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    Excelsior is an online school but you need to first see if the Board of nursing of your state accredits Excelsior as school, otherwise you are not even allowed to take the NCLEX. You can visit the website of your state's board of nursing or call them to make sure if you would be able to sit for NCLEX if you get your BSN or ASN from Excelsior. As I said, my friend graduated there, but there is a catch. Since she had gone to "traditional" nursing school, she had done a lot of clinical hours during her 3.5 years. At excelsior you won't have any clinical hours, except when you will need to take the FINAL PRACTICAL EXAM from Excelsior. Yes, they do expect you to know everything without providing any clinical hours. The final test is in some state close to NYC, and she had to pay $2000 for that final exam that takes 2 or 3 days... I don't recall very well. Fortunately, she passed on first shot on the practical final exam, and finally were able to sit for NCLEX.
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    Im def gonna consider this Excelsior school, unless is too expensive. thanks again
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    Hey guys I am sorry for being away for so long. I am a Brazilian nurse. I got my education in Brazil at Escola de Enfermagem Anna Nery. Our degree there is a 4 year degree and you are considered a BSN when you finish. That particular program is good because is equivalent to American programs. That means when you finish all your credits transfer here . Once you are here you need to do the Toefl and NCLEX. I did the Toefl and passed but it took me 3 times to charm NCLEX. It took me a total of one year and half to do it all. The worst part is to coordinate the school in Brazil with CGFNS to get your paperwork done. I wish all the luck. I am happy to see some brazilians trying Nursing in the USA. I am proud of my collegues. If I can be of any help let me know.
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    hey williams75
    Im glad to finally see someone who graduated in brasil doing well here. as I posted before I want to go to school in brasil and since you say that the bachelor degree is recognized here in the u.s it made me wanna go even more since I want to go to grad school someday.

    so I have some questions for you. for example, many colleges in brasil a D is a passing grade and here only a C is. So can you still transfer classes if you got a D in brasil for example?

    so, hows was getting a job here? easy? I hear lot that people here dont like foreign grades and make it difficult to them to get a job. but I think its a myth.
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    The ability to transfer credits relies on the number of hours and the number of credits. Of course if you want to built a career in nursing here be mindful of your grades and your GPA. In Brazil, no body really cares to much about their grades but once you are here its a big deal. I came here in Oct 2000. I got my US nursing license in june 2003. I had to do the NCLEX 3 times and just the equivalence paperwork takes at least 6 mo. Basically you have to send your degree to CGFNS and then they will look at it to see if it is equivalent shortly after you have to do a test(exactly like NLEX but on paper). After you pass their exam they give you OK to sit to the NCLEX. At the time the economy was different and I got a job 2 weeks after I got my license. About foreign grades I would agree that is a myth because you have WES(google it.) They are a service that translates all you educational grades to the American system. I would say that at the time with translations and all the paperwork I spent around 5 to 6K. My BSN was in a public university(FREE!). I think that it was worth it!! But i will warn you, the process really test your persistence and patience. Well, I made it and I am happy with my decision. I hope this is helpful. Good luck!!!
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    so it took you 1 year a half to get your license and you spent around 5k to do all the process? thats pretty expensive, but of course it was worth it.

    so basically if I got D in brasil in a class for example and as long as a graduated there it will be valid here?

    another question for you, are you applying for a master degree here? if so, how is the transition? easy?

    thanks for your posts btw!
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    so it took you 1 year a half to get your license and you spent around 5k to do all the process? thats pretty expensive, but of course it was worth it.
    R:I think it was worth it! How much is nursing school+BSN here in the USA?

    so basically if I got D in brasil in a class for example and as long as a graduated there it will be valid here?
    R:I don't think you can graduate of a good school in Brazil. You have to remember that the is not any school that make the list for equivalence. You have to be careful not to get in a school that will give you below average education because you will not be able to transfer. My nursing school is affiliated with UFRJ that made the difference. Where in Brazil you are planing to live? you will have to endure Vestibular. That itself its not easy. I am not aware of private nursing schools that are good enough to make the cut for CGFNS. You should ask them about that.

    another question for you, are you applying for a master degree here? if so, how is the transition? easy?
    Yes! It's difficult because you have to learn the way things are done here and it is different from Brazil. I feel that I have to study twice more. I believe that hard work pays off in the end if you are doing what you like. I you are thinking about doing master's here definitely you cannot have D's. Once you are in the program they require you B+ or better. That is what take to have excellence in nursing.
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    I agree with you, I wasn't being sarcastic or anything. school here its way more expensive and it takes longer to graduate, thats why I wanna go back to brasil too and do exactly what you did.

    I thought any school would make the list of equivalence. so thats a problem for me. at least in my state D is passing grade even on the best public/federal schools. But of course I would do my best to get better grades.

    I was planning to go to private school( universidade do norte do parana) in my state (parana) because i dont wanna waste more time doing preparing for a vestibular for a public or fereral school specially because I have been in the us already 6 years. I just wanna enroll right away.

    thanks again for the info!
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    No worries! I didn't interpreted you as sarcastic at all. If I were you I would call CGFNS and ask which Brazilian Schools are equivalent to American education. Maybe you will find one that will fit your requirements(private/equivalent to USA). This will keep you on track. After that is just start and finish nursing school.UFA! First phase done. You are ahead of me because you are going to nursing school already knowing you want to come here. On year 2 start to study to NCLEX so when you finish it will be one stop shop. Get the best grades you can during nursing school.

    Useful websites:
    http://www.cgfns.org/
    http://www.wes.org/

    I wish you all the luck!!
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    I emailed the CGFNS and they said ''GFNS International is not affiliated with healthcare recruiters, schools or institutions'' but I guess its just a auto message. I think is complicated for them to know because I have never seen people here in this forum saying ''CGFNS denied my foreign education'' I only see people from UK from example saying that their bachelor degree was recognized as diploma here etc.. anyway, Im gonna call them and see what they say. I dont wanna go school for 4 years and take the risk of my degree is being useless here.


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