NCLEX/RN Licensure Question

  1. Hi All,

    My sister just graduated nursing outside USA, and she will be coming in California as permanent resident possibly next month.

    Does she need to take and pass RN licensure exam in the country (Philippines) where she graduated nursing, or she doesn't need to.

    I don't know what requires before she can take NCLEX exam and RN licensure in California.

    Please enlighten me, anyone.

    Thanks.
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   laine0811
    Dear Aswang,

    Regarding abt your inquiry, yeah, your sister needs to be a registered nurse in the philippines to be qualify to take the NCLEX.

    visit California Board of Nursing website for all the requirements.


    laine0811
  4. by   suzanne4
    Your sister doesn't need to complete her exam in the Philippines, just meet the requirements to be able to take the exam, but didn't take because of moving, etc. She will need to submit a letter to the BON why she didn't take the exam, but as long as she was eligible to take it........California requires TOEFL exam also but I also strongly recommend that she take the TSE and TWE as many hospitals will not hire a foreigner without them, especially as a new grad.......................Is she getting the permanent resident (green card) staus because of a spouse? Or is she moving to the US with an intent to get a green card?

    If you have any more questions do not hesitate to ask or send me a PM. Your sister is also invited to, as well.

  5. by   Aswang2004
    Quote from suzanne4
    Your sister doesn't need to complete her exam in the Philippines, just meet the requirements to be able to take the exam, but didn't take because of moving, etc. She will need to submit a letter to the BON why she didn't take the exam, but as long as she was eligible to take it........California requires TOEFL exam also but I also strongly recommend that she take the TSE and TWE as many hospitals will not hire a foreigner without them, especially as a new grad.......................Is she getting the permanent resident (green card) staus because of a spouse? Or is she moving to the US with an intent to get a green card?

    If you have any more questions do not hesitate to ask or send me a PM. Your sister is also invited to, as well.

    Hi Suzanne ,

    Thanks for your reply, She is still single and she is coming to US by our parents petition. Her visa interview is on Apr. 13, it's kinda close thats why she is a little bit panicking. she doesn't know whether she need to stay a little longer to take the exam in the Philippines or come to Cali after the interview and take the California RN state exam instead.

    I am Mechanical Engineer I work for Semiconductor company in Silicon Valley, California, and I don't have a clue about medical field, med terminology, and medical acronyms.

    Based on you reply she doesn't need to take exam there in PI, she just need to present a letter explaining why she didn't take it. Right? Submit it to BON, I guess this is Board of Nursing.

    Where can I get the requirement to take the NCLEX exam?
    Is NCLEX exam differ from RN Licensure?

    She need to take TOEFL, TSE and TWE these three exams are important also?

    Wrap up: Exams she needed to take in California once she gets here.
    1. NCLEX
    2. Cal RN State board exam
    3 TOEFL
    4. TSE
    5. TWE

    Which one should she take first?

    Sorry for all my questions, all product of confusion.

    Best regards,
    Aswang
  6. by   Aswang2004
    Dear Aswang,

    Regarding abt your inquiry, yeah, your sister needs to be a registered nurse in the philippines to be qualify to take the NCLEX.

    visit California Board of Nursing website for all the requirements.


    laine0811


    RE:

    Hi Laine,

    Thanks for your reply. Meaning she has to stay there a little longer, is there any exception to this rule?

    Best regards,
    Aswang
  7. by   suzanne4
    Yes, there can be an exception to the rule. But she needs to petition to the BON for it (Board of Nursing)........Major question.....has she actually graduated form her nursing program and has completed all classes? She will not be able to petition until she has done so......................and can provide a copy of the actual transcript to them.

    The California nursing exam and NCLEX are one and the same. Before she can register to take the exam she has to apply to the California BON and receive a letter from them giving her authorization to test (ATT). She should not attempt to register for the exam before she has her letter. She can apply now to take the TOEFL and TWE exam and get them over with. They are given together at the same time, if she takes the computerized version.
    The TSE spots fill up rather quickly and the exam is only given roughly once a month and only ten times per year at the maximum in any one center. But since she isn't going to need the Visa Screen, her getting a job isn't dependent upon that.

    Hope that this helps. If she will be in PI when the next exam is given there I would stay and take it, but otherwise don't worry. Even CGFNS will accept a petition as to not completing the exam in your country AND they are much stricter as far as requirements.

    Good luck and let me know if you need any more information...........
  8. by   laine0811
    hi aswang!

    kumusta na? do u speak tagalog? actually im from phils too. just read your message....RE: what exams your sister need to take. did u visit the California Board of Nursing website? u can inquire to them.. you know what? since your sis will go there by petition, what i know is she dont need to take CGFNS already, NCLEX and RN Exam is the same then inquire to CA Board of Nursing if they accept IELTS (english exam) International English Language Testing System, i would suggest this kasi mas madali kesa sa TOEFL n TSE. And besides isang exam lang, isang registration. unlike to TOEFL n TSE, separate pa.

    okidoki..hoping for the best results of your sister's application....hope no more confusion for you...call at the CA Board of Nursing so that you can ask everything...at least you'll be updated. And you can ask the registration form already. Your sister needs to bring some docs to schoool for verification. So that before she'll be there ay naayos na nya lahat.

    laine0811

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