I am a full-fledged Indiana RN. I graduated from Ivy Tech Community College earlier this year, and took many of my transfer courses at Indiana University. At Ivy Tech--and the Indiana State Board of Nursing, for that matter--it's not a requirement to take Microbiology. It's just a class listed among several courses you can take to satisfy your co-requisites. I opted to take Chemistry and Advanced Anatomy & Physiology instead.
I recently applied for my California RN license. I was told that the only thing holding up my endorsement is that my transcripts don't show a course in Microbiology! Is this for real? It seems like a bad nightmare! I'm a nurse, I passed my NCLEX, is this really a legitimate concern? Does California really insist that you've taken a course in Microbiology in order to be an RN? Does anyone else find that odd?
My only saving grace might be that I also have a bachelor's in Kinesiology from IU, and that one of those courses might transfer to Ivy Tech as Microbiology. If not, I don't really know what to do. I guess I could try to test out of the course via the CLEP exam, transfer my results to Ivy Tech, and then forward my new transcript to California, but it seems like an awful lot of work for something rather silly.
Has anyone else had this problem? Do you have any advice for me? I would appreciate any help or suggestions you might have to offer. This whole thing has left me rather down. It just seems sometimes like the entire world is full of meaningless, arbitrary red tape that solves nothing and only serves to make life unnecessarily harder.
Thanks for your time!