HELP - Graduating from Another State

  1. I was wondering if anyone graduated from a nursing school outside of Texas and then went on to take the NCLEX in Texas. I'll be coming from Virginia to Texas right after graduation so I plan on taking the NCLEX in Texas but I wasn't sure if I'd be hurting myself because I went to school in another state. Any comments will help!
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   TheCommuter
    I completed an LVN program in California at the end of last year, moved to Texas one month after graduation, and took the NCLEX in Texas for the California boards. Once I received my California license I endorsed it into Texas.
  4. by   augigi
    Doesn't matter where you went to school, only where you want to work! It's a national exam, so no matter where you sit it is the same. Just make sure you meet eligibility requirements to apply through Texas and you'll be fine.
  5. by   Heather, R.N.
    www.bne.state.tx.us

    This might help! Good luck! (And, no, you won't be hurting yourself. A friend of mine graduated from Texas and took the NCLEX in Nevada.)
  6. by   rlgiv
    Texas and Virginia are both part of a multistate privelege on their license. One license in Virginia is the same as a Texas license.
  7. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from rlgiv
    Texas and Virginia are both part of a multistate privelege on their license. One license in Virginia is the same as a Texas license.
    Are you referring to the Nurse Licensure Compact?
  8. by   chare
    As augigi noted, the NCLEX is a national examination. Regardless of where you went to school, you are eligible to sit for licensure in any state (as long as you meet that state's educational requirements). When you complete the application to sit for the NCLEX all that is necessary is to note that you want your license to be issued by Texas. This will be much easier and faster than having your license issued by Virginia and then applying for licensure in Texas.

    If you relocate from Texas to another state, not having been licensed in Virginia will make your application to the next state much easier. Each state that you apply to is going to require an endorsement from every state in which you have been licensed, not just the state in which you maintain current licensure. Some of these fees can be costly, both monetarily and timewise.

    Regarding the Nurse Licensure Compact Act, this will allow you to practice in any state that is a member of the compact on an unencumbered license issued by any other state in the compact, as long as you maintain your residency in that state. If your residency changes, then you must apply for licensure in the state to which you relocated.

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