Certification after 15 years

by Uga4life98 Uga4life98 (New) New Educator

I graduated from a Practical Nursing Program in 2006 in Georgia. I failed my first attempt at the NCLEX exam. I didn't try again due to personal reasons. Am I able to try again without doing the program over? I would absolutely take refresher courses.

You should check with the Board of Nursing for Georgia. They're the ones you'd have to go through anyway, might as well get the info straight from the horse's mouth so to speak.

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

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Refresher courses are not geared towards taking the NCLEX exams, you may be thinking of review courses. If your state allows you to sit for the exam again, you will want to eat, drink, breathe and sleep review courses (yes, plural if necessary) beforehand.


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Georgia BON reg:


Applicants must pass NCLEX within three (3) years of the date of graduation from a nursing education program.


So you will need to retake an LPN program.

22 hours ago, NRSKarenRN said:

Georgia BON reg:

So you will need to retake an LPN program.

This makes sense. A graduate fifteen years ago who was unable to pass the exam at that time doesn't seem a likely candidate to pass without repeating a significant amount of the coursework. I also imagine it would be extremely difficult to break into that first nursing job.