I'm curious about something. I recently graduated from an accredited nursing school in New Jersey and they require that I take an exit exam (HESI) before I can take the NCLEX. Since I want to work in New York I am thinking about not taking the HESI from my school and just taking the NCLEX in New York. Now my question is when I pass the NCLEX in New York will it be difficult for me to get a License by Endorsement (reciprocity) from New Jersey since I didn't take the HESI exam from my school?
Jul 27, '07
by Tweety, BSN
Welcome to Allnurses. I hope you stick around and I wish you luck in your studies.
I'm doubtful that New Jersey is the one requiring HESI.
HESI are exit exams required by the certain schools and you probalby do not have the option of whether you take it or not.
All states require NCLEX. As far as I know there aren't states that require HESI and the NCLEX too. NCLEX is good enough.
First check with your school and make sure you're understanding correctly that HESI is optional if you're going to leave the state. I'm in Florida, so I'm not 100% sure, but I do know here that one of the schools requires passing HESI before they graduate. It's a school requirement, perhaps an NLN thing, but not a Florida requirement.
Good luck to you.
Last edit by Tweety on Jul 27, '07
Jul 27, '07
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
Suzanne is correct.
If a school requires students to pass HESI test as part of graduation requirements along with having a passsing grade in all courses it requires, then you have not met all requirements for graduation by not taking HESI exam.
Your transcripts will be incomplete and will not reflect that you graduated from a nursing program. In most states, not graduating from nursing program will prevent one from being given permission to test (ATT) and take NCLEX exam, as you have not met requirement of graduating from nursing program.
Both NY and NJ BON require graduation from nursing program along with passing NCLEX exam in order to obtain licensure.
NJ requires passage criminal background check too.
Bite the bullet, take the HESI exam and pass. Then can procede to get ATT to take NCLEX exam and pass.
Graduate from state approved US nursing school + NCLEX passage able to endorse license to most states in US.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jul 27, '07
Feb 22, '08
Quote from richrn2b
i have my nursing degree so i didn't need hesi to graduate.
what did you mean when you said the above statement? they gave you your diploma/degree without passing hesi? if so, that would mean passing hesi is only optional?
what school in jersey did you graduate from? charles e? i have a friend who goes there and she said passing hesi is a must.
how do you know you can take the nclex in ny? where did you get your info?
if i were you, i would call the school and clarify this hesi thing.
Last edit by agldragonRN on Feb 22, '08