OAR 851-054-0050
Renewal of Clinical Nurse Specialist Licensure

Renewal of the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) license shall be on the same schedule as the renewal of the registered nurse license. The requirements for renewal are:


Active license as a registered nurse in Oregon; and


Practice as a CNS for no less than 960 hours within the five years prior to renewal or have completed a preceptorship as established in OAR 851-054-0040 (Eligibility for Initial State Licensure)(2); and


Forty contact hours of continuing education accumulated during the current licensure period. At least 50% shall consist of formal academic or structured continuing education obtained from the following continuing education accrediting bodies: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), American Academy of Continuing Medical Education (AAOCME), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), state boards of nursing and state nursing associations.


Proof of national board certification as a CNS in a specialty may be used to meet structured continuing education requirements for the current renewal cycle for up to 50% of the total continuing education requirement.


A CNS with prescriptive authority must meet additional CE requirements as specified in Division 56.


The CNS shall affirm and document completion of the continuing education and practice hours on the application renewal or delinquent renewal form. Verification of all hours and credits is subject to random audits by the Board. Falsification of continuing education or practice hours is grounds for disciplinary action.


The CNS shall maintain accurate records of any claimed CE hours and practice hours for no less than five years from date of submission to the Board.


An applicant for renewal who has graduated from the CNS program less than two years prior to the first renewal will not be required to document the full 40 contact hours of continuing education. Continuing education will be prorated on a monthly basis based on the length of time between graduation and the date of the first renewal.


The applicant shall submit the required fees with the application. Fees are not refundable. An application shall be void if not completed during the current biennial renewal cycle.


An applicant for renewal up to 60 days past the expiration date shall meet all requirements for renewal and pay a delinquent fee.


Any individual whose state CNS license is expired may not practice as a CNS until licensure is complete, and may be subject to civil penalty.

Source: Rule 851-054-0050 — Renewal of Clinical Nurse Specialist Licensure, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=851-054-0050.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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