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2014 Board Statement on the Multi-State Nurse Licensure Compact
Summary of the 2010 Multi-State Nurse Licensure Compact Meeting
Click Here for Licensure by Exam and Endorsement Forms
Click Here for Licensure Renewal, Reinstatement and Change of Address Forms
Click Here for the Ohio Licensure Verification Page
Accommodations for the NCLEX Examination
The Eight Steps of the NCLEX
Link to NCSBN's NCLEX Candidate FAQs
Click Here for the Criminal History Fact Sheet located on the Discipline and Compliance Page
Click Here for the Momentum Article about Criminal History located on the Discipline and Compliance Page
CHECKING THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION: Check the status of your application on the Board’s web site at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/Verification.htm. 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 made payable to “Treasurer, State of Ohio”. Personal checks or cash will not be accepted. Send a certified check, cashier’s check or money order. Business checks from government entities, corporations, and education or training programs will be accepted. Payments must be drawn on a United States (U.S.) bank and payable in U.S. dollars. Please do not staple your payment to the application.
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.
Information About Required Criminal Records Checks for Licensure and Certification
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.
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”.
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
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.
New NCLEX Materials Now Available
The 2014 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin is now available! This document is created specifically for NCLEX candidates, and provides information about the NCLEX registration process, from the scheduling of an appointment to the receipt of exam results.
Updates to the 2014 Candidate Bulletin include:
- Information about the new paperless NCLEX program
- Candidate examination rules
In addition to the Candidate Bulletin, the new NCLEX Information Flyer provides candidates with snapshots of important information about the NCLEX, including:
- The eight steps of the NCLEX
- Identification requirements
- Rules for scheduling/rescheduling/unscheduling
- Who to contact for questions
The 2014 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin and the NCLEX Information Flyer are both available on the Candidate Bulletin & Information page of the NCSBN website.
NCSBN Raises the Passing Standard for the NCLEX-PN Examination
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Board of Directors (BOD) voted on Dec. 10, 2013, to raise the passing standard for the NCLEX-PN Examination (the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses). The passing standard will be revised from the current logits* -0.27 to -0.21 logits beginning April 1, 2014, with the implementation of the 2014 NCLEX-PN Test Plan. The new passing standard will remain in effect through March 31, 2017.
After consideration of all available information, the NCSBN BOD determined that safe and effective entry-level licensed practical/vocational nurse (PN/VN) practice requires a greater level of knowledge, skills, and abilities than was required in 2010 when NCSBN implemented the current standard. The passing standard was increased in response to changes in U.S. health care delivery and nursing practice that have resulted in the greater acuity of clients seen by entry-level PN/VNs.
In their evaluation the BOD used multiple sources of information to guide its evaluation and discussion regarding the change in passing standard. These sources include the results from the criterion-referenced standard-setting workshop, a historical record of the NCLEX-PN passing standard and candidate performance, the educational readiness of high school graduates who expressed an interest in nursing, and the results from annual surveys of nursing educators and employers conducted between 2011 and 2013. As part of this process, NCSBN convened an expert panel of 13 subject matter experts to perform a criterion-referenced standard-setting procedure. The panel's findings supported the creation of a higher 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-PN Examination every three years to protect the public by ensuring minimal competence for entry-level PNs. 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. The 2014 NCLEX-PN Test Plan is available free of charge from the NCSBN website.
2014 NCLEX-PN Test Plan is Now Available Online
NCSBN reviews the NCLEX-PN Test Plan every three years to ensure that the examination continues to be reflective of entry-level LPN/VN practice. The test plan provides a concise summary of the content and scope of the licensing examination and serves as a guide for candidates preparing to sit for the examination.
The 2014 NCLEX-PN Test Plan will go into effect April 1, 2014, and can be found on the current NCLEX Test Plans page of the NCSBN website. The 2014 NCLEX-PN Detailed Test Plan will be posted to the NCSBN website in December 2013. This document offers a more thorough and comprehensive listing of content for each client needs category and subcategory as outlined in the test plan. The 2014 NCLEX-PN Detailed Test Plan will exist in two versions: a candidate version and an item writer/item reviewer/nurse educator version. The versions are identical in content except the item writer/item reviewer/nurse educator version offers an item writing guide and a section with case scenarios.
NCLEX Program Going Paperless in 2014
As you know, starting January 2014 the NCLEX program will “go green” and transition to a paperless program. As a reminder, below is a list of informational materials and processes that will be impacted by the transition to a paperless program. The NCLEX Examination Candidate Bulletin will no longer be distributed in a hard copy version. Boards of nursing, candidates and education programs will access the Candidate Bulletin via the NCSBN website.
- This Candidate Bulletin insert will no longer be distributed in a hard copy version. This abbreviated reference guide to NCLEX processes will be enhanced to include additional information and will also be available on the NCSBN website. The name of this document will be changed to the NCLEX Information flyer.
- Due to the enhancements of the Eight Steps of the NCLEX, as well as the continued accessibility of the Candidate Bulletin, the At-A-Glance piece will no longer be published as either an electronic or hard copy version.
- Money order, certified check and cashier check payments will no longer be accepted. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, all candidates and third parties will be required to register and pay for exam registrations through the Pearson VUE website or over the phone (866.496.2539) with a credit card, debit card or prepaid card.
- Once the board of nursing makes a candidate eligible, that candidate will receive their ATT by email. The ATT continues to serve as the candidate’s notice that they may schedule their NCLEX at a Pearson Professional Center. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the paper copy of the ATT letter will no longer be necessary for test admittance. To gain access to the NCLEX, candidates must present one form of acceptable identification that matches the name exactly as the candidate provided when registering. If the candidate’s ID does not match the name exactly as they registered with, the candidate will not be admitted to test and will have to reregister and pay another examination fee.
- “You’ve Completed the NCLEX Examination but Still Have Questions” Brochure - This brochure is currently given to candidate's at the test center on the day of their exam. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, this information will be sent to a candidates email address shortly after they have completed their exam and will also be available on the NCSBN website.
New NCLEX Identification Policy Updates
NCSBN is proud of its continued growth and expansion and excited to welcome the participating Canadian Regulatory Bodies to the NCLEX. With growth comes the need for a new policy to maintain the same high-level security standards for the NCLEX. Therefore, we have developed new identification requirements for candidates testing at domestic versus international Pearson Professional Centers.
Domestic Test Centers
For candidates seeking licensure in the U.S., domestic test centers are those within the U.S. and American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For candidates seeking licensure/registration in Canada, domestic test centers are those within Canadian provinces/territories and the mainland U.S. (not including territories). The only acceptable forms of identification for domestic test centers are the following:
- Passport books and cards
- Driver’s license
- Provincial/territorial or state identification card
- Permanent residence card
- Military identification card
International Test Centers
The only acceptable forms of identification for domestic test centers are the following:
- Passport books and cards
For both domestic and international test centers, the ID presented on exam day must be nonexpired and government issued. In addition, the candidate’s name (first and last) on all forms of identification must match exactly the name on the candidate’s registration and contain the following: name (in Roman characters), recent photograph and signature. Temporary identification (examples include limited-term IDs and any ID reading “temp” or “temporary”) is only acceptable if it meets the required elements stated above.
NCLEX Quick Results 900 Number Discontinued
The 900 number Quick Results service that NCLEX candidates use to obtain NCLEX results will no longer be in service effective January 1, 2013. Please utilize the www.pearsonvue.com/nclex for information on accessing the Quick Results program via the Web.
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 www.pearsonvue.com/nclex 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.