Online Renewal for RN, COA and CTP Holders is Now Available!


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All RNs are required to renew their license online this year.  During the month of May, the Board will alert RNs, through both email and postal mail, to renew their license online.  Nurses will access their User ID and Password for online renewal by a link on the Board’s website.

We understand that some licensees may not have a home computer and/or a credit or debit card. Computers are usually readily accessible in the workplace or in public libraries.  Licensees will also have the option to come into the Board’s office during regular business hours to renew online.  We will have a computer and printer set up in our lobby, and someone will be available to assist.

If individuals do not have a personal credit or debit card; they can pay for a pre-paid card at local stores and use the pre-paid card to complete the online transaction. Please note that an email address is required for you to receive a payment confirmation, but is not required to renew online.

To place your license/certificate on inactive status, submit a written request to (17 South High St., Suite 400, Columbus, Ohio 43215), e-mail ( or fax (614.466.0388) no later than August 31, 2015. Include your name, Ohio nursing license/certificate number and request for inactive status.

APRNs must renew their RN license, not just their COA.  APRNs cannot legally practice without renewing both their RN and COA.  Also, APRNs renewing their CTP must renew not only their CTP, but also their RN and COA.

APRNs must remember to renew all applicable licenses/certificates, because the current state licensing system cannot monitor or alert you if you have or have not renewed all the required licenses/certificates.
•    To practice, APRNs must renew both their RN license and COA
•    To prescribe, APRNs must renew three things: RN license, COA, and CTP

You will also be required to provide the name and address of your collaborating physician(s) at the time of renewal, so please have the information readily available.

For RNs with one or more COAs, your credential will read as follows.  The last digit indicates the number of COAs you hold.  
RN #####-1
RN #####-2
RN #####-3

For RX credential holders, the prefix RX has been changed to CTP. 
RX #####  becomes  CTP #####

Effective April 1, 2015 Ohio law sets forth certain situations where if you prescribe or personally furnish opioid analgesics or benzodiazepines, you are required to have access to OARRS either through registration or the ability to access an OARRS integrated service such as NARxCHECK.  If you do not have access and prescribe opioid analgesics or benzodiazepines, it is a violation of Ohio law and may result in disciplinary action. The Board is required by law to check licensees who renew their CTP to determine if they are in compliance with OARRS requirements. To register for OARRS, go to

This Rule sets forth certain situations that require APRN prescribers to review OARRS prior to prescribing or personally furnishing a reported drug to a patient. You must have access to OARRS either through registration or the ability to access an OARRS integrated service such as NARxCHECK in order to meet these requirements. Not complying with Rule 4723-9-12, OAC, is a violation of the Nurse Practice Act and may result in disciplinary action. To register for OARRS, go to

Nurse Education Grant Program: Proposals for Funding September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2017

The Board is soliciting proposals for the Nurse Education Grant Program for the September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2017 grant cycle. Complete application packets including all supporting documentation, and the correct number of copies (including a packet containing original signatures) must be received at the Board office by 5:00 p.m., on Friday June 5, 2015. Mailed or shipped material that arrives after this date and time will not be accepted. Should you have questions, please contact the NEGP Administrator by email at Application packets can be downloaded from the NEGP page.

Nursing Education Program Completion Letters

The Ohio Board of Nursing is pleased to announce that the Board will accept Program Completion Letters by email as of February 1, 2015.

The process was successfully piloted with several education programs during December and early January, and we are pleased to now make this available for all education programs.

Attached, for your reference, is a document that provides guidance for the email submission of Completion Letters. Also attached are new sample Program Completion Letters.  These documents can be found on the Board web site. Click on Education Programs or Licensure and Renewal to locate these documents.

As of March 30, 2015, the Board will require that education programs email all Completion Letters to the Board. We are pleased to implement this new electronic process for greater ease and efficiency.

If you have questions, please email

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