Quote from bellupperdarbylpn
OKAY AFTER HAVE READ ALL OF THE COMMENT ACUALLY YOU CAN TEST OUT OF THE RN BELIEVE IT OR NOT AND IT CAN ONLY BE DONE IN CALIFORNIA ITS CALLED THE LVN 30 Unit Option BUT ITS ONLY RECOGNIZED IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA ONLY !!! This advanced placement option LVN-RN provides access to the RN curriculum for the applicant who is an LVN with an active and in good standing license in California. This option qualifies the student to meet the Board of Registered Nursing requirements for eligibility to apply for the California RN licensing examination (NCLEX-RN). Upon completion the student receives a certificate of completion but is not considered a graduate of Glendale College or the Department of Nursing. A license obtained through this program may not qualify the graduate for licensure by endorsement in other states. A current California LVN license and prerequisite courses are required in order to apply. Upon acceptance, the student will then enter the program. See the nursing counselor for detailed program requirements.
I think a lot of us here are aware of the "30 unit option" for LVNs in CA -- but the original question was whether LVNs could "challenge" the NCLEX-RN without
returning to school. The "30 unit option" does
involve returning to school (albeit, not a "full" RN program) and counts as completing an education program approved by the CA BRN.
There are other threads on this site discussing this option for LVNs in CA.
And you're correct, people licensed by this route cannot then become licensed in any other state (because their RN education doesn't meet the standards of all the other states). CA has some unusual educational options -- they were the last state to still have some certificate NP programs, long after all the other states had gone to MSNs only (and, again, those NPs cannot be licensed or practice in any other state).