I'm not even sure this even goes here, but here goes....
I am a 3rd year transferee Nursing Student in an International Nursing Program in the Philippines who is graduating April 2013. Before someone posts making demeaning comments about how it was my choice to study in the Philippines - it absolutely was and I don't regret anything for a second. I was already on numerous wait lists for almost 2 years before I was told that I could be waiting another 2. In fact, had I waited, I would have just started an ADN program this Fall 2012. I could have not experienced all the great and exciting things that happened had I been in the states. My friends back in Cali think it's so cool that I've actually delivered a baby, all while they could do was stand back and observe.
I do plan on moving back to California after graduation. I do realize there is a big chance that my application to sit for the NCLEX will be denied so I have proceeded to look for other options towards my future.
Upon returning, I will get re-certified as a CNA/CHHA in the state of CA as well as re-certifying for Administrator of a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly. I held both positions before I left the U.S to study abroad. If possible, I will also try and re-certify for my surgical technologist certification as well.
All that being said, since I will be unable to sit for the NCLEX in CA, I would like to finish my Master's degree. I get that I would have to have an RN to proceed for MSN, but my question is would it be possible to enter the Entry Level MSN course? Yes, I'll have a BSN, but it's a foreign degree and this just seems to me, one way of fulfilling my deficiency to sit for the NCLEX and getting a Masters. This would more than likely mean that I would be taking all of the Nursing core classes over again, but, in all honesty don't mind at all. Would the schools
still recognize that as a Bachelor's and let me apply to the ELMSN program as opposed to having an RN license already for the other MSN programs?
If anyone could help, that would be great! Thanks!