Nclex exam without going to nursing school?

  1. Are you eligable to take the Nclex exam without going to a nursing school? For example, if you graduated with a BSN in another degree and just want to take the exam?
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  3. by   203bravo
    You must be approved by a state board of nursing in order to sit the NCLEX... and every state that I'm aware of will require verification of successful completion of an approved nursing program prior to giving authorization to take the NCLEX.

    On a side note -- BSN stand for Bachelor of Science in Nursing... therefore you cannot get a BSN degree in another degree.
  4. by   meanmaryjean
    Quote from Mora101
    Are you eligable to take the Nclex exam without going to a nursing school? For example, if you graduated with a BSN in another degree and just want to take the exam?
    Become a nurse without ANY clinical experience/ education? Tell me you are joking!
  5. by   Extra Pickles
    The short answer is no. But the longer answer is if you live in a state that allows you to use military corpman (medic) experience in lieu of nursing programming, you can challenge a practical nurse exam. I'm not up on all the details, and it is rare, two, maybe three states? But in order to be eligible for that you would have to show medic experience in the military comparable to a nursing program. If you have that, contact your State Board of Nursing to investigate the requirements. If you do not have that military background specifically, then you can forget about that route altogether. In a nutshell you must go to nursing school to become a nurse. Good luck to you.
  6. by   K8NewRn
    You go ahead apply for nxlex they will let you know if they'll approve you or not. I graduated Bsn and they let me take my Cna, lpn and Rn. And fyi we had a lot of clinical experience graduating as a Bsn. Bachelor of science in nursing is a 4 yr course. And its not just a associate degree in nursing which is a 2 yr course! Lol
  7. by   K8NewRn
    Yes you can take ur nclex test. Ur a graduate nurse! You dont have to study nursing again. Go ahead and apply so ull know all the requirements.
  8. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from K8NewRn
    Yes you can take ur nclex test. Ur a graduate nurse! You dont have to study nursing again. Go ahead and apply so ull know all the requirements.
    I think you misunderstood the OP. She doesn’t have a BSN. The OP has a bachelor’s degree in another subject.
  9. by   K8NewRn
    Opss sorry.
  10. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from Mora101
    Are you eligable to take the Nclex exam without going to a nursing school? For example, if you graduated with a BSN in another degree and just want to take the exam?
    Why on earth would you think that was even possible? Have you any idea what nursing entails?
  11. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Wuzzie
    Why on earth would you think that was even possible? Have you any idea what nursing entails?
    Lol. Not gonna lie, there have been multiple times I wished I could just sit for the NCLEX-RN without having to go to a bridge program.
  12. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    Lol. Not gonna lie, there have been multiple times I wished I could just sit for the NCLEX-RN without having to go to a bridge program.
    I don't blame you for that but at least you actually went to nursing school.


    ETA: I seriously think this is someone from SDN trolling us. I don't think we should get our panties in a bunch about it.
  13. by   Extra Pickles
    Quote from Wuzzie
    I don't blame you for that but at least you actually went to nursing school.


    ETA: I seriously think this is someone from SDN trolling us. I don't think we should get our panties in a bunch about it.
    SDN is what?
  14. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Extra Pickles
    SDN is what?
    Student Doctor Network

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