Navy Corpsman Seeks to Challenge NCLEX in NY

  1. I recently got discharged from the navy and know that in california you can challenge the nclex as a Navy Corpsman. And I've been looking everywhere and i can't find anywhere, if you can do the same in the state of NY . I was wondering if anyone out there would know, and if you can point me in the right direction of finding out. Any and all help will be appreciated.
    Also, it was asked before... So i'll just post a bit of my experiance. I have vast experiance in the medical field. I hated the idea of being a desk corpsman so i just jumped in on patient care. I had 9 months of experiance on a med surge ward, and another 1 and a half years working in the ER and ICU. (since icu would'nt have their own corpsman, when they had icu patients they would call an er corpsman to come up) Then 3 more years of being an EMS Corpsman riding ambulances at a fire station, then 1 more year line corpsman duty in iraq with a CAAT plattoon. (we hunted enemy tanks) and then worked in ER's in california for 7 more months. Overall I would have to say i've been in the med field practicing patient care well over 7 years. (leaving out other positions to save time) I'm not trying to brag, but i feel that I'm more than competant to challenge the boards. Because in going through nursing class's, I feel would be a waste of time and money. I'm sure there are always new pointers I can pick up, but would rather just take the test and start working immediatly. I've still been looking online for possible locations to find the answer to my question with no luck. Anyone else out there with possible suggestions :stone ????? Thank you in advance.

    Respectfully,
    Air
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  3. by   Nurse Ratched
    http://www.op.nysed.gov/nursing.htm

    I'm no lawyer, but I perused the web site for the NY State BON:

    Registered Professional Nursing

    You must hold at least a two-year degree or diploma from a program in general professional nursing that is acceptable to the Department and is:

    registered by the New York State Education Department or
    approved by the licensing authority or appropriate governmental agency in the jurisdiction where the school is located as preparation for practice as a registered professional nurse.


    I didn't see anything that would indicate you can challenge the NCLEX and be licensed in NY, but I would just call them directly and ask to be sure (also, don't take the work of the first idgit that answers the phone lol.)
  4. by   RN34TX
    Another option if NY doesn't allow you to challenge the boards is to go through EC. They will award you the associate degree without the endless clinical rotations and theory classes. The 3 day clinical exam is a killer but it sounds like you have the experience to pass it.
    They are an accredited NY school and designed specifically to meet RN licensure requirements in NY state.
  5. by   USA987
    I went to school in California with a handful of LPN's who were Navy Corpman. They were able to challenge the NCLEX-PN and become LPN's, but then they had to go through regular nursing school...a bridge program to be able to sit for the NCLEX-RN.

    Good luck to you!
  6. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from USA987
    I went to school in California with a handful of LPN's who were Navy Corpman. They were able to challenge the NCLEX-PN and become LPN's, but then they had to go through regular nursing school...a bridge program to be able to sit for the NCLEX-RN.

    Good luck to you!

    Corpman are able in some states to challenge the NCLEX-PN. I've never heard of anyone being able to challenge the NCLEX-RN. Good Luck
  7. by   AirBruce
    Thank you for the help. I really appreciate it. I'll go ahead and try to call the NY Department of Proffesionals, and try to see if i can challenge it. I also looked on that website you referred me too, and did'nt see anything in there about Navy corpsman But I'll keep my fingers crossed, and I'll try to find out if I can get some info and hopefully there's a light at the end of the tunnel. (not the one that calls out to you either lol) Again thank you all for helping me with quick responses to my questions. And when I find out more, I'll keep you guys posted. A million thanks. God bless,

    Respectfully,
    Air
  8. by   NRSKarenRN
    NY law re LPN's:
    http://www.op.nysed.gov/article139.htm

