EC Grads Able to Obtain Licensure in Maryland!

  1. Just received an email from EC! Here is an excerpt:

    Today, Maryland Governor O'Malley signed into law a bill that restores the ability for graduates of Excelsior's associate degree in nursing program to become licensed as RNs in the state.

    Effective October 1, 2013, Excelsior graduates will be eligible for licensure by endorsement if they have an unencumbered RN license from another state and have had at least 1,000 hours of active nursing practice within the 12-month period prior to applying for a Maryland license. To put the 1,000 hour requirement into perspective, this is the equivalent of about a half a year's worth (26 weeks) of full-time practice, assuming a 37.5 hour work week.
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  3. by   Peterjoy93
    Great news! Hopefully more states join in!
  4. by   Pixie.RN
    At the end of the day, it's really only California where EC grads cannot obtain licensure. Sure, other states may require a certain amount of RN time or precepted hours, but Maryland and California were the only ones where there were no options. Now it's only California, and I kind of doubt they'll change.
  5. by   JustBeachyNurse
    I do find it ironic that CA is the only state with the "30 unit" option for LVN to RN that gives one a license only valid in CA and not endorsable to other states plus has a very unique opportunity to challenge the NCLEX-PN as a CNA with 5 years experience and a pharmacology class yet EC and the rigorous CPNE examination is not acceptable. Especially for LPN to RN bridge (I know some states will only accept EC degrees if the candidate was an LPN or sometimes military qualified first, and won't accept respiratory therapist to RN candidates)
  6. by   Erikadawn RN
    That's great I live close to MD, and when I was an Lpn and worked there I used my Delaware license. What's the deal on Georgia?
  7. by   rnlately
    Georgia has it's long list of stipulations but EC is accepted. I'm licensed in GA.
  8. by   Dreaming4acute87
    I am moving to MD, would employers look down upon a BSN from Excelsior due to MD former issue with the ASN? I am considering applying to their RN-BSN program due to their relationship with my former school making the credits cheaper.
  9. by   Erikadawn RN
    Personally I never had a problem with my Excelsior education. I had a few questions but they basically only wanted to know if I had a valid RN license
  10. by   dblpn
    I hope others join in too...without the requirements though.
  11. by   dblpn
    I'm gonna fly to Maryland and give Gov. O'Malley a big hug!