Become a Registered Nurse in Oregon - OR

How to Become an RN in Oregon

After successfully competing one of the Oregon RN programs, a state issued license is required in order to practice as a registered nurse in Oregon.  Oregon does not issue any temporary licenses for nurses, so be sure to begin the licensure process before seeking employment, and give several weeks to complete the process.  There are two distinct methods in order to become licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Oregon.  The first is by examination, and the second is by endorsement.  All forms for application for licensure and details on the process of application are available from the Oregon State Board of Nursing.  All applicants, regardless of route to licensure, must submit to a nationwide fingerprint-based background check, must submit his/her official transcripts, and must have taken an examination developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.  In addition, the applicant must submit the required licensure fee with the application.  The current fee for licensure by examination is $160 and the current fee for licensure by endorsement is $195.


The licensure by examination route is for those candidates who graduate from a state approved nursing program and take the National Council Licensing examination. 

The licensure by endorsement route is for those who have held licensure in a state or jurisdiction other than Oregon.  Applicants for licensure by endorsement must have practiced at least 960 hours as an RN within the last five years, have graduated from a state approved education program within the last five years, or have completed an OSBN-approved re-entry course within the last two years.  In addition, the applicant must submit all other required documentation.

There are additional requirements for those who have completed a nursing education program outside of the US.  Consult the Oregon State Board of Nursing for further details about these requirements.

Oregon State Board of Nursing
17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd.
Portland, Oregon 97224-7012
Phone: 971-673-0685
Fax: 971-673-0684
www.oregon.gov/OSBN

Professional Associations for Nurses in Oregon

Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) – The Oregon Nurses Association is an advocacy group for nurses in Oregon.  Representing over 12,000 members, the ONA focuses their efforts in several areas, including governmental affairs, continuing education, workplace safety, research in nursing, scholarship opportunities, job placement, and community service.  The ONA has also partnered with other organizations to offer such services as professional liability insurance, legal advice, and even banking and vacation planning programs.

Oregon Holistic Nurses Association (OHNA) – This organization unites and serves the interests of holistic nurses in Oregon.  Benefits of membership in this organization include attending an annual conference and retreat, opportunities for speaking engagements, an on-line discussion and forum, and a listing of practitioners and supporters on the website.
Oregon School Nurses Association (OSNA) – This organization is dedicated to addressing the interests of school nurses in Oregon.  Some specific focuses of the OSNA are governmental affairs, continuing education in the area of school nursing, networking, and a list serve to address pertinent issues related to school nursing.


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