Is there an RN-BSN online school that doesn't require current RN license

  1. I'm about to go through the application process to sit for the NCLEX-RN, but I was wondering during the meantime, is there a school out there that will allow me to sign up without a current RN license yet? Just as a Graduate Nurse? There was one school I looked into which allowed you enroll but you must take the NCLEX within 6 months and if you were to fail, they would dis-enroll you. I'm not willing to shell out money and take my chances in case I do fail.

    Any schools that anyone knows about that will allow this?
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   meanmaryjean
    I don't think you'll find a school, because if it's an RN-to-BSN program, you must BE an RN first.
  4. by   elkpark
    I've never heard of one. THere's a reason they're called "RN to BSN" programs ... Some even require you to have some prescribed amount of RN experience (one year, two years) in order to be eligible, beyond just being licensed.
  5. by   kaydensmom01
    I don't know of any. I am taking this time between graduation and being licensed as time to take my co-req's for the rn-bsn program. Then as soon as I get licensed I will start taking nursing classes.
  6. by   OlivetheRN
    I was able to apply to Western Carolina's program before graduating and was accepted on the condition that I passed the NCLEX before classes started.
  7. by   Fireman767
    You can get into programs on the contingency that you get your RN, however if it takes you 3 years to get your RN after graduation then you will wait as long to start the classes.
  8. by   green34
    I think it has to do with their accrediation.
  9. by   classicdame
    if you are not an RN you do not qualify for the program. Get your license first
  10. by   nurseprnRN
    Dear gawd in heaven, I hope not.

    If you want a BSN without having obtained an RN first, that's called a BSN program, it takes four years, and you go to college for it.
  11. by   kaydensmom01
    Quote from GrnTea
    Dear gawd in heaven, I hope not.

    If you want a BSN without having obtained an RN first, that's called a BSN program, it takes four years, and you go to college for it.
    Wow, she is talking about entering a program while she is waiting to take her NCLEX not skipping the ADN portion.
  12. by   nurseprnRN
    Quote from kaydensmom01
    Wow, she is talking about entering a program while she is waiting to take her NCLEX not skipping the ADN portion.
    It appears from her original post that she is in a position to have taken the NCLEX before she applies to the RN-to-BSN program, since she is in the process of applying for the NCLEX now and is asking about programs that will accept her if she doesn't get the RN first. Perhaps she just has a diploma. I can't tell if she has an ADN, is applying for an ADN (probably not since she's asking about RN-to-BSN), or what. Perhaps she can clarify for us.

    Cutting to the chase, my comment stands: If you are not an RN, the way to get a BSN is to take a BSN program, either directly or via an integrated ADN/ASN-to-BSN integrated program. It is called an RN-to-BSN program for a reason.
  13. by   Jenngirl34RN
    Some schools will let you apply before you get your RN but require that you get your RN before the program starts. Just ask the admissions advisors at the school you are attending if they will allow that.
  14. by   Katie71275
    I know that Northwestern in Louisiana will let you, I think you need to have your license before the end of your first semester though ( I don't quite remember the timeline). It's an excellent program and I'm about to start there for my RN to BSN, but I do have my license.

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