Confuse! California Reciprocity

  1. me and my friend are planning to take the nclex for the state of california... my friend knows someone who owns a nursing home in chicago and we are wondering if california has a reciprocity with chicago... we also wanted to know what are the other states that california has a reiprocity...

    we are really confuse...

    thank you for the help...
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Silverdragon102
    NCLEX is a national exam. Once passed NCLEX all you need to do is meet requirements for foreign trained nurses which may mean CES from CGFNS. The issues at the moment is CA will not give you a license until you provide them with a SSN which you will not get until in the US with a valid work permit. There is a thread/sticky in the International forum called California for initial licensure I suggest you have a read.

    Be also aware of retrogression and you are affected as are all foreign nurses at the moment
  4. by   shauntaebrit
    What is reciprocity and how does it work because I was told once you apply and test in chicago you must do the same in another state. Please help very confused:spin:
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from shauntaebrit
    What is reciprocity and how does it work because I was told once you apply and test in chicago you must do the same in another state. Please help very confused:spin:
    NCLEX = reciprocity as it is a national exam but when moving from one state to another you just have to meet requirements of endorsement which if foreign trained may be slightly different so you do not have to take the exam again
  6. by   SNtoRN
    Quote from empress04
    me and my friend are planning to take the nclex for the state of california... my friend knows someone who owns a nursing home in chicago and we are wondering if california has a reciprocity with chicago... we also wanted to know what are the other states that california has a reiprocity...

    we are really confuse...

    thank you for the help...
    if i understand you correctly, you are planning on taking the nclex in california thus becoming licensed in that state as well - you want to know if once you pass your california state boards if they have reciprocity in illinois (chicago)?? the best way to find out is to go directly to the state board for the individual state you are inquiring about (for example - illinois state nursing boards would be able to tell you wat the qualifications are to practice in that state to include reciprocity) hope that helps answer your question or at least point you in the right direction.
  7. by   aanisco10
    need help..im a foreign graduate and didnt acquire a local license where a graduate which is the philippines..can i apply a reciprocity for illinois because i have a california license?
  8. by   NRSKarenRN
    once you pass the nclex exam, those results are used by all states, do not need to take exam again as long as one maintains an active us license.

    states have varing requirements for hours education/clinicals etc and will confer with all states one is licensed in to confirm proper credentials.


    re: california to illinois reciprocity for foreign graduates

    il. application info: registered professional nurse endorsement packet


    [color=#292526]educated outside the u.s. or one of its territories


    [color=#292526][color=#292526]in order to be considered for licensure, applicants who were educated outside the [color=#292526]united states or one of its territories must submit the following (read the general [color=#292526][color=#292526]instructions on page 2 and the general endorsement instructions on page 5 [color=#292526]now[color=#292526], [color=#292526]if you have not yet done so):


    [color=#292526]a. application for licensure and/or examination (four page). you need not
    [color=#292526]submit this form if you previously applied for a temporary endorsement
    [color=#292526]permit;

    [color=#292526]b. [color=#292526]ct-nur [color=#292526]form (verification of licensing agency/board)--submit verification
    [color=#292526]of licensure from the state of original licensure, current state of
    [color=#292526]licensure and any jurisdiction in which you have actively practiced within the
    [color=#292526]last 5 years. [color=#292526]current [color=#292526]registration in another state is required by the illinois
    [color=#292526]nursing and advanced practice nursing act. verification of licensure for an
    [color=#292526]lpn license held in another jurisdiction within the last 5 years will only be
    [color=#292526]required if you were not subsequently licensed in the same jurisdiction as an
    [color=#292526]rn.
    [color=#292526]you must direct the licensing agency/board to return the completed form to
    [color=#292526]you to be submitted with your application.

    [color=#292526]c. request the following proof of education to be prepared for and make
    [color=#292526]available to the department:
    [color=#292526]1. a credentials evaluation report of your foreign nursing education from
    [color=#292526]a department approved credentialing service. one such service is the
    [color=#292526]commission on graduates of foreign nursing schools (cgfns) credentials
    [color=#292526]evaluation service (ces). the required report is the [color=#292526]healthcare
    [color=#292526]profession & science course-by-course report[color=#292526]. the division will
    [color=#292526]download the credentials evaluation report from cgfns' web site when
    [color=#292526]it becomes available.

    [color=#292526]you may contact cgfns credentials evaluation service as follows:
    [color=#292526]credentials evaluation service
    [color=#292526]cgfns/ichp
    [color=#292526]3600 market street, suite 400
    [color=#292526]philadelphia, pa 19104-2651
    [color=#292526]telephone # 215/349-8767
    [color=#292526]
    [color=#292526]web site: http://www.cgfns.org


    [color=#292526]additionally, the educational records evaluation service (eres) has been
    [color=#292526]approved by the division as a nursing educational credentialing agency. the
    [color=#292526]required report to request is the nursing evaluation and course by course
    [color=#292526]report. the report will be downloaded from eres when available.

    [color=#292526]you may contact eres as follows:

    [color=#292526]educational records evaluation service, inc.
    [color=#292526]601 university avenue, suite 127
    [color=#292526]sacramento, ca 95825
    [color=#292526]telephone # 916/921-0790
    [color=#292526]email: edu@eres.com

    [color=#292526]web site: http://www.eres.com

    [color=#292526][color=#292526]further, if your first language is not english, you shall be required to submit
    [color=#292526]certification of passage of the test of english as a foreign language
    [color=#292526](toefl). the minimum passing score on the paper-based test is 560. the
    [color=#292526]minimum passing score on the computer-based test is 220. the minimum
    [color=#292526]passing score on the inter-based test is 83.
    [color=#292526]toefl scores previously considered as "passing" scores will be accepted
    [color=#292526]for a period of two years from the date of passage.


    [color=#292526]d. in lieu of the above, the educational requirement may be met by submission
    [color=#292526]of proof issuance of the following original certificates from the commission
    [color=#292526]on graduates of foreign nursing schools (cgfns):

    [color=#292526]!
    [color=#292526]cgfns certificate


    [color=#292526]!
    [color=#292526]visascreen program certificate

    [color=#292526]e. fee--see page 5, general endorsement instructions
    .

    no info listed regarding need to have active nursing license from home country

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