Different States requirements...

  1. Hello! I have a question about different states requirements... I've heard that if you get your license in a state that doesn't have as high a requirement on the NCLEX-RN, if you want to work in another state that has a higher requirement, you have to take the NCLEX for that state. (The states I'm referring to are actually MO, which supposedly has a lower standard, and KS, which has a higher one.) Does anyone know anything about this?
    Thanks for the help!
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  3. by   klone
    Yes, I have heard that different states have different requirements for licensure. I believe CA is one state that is stricter than others.

    Your best bet would be to go to the BON website for the state you're interested in moving to and read about their requirements, and if they're a compact state.
  4. by   KRVRN
    Yes, there are different requirements. I have a feeling that it's the idea of taking the NCLEX again that is worrisome to you! If I'm not mistaken, if you moved to a different state it would be moreso a task of filling out forms and paying various fees to switch your license over than retesting.
  5. by   suzanne4
    Quote from FroggieRN
    Hello! I have a question about different states requirements... I've heard that if you get your license in a state that doesn't have as high a requirement on the NCLEX-RN, if you want to work in another state that has a higher requirement, you have to take the NCLEX for that state. (The states I'm referring to are actually MO, which supposedly has a lower standard, and KS, which has a higher one.) Does anyone know anything about this?
    Thanks for the help!
    There is only one NCLEX exam, and once you pass it, then it never has to be repeated. What you are talking about is before NCLEX time, when each state offered their own exam and depending on what your scores were, whether you were able to get reciprocity. Each state no longer has its own exam, some may have additional requirements such as classes on infections or child abuse, like NY, or somehting similar. You need to worry only about passing the once NCLEX exam, that will be your only test.

    You just need to fill out the application (by endorsement) and send in the appropriate fees for licensure to the new state. Simple as that.
  6. by   CHATSDALE
    i have heard also that you have to have a certain score which is higher than in some states than in others...however this was some time ago so suzy may be right about the current regulations
  7. by   jenrninmi
    What??! I have never heard of this...I hope not! I hope Suzanne is correct as well.
  8. by   mitchsmom
    I was thinking it is like Suzanne said as well... it's a pass/fail test, you don't get a "score".
  9. by   HisTreasure
    One NCLEX. There used to be a reciprocity issue, but I heard it no longer exists.

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