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Excelsior graduates in Georgia

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Specializes in med surg. Has 2 years experience.

i just completed my CPNE and getting ready to take my NCLEX,i reside in houston,tx and have interest to move to Atlanta,i heard that GA board of nursing do not accept Excelsior college graduates,anybody has a idea about this?thanks

I live in Georgia and i'm about to start my program at Excelsior. I was faxed a waiver stating that I acknowledge GA will not allow receprocity from Excelsior grads. You can apply for employment with the government. Look into Army, VA, Federal Prison etc. You can still work because the government doesn't care what state your license is from. It must be active. Congrats! on passing your CPNE.

CraigB-RN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Emergency, Education, Informatics. Has 40 years experience.

head on over the GA BON as well as the thread here about GA and EC.

Once you get a license, it won't be were you went to school that will keep you from finding someone to hire you, it will be about the economy and if the hosptial is hires. We just hired 3 brand new EC grads at the facility I work with. To the best of my knowldege there are 9 EC grads working in my facility and if you head on down to Grady, I can count another dozen or so.

were you a medic or an LPN before going into the program?

question to you guys... im from florida, i live in atlanta now...but i pay out of state tuition still. I am having a hard time getting into a RN program.. here is my plan (maybe) become a medic here in georgia...then do the Excelsior program...my ultimate goal is to work in florida, have no desire to work here...what do you guys think?

question to you guys... im from florida, i live in atlanta now...but i pay out of state tuition still. I am having a hard time getting into a RN program.. here is my plan (maybe) become a medic here in georgia...then do the excelsior program...my ultimate goal is to work in florida, have no desire to work here...what do you guys think?

I dont think its a bad idea, but you should consider the amount of time it will take to become a Paramedic. After Pre-Reqs and everything it is still like 2 years of schooling to become a paramedic. Also in the state of Florida if you were not an LPN prior to completing Excelsior then you must have 2 years of experience as an RN prior to endorsing into the state. So your road to working in the state of FLorida could be delayed another 5-6+ yrs. If Nursing is what you ultimately want, perhaps it would be shorter for you to complete an LPN program (1 yr) and then bridge into the Excelsior RN. This way you can immediately endorse into Florida and work as an RN once you complete Excelsior and pass boards. Just an idea. But if time is not a factor and being a Paramedic truly interests you, then go for it. Good Luck!

important information for georgia students and graduates pobtrans.gifapril 2, 2009 update

during the past two weeks, hb 475, which has been championed by rep.cooper, was amended in and passed by the senate, and returned to the house where it has been passed. the bill is now on its way to the governor for signing into law. as noted in our march 16 update, rep. cooper used her considerable influence to pass hb 475 which, in its final form, includes provisions that are less than favorable to Excelsior college.

the college had limited opportunity and access to influence the content of the final bill language and are displeased and disheartened by the outcome. we are quite concerned about the unsubstantiated need for any of the conditions required by this legislation, especially those that have significant effect upon paramedics and military corpsmen. nevertheless, we remain open to working with the board in enabling an appropriate process for implementation of all these new requirements.

the following are top-line results based on the language in hb 475.

if you were enrolled in our associate degree in nursing program prior to july 1, 2008 and earn your degree by june 30, 2011, you may be eligible to take the nclex-rn examination and be licensed as an rn in georgia under the following conditions:

  • if you were an lpn prior to enrollment with "at least one year of clinical experience in a health care facility as a licensed practical nurse", you will be eligible to take the nclex-rn examination and be eligible for licensure.
  • if you were not an lpn upon enrollment or were an lpn who did not have "at least one year of clinical experience in a health care facility as a licensed practical nurse", you will be eligible to take the nclex-rn examination and be eligible for licensure. however, if the board of nursing, in its sole discretion, determines that your nursing education lacked certain elements, you may be issued a six-month temporary permit to practice as an rn while you complete a precepted experience of a type and length as determined by the board. upon successful completion of this precepted experience, you may be eligible for full licensure.

there are other, more complicated terms that apply to persons who were not enrolled prior to july 1, 2008, and to those seeking licensure by endorsement. we are currently in the process of carefully discerning these new requirements and will shortly have a document that explains the terms outlined in hb 475. it is our understanding that persons who graduated from our program prior to july 1, 2008 are still subject to the waiver process implemented by the board in december 2008 and as refined in january 2009. if this changes, we will let you know as soon as we are informed of anything different.

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