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Can you take NCLEX before you graduate?

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by bluewhaleusa bluewhaleusa (New Member) New Member

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I am wondering if there is somebody who took the NCLEX as a non-graduates? do you have to get your AA degree or BSN degree in order to sit for the exam?

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you have to have one or the other or even a diploma degree where ever they are available. The purpose of the NCLEX is to see what you learned in school, it would defeat the purpose if you were to take it before you graduate. That would mean you don't have to go to school you can just take the exam. I am not trying to be smart, just trying to get the point across.

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dansamy specializes in Going to Peds!.

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There are a few hospital programs where you get a diploma instead of an ADN or BSN.

The only requirement for taking NCLEX is that you meet the requirements your state BoN has set forth. In my state, that means graduating from an approved Associate's Degree or Bachelor's Degree program. In other states, you may be able to challenge the NCLEX with training such as medic in the military. (Unconfirmed, I've only heard it rumored that some former military obtained their licenses in that manner.)

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NeosynephRN specializes in ICU, PACU, Cath Lab.

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Actually there was a BSN program here that was allowing people to sit for the NCLEX after thier Jr. year. They are quickly changing that back to after graduation, as many people never came back after passing NCLEX to graduate. It only lasted 2 years I think.

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medchick has 3 years experience and specializes in nicu.

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You cannot challenge the NCLEX if you have been a military medic (been there done that got the T-shirt).

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KYCNM specializes in Nurse Educator; Family Nursing.

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The NCLEX is not an "achievement" test. It does not test "what you learned in school". The NCLEX is a "minimum safe level of practice" exam. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing website https://www.ncsbn.org/1200.htm has basic information about the examination and application process.

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