Oregon State Board of Nursing
17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd.
Portland, Oregon 97224-7012
Phone: (971) 673-0685
Fax: (971) 673-0684

Visit the OSBN website to get your license number after testing; to look up your license to see if you are in “good standing”; to check on your license renewal; to learn about transferring your license from another state; to change your address; to get common questions answered, and a lot more.

The Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) oversees our programs. They are also responsible for determining licensure and certification requirements, interpreting the Oregon Nurse Practice Act, evaluating and approving nursing education programs and nursing assistant training programs, issuing licenses and renewals, investigating complaints and taking disciplinary action against licensees who violate the Oregon Nurse Practice Act, maintaining the nursing assistant registry, administering competency of evaluations, imposing disciplinary sanctions for nursing assistants, and providing testimony to the legislature and other organizations as needed.

Listed below are links to the Oregon State Board of Nursing and Department of Health Services regulations which govern our program and the roles of CNAs and CMAs in Oregon:


  • DIVISION 1 Rules of Practice and Procedure
  • DIVISION 47 Standards for Community-Based Care Registered Nurse Delegation
  • DIVISION 62 Standards for Certification of Nursing Assistants and Medication Aides
  • DIVISION 63 Standards and Authorized Duties for Certified Nursing Assistants and Certified Medication Aides



How to Schedule State Exam:

Once the Certificate of Completion packet is issued, you will submit your application to test for certification and payment to OSBN. Applicants  for the CNA 1 exam may only apply online​ at https://www.oregon.gov/osbn/Pages/index.aspx. The OSBN will send you a “Next Steps” email with instructions on what to do; a link that will take you to the OSBN section of Fieldprint’s website with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check; and a link to Headmaster, also known as TestMaster, where you will schedule your state exam. OSBN test scheduling depends on when you submit your application and payment to the OSBN. After the OSBN reviews your application and releases you to test, you will receive an email from Headmaster Testing Service with instructions on how to schedule your exam date.  Once you choose a date, Headmaster will send you a confirmation email.

  • FieldPrint Fingerprinting Process / National Criminal Background Screening

The link you receive to the Fieldprint website is unique to your application and cannot be used by any other applicant. Once at Fieldprint’s website, click “Schedule an Appointment,” and you will be prompted to create a secure user account. Enter your email address under “New Users/Sign Up” and click the “Sign Up” button. Follow the instructions for creating a Password and Security Question and then click “Sign Up and Continue.” You will be prompted to enter all demographic information required by the State of Oregon. Once this step is complete, you will be able to search for a fingerprinting location and schedule an appointment at a date and time most convenient for you. Pay the $64.50 background check fee via Fieldprint’s website. At the end of the process, print the Confirmation Page. Take the Confirmation Page with you to your fingerprint appointment, along with two forms of identification. If you have any questions or problems, you may contact Fieldprint’s customer service team at (877) 614-4364 or customerservice@fieldprint.com.

  • Headmaster / Certification Testing

You may call HeadMaster to schedule your exam at (800) 393-8664, or go online at https://or.tmuniverse.com. To schedule your exam, you will log into Headmaster with the user name and password provided in your packet. You may reschedule an exam date up until three (3) business days before your scheduled exam date online by calling Headmaster.

PO Box 6609
Helena, MT 59604
Phone: (800) 393-8664
Fax: (406) 442-3357

Oregon CNA Testing and Certification
Oregon Medication Aide Testing and Certification

Oregon Nursing Assistant Candidate Handbook (pdf)
Oregon Medication Aide Candidate Handbook (pdf)

OSBN Board Exam Fees:

Fees are payable to: OSBN. Fees submitted as part of the application process are not refundable.

CNA - Initial Examination: $106.00
(For applicants to obtain Oregon CNA1 certification who have not been certified as a CNA in another state or jurisdiction, and who have completed an OSBN-approved and minimum OBRA standard Nursing Assistant training within the last two years.)

CMA - Initial Examination: $73.00

NA-1 and MA students will be fingerprinted as set by the OSBN regulations for board certification testing. Effective September 1, 2015, applicants for certification testing will have their fingerprints taken via Livescan, a digital process for fingerprint capture. The State of Oregon has contracted with Fieldprint to handle fingerprint collection services. It has the largest network of Livescan collection site throughout the country.

  • Students are required to submit their Certification for Examination Application and processing fees to the OSBN for board testing and their fingerprint-based criminal background check before getting their fingerprints.
  • Once the OSBN has received a student’s application and fee payments, they will send the student a “Next Steps” email with further instructions and a link to take them directly to Fieldprint’s webpage. The link is unique to each student’s application and cannot be used by any other applicant. Through the link, students can set up a Fieldprint user account, schedule their fingerprinting appointment, and pay the fee for their fingerprint collection.
  • Applicants must have an appointment; all walk-ins will be turned away.