Reciprocity for California RN License

  1. Hi!

    I am nurse from the Philippines that current holds an active RN license in Texas.

    I have an upcoming Family based petition which will possibly current next year 2018. My family is presentlt in California therefore I intend to work there as a nurse. I have been hearing a lot of things about applying for reciprocity in California like they say I might need to complete some units (subjects) in case the Ca BON determined that my previous college degree did not meet their educational standards. They say it will take time for you to complete them because you cannot take all subjects together. They should be completed one at a time. Which kinda sucks, because I may have to find other options to fund my tuition fees if ever I arrived in the US just so I can practice my nursing. Is this really true?

    Would applying for Visa screen or CES will help me not to go through like others nurses who applied for reciprocity in California?

    Please help. I appreciate your reply on this matter. Thank you!
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    CA do their own assessment. There are many threads discussing this issue in the Nurse Registration forum. You can do the subjects required at the same time, however, both clinical and theory needs to be done at the same time and I believe the courses that people have found have held the courses seperately
  4. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from NephroNursePH
    Hi!

    I am nurse from the Philippines that current holds an active RN license in Texas.

    I have an upcoming Family based petition which will possibly current next year 2018. My family is presentlt in California therefore I intend to work there as a nurse. I have been hearing a lot of things about applying for reciprocity in California like they say I might need to complete some units (subjects) in case the Ca BON determined that my previous college degree did not meet their educational standards. They say it will take time for you to complete them because you cannot take all subjects together. They should be completed one at a time. Which kinda sucks, because I may have to find other options to fund my tuition fees if ever I arrived in the US just so I can practice my nursing. Is this really true?

    Would applying for Visa screen or CES will help me not to go through like others nurses who applied for reciprocity in California?

    Please help. I appreciate your reply on this matter. Thank you!
    It doesn't matter that Texas or any--or even all--other states licensed you. It doesn't matter if you're a US citizen or apply for a visa or CES. It doesn't matter if you use a lucky rabbit's foot, magic spells, or bribery. If your educational program does not meet California requirements, you're not getting licensed in California.

    And California is notoriously rigid about those standards. Search the forum and you will find a lot of threads from foreign graduates--and from a fair amount of US graduates as well--lamenting about not being able to get licensed.

    You can go here to see what California requires:
    http://www.rn.ca.gov/pdfs/education/edp-i-35.pdf

    If you want to work in California, you need to find a way to correct any deficiencies in your education. This may mean working in Texas--or wherever you can get endorsement--for a while as you do that. And it may mean taking extra time if you are required to take classes or parts of classes separately.

    California does license a lot of nurses from the Philippines and other countries, so it's not entirely hopeless. And not all have to take additional coursework for it. But it does depend on what you nursing program contained and if it will satisfy California.

    Sorry if this isn't what you wanted to hear. Best of luck.

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