LPN equivalency

  1. Hello,
    I currently live in Arkansas where it is allowed for RN students to sit for the nclex pn. I unfortunately failed out of my program, by two points, a month before graduation. Huge blow to my self esteem. It has been nearly 3 months and I still haven't gotten the courage to take the nclex pn, but I have begin the requirements and have paid half of the fees. All that's left is to register and take the exam. My plan was to return to school through the LPN-RN program next summer.

    I have recently found out I may have to move back home to Vermont due to a family health emergency and am wondering if I do obtain an Arkansas LPN license due to partial RN Program completion, will it be recognized in Vermont for endorsement. If not, any advice on what I should do? I've been going to school for four years and I have nothing going for me right now. I'd hate to see all this time and money wasted. Will I have to start my schooling over? Take a year off to get in state tuition?
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  3. by   BlackBettyRN,OCN
    I'm not positive as to the answer to your question. However, I also live in Arkansas and I took this route as well. I took the LPN exam after finishing the first year of my RN program and worked during my last year of RN school. When I view my license on the Arkansas State Board of Nursing website, my license is listed as "multistate". And Virginia is a compact state. I don't know if this means they will accept your license or not though. Even if they accept your license, you may still not be accepted into an LPN-RN bridge program. Some programs require that you graduate from an accredited school of practical nursing. So, it may also be dependent on the school you choose.
  4. by   kitten2013
    Quote from blackbettyRN
    I'm not positive as to the answer to your question. However, I also live in Arkansas and I took this route as well. I took the LPN exam after finishing the first year of my RN program and worked during my last year of RN school. When I view my license on the Arkansas State Board of Nursing website, my license is listed as "multistate". And Virginia is a compact state. I don't know if this means they will accept your license or not though. Even if they accept your license, you may still not be accepted into an LPN-RN bridge program. Some programs require that you graduate from an accredited school of practical nursing. So, it may also be dependent on the school you choose.
    Vermont isn't a compact state, unfortunately. But I still face the problem of whether or not they'd accept my license for endorsement because like you said, a lot of places require you to graduate from an accredited program. I know my university here in Arkansas would accept me for the bridge program, but I'm thinking other schools will not. I couldn't find anything on the Vermont board of nursing website, the website was confusing. I'm thinking my best option is to call or send an email. Makes me wish I had answered one more question correctly on that final, I wouldn't be in this situation lol

    Thank you for your input!
  5. by   BlackBettyRN,OCN
    I don't know why I thought you said Virginia lol! You're welcome. Yes, I would definitely contact the Vermont state board of nursing if I were you.
  6. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Look at VT BoN to see the requirements. I know TX, PA & NJ only license graduates of practical nursing programs.
  7. by   djhnsn56
    Hey. I'm an RN student almost done with my second semester. I would like to take that route, but unfortunately I'm a resident of MS. Will this be a problem? If so, how hard is it to become a resident of AR?
  8. by   BlackBettyRN,OCN
    Quote from djhnsn56
    Hey. I'm an RN student almost done with my second semester. I would like to take that route, but unfortunately I'm a resident of MS. Will this be a problem? If so, how hard is it to become a resident of AR?
    I believe your permanent address must be in Arkansas to be a resident. In addition, I'm pretty sure the license is only valid in Arkansas if you take this route.

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