN.
  4. Monitor your OSBN application status.  Our Application Status Wizard will show you the progress of your application as it moves through our licensing process.
CNS Application Fees and Refund Policy

​​You will need to apply for Oregon licensure by endorsement if you completed your nursing education in another country, and were licensed to practice nursing by another state or US jurisdiction after passing the SBTPE or NCLEX examination.  Complete the application and submit the processing fee. 

Be prepared
  • ​You will need to supply information to meet the Practice Hour Requirement: If it has been more than five years since you graduated from your nursing program, you must include on your application proof of at least 960 hours of nursing practice at the level of licensure sought.  You will need to include current or previous employers and the dates you worked for them.  The total should add up to 960 within five years. 
  • A US-issued Social Security Number is required for licensure.
Next steps: After you submit your application and payment, you will receive an email with the next steps for you to take:
  1. Background Check: Once your application and full payment are received, you will receive either an email from OSBN (US residents) or an information packet via postal mail (non-US residents) with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: Frequently Asked Questions about fingerprinting.
  2. Original and Current License Verification: Provide proof of your original state of nurse licensure, and the current or most recent state where you practiced.  Most states participate in NURSYS for license verification.  If not, you must contact that state directly.
  3. If you are a non-US nursing program graduate, you must have your nurse education evaluated for equivalency to US standards by one of the OSBN-approved credential evaluation agencies.  Have the agency send the completed evaluation directly to the OSBN.  If you have had a credential evaluation completed previously by one of these agencies that is still valid, you may have the agency send the valid evaluation directly to the OSBN.
Please note:
  • Oregon requires a license to practice nursing and considers that practice to begin as soon as you begin orientation to a nursing position.  In other words, you must have an active license before you begin orientation.  You cannot offer nursing services, use any nursing title/abbreviation, or sign your name as such without holding a valid and current Oregon nursing license.
  • The Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) does not issue plastic license cards.  Employers should verify licenses through our online license verification system, or the national NURSYS system.  The OSBN does not issue temporary licenses.
Expedited Licensure for Spouses/Domestic Partners of Active US Service Members
If you are the spouse or domestic partner of an active service member, the OSBN may expedite your licensure endorsement process, per ORS 676.308.  To request expedited licensing, the applicant must include the following documents with her/his application:
  1. Provide evidence that you are married to, or in a domestic partnership with, an active member of the United States Armed Forces, and
  2. A copy of the orders for active duty assignment. Please contact the OSBN office at (971) 673-0685 or oregon.bn.info@state.or.us to get further information about this process.
RN/LPN Endorsement Fees and Refund Policy
  • RN or LPN Licensure by Endorsement:  $195.
  • Oregon Nursing Advancement Fund Surcharge:  $9.
  • You may pay by credit card or check.  Fees submitted as part of the application process are not refundable, per ORS 678.410(2).  Be certain that you intend to complete the process before submitting your payment.  If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, or there is an error in your payment, please call our Customer Service Center at 971-673-0685 or e-mail oregon.bn.info@state.or.us.

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