Oregon

For RN and LPN licensure:

Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) licensure requirements for graduates of out of state programs:

Education:

*Although written in statute, the Oregon Board of Nursing lacks the jurisdictional authority to approve any out of state program. This language intent is to allow the Board to investigate issues regarding an out of state school and, if needed, deny the ability of the programs applicants to apply for an Oregon license. A program will be notified officially of any Board investigation prior to any action. The Board expects that out of state program standards are equivalent to those found in OAR 851-021.

Other qualifications:

•             Completed application including payment of all fees. Applications here, under “applicants”.

•             Primary Source verification of graduation via transcript sent directly from the program to the Board.

•             Verification of having passed the NCLEX-PN® or NCLEX-RN®.

•             Fingerprint based background check. This must be done at the time of application, previous fingerprint results, no matter how recent, will not be accepted.

•             The Board is the final authority for issuing a license to practice nursing in Oregon.

For APRN licensure:

Nurse Practitioner (includes CNM):

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:

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):

Clinical Nurse Specialist: 

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: 

Practice (Fulfill One of the Options Below):

 

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist:

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:

Certified Nurse Midwife:

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