challenge state exam


Does anyone know if you are allowed to challenge the florida lpn or rn exam and if so how to go about it.

My brother is a paramedic and has been told by quite a few people that its possible, but we keep getting different answers depending on where you call and who answers the phone.

Anybody actually do this ?

Seems that a paramedic would have met the qualifications for an lpn

Tweety, BSN, RN

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Paramedics in Florida can not challenge LPN or RN boards. Maybe other states do this.

There might be some Paramedic to RN courses they can take. The problem is the clinical component is required in Florida. They've recently stopped the Excelsior College online Paramedic to RN because the lack of nursing clinicals.

Tweety, BSN, RN

32,748 Posts

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 31 years experience.

I don't see Paramedics here:

Eligibility Requirements : refer to sections 464.008 and 464.009, Florida Statutes (F.S.) and Rules 64B9-3.002 and 3.008, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).

Graduate of a practical nursing program or a registered nursing program. A degree from a generic MSN or higher program may be acceptable if the education is deemed equivalent.

Successfully complete courses, equivalent to practical nursing education in a registered nursing program. Practical Nurse examination based on practical nursing equivalency (PNEQ).

Graduates of Excelsior (formerly Regents) College who entered the program prior to August 10, 1994, or who were LPNs at the time of admission and had integrated theory and clinical in the PN program will be considered for licensure.

Canadian Registered Nurses who took the Canadian Nurses Association Testing Service (CNATS) Examination after August 8, 1995 must take the NCLEX Examination unless licensed in another state or territory. If test scores are in an acceptable range, Canadian Registered Nurse applicants who took the CNATS prior to August 8, 1995 may be eligible for endorsement. Unless licensed in another U.S. state or territory, Canadian Licensed Practical Nurses are required to apply by examination.

Military nursing programs must be recognized by the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to qualify to sit for the examination. Other military health related programs are not equivalent to professional nursing programs in Florida.

Unrecognized Programs

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Specialty Nursing programs and nursing conversion programs may not qualify as approved programs for initial licensure purposes.

Programs completed to qualify as a hospital corpsman, technician, physician or a physician’s assistant are not classified as registered or practical nursing programs and are not equivalent

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