Moving and the NCLEX

  1. Anybody out there move to a new state shortly after graduating? I'm due to graduate the first week in June and we will be moving the third week in June from California to Illinois...

    Some have suggested that I fly back to CA to take the NCLEX and then transfer my license and others say that I can get something from the college and take my test in Illinois. I went to the IL State Board of Nursing site and they have soooo much information that I can't decipher anything!!

    Last edit by USA987 on Oct 23, '02
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  3. by   MomNRN
    I took the NCLEX for Illinois in May 2001. I had to wait 2 1/2 weeks for the appointment, and then you have to wait approximately 6 weeks to find out if you pass or fail. Also, costs associated with taking the NCLEX in Illinois total to around $250-300. Good luck with your decision!
  4. by   NurzofFaith

    I just graduated this May and sat for boards in IL, its also where I went to college. The whole process of applying and waiting in this state is a pain in the butt. My advice would be to either take the CA boards before moving if possible or just do the IL when you get here. I would start early with applying though. IL requirements are also a pain and a lot of paperwork but well worth it!

    The testing company just changed over so I am not sure where all the testing centers are or if they changed at all. The state does offer a 1-800 number you can access 3 days after the NCLEX and you will receive unofficial results. It was the best phone call I ever made!!! It cost something around $8 but well worth it

    Where in IL are you moving too??

    Best of luck to you and I hope this posts helps a little

  5. by   USA987
    Thanks for your responses. I think all states are pain in the butt as far as the process. I received my LPN license in NJ and I had to jump through all sorts of hoops to get it transferred to CA.

    Channa, my husband is getting stationed at Great Lakes Naval Station in North Chicago (which is where we met 11 yrs. ago!!). Haven't decided where exactly we will live, but I'm just happy that I'll be able to start my RN career near my family for all that FREE babysitting!!!!

    Thanks again for your input.