LPN exam for RN students?

  1. One of my instructors mentioned to us a while ago that at a certain point through the RN program we are eligible to write the LPN exam, but I don't remember how far into the program it is or which instructor told us. Does anyone know or know where I could find out? BTW I'm in BC, Canada.
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   RNIAM
    It is usually after the first year,as "normally" that is the "usual" length of time for LPN trainning. The best way to find out is to either ask your instructors,or maybe the general office would know.
  4. by   GPatty
    I agree with Rhona....usually after 1 year.
    But ask to be sure....
  5. by   Love-A-Nurse
    welcome to the bb.
  6. by   Nurse K-Bear
    In a NY ADN program you can take the LPN exam at the end of your third semester. I just did that.

    I do not know the requirements for other states/areas
  7. by   Dazedgiggle
    I got my LPN after my third semester......we could do this as long as we had taken maternity.....but I agree with Rhona, you should ask your instructors in case it's different in BC. Good luck!!
  8. by   Tigger100S
    Does anyone know if this option exists in BSN programs too? After a year of the clinical portion maybe?
  9. by   caliotter3
    It depends on the program. Sometimes this info is not listed in the catalog, etc. You have to ask. My BSN program did up the paperwork for several of us (that's how I became an LVN) to take the LVN NCLEX when they discontinued letting people take the NCLEX-RN early. When I entered nursing school the policy was that you could take the licensing exam after completing 75% of the program. They stopped this because students were not taking it seriously, failing, and making the school look bad. So to pacify some of us, they, instead, allowed us to take the LVN boards. Like I said, it depends on the program. Ask.
  10. by   caliotter3
    Here is a roundabout way to go at it:

    Contact your BON and get a copy of the educational requirements, usually contained in your state/province nurse practice act. Get a copy of their form: "Verification of Nursing Program Completion" or whatever the equivalent form is. Take this form to your nursing school where an advisor can help you fill it out showing that you have met the minimal educational requirements. Have your program director sign the form, then submit to the licensing board when you request to sit for the board. Hope this info helps.

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