Do I have to obtain an lpn license in the same state that I attended school?

  1. i want to attend lpn school in illinois but i don't plan on residing in this state when i complete school. do i have to take the test in illinois and get licensed then apply for licensure in another state or can i simply take the test/get licensed in the state i want to relocate to? i really want to do the latter of the two but i thought i would see if anyone has knowledge of this or has experienced this same situation. any and all replies are encouraged and appreciated.

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  3. by   suebird3
    No, you don't. It's been a while, but I believe you can indicate where you will be taking Boards/practicing. Ask your school about this, just to be sure.

    Suebird
  4. by   TheCommuter
    I attended LVN school in California and am currently in the process of obtaining licensure in Texas.

    Of course you do not need to become licensed in Illinois. Simply apply to the Board of Nursing in your future state of residence.
  5. by   jolauder
    I am thinking about taking the VN boards. I when to school in CA but I reside in TX now. Will TX honor a CA license? or can I just take TX boards?
  6. by   nursealbanese
    Quote from jolauder
    I am thinking about taking the VN boards. I when to school in CA but I reside in TX now. Will TX honor a CA license? or can I just take TX boards?

    You have to see If Ca will honor endorsement or reciprocity.
  7. by   Wind_Dancer
    Each state has it's own standards. You may get a score on a test that is too low for the state you are living in to get your license but be high enough in a neighboring state. It's been a couple of decades since I took state boards but that's the way it was then and when I retired in 1998 from FT hospital nursing, it was still the same.

    I have no idea how they are grading these days. When a friend and I took it, they were actually giving the scores, but I believe it's changed since then to simply a PASS or FAIL which makes me wonder how the states figure out what your score is in order to know if it's below or above a their minimum score. I think in most, if not all, states, if you score a 350 on the tests, you could be licensed in most/all states--it was considered a safe score although not a real impressive one when you were trying to ace out your friends.

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