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General Information
   Adobe Acrobat File   2016 Board Statement on the Multi-State Nurse Licensure Compact
   Adobe Acrobat File   Enhanced Compact - Areas for Consideration
   Adobe Acrobat File   Click Here for Licensure by Exam and Endorsement Forms
   Adobe Acrobat File   Click Here for Licensure Renewal, Reinstatement Forms
   Internal Page Link   Click Here for the Ohio Licensure Verification Page

   Adobe Acrobat File   Accommodations for the NCLEX Examination
   Adobe Acrobat File   The Eight Steps of the NCLEX
   External Page Link   Link to NCSBN's NCLEX Candidate FAQs                                   
Internal Page Link   Click Here for the Criminal History Fact Sheet located on the Discipline and Compliance Page
   Internal Page Link   Click Here for the Momentum Article about Criminal History located on the Discipline and Compliance Page

Other Useful Links
   Internal Page Link   Link to National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Website
Internal Page Link   Link to National Council National State Board Directory

Managing Your License and Certificate Online

Begining July 1, 2016 name and address changes must be performed online by accessing the new eLicense 3.0 licensure system. Name changes must also be submitted as a Service Request within eLicense 3.0 and will require submission of additional documentation.

You will be required to register as a new user and create an account profile the first time you attempt tp access your license or certificate information in the new State licensure system. Be sure to click the button "I have a License" when creating your new user account. We recommend using Google Chrome.

We recommend that you download the and review the registration instructions below prior to starting the process.

Click Here for INSTRUCTIONS on Creating a New Account / Registration

Click Here for INSTRUCTIONS on Retrieving your Security Code

** This option will only work if you still have access to the email account currently onfile for you at the Board.


After Downloading the Instructions Above
Click Here to Manage your License or Certificate Information

Nursing Education Program Completion Letters

The Ohio Board of Nursing accepts Program Completion Letters by email. For your reference, a guidance document and samples of Completion Letters are provided below. If you have questions, please email

   Adobe Acrobat File   Completion Letter Guidelines
   Adobe Acrobat File   RN Sample Letter Format
   Adobe Acrobat File   PN Sample Letter Format


LPN Renewal 2016 – Starts July 1, 2016


After Downloading the Instructions Above
Click Here to Manage your License or Certificate Information

Nursing Graduates and all Licensure and Certification Applications Online

CHECKING THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION: Check the status of your application on the Board’s web site at Click on ''verification" and you will be directed to the license and certificate verification site.  Refer to the instructions on the web page regarding recommended browsers.  Once we have started processing your application, your name will appear as “pending” until your license is issued.

PAYMENTS: Fees must be paid online. Use Master Card, VISA or Discover credit or debit cards. If you do not have this type of personal credit or debit card, you can obtain these pre-paid cards at local stores to use for renewal.

ALL APPLICANTS: If you are mailing a licensure related form to the Board of Nursing, please send to ATTENTION: LICENSURE UNIT. This will facilitate the processing of your request.

CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS: Click Here For More Information

We are committed to issuing licenses as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Criminal Records Checks

Adobe Acrobat FileInformation About Required Criminal Records Checks for Licensure and Certification
Internal Page Link Click Here to find out how the Criminal Records Check may affect your future employment as a nurse or certificate holder in Ohio. Or go to the Discipline & Compliance Page.

LPN Authorization to Administer Medications and Limited IV Therapy in Ohio

Verification of your nursing license is available at the License & Certificate page of the Board website. Your name, license number and expiration date is public information and may be viewed by anyone. Please note that when calling the Board office with questions about your license that Board staff generally will not use social security numbers as a primary means to verify licensure information. In December, the licensure designation for LPNs who are authorized to administer medications and to perform limited IV Therapy changed from “LPN IV” to LPN M-IV. License designations for LPNs are as follows:

An LPN who is authorized to administer medications, but not perform limited IV Therapy, will have a license designation of “LPN Meds”.

An LPN who is authorized to administer medications and to perform limited IV Therapy procedures will have a license designation of “LPN M-IV”.

If an LPN is NOT authorized to administer medications or to perform limited IV therapy procedures, they will have a license designation of “LPN”.

NCLEX Testing

The Eight Steps of the NCLEX

The process of taking the NCLEX exam can be broken down into eight steps. These steps cover registration and scheduling, eligibility, identification requirements, and results processing.

