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NCLEX Testing and OSBN Licensure Information

Summer 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
    • The OSBN application packet may be downloaded from the OSBN website.
    • Pages 1-3 of the packet include important application information.
    • Page 4 of the packet is the Licensure Transcript Request form. You most likely have already filled this out and turned it in to the Office of Enrollment Services in Loveridge Hall when you submitted your Intent to Graduate form at the beginning of the semester. If you did not, please turn it in to Enrollment Services.
    • Pages 5-6 of the packet is the actual Licensure by Examination Application form. Fill it out completely and return it to the OSBN as instructed in the packet, including the application fee.
    • Page 7 of the packet is the Examination Picture Identification form. To obtain the Dean’s signature please bring your completed Picture ID form to Jennifer Keltner in PH 301. Once it is signed we will send your signed Picture ID form directly to the board for processing. You will not be responsible for mailing it in.
  • You must submit your fingerprints for a national criminal background check.
    • Barry from ABC Mobile Fingerprinting will be here on campus on August 4th and 11th if you would like to utilize her service. All materials for your fingerprinting will be provided at your appointment with Barry. Please sign up for an appointment via this Google Doc.
    • If you plan to go off campus for your fingerprints, there are complete fingerprinting packets in PH 301. The packet consists of the Fingerprint Identity Verification form, a fingerprint card, a privacy envelope, and a pre-addressed envelope to mail everything to the OSBN. If you would like, please stop by between 8am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday for a packet. You are not required to use this packet, but it has all the elements you will need.
      • An option to consider for fingerprints and passport photos is:
           @ a moments notice
           1033 SW Yamhill St. #205
           Portland, Oregon 97205
           Tel: 503.875.1463 or 503.481.5847
           Contact name: Kevin Faherty

           Eastside location:
           134 NE 125th Ave
           Portland OR 97230
           Open generally 8 - 4, but please call first or make an appointment. Both locations will charge $10 for fingerprints/$10 for passport photos if you mention that you are with Linfield.
      • Another option to consider:
           Passport Immigration Photos and Fingerprinting Services
           439 NW Broadway
           Portland, OR 97209
           Tel: 503.224.5014
           Open M-F 8am-6pm and Saturday 9am-3pm. $10/fingerprint card and $10/photos.
    • If you don’t pick up a packet on campus, download this form and take it with you (along with a privacy envelope) to the fingerprinting facility of your choice.
    • You may send your application and fingerprints together with one check in the same envelope. The OSBN suggests that all of your application materials be submitted no earlier than 90 days before your graduation date.

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

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


  • The OSBN files your application by receipt date and awaits additional information from Linfield (Picture ID form, transcripts) and you (fingerprints).
  • Todd McCollum of Enrollment Services will deliver your transcripts to the OSBN within three business days of the end of the semester.
  • After graduation, and once all of your paperwork has been received by the OSBN, the OSBN begins processing applications in the order the Licensure by Examination Application form was received. The dates the other items were received have no bearing on OSBN processing schedules.
  • If something is missing from your file, the OSBN will contact you.
  • The OSBN process after graduation can take up to three weeks. For their process to be completed, you must be sure all of your paperwork has been submitted and you 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.
  • To avoid delay in processing your application you must use the same name on every document you submit to OSBN and Pearson VUE. Since you will be required to show identification at the testing site you must use the name printed on your legal identification. 
  • 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.

**For those students who will be applying for licensure in a state other than Oregon you must contact that state’s board of nursing for their application materials.

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.