    6906. Requirements for a license as a licensed practical nurse.

    To qualify for a license as a licensed practical nurse, an applicant shall
    fulfill these requirements:
    (1) Application: file an application with the department;
    (2) Education: have received an education including completion of high
    school or its equivalent, and have completed a program in practical
    nursing, in accordance with the commissioner`s regulations, or
    completion of equivalent study satisfactory to the department in a
    program conducted by the armed forces of the United States or in an
    approved program in professional nursing;
    (3) Experience: meet no requirement as to experience;
    (4) Examination: pass an examination satisfactory to the board and in
    accordance with the commissioner`s regulations, provided, however, that
    the educational requirements set forth in subdivision two of this
    section are met prior to admission for the licensing examination;
    (5) Age: be at least seventeen years of age;
    (6) Citizenship: meet no requirements as to United States citizenship;
    (7) Character: be of good moral character as determined by the
    department; and
    (8) Fees: pay a fee of one hundred fifteen dollars to the department
    for admission to a department conducted examination and for an initial
    license, a fee of forty-five dollars for each reexamination, a fee of
    seventy dollars for an initial license for persons not requiring
    admission to a department conducted examination, and a fee of fifty
    dollars for each triennial registration period.


    Seems like you should be able to sit for LPN NCLEX exam. Get your ducks in a row and call NY SBON. Got nothing to loose.
    Good Luck!
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jul 11, '07 : Reason: updated website
  9. by   AirBruce
    OMG NRSKAREN! you are the best! I owe you a drink! lol. Thank you so much for your help. You hit the jackpot. I'll call them monday morning. Your the best! thank you so much!!!!! For taking the time to find that for me. I'll call them and I will let you all know how it goes. Thank you so MUCH! I owe you big time. Thanks again. GOD BLESS!

    Respectfully,
    Air
  10. by   zenman
    I was an ARMY corpsman and challenged the CA state boards (remember them?) back in 1975. I had heard we could do NY at that time also but I never checked. Took the LPN boards in TX also about the same time. After I finished Excelsior College, I had to take the state boards again (in LA) and actually my scores dropped slightly in some areas after going to nursing school! What the heck? :chuckle
  11. by   Southern_Male_Nurse
    Just to drop a note. Army 91C (practical nurses) (not too sure about Navy Corpsman - I don't know how their training compares to an Army 91C) are able to sit for the RN-NCLEX in the state of West Virginia, due to the training is considered equivalent of a ADN. You can't transfer it to another state though.

    Question: If you have a license from such a state (whether it be CA, WV, or NY), and lets say you wanted to work in another state (i.e., VA), but you know you can not work as a RN, do you think it is possible to obtain a LPN w/o taking the NCLEX? Just popped into my head.
  12. by   RNPATL
    Quote from Southern_Male_Nurse
    Just to drop a note. Army 91C (practical nurses) (not too sure about Navy Corpsman - I don't know how their training compares to an Army 91C) are able to sit for the RN-NCLEX in the state of West Virginia, due to the training is considered equivalent of a ADN. You can't transfer it to another state though.

    Question: If you have a license from such a state (whether it be CA, WV, or NY), and lets say you wanted to work in another state (i.e., VA), but you know you can not work as a RN, do you think it is possible to obtain a LPN w/o taking the NCLEX? Just popped into my head.
    It would seem to me that if you take and pass the NCLEX in one State, that you would be eligible for licensure in the other States. Of course, it really does not matter if you work for the VA Hospital. According to VA - any State license held is acceptable to practice nursing in a Federal hospital.

    But, as to your original question, if WV recognizes your military training as equal to their ADN - I would apply and sit the exam and then move to WV and practice for several years. Good luck.
  13. by   Southern_Male_Nurse
    RNPATL: I already am a RN, licensed in MAryland. I am however a former 91a (combat medic / medical specialist), cna, cma, 91c (practical nurse), and a civilian lpn. I think you may have misunderstood my question. I know certain states (i.e., California, and maybe others) do not accept certain RN qualifications from certain states. Like the EC of NY. Even though you passed the test and licensed in NY, you still are not considered qualified in certain states. So, in the WV case, I (and please correct me if I am wrong) don't know if you are able to automatically transfer your license (based upon just being a 91c that has taken the WV RN boards) to another state. And if you are not able to go from (say) WV RN to a Maryland RN, are you at least able to transfer from a WV RN to say a Maryland LPN? I hope I did not confuse anyone in this way.
  14. by   Pertlvn03
    Sorry Guys, not here in Ohio. I cannot even endorsed my licensed from california to ohio because I did not graduate in an LPN school. With 21 years of experience behind me. The law states that you have to graduate in a credited state school. There's no exception!

    Thanks,
    jobless veteran

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