Chapter 4723-7 Examination and Licensure

4723-7-01 Definitions.

As used in this chapter,

(A) "Authorization to test" means the authorization to take the examination for licensure issued by the testing service to an eligible applicant.

(B) "Eligible applicant" means an individual who applies for licensure by examination whom the board has determined, based on the requirements contained in section 4723.09 of the Revised Code and this chapter, is eligible to take the examination.

(C) "Examination" or "examination for licensure" means the NCLEX-RN or the NCLEX-PN.

(D) "Foreign educated nurse graduate" means an individual who has completed a nursing education program leading to initial licensure as a nurse that is not located within a jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing.

(E) "Inactive" means the status of a license or certificate of an individual who made a written request for the board to place the license or certificate on inactive status and who, if they possess an intravenous therapy card issued under division (A) of section 4723.17 of the Revised Code, has returned the card to the board. An individual with an inactive license or certificate does not hold a current, valid license or certificate.

(F) "Jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing" means any state, territory, or political subdivision of the United States in which a board or legal approving authority regulates nurse licensure and nursing practice and maintains membership in the national council of state boards of nursing.

(G) "Lapsed" means the status of a license or certificate of an individual who did not meet all the requirements of license or certificate renewal, and who did not request that the board place the license or certificate on inactive status.

(H) "NCLEX-PN" means the national council licensing examination for practical nurses developed and administered by the national council of state boards of nursing.

(I) "NCLEX-RN" means the national council licensing examination for registered nurses developed and administered by the national council of state boards of nursing.

(J) "Practical nursing education program" means a nursing education program that leads to initial licensure as a licensed practical nurse.

(K) "Reactivate" means to change the status of a license or certificate from inactive to active.

(L) "Registered nursing education program" means a professional nursing education program that leads to initial licensure as a registered nurse.

(M) "Reinstate" means to change the status of a license or certificate from lapsed or suspended to reinstated.

(N) "Testing service" means the entity that the national council of state boards of nursing contracts with for the development and administration of the examination.

Effective: 02/01/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/13/2011 and 10/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4723.07
Rule Amplifies: 4723.06 , 4723.08 , 4723.09 , 4723.10
Prior Effective Dates: 06/01/1976, 07/24/1982, 04/01/1991, 04/01/1994, 02/01/1996, 04/01/1998, 02/01/2001, 02/01/2002, 02/01/2007

4723-7-02 Requirements and application for licensure by examination as a nurse.

(A) The NCLEX-RN shall be the approved examination for licensure as a registered nurse in Ohio.

(B) The NCLEX-PN shall be the approved examination for licensure as a licensed practical nurse in Ohio.

(C) To apply for licensure by examination to practice nursing as a registered nurse in Ohio, an applicant shall have successfully completed a registered nursing education program that satisfies one of the following:

(1) Is approved by the board according to section 4723.06 of the Revised Code and Chapter 4723-5 of the Administrative Code;

(2) Is approved by a jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing; or

(3) Has been determined to be acceptable by the board for a foreign educated nurse graduate according to rule 4723-7-04 of the Administrative Code.

(D) To apply for licensure by examination to practice nursing as a licensed practical nurse in Ohio, an applicant must have successfully completed a practical nursing education program that satisfies one of the following:

(1) Is approved by the board according to section 4723.06 of the Revised Code and Chapter 4723-5 of the Administrative Code;

(2) Is approved by a jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing; or

(3) Has been determined to be acceptable by the board for a foreign educated nurse graduate according to rule 4723-7-04 of the Administrative Code.

(E) In addition to the requirements set forth in paragraphs (C) and (D) of this rule, an applicant for licensure by examination shall:

(1) Submit to the board a completed application on the form required by the board, located at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm (revised October 2013);

(2) As required by section 4723.09 of the Revised Code, submit to a criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation the results of which indicate that the individual has not been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilt for any violation set forth in section 4723.092 of the Revised Code;

(3) As required by section 4723.09 of the Revised Code, not be required to register under Chapter 2950. of the Revised Code or a substantially similar law of another state, the United States, or another country;

(4) Submit to the board the applicable licensure application fee required by section 4723.08 of the Revised Code; and

(5) Complete the registration process for examination required by the testing service.

(F) Prior to the board determining an applicant is eligible to take an examination, the board shall have received the following:

(1) For an applicant who has successfully completed an Ohio nursing education program approved by the board, written notification of the applicant's completion of the program, submitted directly by the education program administrator or designee to the board, according to paragraph (B)(9) of rule 4723-5-09 of the Administrative Code. If the program has closed, the board may accept a copy of the applicant's official transcript certified to be a true copy by the custodian of the original transcript, instead of a program completion letter.

