Can you register for both LPN and RN exams at the same time?

  1. Say take RN first, and then (in a week) LPN, or do you have to wait the same 3 months before taking any NCLEX one?
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   AnnaN5
    Why would you want to take both right after eachother? Doesn't the RN licensure supercede the LPN licensure so if you pass the NCLEX-RN there would be no point in taking the NCLEX-PN?
  4. by   Nuieve
    I want to get a license asap... RN or LPN - I don't care... At this time I'm not really concerned about titles, I just want to get a license asap to be able to start working and gaining experience...
  5. by   donsterRN
    My understanding is that you can't sit for the LPN exam unless you've graduated from an LPN program. It used to be that you could sit for LPN boards after a certain amount of time in an RN program, but I don't believe that's the case anymore. So, if you are a graduate of an LPN program, take the LPN NCLEX. If you graduated from an RN program, take the RN NCLEX. If you haven't graduated from either, you cannot sit for either.

    What program did you graduate from? Or am I not understanding the question?
  6. by   Nuieve
    You understood me right. I graduated from a RN program.

    Oh well, too bad... I really hoped that taking both exams would double my chances...
  7. by   DolphinRN84
    If you graduated from an RN program, then take the RN exam. I don't see a point in taking the LPN if you graduated from an RN program. I think you would have to be a graduate of an LPN program to take the LPN exam.
  8. by   Tweety
    Get a job. You can work as a graduate nurse RN immediately after school. Then take your RN boards. If you don't pass then take LPN board.

    That's my two cents.
  9. by   Nuieve
    Ok, thanks!
  10. by   renri4
    I have a friend a foreign graduate nurse from phils. took the Rn exam then after a week she took PN. she failed the nclex rn,she got lucky of PN exam. As of now she's workin as LVN in the hospital,but she said she gonna challenge the NCLEX RN again. well atleast she has a license to work as lvn for the meantime while awaiting for her to pass the nclex,maybe i'll do the same... goodluck to all of us:spin:
  11. by   caliotter3
    I also met a foreign graduate nurse who did not take the PN exam until she failed the RN exam. She started working as a PN and retook the RN exam until she passed the RN exam on the fourth try. I would recommend trying the RN exam first.

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