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Rule 4723-4-09 | Specialty certification.


(A) Nothing in this rule shall apply to an advanced practice registered nurse licensed to practice pursuant to section 4723.41 of the Revised Code.

(B) A registered nurse with a current, valid license to practice nursing in Ohio may use a title or initials denoting specialty certification in a particular area of specialty in nursing granted by a national certifying organization that has established standards for:

(1) Practice qualifications, formal education, continuing education, or other demonstration of knowledge in specialty practice; and

(2) The construction and administration of a psychometrically sound examination for a registered nurse applying for certification in a particular area of specialty in nursing.

(C) The title to be used by the registered nurse who focuses in a particular area of specialty in nursing shall be the title granted by the national certifying organization to those nurses who meet the requirements for specialty certification established by the national certifying organization. The registered nurse may use such title or initials following the title "Registered Nurse" or the initials "RN".

(D) No person shall use any title or initials implying or representing specialty certification unless that person has been granted a specialty certification title in nursing by a national certifying organization as set forth in paragraph (B) of this rule.

Last updated October 2, 2023 at 1:52 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: ORC 4723.07
Amplifies: ORC 4723.42
Five Year Review Date: 10/2/2028
Prior Effective Dates: 4/1/1991, 4/1/1998, 2/1/2001, 2/1/2014