(2) For an applicant who has successfully completed a nursing education program approved by a jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing, other than Ohio, an official transcript from the nursing education program submitted directly by the education program administrator or designee to the board that sets forth the completed program requirements and the date on which it was completed. If the program has closed, the board may accept other documentation evidencing that the applicant's educational preparation is substantially similar to that required for programs approved by the board.

(3) For an applicant who is a foreign educated nurse graduate, the information set forth in paragraph (A) of rule 4723-7-04 of the Administrative Code.

(G) The board may propose to deny admission to the licensure examination pursuant to an adjudication under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. Based on the results of the adjudication, the board may grant admission to the licensure examination, deny admission to the licensure examination, or condition admission to the licensure examination on the applicant's successful correction of the area of deficiency identified by the board.

(H) If an application for licensure by examination submitted to the board remains incomplete for one year, the application shall be considered void and the fee submitted with the application shall be forfeited. All applications provided or required by the board shall state this limitation.

Effective: 02/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4723.07
Rule Amplifies: 4723.06 , 4723.08 , 4723.09 , 4723.10
Prior Effective Dates: 01/01/1971, 07/24/1982, 08/01/1983, 04/01/1991, 04/01/1993, 04/01/1994, 02/01/1996, 04/01/1997, 04/01/1998, 02/01/2002, 02/01/2003, 02/01/2007, 02/01/2012

4723-7-03 Authorization to test, accommodations, retesting, and notification.

(A) If the board determines an applicant is eligible to take the examination it shall request that the testing service issue the applicant an authorization to test.

(1) The testing service shall issue an authorization to test to each eligible applicant.

(2) An eligible applicant who has received an authorization to test must contact the testing service to schedule a time to take the examination.

(B) If an eligible applicant fails to take the examination within one year from the date the authorization to test was issued, the authorization is void, and the applicant must submit a new application for licensure by examination to the board and complete the registration process for the examination required by the testing service.

(C) The national council of state boards of nursing may grant accommodations for the examination related to the applicant's disability. In order to be considered for accommodations, the board must receive the following:

(1) A letter from the applicant that includes information regarding the specific type of disability involved, the specific type of accommodations requested and the applicant's contact information;

(2) A letter from the applicant's nursing education program administrator stating that accommodations of the same type that the applicant is requesting were provided to the applicant during the nursing education program, unless the disability occurred after the completion of the program; and

(3) Documentation submitted to the board directly from a qualified professional with expertise in the area of diagnosed disability, on the professional's letterhead including:

(a) Recent reports, diagnostic test results, interpretations of test results, evaluations and assessments of the applicant demonstrating the need for accommodations due to a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and

(b) Information regarding the history of the disability, its impact on the applicant's ability to function, and past accommodations granted to the applicant, if any.

(D) The board shall notify the applicant of the results of the examination as reported by the testing service.

(E) If an applicant fails the examination, the board shall inform the applicant of the right to repeat the examination. To repeat the examination, the individual shall:

(1) Apply for licensure by examination to the board and meet all requirements as set forth in this chapter, including submitting an application on the form required by the board, located at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm (revised October 2013), and the application fee required by section 4723.08 of the Revised Code; and

(2) Complete the registration process for examination required by the testing service.

(F) If the applicant passes the examination, the board shall issue a license if the applicant has:

(1) Completed all requirements for licensure required by this chapter and section 4723.09 of the Revised Code;

(2) Has not committed any act that may be grounds for disciplinary action under section 4723.28 of the Revised Code ; and

(3) Is not ineligible for licensure under section 4723.09 of the Revised Code based on conviction of, plea of guilty to, or judicial finding of guilt for any violation set forth in section 4723.092 of the Revised Code, or based on status as a sex offender required to register under Chapter 2950. of the Revised Code or a substantially similar law of another state, the United States, or another country.

(G) The board shall send reports of the testing results to nursing education programs for their graduates on a schedule established by the board.

Effective: 02/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4723.07
Rule Amplifies: 4723.06 , 4723.08 , 4723.09 , 4723.10
Prior Effective Dates: 08/01/1983, 04/01/1991, 04/01/1993, 10/01/1993, 04/01/1994, 02/01/1996, 04/01/1997, 04/01/1998, 02/01/2002, 02/01/2003, 02/01/2004, 02/01/2007, 02/01/2012

4723-7-04 Requirements for licensure for foreign educated nurse graduates.

