Submit NCLEX Application Before Graduation? - California

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    I found a similar discussion topic but it was posted awhile back so I'm not sure how current that information is. So my question....

    Is it possible to submit the Licensure by Examination Application to the California Board of Nursing prior to graduation?


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    I was just reading through the application process and it seems it could take a lot longer than expected. Currently I'm attending an accelerated BSN program out on the east coast (graduate in august) and plan to move back to CA shortly afterwards. I was planning to take my exam out here but I don't want to extend my stay here longer than I need to. I read that I need my finger print to be part of the application and since I don't live in CA to use the live scan, I need to submit it manually which could take a long time to process (1-2 months). I'd rather take my exam shortly after I graduate and don't want to spend all this extra time waiting for everything to get processed while I wait out on the east coast (in which I may move back to CA earlier and take the exam there).

    So with that information, is it possible to just submit my application with everything they need besides the graduation verification? My hope is that they can just keep everything on file and update it as my school sends in my final transcript so I can get my ATT quicker. Does anyone have any experience with this? I would appreciate any personal experiences and advice!
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    Yes. I submitted my application in October (2012) and graduated in December. It takes the BRN at least a month to even process your paperwork, so you definitely want to do it at least a month before graduating if you hope to take the NCLEX as soon as you are able.

    But I went to school in CA so maybe your situation is different? Hopefully it's not!
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    Quote from jennafezz
    Yes. I submitted my application in October (2012) and graduated in December. It takes the BRN at least a month to even process your paperwork, so you definitely want to do it at least a month before graduating if you hope to take the NCLEX as soon as you are able.

    But I went to school in CA so maybe your situation is different? Hopefully it's not!
    Thanks for sharing! I'll definitely get on it early. How long did it take to get your ATT after graduation and to sign up for NCLEX?
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    I did all my paperwork for the board months before graduation, I also filed all my paperwork with PV as well.. I graduated in Dec, and received my ATT the end of Jan, tested the first week of Feb.. We experienced a delay because of the christmas holiday and new years..
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    My understanding is CA will not process your application until you have graduated if trained outside the state. If trained in the state they generally allow you to sit NCLEX once confirmed by college that you will be graduating and the college is in CA
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    Quote from Silverdragon102
    My understanding is CA will not process your application until you have graduated if trained outside the state. If trained in the state they generally allow you to sit NCLEX once confirmed by college that you will be graduating and the college is in CA
    Thanks for responding Silverdragon102 with that info. I've been looking around the forums and I've seen it mentioned that it is for california schools only. On the application, it mentions "california non grad" which I guess implies students that are anticipating graduation who wish to take the NCLEX. I guess I'll go back to to drawing board to decide whether or not I should just get licensed in the state I'm in and endorse to CA, or just wait it out in CA for everything to process. Seems like each method will take months........


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