Oregon Board of Nursing

Rule Rule 851-031-0010
Licensure by Examination


(1)

Eligibility for Licensure by Examination:

(a)

An applicant for registered nurse or practical nurse licensure by examination shall meet all standards for eligibility as established in OAR 851-031-0006 (General Eligibility, Limits on Eligibility, and Requirements); and

(b)

Except for graduates of Oregon nursing programs, graduates of United States schools shall be allowed to take the licensing examination prior to receipt of an official transcript provided that the school has verified, in writing, completion of all requirements for graduation or program completion, including supervised clinical experience at the level of licensure sought. An official transcript shall be on file with the Board before the license is issued. Graduates of Oregon nursing programs follow internal Board procedures as described in the application.

(2)

Limits on Eligibility for Licensure by Examination:

(a)

Applicants for licensure by examination who have been previously licensed shall meet the practice and/or reentry requirements as stated in Board rules.

(b)

Applicants for initial licensure by examination (not previously licensed in another state or country) shall be permitted to test no more than three years following graduation or program completion.

(c)

An applicant who fails to pass the examination in three years shall not be eligible to reapply for licensure by examination, except that the applicant may subsequently enroll and successfully complete an approved program of nursing in order to be eligible to reapply for licensure by examination.

(3)

Requirements and Procedures — Application for Licensure by Examination:

(a)

An applicant for registered nurse or practical nurse licensure by examination shall meet all requirements as established in OAR 851-031-0006 (General Eligibility, Limits on Eligibility, and Requirements);

(b)

The examination registration and fee shall be filed with the testing service authorized to administer the examination; and

(c)

The licensure application and fee shall be filed with the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

(d)

A completed application which establishes eligibility for examination shall be valid for the three years of eligibility as described in OAR 851-031-0010 (Licensure by Examination)(2).

(4)

Results of Examination:

(a)

Results of the examination shall be reported to the applicant at the applicant’s address of record on file.

(b)

An applicant who passes the examination shall be granted a license to practice nursing in Oregon provided all other requirements for licensure have been met.

(c)

An applicant who fails the licensing examination shall not be licensed or be authorized to practice nursing in Oregon.

(d)

Reexamination following one or more failure(s):

(A)

An applicant for reexamination shall file the required application and fee with the Board before being eligible to take the examination.

(B)

The examination registration and fee shall be filed with the testing service under contract with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to develop and administer NCLEX.

(C)

An applicant will be permitted to test no sooner than the 46th day following the previous test date.
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