(A) A foreign educated nurse graduate applying for licensure by examination shall satisfy all of the following:

(1) Provide to the board a full education course-by-course report from the credentialing evaluation service (CES) of the commission of graduates of foreign nursing schools (CGFNS) that includes information sufficient for the board to determine whether the foreign educated nurse graduate's education program has educational content and requirements that are substantially similar to a registered nursing education program set forth in rule 4723-5-13 of the Administrative Code if the applicant is applying for licensure by examination as a registered nurse, or a practical nursing education program set forth in rule 4723-5-14 of the Administrative Code if the applicant is applying for licensure by examination as a practical nurse;

(2) Provide to the board evidence of obtaining the minimum passing score on the "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFLT). This requirement does not apply to a foreign educated nurse who graduated from a college, university, or professional education program located in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, or Canada, except that, with respect to Canada, the exception from the requirement does not apply to Quebec, unless the individual graduated from McGill university, Dawson college in Montreal, Vanier college in St. Laurent, John Abbot college in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, or Heritage college in Gatineau;

(3) As required by section 4723.09 of the Revised Code, submit to a criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation, the results of which indicate that the individual has not been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilt for any violation set forth in section 4723.092 of the Revised Code;

(4) As required by section 4723.09 of the Revised Code, not be required to register under Chapter 2950. of the Revised Code or a substantially similar law of another state, the United States, or another country;

(5) According to rule 4723-7-02 of the Administrative Code, submit to the board a completed application on the form required by the board, located at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm (revised October 2013), and the applicable license application fee required by section 4723.08 of the Revised Code;

(6) According to with rule 4723-7-02 of the Administrative Code, complete the registration process for examination required by the testing service; and

(7) In addition to the requirements of this paragraph, a foreign educated nurse graduate applying for licensure by examination is subject to the provisions of rule 4723-7-03 of the Administrative Code.

(B) A foreign educated nurse graduate applying for licensure by endorsement shall satisfy all of the following:

(1) If seeking licensure by endorsement as a registered nurse, have been originally licensed by examination to practice as a registered nurse in a jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing, and meet one of the following requirements:

(a) If originally licensed by examination prior to January 1, 1953, evidence of having passed an examination;

(b) If originally licensed by examination on or after January 1, 1953, but prior to July 1, 1982, achievement of a score of at least three hundred fifty on each subject tested in the "State Board Test Pool Examination";

(c) If originally licensed by examination on or after July 1, 1982, but prior to October 1, 1988, achievement of a score of at least one thousand six hundred on the NCLEX-RN; or

(d) If originally licensed by examination on or after October 1, 1988, achievement of a "pass" score on the NCLEX-RN;

(2) If seeking licensure by endorsement as a licensed practical nurse, have been originally licensed by examination to practice as a practical nurse in a jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing, and meet one of the following requirements:

(a) If originally licensed by examination on or after July 1, 1956, but prior to July 1, 1982, achievement of a score of at least three hundred fifty on the "State Board Test Pool Examination";

(b) If originally licensed by examination on or after July 1, 1982, but prior to October 1, 1988, achievement of a score of at least three hundred fifty on the NCLEX-PN; or

(c) If originally licensed by examination on or after October 1, 1988, achievement of a "pass" score on the NCLEX-PN;

(3) Have submitted to the board directly by the program administrator or designee, or by the jurisdiction in which the applicant was originally licensed by examination, an official transcript from the foreign educated nurse graduate's nursing education program, translated into English, a full education course-by-course report from the credentialing evaluation service (CES) of the commission of graduates of foreign nursing schools (CGFNS) ; or other documentation acceptable to the board, that includes information sufficient for the board to determine:

(a) Whether the program has educational content and requirements that are substantially similar to a registered nursing education program, as set forth in rule 4723-5-13 of the Administrative Code, if seeking licensure by endorsement as a registered nurse; or

(b) Whether the program has educational content and requirements that are substantially similar to a practical nursing education program, as set forth in rule 4723-5-14 of the Administrative Code, if seeking licensure by endorsement as a licensed practical nurse;

(4) Provide evidence satisfactory to the board of possessing a working knowledge of the English language. This requirement does not apply to a foreign educated nurse who graduated from a college, university, or professional education program located in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, or Canada, except that, with respect to Canada, the exception from the requirement does not apply to Quebec, unless the individual graduated from McGill university, Dawson college in Montreal, Vanier college in St. Laurent, John Abbot college in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, or Heritage college in Gatineau;

