RN Program Prerequisites From Foreign Country

  1. Hello everyone,
    My name is Dmiriy. I'm starting 14 months LVN program on September 25th.
    After graduation in November of 2007 and passing NCLEX i plan to star LVN-RN program as soon as possible. I attended Nursing School in Russia for almost 16 months full time and completed most(all) of my prerequisites (incl. Anatomy, Microbiology, Physiology, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, Geography, Chemistry, Biology, Math, PE). Since i didn't graduate from nursing school in Russia i do not have a complete diploma however i do have an official Transcript from that Nursing School .
    Also from August 2000 - June 2003 i studied in the Moorpark College, CA as International Student. I had takken few Social Science classes, Humanities, Math and English. I also have official transcript from there.
    The question is will my international prerequisites be accepted here in California @ any LVN-RN program or i have to start everything from zero?
    Thank you,
    Dmiriy
    Los Angeles, CA
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   purplemania
    Sorry I do not know the answer and hope you get an answer soon. Have you written or phoned the Board of Nursing in California? Good luck and welcome to America.
  4. by   MrMojo
    purplemania
    Thank You !
    I just send an email to the Board. will see what they will tell me.
  5. by   ironica01
    Quote from MrMojo
    Hello everyone,
    My name is Dmiriy. I'm starting 14 months LVN program on September 25th.
    After graduation in November of 2007 and passing NCLEX i plan to star LVN-RN program as soon as possible. I attended Nursing School in Russia for almost 16 months full time and completed most(all) of my prerequisites (incl. Anatomy, Microbiology, Physiology, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, Geography, Chemistry, Biology, Math, PE). Since i didn't graduate from nursing school in Russia i do not have a complete diploma however i do have an official Transcript from that Nursing School .
    Also from August 2000 - June 2003 i studied in the Moorpark College, CA as International Student. I had takken few Social Science classes, Humanities, Math and English. I also have official transcript from there.
    The question is will my international prerequisites be accepted here in California @ any LVN-RN program or i have to start everything from zero?
    Thank you,
    Dmiriy
    Los Angeles, CA
    you may get credits from social sciences, math and electives depending on your school. but you will have to take English courses no matter what. im talking through experience. goodluck...
  6. by   MrMojo
    ironica01
    Is it including Anatomy, Microbiology, Physiology & Psychology?
    I took English in 2002 so I'm good .

    Thank you!
  7. by   ironica01
    Quote from MrMojo
    ironica01
    Is it including Anatomy, Microbiology, Physiology & Psychology?
    I took English in 2002 so I'm good .

    Thank you!
    You may get credits on these subjects too, depending on your LVN school. For RN, you will have to have at least a grade of C on each subject to get credits again, depending on your school. I know someone from my class who went to nursing in Russia but still had to take Pediatrics because she didn't have enough credits. But the rest of her nursing classes and the rest of her prerequisites were all credited. My advice is to see the guidance counselor of the RN school you are planning to attend and have your transcript evaluated by him/her and he/she will tell you what you miss.
    just want to ask why take LVN when you already have credits for RN? you know whatever you took up in LVN will never be credited to your RN. cuz LVN scope of practice is different from RN.Again, im talking through experience. they teach you differently.
    I took LPN because I wasn't sure if Nursing was the one I wanted to do. Years went by and I loved it. That's when I took RN. I should have just jumped into RN than spending 2 years in LPN. and the pay difference is alot. hence: LPN 19-27/hr RN 29-32/hr. depending on the facility.
  8. by   MrMojo
    ironica01
    Thank you very much for the information.
    I cant stay in school for 2+ years and work parttime for $15/h. So after im done with my LVN school i can start working full time for good $ and study to be RN.
    A i know it take about 1 year (2-3 semesters) to complete LVN-RN programright? specially when i have all my prereqs done.
  9. by   vivek105
    Hope you make it !!
    Last edit by vivek105 on Dec 1, '07

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