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NCLEX Testing and OSBN Licensure Information

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:

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

Please read through this information carefully and thoroughly.  There is a lot of information.  Please look for Notes at the bottom of this page for additional helpful information.  

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

  • OSBN application packet
    • Download the OSBN application packet from the OSBN website. (Please note: download currently will not work with Safari.)
    • Pages 1-2 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 3-6 of the packet is the actual "Oregon Application for LPN/RN Liscensure by Examination."
      • The application is a fillable PDF (except for page 7).  Download the form and you can fill it out by typing in your information.
      • Please note that page 4 is for information only and should be removed from your completed application before submission to the OSBN.
      • Page 7 is not numbered. It is the "Photo Identification Verification for NCLEX Examination Eligibility."  This page should be printed on a single-sided piece of paper.  
        • Please read all the instructions regarding this piece of the application carefully, attach your photo using tape, and fill out fill out Section 2 of the form.
        • Drop off the complete Photo ID form to Jennifer Keltner in Peterson Hall 301.  Once the interim dean has signed the form, Jennifer will contact you to pick up the form at your convenience.
          • Please note: The interim dean's schedule will dictate when signing will occur, and Jennifer will contact you as soon as your form is signed and ready for pick-up.
      • Your complete application and fee should be sent to the OSBN per the instructions on page 1 of the packet.
  • Fingerprint-Based Background Check
    • Once the OSBN has received your completed application and fee, they will email you a personalized "Next Steps" email with instructions on how to make an appoinment to have your fingerprints taken digitally. Click for more information directly from the OSBN.
    • Once you have submitted your application, you may use the Application Status Wizard (found in the left-hand column of the OBSN website) to check the status of your application.
      • Please note that the checklist is current based on what has been entered in the OSBN database.  Application items could be in the OSBN office and simply not entered in the database at the time you are checking the Wizard.

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. If your complete application has been submitted and you are registered with Pearson VUE, you will likely be released to set an appointment to take the NCLEX within 2-3 weeks of graduation.
  • Once you receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) from Pearson VUE you may schedule an appointment to test by visiting their website.  They are required to offer you an appointment within 30 days of when you become eligible.
  • 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.
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