(5) Have submitted to the board either directly by the jurisdiction in which the foreign educated nurse graduate was originally licensed by examination, or electronically by the national council of state boards of nursing, one of the following:

(a) Verification of licensure by examination as a registered nurse, if seeking licensure by endorsement as a registered nurse; or

(b) Verification of licensure by examination as a practical nurse if seeking licensure by endorsement as a licensed practical nurse;

(6) Have submitted to the board directly from any jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing, or electronically by the national council of state boards of nursing:

(a) Verification of current, valid licensure as a registered nurse, if seeking licensure by endorsement as a registered nurse; or

(b) Verification of current, valid licensure as a practical nurse if seeking licensure by endorsement as a licensed practical nurse;

(7) Have submitted to the board the results of a criminal records check conducted by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation according to section 4723.09 of the Revised Code, indicating that the applicant for licensure by endorsement has not been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilt for any violation set forth in section 4723.09 of the Revised Code;

(8) As required by section 4723.09 of the Revised Code, not be required to register under Chapter 2950. of the Revised Code or a substantially similar law of another state, the United States, or another country;

(9) Submit to the board documentation of completion of two contact hours of continuing education that is directly related to Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code or rules adopted by the board, and that meets the requirements set forth in paragraph (C) of rule 4723-14-01 of the Administrative Code for category A education; and

(10) Submit to the board a completed application on the form required by the board, located at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm and the applicable license application fee required by section 4723.08 of the Revised Code.

(C) If the board determines that the educational content and requirements of a foreign graduate's nursing education program are not substantially similar to those for nursing education programs set forth in Chapter 4723-5 of the Administrative Code, the board may condition the foreign educated nurse graduate's eligibility for licensure by endorsement on successful completion of a program or course of study identified by the board as necessary to address any deficiency.

(D) The board may propose to deny licensure by examination or endorsement to a foreign educated nurse graduate pursuant to an adjudication conducted in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. Based on the outcome of the adjudication, the board may grant licensure, deny licensure, or condition licensure on the applicant's successful completion of education in the area of deficiency identified by the board.

(E) According to section 4723.09 of the Revised Code, the board may issue a nonrenewable temporary permit to practice nursing as a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse to a foreign educated nurse graduate seeking licensure by endorsement. A temporary permit expires at the earlier of one hundred eighty days after the permit is issued or upon licensure by endorsement.

(F) A foreign educated nurse graduate seeking licensure by endorsement as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse, who requests a temporary permit to practice nursing in Ohio shall:

(1) Submit, according to paragraph (B)(3) of this rule, evidence of successful completion of a nursing education program determined by the board to have educational content and requirements that are substantially similar to either:

(a) A registered nursing education program, as set forth in rule 4723-5-13 of the Administrative Code if the foreign educated nurse graduate is seeking a temporary permit as a registered nurse; or

(b) A practical nursing education program, as set forth in rule 4723-5-14 of the Administrative Code if the foreign educated nurse graduate is seeking a temporary permit as a licensed practical nurse;

(2) Have submitted directly by the jurisdiction in which the applicant was originally licensed by examination, or electronically by the national council of state boards of nursing, verification of licensure by examination, as provided in paragraph (B)(5) of this rule;

(3) Have submitted verification of current, valid licensure directly from any jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing, or electronically by the national council of state boards of nursing.

(G) The board shall immediately terminate a foreign educated nurse graduate's temporary permit upon notification of a criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation, that indicates the individual has been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilt for any violation set forth in section 4723.092 of the Revised Code, or upon information that the permit holder is required to register under Chapter 2950. of the Revised Code or a substantially similar law of another state, the United States, or another country.

(H) If a foreign educated nurse graduate seeking licensure by examination or endorsement fails to meet the requirements for licensure within one year from the date the application for licensure is received, or the application remains incomplete for one year, the application shall be considered void and the fee forfeited. The application shall state the circumstances under which forfeiture may occur.

Effective: 02/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4723.07
Rule Amplifies: 4723.06 , 4723.08 , 4723.09 , 4723.10
Prior Effective Dates: 08/01/1983, 04/01/1991, 04/01/1993, 10/01/1993, 04/01/1994, 02/01/1996, 04/01/1997, 04/01/1998, 02/01/2002, 02/01/2003, 02/01/2004, 02/01/2007, 02/01/2010, 02/01/2011, 02/01/2012

4723-7-05 Registered nurse licensure by endorsement.

