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Registered Nurse Certification in Ohio

The registered nurse certification in Ohio is issued by the Ohio Board of Nursing. RN certification indicates your skills and abilities to deal with patients. It improves the knowledge, capabilities, and increases the earning power of the nurses, making them expert in their nursing profession. Here is the detailed information on how you can obtain RN licensure in the state and the varied ways to renew it.

Requirements for Acquiring RN Licensure in Ohio

1. Examination

The requirements to obtain RN licensure by examination in the state of Ohio include:

  • Submit licensure application after filling it completely.
  • Provide application fee in the form of cashier’s check, certified check or money order, payable to the “Treasurer, State of Ohio.”
  • Complete criminal background record check.
  • Foreign educated applicants must contact the CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) and request the CES (Credentials Evaluation Service) Professional Report, which must be sent directly to the Ohio Board of Nursing.Contact the CGFNS at:Credentials Evaluation Service
    3600 Market Street, Suite 400
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania- 19104-2651
    Phone: 215-349-8767
  • Foreign educated applicants are also required to provide proof of English proficiency, which may be met by passing the TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum passing score of 83 or above.The test scores of the exam must be submitted directly to the Ohio Board from the testing group. Contact ETS (Educational Testing Services) at: 609-771-7100. This requirement does not apply for those applicants who have completed their graduation from a college, university, or any other professional education program situated in Australia, Barbados, Jamaica, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Tobago, and Trinidad or Canada (except Quebec, unless the person has completed graduation from McGill University, Vanier College in St. Laurent, Dawson College in Montreal, Heritage College in Gatineau or John Abbot College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue).
  • If you have completed your graduation from Ohio nursing education programs, request the director of your nursing education program to submit a letter certifying the program completion directly to the Ohio Board of Nursing, which must include:
    • The date on which the applicant had entered the nursing education program
    • The date of program completion (which does not mean the graduation date)
    • The type of diploma/certificate awarded
    • The name mentioned on your completion letter must be the same as written on the application.
  • If you have completed your graduation from non-Ohio nursing education programs, request your nursing school to submit directly to the Board of Nursing a signed and sealed transcript. It must indicate the following details:
    • Diploma, certificate or degree, and
    • Date of completion

2. Endorsement

Some requirements (I to V) for licensure by endorsement are same as that of examination. Other requirements include:

  • Provide verification of your licensure by examination as an RN, which must be sent directly to the Board from the state where you were issued your original licensure by examination, or send electronically by NURSYS using
  • Submit evidence of holding a valid, current, and unrestricted license as an RN sent directly from any state, or electronically by NURSYS.
  • Complete 2 contact hours of continuing education of Ohio Law and Rules.

Procedure to Obtain RN License by Examination

The step-by-step procedure to acquire RN license in Ohio is as follows:

Step 1: Download the licensure by examination application by using the following link:

Step 2: After downloading the form, carefully read the instructions mentioned in it.

Step 3: Submit the completely filled application with the required fee of $75 to the Board of Nursing at the following mailing address:

Ohio Board of Nursing
Attention: Licensure Unit
17 South High Street, Suite 400
Columbus, Ohio 43215 – 7410

Step 4: Get yourselfregistered with Pearson VUE and pay the fee of $200 to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). You can use any of the following methods for this purpose:

  • Online at:
    Open the above link and click on “Register” option. Submit the registration fee in the form of American Express, MasterCard, or Visa.
  • By mail: Contact the Board of Nursing office and request them to send the registration form. Include a money order or cashier’s check of $200.0 made payable to the NCSBN (National Council of State Boards of Nursing) and submit it to the following address:NCLEX Operations
    Post Office Box 64950,
    St. Paul, Minnesota- 55164-0950

Step 5: An Acknowledgement of Receipt describing the completion of registration from Pearson VUE will be received.

Step 6: After some days, an ATT (Authorization to Test) letter will be received from Pearson VUE.

Step 7: Schedule and take the exam.

Step 8: On qualifying the exam successfully, license will be issued to you.

Procedure to Obtain RN License by Endorsement

You must follow the procedure given below to obtain RN license by endorsement:

  • Download the application by using the following link:
  • Read the instructions given on the form carefully before filling it.
  • Submit the completely filled application with the requisite fee of $75 to the Board of Nursing (address is mentioned in step 3 of procedure to obtain RN license by examination).
  • You may apply for 180 days temporary permit to continue nursing practice in the state. For this, you must meet the following requirements:
    • Application with the appropriate fee
    • Verification of education
    • Licensure verification
    • Foreign educated nurses must submit proof of English proficiency and citizenship verification

Verification of RN License

In order to verify your registered nurse certification, you may use any of the following methods:

  • Public Verification SiteLicenses can be verified by clicking on the following link: need to enter the following details to complete the verification process:

    • Select a Board
    • License Number
    • Name (Last, First)
    • City, State Zip
    • County
  • Verification of a License to Another State – Ohio uses NURSYS website for the purpose of license verification. If you currently hold your RN licensure in the state that participates in NURSYS, you may request for verification online at –www.nursys.comIf your state of licensure is not listed on the NURSYS website, you may provide a written verification of a license to another state. The fee for written application is $15.00 and it should be made payable to the “Treasurer State of Ohio.” Pay the fees through cashier’s check, certified check or money order.
  • Written Verification for Purposes Other Than Providing Verification to Another State – For written verification of an RN certificate or license (if the verification is carried out for purposes other than providing verification to another state); you will have to pay a fee of $5. The fee must be paid in the form of money order, cashier’s check, or a certified check, made payable to the “Treasurer State of Ohio.”

Renewal of RN License in OH

All RN licenses in Ohio need to be renewed every 2 years.

Continuing Education Requirements

You must complete 24 contact hours of CE throughout each licensure period in which at least one hour must be in Ohio nursing law.

Reinstatement / Re-activation of RN License

If you want to reactivate or reinstate an Ohio nursing certificate/ license, then download the form using the following link:

Continuing education requirements

  • If your license has been lapsed or inactive for less than 2 years, or you hold a current license in any other state of the United States:
    • One contact hour which must be approved by an Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) approver or offered by an OBN accepted provider division in the state.
    • 23 contact hours pertinent to nursing practice
  • If your license has been lapsed or inactive for more than 2 years, and you do not hold a current license in any other state of the United States:
    • Two contact hours which must be approved by an Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) approver or provided by an OBN recognized provider division in the state.
    • 8 contact hours related to nursing practice
    • 6 contact hours in the application of the critical thinking and nursing process; nursing judgment or clinical reasoning associated with patient care. For instance, courses covering treatment of particular conditions, assessment, evidence-based research, and practice.
    • 6 contact hours in Pharmacology, including medication errors, drug classifications, and safety of the patient.  Additional examples include courses covering pain management, medication administration, and pharmacologic management of particular conditions.
    • 2 contact hours in organizational or clinical ethical principles in the field of healthcare. For instance, courses that cover legal medical concerns, end of life care, and confidentiality.

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