CA BRN: Education does not meet CA requirements in pediatrics

  1. Hi,

    I sent an application for licensure by examination to CA BRN. I received a letter saying that my BSN education does not meet the CA requirements in Pediatric content. This is because I had very little pediatric clinical practice (only 18 hrs) in my home country, even though I had enough theory courses in pediatrics.

    How much pediatrics do I need to study (how many credit units) and how much clinical practice goes with that? CA BRN just sent a list of accredited nursing schools, but didn't give any details as to which courses are needed.

    How much can I expect the pediatric courses to cost and how soon can I expect to have them completed?

    I'm in San Diego area, any suggestions which school to pick are appreciated.

    Thanks,
    LR
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    Try the community colleges in your area, as a guest student. You will need to just complete one course that includes both clinical as well as theory hours..........one course will have everything that you need, you just need to fulfill the peds rotation, as we call it in the US.

    Cost will be dependent on what type of visa that you are on. If permanent resident of that county, then the same cost as the American students have. If another type of visa, then it will depend on the type iof visa and what you qualify for.

    The community colleges are the cheapest route in terms of tuition in the first place. I would contact them as soon as possible, as a new term will beginning in the next month or two, and you may be able to got a spot then. But you will have to have all of your paperwork done by then.

    Good luck.

    p.s. In the US, the rotations will have both clinical and theory together in the one rotation.
  4. by   lr1234
    Hi Suzanne,

    thanks for information. I called the CA board and they said it is not enough to just take the pediatric rotation, but I need to take university classes and clinical practice in pediatrics. I'm confused...

    This is frustrating as I had enough classes in pediatrics in my foreign BSN degree, but only the amount of clinical practice was not enough for the CA board.

    Has anyone else received similar decision from the board, and how much did you have to study to meet the CA requirements?

    LR




    Quote from suzanne4
    Try the community colleges in your area, as a guest student. You will need to just complete one course that includes both clinical as well as theory hours..........one course will have everything that you need, you just need to fulfill the peds rotation, as we call it in the US.

    Cost will be dependent on what type of visa that you are on. If permanent resident of that county, then the same cost as the American students have. If another type of visa, then it will depend on the type iof visa and what you qualify for.

    The community colleges are the cheapest route in terms of tuition in the first place. I would contact them as soon as possible, as a new term will beginning in the next month or two, and you may be able to got a spot then. But you will have to have all of your paperwork done by then.

    Good luck.

    p.s. In the US, the rotations will have both clinical and theory together in the one rotation.
  5. by   augigi
    It doesn't matter if you have enough theory hours. Because you will be making up the clinical rotation, the US college will require you to do the theory in order to be safe for the clinicals.
  6. by   suzanne4
    Quote from lr1234
    Hi Suzanne,

    thanks for information. I called the CA board and they said it is not enough to just take the pediatric rotation, but I need to take university classes and clinical practice in pediatrics. I'm confused...

    This is frustrating as I had enough classes in pediatrics in my foreign BSN degree, but only the amount of clinical practice was not enough for the CA board.

    Has anyone else received similar decision from the board, and how much did you have to study to meet the CA requirements?

    LR

    That is exactly what I have said; when you go thru an approved school of nursing here and go thru the required hours for clinical and theory, it is called a "rotation" here, you do both at the same time.

    When you do the pediatric rotation it will give you the required hours for both clinical and theory, you cannot do one without the other here. Most of the clerks at the BRN are not actual nurses, and this is how we call it here. It is usually eight weeks in length in most programs and can also be completed at a community college, not limited to the university, just an approved school of nursing.

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