(A) A registered nurse applicant for licensure by endorsement shall satisfy the following:

(1) Have completed either:

(a) A registered nursing education program approved by a jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing at the time the applicant completed the program; or

(b) A registered nursing education program not approved by a jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing, for which the board has received from the program administrator or designee, or from the jurisdiction in which the applicant was originally licensed by examination as a registered nurse, a copy of an official transcript or other documentation demonstrating that the applicant's educational preparation is substantially similar to that required for programs approved by the board;

(2) Submit a completed application on the form required by the board, located athttp://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm (revised October 2013), and the license application fee required by section 4723.08 of the Revised Code;

(3) As required by section 4723.09 of the Revised Code, submit to a criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation the results of which indicate that the applicant for licensure by endorsement has not been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilt for any violation set forth in section 4723.092 of the Revised Code;

(4) As required by section 4723.09 of the Revised Code, not be required to register under Chapter 2950. of the Revised Code or a substantially similar law of another state, the United States, or another country; and

(5) Have been originally licensed by examination to practice as a registered nurse and meet one of the following requirements:

(a) If originally licensed by examination prior to January 1, 1953, evidence of having passed an examination;

(b) If originally licensed by examination on or after January 1, 1953, but prior to July 1, 1982, achievement of a score of at least three hundred fifty on each subject tested in the "State Board Test Pool Examination";

(c) If originally licensed by examination on or after July 1, 1982, but prior to October 1, 1988, achievement of a score of at least one thousand six hundred on the NCLEX-RN; or

(d) If originally licensed by examination on or after October 1, 1988, achievement of a "pass" score on the NCLEX-RN;

(B) In addition to meeting the requirements in paragraph (A) of this rule, prior to licensure by endorsement as a registered nurse an applicant shall:

(1) Submit evidence of successful completion of a registered nursing education program according to paragraph (A)(1) of this rule;

(2) Have submitted directly from the jurisdiction of the applicant's original licensure by examination, or electronically from the national council of state boards of nursing, verification of licensure by examination as a registered nurse, as required by paragraph (A)(4) of this rule;

(3) Have submitted verification of current, valid licensure as a registered nurse directly from any jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing, or electronically by the national council of state board of nursing;

(4) Submit to the board documentation of completion of two contact hours of continuing education that is directly related to Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code or rules adopted by the board, and that meets the requirements set forth in paragraph (C) of rule 4723-14-01 of the Administrative Code for category A education; and

(5) Submit any other documentation required by the board.

(C) The board may propose to deny licensure by endorsement pursuant to an adjudication conducted in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

(D) According to section 4723.09 of the Revised Code, the board may issue a nonrenewable temporary permit to practice nursing as a registered nurse to a registered nurse applicant for licensure by endorsement. A temporary permit expires at the earlier of one hundred eighty days after the permit is issued, or upon licensure by endorsement.

(E) An applicant for endorsement as a registered nurse who requests a temporary permit to practice nursing as a registered nurse in Ohio shall:

(1) Submit evidence of successful completion of a registered nursing education program according to paragraph (A)(1) of this rule;

(2) Have submitted directly from the jurisdiction of the applicant's original licensure by examination, or electronically from the national council of state boards of nursing, verification of licensure by examination as a registered nurse according to paragraph (A)(5) of this rule;

(3) Have submitted verification of current, valid licensure as a registered nurse directly from any jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing, or electronically from the national council of state boards of nursing; and

(4) Submit any other documentation required by the board.

(F) The board shall immediately terminate the applicant's temporary permit upon notification of a criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation that indicates the individual has been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilt for any violation set forth in section 4723.092 of the Revised Code, or upon information that the permit holder is required to register under Chapter 2950. of the Revised Code or a substantially similar law of another state, the United States, or another country.

(G) If an applicant for licensure by endorsement as a registered nurse fails to meet the requirements for licensure within one year from the date the application is received, or the application remains incomplete for one year, the application shall be considered void and the fee forfeited. The application shall state the circumstances under which forfeiture may occur.

Effective: 02/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4723.07
Rule Amplifies: 4723.06 , 4723.09
Prior Effective Dates: 01/01/1971, 08/01/1983, 02/16/1990 (emer.), 05/20/1990, 04/01/1991, 04/01/1993, 10/01/1993, 08/08/1994, 06/01/1995, 02/01/1996, 04/01/1997, 04/01/1998, 04/01/1999, 02/01/2000, 02/01/2002, 02/01/2003, 02/01/2007, 02/01/2009, 02/01/2010, 02/01/2012

4723-7-06 Practical nurse licensure by endorsement.

