Quote from bsnwnab
Are they asking you to enroll only in Psychiatric Nursing in a Nursing Program? How is that possible? I thought I read somewhere that the Board will tell you where to do clinical hours to meet your deficient hours.
California does its own evaluation of all licensure applicants from international nursing programs
. They do not rely on CES though they would accept it if you have it. The official form is available online in the board's website. It specifically asks for theory and clinical hours spent on Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Nursing, Surgical Nursing, Obstetrical Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, and Psychiatric Nursing. I am assuming that the OP's international program did not meet the required hours for either theory or clinical or both in Psychiatric Nursing, hence, the recommendation to make up the hours in a California-approved nursing program. This is a relatively new development within the state for some Philippine-trained nurses. Numerous nurses in practice in California received their BSN in the Philippines (including myself) and had no problems with hours in the past.
To the OP, the only way you can get a license in California is if you meet the required hours. Even if you get licensed in another state and try to endorse to California, the board will ask for the breakdown of your educational program once again and if it's deficient, they will still ask for you to make up the hours. That's just how it is.