Frustrated with the BON

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    I submitted my application for the NJ NCLEX RN, including a letter of completion from my school over 5 weeks ago. I have spoken to the NJ BON several times in the past week, and apparently my entire application is on file except for the letter of completion. No one can give me an answer as to whether the letter has been received or not. They only thing they can say is that it hasn't been "updated" yet and that can take up to 4 weeks. It's been 5. I called back today and now they are saying it can take 6-8 weeks to update it. Why would it take so long for the letter and not for the rest of my application?

    How long did it take from the time you submitted your application until you received you ATT?
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    A month is normal. But remember just like you thousands of nursing majors graduated at same time.. and the system is old and flooded, with snail mail from different programs of letters.. it takes a while for pre sorting, sorting, and filing, THAN updating online database.
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    Quote from ashepherd
    I submitted my application for the NJ NCLEX RN, including a letter of completion from my school over 5 weeks ago. I have spoken to the NJ BON several times in the past week, and apparently my entire application is on file except for the letter of completion. No one can give me an answer as to whether the letter has been received or not. They only thing they can say is that it hasn't been "updated" yet and that can take up to 4 weeks. It's been 5. I called back today and now they are saying it can take 6-8 weeks to update it. Why would it take so long for the letter and not for the rest of my application?

    How long did it take from the time you submitted your application until you received you ATT?
    Hi. this long wait is killing me too. You are not alone.
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    I have a question. So I just submitted my application for licensure along with the $200, passport photo, etc. Now I'm just waiting for them to send me the stuff for fingerprinting and my school to send the boards my letter of completion. My question(s) is..how long does it take for them to send fingerprinting info? Do they usually wait to get the letter of completion? And was I suppose to do anything on pearsonvue to register or was sending the application just enough?
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    Hi pinoysn

    you are also applying for NJ..right? Here is what happened to me. I sent my application along with the $200 and it took a month before I received a response from them. Actually, they gave me a form for the fingerprinting with my last name misspelled. I wrote them again. It took again another month to wait for the response. There was a mistake with the address this time. Sigh...anyways... I finally got the correct form after 2.5 months. I guess if they don't commit mistake in writing your name, then you will not have any problem.

    May I ask? Are you done with TOEFL and CES? If not, I don't advice you to have your fingerprinting because it last only for 6 months. After that, you need to undergo another criminal hx background check. (If I understand it right) Since I am still waiting for CES result , my form for fingerprinting is sitting here in the house.

    Oh, I am foreign trained nurse that is why I need to take TOEFL.
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    Quote from pinoysn
    I have a question. So I just submitted my application for licensure along with the $200, passport photo, etc. Now I'm just waiting for them to send me the stuff for fingerprinting and my school to send the boards my letter of completion. My question(s) is..how long does it take for them to send fingerprinting info? Do they usually wait to get the letter of completion? And was I suppose to do anything on pearsonvue to register or was sending the application just enough?

    I'm still waiting. BON called me last week and said they had never received the letter of completion from my school, even though I KNOW they mailed it in April.

    I received the fingerprinting info about a month after sending in my application. I scheduled my appointment online and the earliest they could do it was three weeks from when I scheduled. I HIGHLY recommend calling the fingerprinting location and asking if they can do it sooner. Appointment times are every 6-8 minutes, but the whole process only took about 2. You don't need to have your fingerprints done in order to get your ATT.

    They do need the letter of completion to give you the ATT, and that seems to be the longest part of the process.

    I suggest you register with pearsonvue and submit your payment for the NCLEX. It's 200 dollars up front, but then it's done and you don't have to worry about it. Pearsonvue will email you with your ATT after the board of nursing approves you. Otherwise you may have to wait an additional 24 hours for the pearsonvue registration to verified before you can schedule the exam.

    Good luck!
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    Quote from ashepherd
    I'm still waiting. BON called me last week and said they had never received the letter of completion from my school, even though I KNOW they mailed it in April.

    I received the fingerprinting info about a month after sending in my application. I scheduled my appointment online and the earliest they could do it was three weeks from when I scheduled. I HIGHLY recommend calling the fingerprinting location and asking if they can do it sooner. Appointment times are every 6-8 minutes, but the whole process only took about 2. You don't need to have your fingerprints done in order to get your ATT.

    They do need the letter of completion to give you the ATT, and that seems to be the longest part of the process.

    I suggest you register with pearsonvue and submit your payment for the NCLEX. It's 200 dollars up front, but then it's done and you don't have to worry about it. Pearsonvue will email you with your ATT after the board of nursing approves you. Otherwise you may have to wait an additional 24 hours for the pearsonvue registration to verified before you can schedule the exam.

    Good luck!
    Thank you for the reply! Did I hear you right? You said you don't need fingerprinting to get ATT?! Cause I actually had my graduation on Friday and my school said they would send my letter of completion yesterday (Monday). So I can schedule/register/pay for NCLEX w/o the fingerprinting?
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    Quote from Kalleigh2011
    Hi pinoysn

    you are also applying for NJ..right? Here is what happened to me. I sent my application along with the $200 and it took a month before I received a response from them. Actually, they gave me a form for the fingerprinting with my last name misspelled. I wrote them again. It took again another month to wait for the response. There was a mistake with the address this time. Sigh...anyways... I finally got the correct form after 2.5 months. I guess if they don't commit mistake in writing your name, then you will not have any problem.

    May I ask? Are you done with TOEFL and CES? If not, I don't advice you to have your fingerprinting because it last only for 6 months. After that, you need to undergo another criminal hx background check. (If I understand it right) Since I am still waiting for CES result , my form for fingerprinting is sitting here in the house.

    Oh, I am foreign trained nurse that is why I need to take TOEFL.
    I actually graduated here in the States so I don't need to go through all that TOEFL and CES stuff.
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    OK then. I wish you well. Goodluck to your endeavors.
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    Quote from pinoysn
    Thank you for the reply! Did I hear you right? You said you don't need fingerprinting to get ATT?! Cause I actually had my graduation on Friday and my school said they would send my letter of completion yesterday (Monday). So I can schedule/register/pay for NCLEX w/o the fingerprinting?

    No, you don't need the fingerprints. The fingerprints are for the BON, not for pearsonvue. The BON can issue your ATT without the fingerprints, but I think you need them done to get your actual license number, just not to take the NCLEX.
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