(A) A practical nurse applicant for licensure by endorsement shall satisfy the following:

(1) Have completed:

(a) A practical nursing education program approved by a jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing at the time the applicant completed the program;

(b) A practical nursing education program not approved by a jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing, for which the board has received from the program administrator or designee, or from the jurisdiction in which the applicant was originally licensed by examination as a licensed practical nurse, a copy of an official transcript or other documentation demonstrating that the applicant's educational preparation is substantially similar to that required for programs approved by the board; or

(c) If the applicant has practiced and maintained current, valid licensure as a licensed practical nurse in another jurisdiction for a minimum continuous period of five years prior to the date of application, either:

(i) A registered nursing education program approved by a jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing, at the time the applicant completed the program; or

(ii) A registered nursing education program not approved by a jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing, for which the board has received from the program administrator or designee, or from the jurisdiction in which the applicant was originally licensed by examination as a licensed practical nurse, a copy of an official transcript or other documentation demonstrating that the applicant's educational preparation is substantially similar to that required for programs approved by the board;

(2) Submit a completed application on the form required by the board, located athttp://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm (revised October 2013), and the applicable license application fee required by section 4723.08 of the Revised Code;

(3) As required by section 4723.09 of the Revised Code, submit to a criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation, the results of which indicate that the applicant for licensure by endorsement has not been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilt for any violation set forth in section 4723.092 of the Revised Code;

(4) As required by section 4723.09 of the Revised Code, not be required to register under Chapter 2950. of the Revised Code or a substantially similar law of another state, the United States, or another country; and

(5) Have been originally licensed to practice as a licensed practical nurse based upon passing a practical nurse examination and meet one of the following requirements:

(a) If originally licensed by examination on or after July 1, 1956, but prior to July 1, 1982, achievement of a score of at least three hundred fifty on the "State Board Test Pool Examination";

(b) If originally licensed by examination on or after July 1, 1982, but prior to October 1, 1988, achievement of a score of at least three hundred fifty on the NCLEX-PN; or

(c) If originally licensed by examination on or after October 1, 1988, achievement of a "pass" score on the NCLEX-PN.

(B) In addition to meeting the requirements in paragraph (A) of this rule, prior to licensure by endorsement as a practical nurse an applicant shall:

(1) Submit evidence of successful completion of a practical nursing program according to paragraph (A)(1) of this rule;

(2) Have submitted directly from the jurisdiction of the applicant's original licensure by examination, or electronically from the national council of state boards of nursing, verification of licensure by examination as a practical nurse, as required by paragraph (A)(5) of this rule;

(3) Have submitted verification of current, valid licensure as a licensed practical nurse directly from any jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing or electronically by the national council of state boards of nursing;

(4) Submit to the board documentation of completion of two contact hours of continuing education that is directly related to Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code or rules adopted by the board and that meets the requirements set forth in paragraph (C) of rule 4723-14-01 of the Administrative Code for category A education; and

(5) Submit any other documentation required by the board.

(C) Upon the request of a practical nurse applicant for licensure by endorsement who satisfies the requirements of paragraphs (A) and (B) of this rule, the board may issue a license indicating one or both of the following

(1) The applicant is authorized to administer medication according to division (F)(3) of section 4723.01 of the Revised Code if the applicant submits documentation satisfactory to the board of having successfully completed a course or course content in medication administration;

(2) The applicant is authorized to provide adult intravenous therapy according to Chapter 4723-17 of the Administrative Code if the applicant submits documentation satisfactory to the board of meeting the requirements of section 4723.18 of the Revised Code and Chapter 4723-17 of the Administrative Code;

(D) The board may propose to deny licensure by endorsement pursuant to an adjudication conducted in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

(E) According to section 4723.09 of the Revised Code, the board may issue a nonrenewable temporary permit to practice nursing as a licensed practical nurse to a practical nurse applicant for licensure by endorsement. A temporary permit expires at the earlier of one hundred eighty days after the permit is issued, or upon licensure by endorsement.

