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NCLEX Testing and OSBN Licensure Information

Fall 2015

The following information is provided to help you navigate the process for applying to take the NCLEX-RN exam and applying for licensure in the state of Oregon. You may only apply for licensure in one state as you graduate from nursing school and take the NCLEX-RN exam. (If you will be applying for licensure in a state other than Oregon, please contact that state’s board of nursing for their application materials.)

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has a helpful website that takes you through the entire process. It includes information for before, during and after the test.

There are two different processes that need to be completed simultaneously:

  1. Applying for licensure with the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN).
  2. Registering to take the NCLEX-RN Exam with Pearson VUE, the testing agency.

Process #1: Applying for licensure with the Oregon State Board of Nursing

  • OSBN application packet
    • Download the OSBN application packet from the OSBN website. (Not currently availble with Safari.)
    • Pages 1-3 of the packet include important application information. Please read these pages carefully.
      • Be sure that when you fill out your Intent to Graduate form with Enrollment Services, you also request an official transcript be sent to the OSBN after graduation.
    • Pages 4-8 of the packet is the actual "Oregon LPN/RN Application for Liscensure by Examination."
      • Please note that page 5 is for information only and should be removed from your completed application before submission to the OSBN.
      • Page 8 is not numbered. It is the "Photo Identification Verification for NCLEX Examination Eligibility."
        • Please read all the instructions regarding this piece of the application carefully, attach your photo, and DO NOT sign the form.
        • You may either sign the form in the presence of Dean Mallie Kozy, or in the presence of a notary. It is your choice.
        • There are three opportunities for you to sign the form in Dean Kozy's presence on campus. Please come prepared with your photo affixed to your form to one of these signing hours:
          • Tuesday, October 20, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Peterson 301
          • Tuesday, November 3, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Peterson 301
          • Tuesday, December 1, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Peterson 301
        • If you do not attend one of these three sessions, you will need to sign your Photo Identification form in the presence of a notary at your own expense.
      • Your complete application and fee should be sent to the OSBN per the instructions on page 1 of the packet.
  • Fingerprint-Based Background Check

Process #2: Registering to take the NCLEX-RN Exam with Pearson VUE, the testing agency

  • Registering with Pearson VUE may be done on their website.
  • Please note the Linfield program code: US80509800.


  • Enrollment Services will deliver your transcripts to the OSBN within three business days of the end of the semester.
  • The OSBN has told us that after your transcript is received from Linfield they begin processing applications in the order they were received. The OSBN process has taken up to three weeks. Please be sure your complete application has been submitted and your are registered with Pearson VUE.
  • Once you receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) from Pearson VUE you may schedule an appointment to test by visiting their website.
  • Per the OSBN, use your current legal name on all application documents.
  • Questions? Please contact the OSBN or Pearson VUE, depending on which process you need help with. You may also contact Jennifer Keltner in the Dean’s office and she will be happy to direct you to the best resource.

Additional Resource:
Pain Management Content for students entering the nursing program through Summer 2011.
Pain Management Content for students entering the nursing program Fall 2011 and following.