Oregon Board of Nursing

Rule Rule 851-031-0006
General Eligibility, Limits on Eligibility, and Requirements


(1)

Eligibility:

(a)

Graduation or program completion from an approved nursing program as documented in an official transcript or credentials evaluation for graduates of non-Oregon nursing programs. Graduates of nursing programs will provide evidence of graduation through Board designated procedures.

(A)

An applicant for the practical nurse examination shall show evidence of having completed a state approved Practical Nursing, Diploma, Associate Degree, Baccalaureate Degree or Master’s Degree Program in Nursing.

(B)

An applicant for the registered nurse examination shall show evidence of having completed, a state approved pre-licensure, Diploma, Associate Degree, Baccalaureate Degree or Master’s Degree Program in Nursing.

(C)

An applicant who graduated from a nursing program outside the United States shall show evidence that the program is equivalent to Practical Nursing, Diploma, Associate Degree, Baccalaureate Degree or Master’s Degree Program in Nursing in the U.S.

(b)

Successful completion of the examination; and

(c)

Current or recent nursing practice as defined in OAR 851-031-0006 (General Eligibility, Limits on Eligibility, and Requirements)(3)(d); and

(d)

English language proficiency as defined in OAR 851-031-0006 (General Eligibility, Limits on Eligibility, and Requirements)(3)(e).

(2)

Limits on Eligibility:

(a)

If an applicant has a major physical or mental condition that could affect the applicant’s ability to practice nursing safely, a physical or psychological assessment may be required, to assist in the determination as to whether or not the applicant’s physical or mental health is adequate to serve the public safely.

(b)

If an applicant has been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense a determination shall then be made as to whether the arrest, charge or conviction bears a demonstrable relationship to the practice of nursing, in which case licensure may be denied.

(c)

If the applicant has past, current or pending disciplinary action in another licensing jurisdiction, the Board shall investigate and may deny licensure.

(d)

If the applicant falsifies an application, supplies misleading information or withholds information, such action may be grounds for denial or revocation.

(e)

No state constructed examination, challenge examination or other method of licensure examination will be accepted.

(f)

The Board shall be the sole judge of all credentials.

(3)

General Requirements:

(a)

Completed application using forms and instructions provided by the Board, and payment of appropriate fees established by the Board.

(b)

For graduates of non-Oregon nursing programs, official transcript or credentials evaluation:

(A)

Graduates of United States schools of nursing must document graduation or program completion.

(B)

Graduates of schools of nursing outside the United States must document graduation and educational equivalency with a credentials evaluation.

(c)

Documentation of successful completion of the examination:

(A)

A registered nurse applicant for licensure shall have achieved the following minimum score on the licensure examination:

(i)

Between June 1951 up to and including February 1982, a standard score of 350 or above in each of the five test sections comprising the examination;

(ii)

Between July 1982 through June 1988, a comprehensive standard minimum score of 1600 or above;

(iii)

Beginning February 1989, a designation of a “Pass” score.

(B)

A practical nurse applicant for licensure shall have achieved the following minimum standard score on the licensure examination:

(i)

Between June 1951 up to and including April 1988, a comprehensive standard score of 350 or above;

(ii)

Beginning October 1988, a designation of a “Pass” score.

(d)

Documentation of meeting the nursing practice requirement.

(A)

960 hours of nursing practice, at the level of license sought, within the five years immediately preceding application for licensure; or

(B)

Graduation from a Board-approved school of nursing or completion of an approved program within the five years immediately preceding application for licensure; or

(C)

Completion of an Oregon State Board of Nursing approved reentry program at the level of license sought, within the two years immediately preceding issuance of licensure.

(e)

Documentation of English language proficiency by one of the following methods:

(A)

Graduation from or completion of an approved program in the United States in which:

(i)

All classroom instruction was in English; and

(ii)

All nursing textbooks were in English; and

(iii)

The preponderance of clinical experience was in English; or

(B)

Graduation from a school of nursing outside of the United States in which:

(i)

All classroom instruction was in English; and

(ii)

All nursing textbooks were in English; and

(iii)

The preponderance of clinical experience was in English; or

(C)

Documentation of nursing practice, in English, at level of license sought, in another state in the United States, for at least 960 hours, in the two years preceding application for licensure; or

(D)

Successful completion of one of the following:

(i)

CGFNS Certificate; or

(ii)

Passing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within two years of application for licensure with an overall score as follows:
(I) TOEFL written 560;
(II) TOEFL CBT (computer based test) 220;
(III) TOEFL iBT (internet based test) 83; or

(iii)

Passing the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) examination within two years of application for licensure with a minimum score of 780; or

(iv)

Passing the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic Module) within two years of application for licensure with an overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 all modules; or

(v)

VISA screen certificate; or

(vi)

Passing the NCLEX examination in another state; or

(vii)

Graduation from a post-licensure nursing education program in the United States.

(f)

Use of documented legal name for licensure. Documents which may be submitted to document a legal name change include birth certificate, marriage license, court order or decree.
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