Hello there I am an upcoming new grad student (May 2018) from Ohio looking to move out to California. I was looking at the requirements for the licensure by exam on the California Board of Nursing website and seen that they required 864 clinical hours to have been completed in the prospective nursing students educational program (ADN or BSN). Being that I am from Ohio our state does not require a set minimum hours for clinicals in geriatrics, med-surg, pediatrics, intensive care, and OB. I was wondering how would I be able to get the extra 200-300 hours I will need after I graduate my ADN program this May (ACEN and Ohio board approved)? All of the RN to BSN programs that I have looked at do not require clinical hours for their program completion, so would I be able to pay someone to supervise me for the remaining 200-300 hours after the fact that I will have my ADN degree in May of this year or will I be required to get retake my associates degree in the state of California?
As long as your school is CCNE OR ACEN and regionally accredited you should be fine. I would apply NOW because the fingerprinting will take a while. Usually the hours are for international graduates. I applied 3 months before graduating and my application wasn't even reviewed until 1 month after graduating. So if you applied AFTER graduating you would wait even longer.
My board of nursing doesn't require that many clinical hours either. Did you figure anything out about what you would have to do?
I would hope that whatever state you are licensed in needs, would be ok for California.
I am also an out-of-state graduate looking to move to California! I was nervous about the hours as well until our College of Nursing sent out a total number of clinical hours we did in each specialty and it added up to what we need. Go back and check, you might be surprised! And wonder how you did it all
I got my CA license through endorsement of my out-of-state RN license. I found the CA BRN to be very strict about its requirements there, so I imagine they're equally strict about their license by exam requirements.
That being said, you could always get OH licensure and then apply to have it endorsed in CA. No clinical hours are considered in the endorsement process. You would have to meet the education requirements though. CA has some state-specific requirements that are different than what other states' nursing schools require:
Communication skills, six (6) semester or nine (9) quarter units shall include principals of:
- Oral communication
- Written communication
- Group communication
Related natural sciences, sixteen (16) semester or twenty-four (24) quarter units shall include:
- Anatomy with lab
- Physiology with lab
- Microbiology with lab
- Behavioral sciences (Psychology)
- Social sciences
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