CNA License Reciprocity in Oregon

To ensure a smooth transition as you consider working as a travel CNA in Oregon or moving to Oregon, understanding CNA reciprocity in the state is crucial. This process allows you to transfer your out-of-state CNA license to Oregon seamlessly. In the following, we’ll explain the specific requirements and steps for an out-of-state CNA license transfer to Oregon, enabling you to navigate the license reciprocity process with ease.

Transferring your license to Oregon using reciprocity requires you to already have a CNA license in another state. If you’re looking to register your first CNA certification on the Oregon Registry, read our page about how to get on the Oregon CNA Registry.

CNA license reciprocity in Oregon

Fees

Amount: $60
Details: Administrative fees

Fingerprint

Yes, the state of Oregon contracts with Fieldprint Inc. for this check

If you are within 75 miles of a collection site, you must visit a Fieldprint Inc location to submit your fingerprints. You’ll need to book an appointment here and enter the code FPORBoardNursingDAS when prompted. Keep in mind that it can take over 12 weeks to get the results. It’s essential you put the code in so it reaches the Oregon Board of Nursing

If you are over 75 miles away from a Fieldprint Inc collection site, please contact the Oregon Board of Nursing by email for an alternative process

Application

Online application: Yes, see here
Form: No

How to

Fill in the online application:

  1. Create an account with the OSBN Nurse Portal
  2. Complete the account registration
  3. Click on “Apply for License” at the top right corner of the first box “Your Licenses with OSBN”
  4. Under “CNA Endorsement Application” click on “CNA”
  5. Insert your information in “General Information”
  6. Answer the “Eligibility Questions”
    • CNA duties: you will need to have completed an OBRA approved Nurse Assistant training program in a state other than Oregon, have been certified as a Nurse Assistant (CNA) in another state and, if you completed your training program over two years ago, have worked as a CNA for at least 400 hours in the past two years
    • Cultural Competency Education: you will need to have completed two hours of cultural competency education within the past two years – you do not need to send copies of completion certificates to the Board but will need to retain them if you get audited. More details here
  7. Insert your education history in “Education History”
  8. Add reference to licenses you may hold if applicable in “Other Healthcare Licenses”
  9. Answer the query regarding your employment history in “Employment History”
  10. Review the information submitted and confirm the “Application Confirmation”
  11. Pay the fee and submit your application
  12. Submit the following to the Oregon Board of Nursing (see details below):
    • Evidence of completion of a nurse assistant training program that meets OBRA standards, i.e. 75 hours of combined classroom instruction and clinical practice. See Oregon’s requirements here. You can show proof in three ways:
      • Copy of training certificate of completion – which must contain your name, name of training program, date of completion, number of classroom hours, number of clinical hours, and signature of the director or primary instructor; or
      • Signed letter from the training program on company letterhead that lists your training completion date and the total number of classroom and clinical hours. Your training program must send the original document directly to the Board of Nursing; or
      • Signed letter from the state regulatory body that issued your CNA certificate on agency letterhead that verifies you completed an approved training program. It must list the completion date and the total number of classroom and clinical hours. The state regulatory body must send the document directly to the Board of Nursing
    • If your current state does not have an online CNA registry, you will need to arrange for verification by writing to the Board of Nursing (see details below)

Employer input required?

No

Current state input required?

No, unless required to evidence completion of training

Methods of filing

Online application: Yes
Email: Yes, only for evidence of completion of a nurse assistant training program that meets OBRA standards. Email: [email protected]
Fax: No
Mail: Yes, only for evidence of completion of a nurse assistant training program that meets OBRA standards. Address:
Oregon Board of Nursing
17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd.
Portland, OR 97224
OR

Support contact

Email: [email protected]
Call: (971) 673-0685

Official website

Information last updated in

February 2024

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