Can a BSN student sit the NCLEX-PN?

  1. I'm currently a 3rd year BSN student(4 year Program) and curious to know if a BSN student can sit the Nclex-PN? If so when, and in which states is this possible? Thanks!
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   hogan4736
    depends on your program...mine wouldn't allow for this...not sure why...may depend on the BON in your state as well...
  4. by   CarVsTree
    It also depends on your state BON. You also may want to keep in mind, that being a GPN while going to nursing school will be very difficult. There is so much to learn as a new nurse, and at the same time, you're still learning so much in school.

    I personally wouldn't do it.
  5. by   P_RN
    This was quite popular when I was in school a million years ago. It kind of took the stress out of school and anticipating taking NCLEX. I wouldn't recommend you try to work full time and do a full time BSN program.
  6. by   Hazel85
    anyone else
  7. by   caliotter3
    As previously stated, it depends on both your state's BON and your school. You must meet the state's minimum education level and your school has to certify this on your application for taking the NCLEX-PN. Several students in my BSN program did this many years ago (including me). My BSN program used to allow students to take the RN boards after completion of 75% of the program. However, they stopped this practice and I don't know whether they still allow persons to test at the PN level anymore. It has been almost 20 years. Schools change their rules through the years for various reasons, mostly dealing with money or prestige.
  8. by   Tweety
    The school has to meet certain criteria, so first ask your school.

    In this area, the BSN programs don't offer that option but the ADN school does. After one year in the ADN program, the school allows their students to sit for NCLEX-PN.

    Most students however believe it or not don't take this option because studying for NCLEX is time consuming and stressful and most don't want to devote that kind of time. On the other hand, it's good practice for NCLEX RN and can get you working as a nurse making some money while you're getting your BSN.

    Good luck.
  9. by   ukstudent
    All the States BON's require that your school send a letter stating that you have passed all the requirements for the LPN test. You need to call your school of nursing and find out if they will do this. Most no longer will do this. If they will, then you can test for any State.
  10. by   hypocaffeinemia
    My ADN program allows it if you take an 8 week clinical course in the summer between year 1 and year 2.

    Of course, it's pointless, but they offer it.


    Pointless because you don't finish until a week or two before third semester begins, so you'd be studying for the PN boards in the middle of the most intense semester (critical care). Even assuming you get your license by the end of September, how are you going to start a new job in the middle of school? Not worth it when you graduate with the RN the following May.

    The only people who should consider it are those who were weak on clinical skills during the first year and need the eight extra weeks to help catch up on basics.

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