(F) An applicant for licensure by endorsement as a practical nurse who requests a temporary permit to practice nursing as a licensed practical nurse in Ohio shall:

(1) Submit evidence of successful completion of a nursing education program according to paragraph (A)(1) of this rule;

(2) Have submitted directly from the jurisdiction of the applicant's original licensure by examination, or electronically from the national council of state boards of nursing, verification of licensure by examination as a licensed practical nurse, according to paragraph (A)(5) of this rule;

(3) Have submitted verification of current, valid licensure as a licensed practical nurse directly from any jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing, or electronically from the national council of state boards of nursing, and if the applicant qualifies for licensure by endorsement as a practical nurse by satisfying the requirements of paragraph (A)(1)(c) of this rule, documentation that the applicant has practiced and maintained current, valid licensure as a licensed practical nurse in another jurisdiction for a continuous period of five years prior to the date of application; and

(4) Submit any other documentation required by the board.

(G) The board shall immediately terminate the applicant's temporary permit upon notification of a criminal records check completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation that indicates the individual has been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or had a judicial finding of guilt for any violation set forth in section 4723.09 of the Revised Code, or upon information that the permit holder is required to register under Chapter 2950. of the Revised Code or a substantially similar law of another state, the United States, or another country.

(H) If an applicant for licensure by endorsement as a licensed practical nurse fails to meet the requirements for licensure within one year from the date the application is received, or the application remains incomplete for one year, the application shall be considered void and the fee forfeited. The application shall state the circumstances under which forfeiture may occur.

Effective: 02/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4723.07
Rule Amplifies: 4723.06 , 4723.09
Prior Effective Dates: 01/01/1971, 08/01/1983, 02/16/1990 (Emer.), 05/20/1990, 04/01/1991, 04/01/1993, 10/01/1993, 08/08/1994, 06/01/1995, 02/01/1996, 04/01/1997, 04/01/1998, 04/01/1999, 02/01/2000, 02/01/2002, 02/01/2003, 02/01/2007, 02/01/2008, 02/01/2009, 02/01/2010, 02/01/2012

4723-7-07 Original certificate and license.

(A) A certificate suitable for framing shall be issued to each licensed nurse stating the licensee's name, license number, and date of issuance. This certificate shall bear the official seal of the board and shall be signed by the executive director of the board.

(B) The numbering of licenses shall be sequential.

(C) A license issued to a licensed practical nurse shall indicate the following when applicable:

(1) The licensed practical nurse is authorized to administer medications in accordance with division (F)(3) of section 4723.01 of the Revised Code;

(2) The licensed practical nurse is authorized to administer intravenous therapy in accordance with section 4723.18 of the Revised Code.

(D) Wall certificates or other documents issued by the board as evidence of licensure, certification, or other authorization shall not be falsified or altered.

Effective: 02/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4723.07
Rule Amplifies: 4723.06
Prior Effective Dates: 01/01/1971, 04/01/1991, 04/01/1993, 04/01/1994, 04/01/1998, 02/01/2007, 02/01/2009, 02/01/2012

4723-7-08 Replacement of documents issued by the board.

A licensee or certificate holder who requests a replacement copy of a document issued by the board to a licensee or certificate holder that has been lost, stolen, or destroyed shall submit a notarized statement on a form specified by the board, located at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm (revised February 2009), giving proper identification, explanation of the loss, and, for a replacement wall certificate, payment of the fee as required by division (A)(8) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code.

Effective: 02/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4723.07
Rule Amplifies: 4723.06 , 4723.08 , 4723.271
Prior Effective Dates: 01/01/1971, 08/01/1983, 04/01/1991, 04/01/1993, 06/01/1995, 04/01/1998, 04/01/1999, 02/01/2001, 02/01/2002, 02/01/2007, 02/01/2010

4723-7-09 Licensure renewal.

(A) Licenses shall be renewed as required by section 4723.24 of the Revised Code. Licensure renewal applications, located at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm (registered nursing renewal application revised March 2013 and licensed practical nursing renewal application revised January 2012), may require the licensee to provide nursing practice, education, and demographic information relevant to the public interest. Data provided by licensees shall be used only in aggregate form for the purposes of research and public information. The entire licensure renewal application, including requested data, shall be completed to satisfy the requirements of the renewal procedure.

(B) The board shall provide access to an on-line renewal application or provide a paper application, both located at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm (registered nursing renewal application revised March 2013 and licensed practical nursing renewal application revised January 2012), for renewal to every holder of a current, valid license, except when the board is aware that the individual may be ineligible for license renewal for any reason, including those reasons set forth in section 4723.24 of the Revised Code or section 4723.092 of the Revised Code. Failure of the licensee to receive an application for renewal from the board does not excuse the licensee from the requirements of section 4723.24 of the Revised Code and this chapter.