The Eight Steps of the NCLEX:

1. Apply for licensure with one board of nursing (BON).
2. Register and pay $200 with Pearson VUE via the Internet, telephone or by U.S. mail.
3. Receive an Acknowledgement of Receipt of Registration from Pearson VUE.
4. Receive eligibility from the BON.
5. Receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter from Pearson VUE. Candidates must test within the validity dates. There are no extensions.
6. Schedule an exam appointment via the Internet (by accessing your online account) or by telephone (telephone only for
international scheduling).
7. Arrive for exam appointment and present your ATT letter and acceptable identification (ID). The only acceptable forms of ID for test centers in the U.S., American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands are: U.S. driver's license (Department of Motor Vehicle-issued; if expired, a renewal slip that includes a photograph and a signature must be presented as well); U.S. state identification (Department of Motor Vehicle-issued); U.S. military identification; or Passport. The only acceptable form of ID for international test centers is a passport.
8. Receive results from the BON approximately four weeks after the exam.

Discover the NCLEX Webinar Series

NCSBN’s Examinations department has developed a valuable resource for the public, nurse educators and candidates alike. The NCLEX Webinar Series is a four-part public resource with detailed descriptions of exam development processes such as practice analysis, test plan development, item writing and item review as well as processes that eliminate the introduction of unintentional item bias. Available 24-hours a day, the webinars provide a venue to learn about the processes NCSBN takes to develop and maintain the validity and reliability of the NCLEX.

All recorded webinars presented by NCSBN staff and members can be found online.

Scheduling or Rescheduling Your NCLEX Exam

Once a candidate receives their Authorization to Test (ATT), they may schedule an appointment to take their examination. Test centers may fill up quickly because of high testing volumes and previously scheduled special events. Waiting to schedule a testing appointment may significantly limit the selection of dates from which a candidate can choose. A candidate must test within the validity dates of their ATT. If they cannot schedule an exam appointment within those dates, they will be required to pay for a new registration.

First-time test takers will be offered an appointment within 30 days to schedule, and repeat candidates will be offered an appointment within 45 days.

Examination appointments can be scheduled through the NCLEX candidate website or by calling Pearson VUE NCLEX Candidate Services. Candidates may take the exam at any NCLEX approved testing center. If a candidate chooses to schedule their examination at an international test center, they will be charged an additional, non-refundable scheduling fee.

If a candidate needs to reschedule their appointment, they must do so within 24 business hours of their scheduled exam time. They can do this either through the NCLEX candidate website or by calling Pearson VUE NCLEX candidate services.

For example:

NCSBN Board of Directors (BOD) Upholds Current Passing Standard for the NCLEX-RN Examination

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN),, voted on Dec. 9, 2015, to uphold the current passing standard for the NCLEX-RN Examination (the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). The passing standard will remain at the current level of 0.00 logit that was instituted April 1, 2013. This passing standard will remain in effect through March 31, 2019.

After consideration of all available information, the NCSBN BOD determined the current passing standard was sufficient as a measure of safe and effective entry-level registered nurse (RN) practice. The BOD used multiple sources of information to guide its evaluation and discussion of the passing standard. As part of this process, NCSBN convened an expert panel of 11 nurses to perform a criterion-referenced standard-setting procedure. The panel's findings supported retaining the current passing standard. NCSBN also considered the results of national surveys of nursing professionals, including nursing educators, directors of nursing in acute care settings and administrators of long-term care facilities.

In accordance with a motion adopted by the 1989 NCSBN Delegate Assembly, the NCSBN BOD evaluates the passing standard for the NCLEX-RN Examination every three years to protect the public by ensuring minimal competence for entry-level RNs. NCSBN coordinates the passing standard analysis with the three-year cycle of test plan evaluation. This three-year cycle was developed to keep the test plan and passing standard current.

A PDF of the 2016 NCLEX-RN Test Plan is available free of charge from the NCSBN website.

About NCSBN:
Founded March 15, 1978, as an independent not-for-profit organization, NCSBN was created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together boards of nursing (BONs) to act and counsel together on matters of common interest. NCSBN’s membership is comprised of the BONs in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories — American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. There are also 24 associate members that are either nursing regulatory bodies or empowered regulatory authorities from other countries or territories.

NCSBN Member Boards protect the public by ensuring that safe and competent nursing care is provided by licensed nurses. These BONs regulate more than 4.5 million licensed nurses.

Mission: NCSBN provides education, service and research through collaborative leadership to promote evidence-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection.

Pearson Vue

Pearson VUE delivers the RN and LPN NCLEX examination for the the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). These two examinations are used to test entry-level nursing competence of candidates for licensure as RNs and LPNs. Licensure candidates can visit to register for the NCLEX® and obtain detailed instructions. A candidate may also register for the NCLEX® by contacting Pearson VUE at 1-866-496-2539.

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