Nurse aide programs and CNA certification in Oregon are regulated by the Oregon Department of Health. Once you obtain nursing assistant licensure, you will surely find a number of rewarding job opportunities. How to get started with the procedure of obtaining CNA licensure? The initial step to acquire certification in OR is to complete the nurse aide program approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN), followed by passing the competency exam. If the applicant is already working as a CNA in another state, s/he may apply for nurse aide licensure by endorsement process.
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1. Initial Certification and Testing
Applicants are qualified to take the CNA examination if they meet the following requirements:
In general, if the applicant is currently or formerly certified in good standing in a state or territory in the U.S., then s/he is eligible for endorsement. In particular, you must meet the following requirements of the OSBN:
In addition to the above requisites, candidates must also submit the following:
Certification Verification from Your Previous State
Before sending the endorsement application packet, you must:
The examination in Oregon State is administered by the Headmaster Testing Service. You may apply for testing in either ways:
If you are directly applying to the OSBN, read the candidate instruction handbook:
The process to get a nursing assistant certificate in OR when you are or have been certified in any other state or territory in the United States is as follows:
Step 1 – Download the endorsement application form using this link:
Step 2 – Send the completed form and all the required documents using either of the following methods:
All certified nursing assistant licenses’ remain valid for 2 years. It gets expired at midnight the day before your birthday regardless of whether you were born in an even year or an odd year. If you were born in an even year, the license expires in even years, or if you were born in odd year, it expires in odd years.
Generally, a renewal notice is received from the OSBN around 6 to 8 weeks before the expiry date of your license, assuming that your mailing address is up-to-date with the OSBN office.
In order to renew a CNA license, applicants are required to meet the below eligibility criteria:
A fee of $65 is charged to renew the CNA certification which can be paid in the form of money order or check made payable to the OSBN.
Methods to Renew the CNA Certificate
Use either of the following methods to complete your renewal process:
If you let your license expire, you may apply for reinstatement of your certification by submitting a renewal application to the OSBN along with the required fees. In case, you fail to renew your license within 60 days of its expiration date, you will be required to reactivate it, as well as complete a national criminal background check.
Use the below link to verify your CNA license in Oregon:
You may complete the verification by entering either of the following information:
Read the following information to get information about the appropriate documents you will be required to submit along with your application request:
To update your name on the Oregon State Board of Nursing, you need to provide a copy of:
As such there is no additional document required to update the information. You just need to complete Section 3 of the application form.
The name and / or address change request application can be downloaded from the below link:
Send the completed request form and all other documents to the OSBN address mentioned above (Refer “Procedure for Application by Endorsement” section of this article).
Question 1 – I’m unable to login on the Board’s official site. I had renewed my license earlier with the same password and now the system is showing an error. What should I do?
Answer – Since the Board has recently updated its website, all the users who registered before April 26, 2009, must register again and generate a new password to use the online renewal system.
Question 2 – Why does the website ask for a Social Security Number?
Answer – It is required by the OSBN to collect the Social Security Number of all the licensees as per the state and federal law.
Question 3 – Isn’t this a security risk if we enter our SSN?
Answer – No. You are secured in terms of connection if you use official website of the OSBN.