You can have a rewarding career by being a nurse in Ohio.
But, before you can achieve your dream, you have to get a license.
The licenses are released by the Board of Nursing, so read the articles or some info about it.
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What Does the Board Do?
The Ohio Board of Nursing is the entity that manages the nursing profession and released licenses.
The Board needs to:
- Issue licenses to future nurses
- Renew the credentials of already licensed personnel
- Ensure the candidates meet the requirements by analyzing the submitted documents
- Issue disciplinary actions
- Maintain the rules and regulations up-to-date
- Maintain accurate records
Getting Approval to Take the NCLEX
In Ohio, you must have a license to practice as a nurse.
You will also need to take the NCLEX exam.
This test is recognized everywhere in the country.
It is recognized in Canada and in Australia, as well.
This exam is offered through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
Candidates can easily schedule the exam at a Pearson Vue testing center.
These centers can easily be found in Ohio.
In order to be eligible for the exam, you have to:
- Completing a training course for nurses
- Complete the CGFNS International Certification Program – if you’re a foreigner
- Fill out the online application
- Pay the fee – 180 USD
- Have a clean criminal record
It is advisable to send the exam registration while sending the license application.
In Ohio, you can get your nursing license online.
You should compile the needed documents and send them to:
The address you should send it to is:
- 17 S High St #660, Columbus, OH 43215
The Council and the Board will first review your application.
Then, the results will show up on the official site of the Ohio Nursing Board.
If you have an active license in another state, you don’t need to pass the exam again.
Renewing Your License
In order to keep your license active, you have to get it renewed online.
The process is easy once you know how to do it.
First, you need to fill in the address information.
You also need to verify your mailing address.
You have to provide the Board with a current address.
If you got a new Social Security Number, you should let the Board know.
Your email address is needed to store your online account and payment info.
You also need to provide a credit or debit card.
The costs associated with renewing your license will be covered by you.
During the first renewal cycle, you don’t need to take any extra hours of education.
The next renewal cycles require 24 hours of education.
If you are licensed by reciprocity for 12 months you should take 12 hours of continuing education.
How To Do A License Lookup
In order to find out if your nurse license is active, you should do a license lookup.
To search for a person, fill in the information required and press ‘Search’.
The information requested will be available at the bottom of the screen.
To access a nurse you have to press the link provided for every record.
When searching for a license, you should first choose the Board and submit the name of the person.
If you don’t know how to spell the name, you can do a lookup using a % as a wildcard.
You will also get more search criteria to narrow down the search results.
You can do a license verification on this page:
Ohio’s Board of Nursing Contact Information
You should also know how to reach out to the Ohio board.
The Board of Nursing in North Carolina has the following address:
- 17 S High St #660, Columbus, OH 43215, United States
The phone number you can reach the Board is +1 614-466-3947.
You can also reach the Board by fax at 614-466-0388.
Like in most other states, the Board of Nursing in Ohio can be reached on weekdays only, between 8 am and 5 pm.
You can also contact the Board using the following email:
The following page, part of the official website of the Board, has more ways of getting in touch with the Board, based on the nature of your inquiry:
After you get all the needed information, you can ensure that your licensing and renewal process will go with no issues.