Oklahoma Nursing License

Oklahoma offers a little something for everyone. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, plenty of outdoor fun, amazing food, and some fun sporting events in the Sooner State. As a travel nurse, OKlahoma can enhance your career while enjoying the state's culture and natural beauty. 

The team at Onward Healthcare is here to help you naviagate the Oklahoma nursing licensure process as well as find you your next Oklahoma travel nursing job. Need help with your Oklahoma nursing license application? Give us a call. We can walk you through the process and we may even pay your state fees!

Oklahoma Nursing Licensure Questions

If you are a registered nurse seeking travel assignments in Oklahoma—but you do not have an NLC multistate license—you can apply for licensure by an endorsement through the Oklahoma Board of Nursing (OBN). First-time licensees would need licensure by examination.

How to Apply for an Oklahoma Nursing License?

Applying for Oklahoma nurse licensure by endorsement requires:

  • An active nursing license in another state or U.S. territory
  • A completed application and paid licensing fees – $85 for nurses educated in the U.S., or $95 with a temporary license
  • Verification of citizenship status
  • Graduation from a nursing program approved by the OBN
  • Successful completion of the NCLEX
  • Verification from the original state of nurse licensure
  • Evidence of continuing qualifications for practice; see OBN site for details
  • Completed fingerprint cards to conduct a criminal background check
  • A 2”x2” photograph

How Long Does It Take To Receive Your Oklahoma Nursing License?

Once all documentation is received, your state license should be granted by the OBN within about 4 weeks. That’s right, only 4 weeks!

Is Oklahoma is a NLC State?

Oklahoma has been a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) since January 2018, when the latest version of the compact was implemented. Also known as the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), this agreement allows RNs or LPNs to have one multistate nursing license that is valid for practicing in any of the 30+ compact member states.

If you already have an NLC multistate license from your primary state of residence, you are well on your way to working travel nursing jobs in Oklahoma; you won’t need to get any additional licensing.

Need to Renew Your License?

Oklahoma nursing licenses must be renewed every two years, at the end of the nurse’s birth month. RNs and LPNs with an active license can apply for their Oklahoma Board of Nursing license renewal on the Board’s website and pay the renewal fee of $75.

Renewal applicants must meet at least one of five continuing qualifications for practice: 540+ work hours; 24+ contact hours of CE; certification in a nursing specialty; completion of a refresher course; or completion of 6+ semester hours of nursing coursework.

You can find more details and access a copy of your Oklahoma nursing license verification through the Board’s licensing portal.


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