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  1. I have been a C.N.A. for 8 1/2 years and would like to challenge the board for L.V.N.. Is this permited in california?
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  3. by   Melina
    Check out the Board of Vocational Nursing at http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/factvn.htm
    It says that one can challenge the license with "completion of equivalent education and experience"

    Good luck!
  4. by   switch
    I would like to know what classes I would need to complete to be able to challenge the board for L.V.N.? Keeping in mind that I have been a C.N.A. for the past 8 1/2 years. Also who do I contact for help in this situation.
  5. by   Melina
    That's a question for the LVN board. There is contact info on their web page. Good luck!
  6. by   mandykal
    Quote from switch
    I would like to know what classes I would need to complete to be able to challenge the board for L.V.N.? Keeping in mind that I have been a C.N.A. for the past 8 1/2 years. Also who do I contact for help in this situation.

    Switch, you need to click on Melina's link on her post it has all the information. Just so you know, even if you've been a CNA for 20 years, you still have to go to school and start from the beginning in an LPN Program. If and when you start a program, working 8 1/2 years as a CNA will indeed assist you in the clinical aspect of the program, but becareful on telling people about how much you have experience because as a student they will have higher expectations from you.
  7. by   jer_sd
    Off the top of my head so dont hold me to this exacly.

    you will need 54 months paid nursing experience, including 5 weeks peeds, and 5 weeks OB or GU. A small ammount can take place in nonacute care locations (such as nursing homes) But you need a lot of med/surg experiecne as a CNA.

    You will need to take a 54 hour pharmacology class.

    You will need your nursing supervisor (RN) to sign off specific clinical skills.

    You then will recieve authorization to take the NCLEX.

    Pass NCLEX and you can apply for licensure as a LVN in California. Probably unable to work in another state unless it is a federal facility. But you might be able to do the 30 unit option for your RN after this.

    Good luck,
    Jeremy

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