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Hi meanmaeyjean. No I was talking about the 30'unit option that is only in CA. This program says you can only practice in CA should this be the way you become an RN since you don't get a degree or anything. I think it's just a certificate. But what I was wondering is if I then further my education and get a BSN or MSN afterwards. Does this cancel out the fact that I received the certificate for Nursing and allow me to work outside of CA. Thank you.
Ah, this does change things. This is what happens when one doesn't read all the posts before replying
Even with the advanced degrees, it may be a no-go. You don't need a degree to get endorsed into other states, but you do need to have graduated from a nursing program. And from what I understand (I could be wrong), the BONs look at the initial program you took to get licensed and take the NCLEX, and not at whatever other degrees you add on. So getting a BSN/MSN after the fact may not cancel it out and leave you stuck able to work only in CA.
I'm also not a BON.
Even though the CA BRN site says that some 30-unit RNs get an ADN to get licensed in other states, that statement guarantees nothing: other BONs may take a look at you and say, "sorry, you still don't meet our requirements." Then you're SOL. So I'd suggest contacting BONs in some of the states that you might ever consider relocating to--or even pick 5 BONs at random--and ask if they would consider you for licensure if you did things this way. That would give you a more accurate answer than any of us could. I would definitely do this before considering the 30-unit option.
I never ever thought I'd be in CA. Yet here I am. So never say never.
Best of luck.