RN License Requirements for Ohio

When you are ready to apply for a nursing license it is important to be familiar with the state requirements. Each state has different requirements and fees. Planning ahead will allow you to organize the required paperwork and budget for the required expenses. Below are the RN license requirements for Ohio.

Complete a nursing program

Complete an approved nursing program and then have the school send a certificate of program completion to the board of nursing. The Ohio Board of Nursing accepts Program Completion Letters by email at education@nursing.ohio.gov.

If you were educated in a foreign country, the process for obtaining your registered nurse license in Ohio is a little different. A full education course review by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) needs to be completed. You will also have to show proof of passing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.


Register for the NCLEX

Register with Pearson Vue. There is a $200 fee for registering for the NCLEX-RN exam. Once all eligibility criteria have been verified, you will be contacted with information on scheduling your exam.


Apply to the State Board

Complete Ohio Board of nursing application and submit with a money order, cashier’s check or certified check in the amount of $75 payable to “Treasurer, State of Ohio.” Mail your completed application and fee to:

Ohio Board of Nursing

Attention: Licensure Unit

17 South High Street, Suite 400

Columbus, Ohio 43215-7410


Background Check

The Ohio Board of Nursing requires all applicants to complete a criminal records check. Applicants must submit fingerprints for an FBI (federal) and BCI (civilian) criminals record check completed by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. By law, the board can not complete processing your application until BOTH background check reports are received. Electronic fingerprints must be completed st a Webcheck location in Ohio. There are a few exceptions, such as residing out of state, for which fingerprint cards will be accepted. When you schedule your session, inquire about the cost as for a money order will be required. The cost varied by location, but generally is around $60 for both criminal record checks.


Take (and pass!) the test

Once you receive your testing confirmation information from Pearson Vue, you can schedule your exam. Stay calm and focused knowing that you have worked hard and are prepared for the NCLEX. You are on your way to becoming a member of the very rewarding field of nursing. Good Luck!