(C) If a completed renewal application is not postmarked, renewed on-line, or otherwise received by the board before July first of odd numbered years for registered nurses, or July first of even numbered years for licensed practical nurses, in order to renew the applicant shall pay a late processing fee of fifty dollars according to division (A)(13) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code. The late processing fee is in addition to the renewal fee required by division (A)(9) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code. Failure to pay the late processing fee and license renewal fee prior to September first of the applicable renewal year will cause the license to lapse, according to division (A) of section 4723.24 of the Revised Code.

(D) A licensee, with a current, valid license, who does not intend to practice nursing in Ohio may request the license be placed on inactive status :

(1) At time of renewal, by checking the appropriate box on the licensure renewal application that indicates the licensee wants to place the license on inactive status; or

(2) At any time, by submitting to the board a written statement requesting that the license be placed on inactive status.

(E) A registered nurse who does not renew a license to practice nursing on or before August thirty-first of odd numbered years and who has not requested inactive status according to paragraph (D) of this rule, shall have a lapsed license.

(F) A licensed practical nurse who does not renew a license to practice nursing on or before August thirty-first of even numbered years and who has not requested inactive status according to paragraph (D) of this rule, shall have a lapsed license.

(G) A licensee who continues to practice nursing in Ohio with an inactive or lapsed license shall be subject to disciplinary action under section 4723.28 of the Revised Code.

(H) To reactivate an inactive license or reinstate a lapsed license, the licensee must submit:

(1) A completed licensure renewal, reinstatement or reactivation application, located at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm (revised April 2013), and all required information;

(2) Verification of completion of continuing education in accordance with Chapter 4723-14 of the Administrative Code; and

(3) Payment of the applicable fees required by section 4723.08 of the Revised Code.

(I) A licensee who placed a license on inactive status according to paragraph (D) of this rule on or after July first of the year in which the license is to be renewed, and who then notifies the board on or before August thirty-first of the same renewal year of the intent to reactivate the license, must still pay the late processing fee required by division (A)(13) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code and paragraph (C) of this rule.

(J) When a license to practice nursing as a registered nurse is issued by the board on or after March first of an odd numbered year, that license shall be current through August thirty-first of the next odd numbered year.

(K) When a license to practice nursing as a practical nurse is issued by the board on or after March first of an even numbered year, that license shall be current through August thirty-first of the next even numbered year.

(L) When a certificate of authority is issued by the board in accordance with Chapter 4723-8 of the Administrative Code on or after March first of an odd numbered year, that certificate shall be current through August thirty-first of the next odd numbered year.

(M) A licensee , who submits a renewal application on July first or later, or whose license lapsed, due to the licensee's service in the armed forces of the United States, or in the national guard or in a reserve component, shall be eligible for renewal and reinstatement without payment of the late application fee required by division (A)(13) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code, and the reinstatement fee required by division (A)(18) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code, if the following are met:

(1) The licensee presents the board with satisfactory evidence that, not more than six months prior to the date the evidence is submitted to the board, the licensee or certificate holder was honorably discharged or separated under honorable conditions;

(2) The licensee is not suffering a mental or physical impairment that may affect the individual's ability to provide safe care; and

(3) The licensee meets the requirements for license or certificate renewal required by section 4723.24 of the Revised Code.

(N) A licensee, who submits a renewal application on July first or later, or whose license lapsed, due to the licensee's spouse's service in the armed forces of the United States, or in the national guard or in a reserve component, shall be eligible for renewal and reinstatement without payment of the late application fee required by division (A)(13) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code, and the reinstatement fee required by division (A)(18) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code, if the following are met:

(1) The licensee presents the board with satisfactory evidence that the licensee did not renew their license because their spouse's military service caused them to be absent from the state of Ohio;

(2) The licensee presents the board satisfactory evidence that, not more than six months prior to the date the evidence is submitted to the board, the licensee's spouse was honorably discharged or separated under honorable conditions; and

(3) The licensee meets the requirements for license renewal required by section 4723.24 of the Revised Code.

Effective: 02/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4723.07
Rule Amplifies: 4723.06 , 4723.24
Prior Effective Dates: 01/01/1971, 08/01/1983, 04/01/1991, 04/01/1993, 08/08/1994, 02/01/1996, 04/01/1997, 04/01/1998, 02/01/2001, 02/01/2002, 02/01/2003, 02/01/2007, 02/01/2008, 02/01/2009, 02/01/2010, 02/01/2012

4723-7-10 Replacement of documents issued by the board. [Rescinded].

Rescinded eff 2-1-07

4723-7-11 Licensure renewal. [Rescinded].

Rescinded eff 2-1-07