Published Jan 29, 2010
I just received a call from the CA Licensing Office stating that my application with the CA Board is complete, except they are missing my transcript that has my sociology course. I replied with, "What sociology course? I didn't know that was a requirement." They said, "Yes, we need your nursing transcripts, which we have, and proof that you have passed a sociology course." I hung up to check my transcripts, and - of course - I have not taken Sociology. I called them back but had to leave a message as no one answered.
So now, my question to you... Since when is sociology a requirement?! My first Bachelors was in Psych so I have a million Psych classes and Cultural Anthropology - will either of these count? Sociology wasn't a prerequisite for my ABSN degree, only Lifespan Psychology - will that count? I'm debating whether I need to sprint down to the local JC and beg to register late for a sociology course.
Gosh, I hope I don't have to wait until MAY to take the N-CLEX. This bites.
As I recall my BSN program required sociology, but I didn't know it was a BRN requirement. This is weird. I see lots of places where the requirement is sociology or something else. So I wonder how the people who choose something else get around the sociology requirement. Or is it a requirement? I have trouble trusting anything coming from the CA BRN employees. Where is your school in all of this? It is their responsibility to insure their students meet requirements for licensure.
I'm surprised at how your school can screw this up. Shouldn't they know that this is a requirement if indeed it is necessary in order to sit for the board.
I completed my nursing degree (BSN) in New York, not California. BUT, I talked with the CA Board before I applied to the NY school to confirm that the degree would count in CA. They said yes, of course, as long as it's a certified/registered nursing school, which is certainly it. There was never a mention of a sociology class requirement. I called the school and they said they've never heard of this requirement and that their degree has always been enough to register in California.
...Now I'm just confused. I really wish the CA Board person would return my call.
I completed my nursing degree (BSN) in New York, not California. BUT, I talked with the CA Board before I applied to the NY school to confirm that the degree would count in CA. They said yes, of course, as long as it's a certified/registered nursing school, which is certainly it. There was never a mention of a sociology class requirement. I called the school and they said they've never heard of this requirement and that their degree has always been enough to register in California. ...Now I'm just confused. I really wish the CA Board person would return my call.
Don't expect them to return your call. I've been waiting since 2006! If you want an answer from them, your best bet is to go in person, otherwise, you are in for an indeterminate length of time being ignored.
Amazingly so, she returned my call yesterday afternoon! Basically, she wanted my transcripts for my prerequisites. It took about 10 attempts to get her to understand that my school didn't require sociology, but eventually she got it. Apparently, this is the first time she's ever encountered an applicant without sociology (which is hard to believe since I know of at least 20 graduates from my school who got their RN in California last year). She told me to just send my transcripts that had the social science and liberal arts requirements and she'd find a class that she could count as sociology such as Cultural Anthropology or Social Psychology.
Case closed! Thanks for your help, everyone :)
Glad it worked out. I took a Chem class that is not accepted by all schools but because my nursing program accepted it it counted
Someone from the CA BRN returned your call! Amazing! How extraordinary! You should have transcripts of the incoming call recorded and placed upon a plaque, line it with 18K gold and send it to the Governator himself. This has got to be a first. Too bad they don't respond to everyone that way. Glad to hear your problem is solved.
NurseCubanitaRN2b, BSN, RN
Most schools will accept cultural anthropology as a substitute for sociology. IMO, I think it's stupid to accept one and not the other. I took cultural anthropology and found it to be very boring, not my cup of tea. Now as for the CA BRN I have no idea what to tell you except that I had many friends who took cultural anthropology and the BRN accepted it with out having to take one sociology class. Hope this helps and hope you get your license soon. Good Luck
Hi, glad your problem was solved. I am now in ABSN program as well. I just wonder if it'n not for the sociology class, do you have to send your first bachelor transcript to BRN as well? Because my first bachelor was earned outside the states, it's very troublesome to get transcript. So I hope I dont have to send it in, since all my prerequisites for nurisng are done here.
the CA BoN is asking me for a Microbiology course ... I was educated in Canada and took the NCLEX (as well as the CNA/CNO Exam - over a decade ago, have had my license endorsed to over half a dozen states and now CA is asking for this course.
When I look at the outline for Microbiology, some of it was included in Nursing Theory .. the CA Board also returned my call after I left a message, sent an email and a fax!!
I would like to know if my studies were acceptable to CGFNS/Visa Screen and for writing the NCLEX, why now this?? I have really lost interest ... it took them 3 months to issue me with an endorsement.
They are going through a tough time, with non-paid days off (and so far it has added up to a month of pay less), so I sympathize with them on that, but don't pass that onto me ... like good nurses, we have to treat our "clients" with respect, but I think that the CA BoN is scrutinizing every little course ... I would feel very different if I was newly licensed ... but not under my circumstances.
For anyone reading this, the CA BON will accept the following social science courses in place of a sociology course: Human development, life span development, anthropology, gender studies, or a second psychology course.
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