The Board is closed to visitors but is continuing all operations remotely. To contact the Board, go to the “Contact Us” section at the bottom of this page.

General Guidance for Initial Licensing Authorized by the Coronavirus Omnibus Legislation (HB197)
Extension of Licenses Due to Expire – COVID-19 Declared Emergency

• Ohio law authorizes nursing practice in emergencies without an Ohio nursing license and the Board is expediting the issuance of temporary permits and all license types.
Click here for the full Board statement regarding the mobility of nurses

Click here for numerous Guidance and Communication documents
Extension of Approvals: Education Programs, Training Programs, OBN Approvers of CE
• See reopening of limited numbers of NCLEX testing centers

APRNs AND PRESCRIBING (Also see “Practice” section below)
• APRNs, monitor and for updates affecting your practice
DEA Guidance on Oral CII Prescriptions (NEW)
Guidance for APRNs Who Provide Patient Care as an RN-COVID-19
• See the DEA COVID-19 Information Page on the Diversion Control Divisions web for guidance; direct questions concerning COVID-19 to the Policy email box at

RN and LPN practice in the COVID-19 Health Care Environment
Conserving PPE

Welcome to the Ohio Board of Nursing

Public protection is critical, as nursing impacts every citizen of Ohio. Through licensing services, education programs, and compliance processes, we are dedicated to ensuring public protection.

Rule Revisions

The Board completes its five-year review of applicable rules in a timely manner each year. Also, each year, individual rules not slated for five-year review are amended to comply with recent legislative changes or for technical or non-substantive reasons.

The Board held a hearing regarding proposed rule revisions on November 20, 2019. You may review the proposed rule changes at the Register of Ohio website,

Promoting Excellence in Health Care Regulation

Whether you are applying for or renewing a license, filing a complaint, or need to learn more about continuing education, the Board can assist you. Together we can protect the health and welfare of the public through effective regulations and nursing excellence.

Announcements, News, and Events

Coronavirus Omnibus Legislation (HB197) was signed by Governor DeWine on March 27, 2020.

On March 27, Governor DeWine signed the Coronavirus Omnibus Legislation (HB197) which suspends, for the period of the COVID-19 emergency, the law requiring an applicant for licensure by examination to have passed the NCLEX examination. Click on the links below for information. Please review the information carefully.  The Board is striving to respond to calls/emails but […]

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The Ohio Board of Nursing meeting scheduled for April 22-23, 2020 is canceled.

The Ohio Board of Nursing meeting scheduled for April 22-23, 2020 is canceled. For upcoming meeting dates, please click on the About the Board tab.

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Ohio Board of Nursing

For updated and additional information regarding COVID-19, see the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) website at You can link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website through ODH or visit CDC directly at ODH has opened a Call Center seven days a week from 9:00 am-8:00 pm, to answer questions […]

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ALERT: Fraudulent Calls

The Board continues to hear from nurses and employers who are receiving calls from someone posing as a Board of Nursing investigator. The caller may state that nurse(s) are under investigation by the DEA, FBI, or Board of Nursing; the caller may ask for DEA numbers or bank account numbers, and may threaten loss of […]

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Effective on April 1, 2020, the passing standard for the NCLEX-PN Examination will increase.  NCSBN announced the new passing standard is -0.18 logits, 0.03 logits higher than the current standard of -0.21 logits. The 2020 NCLEX-PN Test Plan is available on the NCSBN website at

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Medication Aide Certification (MA-C) Renewal

The renewal period for MA-C certificates began on February 1, 2020.  Throughout the renewal cycle, the Board will be sending renewal information through eNews and social media. Click on the link below for detailed information about renewal deadlines, fees, and CE. Medication Aide Certification (MA-C) Renewal Instructions

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