HEALTH CARE LICENSING FOR MILITARY MEMBERS AND SPOUSES
Military Members and Families,
If you or your spouse is a current or retired member of the armed forces of the United States, or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio national guard, the following information is provided to help you in obtaining licensure or certification by the Ohio Board of Nursing.
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Renewal/Reinstatement Fee Waivers for Military
If you are licensed or certified by the Board and are seeking renewal/reinstatement, you may be eligible for waiver of certain fees. To obtain a waiver of the late processing fee (renewal) or the reinstatement fee, generally you need to meet these requirements:
(1) not more than 6 months prior to the application, you or your spouse was honorably discharged or separated;
(2) if you are a licensee/certificate holder, you are not suffering a mental/physical impairment affecting your ability to practice;
(3) if you are military spouse, your spouse’s service caused you to be absent from Ohio during renewal.
Continuing Education Time Extension
Nurses, dialysis technicians, community health workers and medication aides called to active duty during a current or prior continuing education (CE) reporting period may receive an extension of time to complete CE requirements equal to the number of months spent in active duty.
Nurse Licensure: Exam, Endorsement and Temporary Permits
If you are applying to take an examination or are already licensed in another state as a nurse, the Board provides expedited processing to military veterans or spouses. You can obtain a Temporary Permit to practice in Ohio in as little as 3 business days if all requirements are met. Check the box on the license form indicating “military or spouse of military”.
Crosswalk Summarizing Veterans’ Pathway to Licensure or Certification
Click Here for Licensure by Examination and Endorsement Forms - Includes information for foreign educated nurses.
Criminal Records Checks
Click Here for 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.
- Licensed Practical Nurses
- Registered Nurses
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (CNS, CNP, CRNA, or Nurse Midwifes)
- Medication Aides
- Dialysis Technicians
- Community Health Workers
Question: I have military education, training and experience in the healthcare field but am not licensed or certified yet. Will this experience help me in obtaining a license or certificate?
Answer: It may. All professions regulated by the Board require completion of an education or training program, and passing an examination. Regarding the training/education program, your experience may be counted as “transfer credit” or advanced standing credit by an Ohio program.
In June 2013, Governor Kasich signed Executive Order 2013-05K, requiring all boards and commissions to identify and report by December 31, 2013, legal barriers to the revision of policies and procedures to further streamline the issuance of licenses and certificates based on relevant military education, training or service. In furtherance of the Governor’s objective, the Ohio Board of Nursing adopted new Rule 4723-5-12, Ohio Administrative Code, which was effective February 1, 2014. The rule requires nursing education programs and various training programs to establish policies for review of military education or skills training and determine whether it is substantially equivalent to the nursing curriculum established in Board rules.
Question: What resources are available to help me figure out how my military education and training would be evaluated by training and education programs for advanced standing credit?
Answer: The following are helpful resources:
- A report issued in February 2013 by the White House titled “THE FAST TRACK TO CIVILIAN EMPLOYMENT: STREAMLINING CREDENTIALING AND LICENSING FOR SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS, AND THEIR SPOUSES”:
- The American Council on Education (ACE) Military Guide - Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services:
- NCSBN Comparison of Selected Military Health Care Occupation Curricula with a Standard Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Curriculum: Click Here to Download.
Military personnel, military spouses and veterans of our armed services can also find helpful information at:
Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program offered by the George Washington University’s School of Nursing
Moore, Kurt (2013 Nov. 11). Marion college recognized as soldier-friendly. The Marion Star. Retrieved from:
American Council on Education (ACE) Military Guide:
O*NET Online - Military Crosswalk Search:
Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP): On-line Application for VA Education Benefits
Qualified Veterans Reimbursement Program: NCSBN Education Reimbursement for Veterans