Can I sit down the nursing boards in PA after graduating in 1997?

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I graduated in 1997. I sat for the boards for a couple of times and did not pass. Life happened amd then I had a family. I would like to pursue my nursing career. Is there a new law that prevents me from submitting an application to test? What requirements are there now to begin the process towards sitting for the boards and applying for licensure in PA? Ty.

NotMyProblem MSN, ASN, BSN, MSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

Things have changed tremendously since the 90s. You definitely would want to look at a remedial course before attempting the NCLEX.

The application process requires transcripts be sent as part of the application process to the BON in my state.

Contact your BON, explain your status, be prepared to take a remedial course, and go from there.

I'm not sure if they would let you sit for the boards or not but I suggest going to your local community college and auditing some classes even if they do. As BSNbeDone said, nursing has changed so much and it's been over two decades. Even the NCLEX has changed. Some programs won't even take science classes greater than 10 years, I wouldn't even attempt to sit for the NCLEX after that long without extensive remedial training.

PMZ

Specializes in Psych.

YES! My husband graduated in 1999 but did not get his RN license until 2019. We live in FL but he sat for the New York NCLEX & transferred his license to FL afterwards. We did all the paperwork online with NY & he sat for the exam in Florida. Since it had been so long,  he studied for a year and took the test twice. He is working as a psych nurse today. It helped A LOT that he worked for 2 years at the same facility as a tech. He was offered an RN position immediately after getting his license. Good luck!

Edited by PMZ

On 7/14/2020 at 12:11 AM, Twinsies said:

I graduated in 1997. I sat for the boards for a couple of times and did not pass. Life happened and then I had a family. I would like to pursue my nursing career. Is there a new law that prevents me from submitting an application to test? What requirements are there now to begin the process towards sitting for the boards and applying for licensure in PA? Ty.

 

 

Edited by Twinsies

Thank you PMZ for that encouraging comment. Did your husband take any review courses? I took Klimek review and UWorld. I don't plan to practice in clinical nursing. I did contact the BON and they advised me to fill out the application, submit my background checks, submit my fees and to schedule to sit for the boards. They said they already have all the info they needed.

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those are good remedial courses reviews

20 hours ago, Twinsies said:

Thank you PMZ for that encouraging comment. Did your husband take any review courses? I took Klimek review and UWorld. I don't plan to practice in clinical nursing. I did contact the BON and they advised me to fill out the application, submit my background checks, submit my fees and to schedule to sit for the boards. They said they already have all the info they needed.

 

On 7/14/2020 at 12:11 AM, Twinsies said:

I graduated in 1997. I sat for the boards for a couple of times and did not pass. Life happened amd then I had a family. I would like to pursue my nursing career. Is there a new law that prevents me from submitting an application to test? What requirements are there now to begin the process towards sitting for the boards and applying for licensure in PA? Ty.

Apple RN.com

nclexwebinars.com

those 2 are good remedial course reviews

Sianee, Ty SO much for sharing. I WILL check them out. I appreciate your help. Any other advice is greatly appreciated. 💗