Challenging the NCLEX in NYC

  1. I recently got discharged from the navy and know that in california you can challenge the nclex as a Navy Corpsman. And I've been looking everywhere and i can't find anywhere, if you can do the same in the state of NY . I was wondering if anyone out there would know, and if you can point me in the right direction of finding out. Any and all help will be appreciated.

    Thank you
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  3. by   11:11
    You might try the military nursing section of these boards for advice in this area.

    I respect corpsmen as well as medics (91W), just as I do all medics.

    But do you have quite a bit of hospital experience? And do you realize the position you will place yourself in if you challenge successfully without the RN education and clinicals?


  4. by   AirBruce
    Thanks for your input 11:11, as for your question, I have vast experiance in the medical field. I hated the idea of being a desk corpsman so i just jumped in on patient care. I had 9 months of experiance on a med surge ward, and another 1 and a half years working in the ER and ICU. (since icu would'nt have their own corpsman, when they had icu patients they would call an er corpsman to come up) Then 3 more years of being an EMS Corpsman riding ambulances at a fire station, then 1 more year line corpsman duty in iraq with a CAAT plattoon. (we hunted enemy tanks) and then worked in ER's in california for 7 more months. Overall I would have to say i've been in the med field practicing patient care well over 7 years. (leaving out other positions to save time) I'm not trying to brag, but i feel that I'm more than competant to challenge the boards. Because in going through nursing class's, I feel would be a waste of time and money. I'm sure there are always new pointers I can pick up, but would rather just take the test and start working immediatly. I've still been looking online for possible locations to find the answer to my question with no luck. Anyone else out there with possible suggestions :stone ????? Thank you in advance.

  5. by   suzanne4
    California actually does their own evaluation. And is the only one that will let you challenge the exam. Also remember that you would not be permitted to endorse to another state from California.

    Also, remember that LPNs are not able to challenge the RN Boards, so even though you have the experience, most are also looking at the coursework.

    NY is actually considering requiring a BSN, and I have never heard of anyone being permitted to challenge from there. They have quite strict rules even on the classes that you must have taken in the past, which means theoretical hours as well as clinical.
  6. by   AirBruce
    *sigh* well guess i'll just have to make due. I still have my EMT cert, and it's good for another year. But I would really have liked working in a hospital ER or clinic. Well thanks for all your help. Any more suggestions would be welcome. Thank you all again.

  7. by   Finallyat40
    Here in Texas, many of the hospital ER's employ EMT/Corpsman in the ER. I realize that's not a nursing position, however, once employed, you could probably get the facility to pay your tuition for nursing school. I wish you the best.
  8. by   AirBruce
    Thank you jamie, I appreciate the advice. But you'll never believe it. A wonderful nurse just recommend to me that i can challenge the NCLEX in nyc. WOOHOO!! I'll even send you the link.

    I owe her big. She sent it to me, and she deserves many kudos for it. Kudos for it. Her name is NRSKARENRN. She's one of the nurses that helps run this bulletin board. And i owe her many thanks. I'm gonna call them on monday and do my best to take the exam ASAP. Thanks again to everyone!

  9. by   NRSKarenRN
    So glad your excited. Several states permit US trained medical corpseman to take NCLEX LPN exam. Need to check with each individual state.

    If looking at RN license, then check out Excelsior College on-line program:

    School of Nursing Admission Policy

    Excelsior College nursing degree programs have been specifically designed to meet the educational needs of qualified individuals with significant background and/or experience in clinically oriented health care disciplines. Admission to our associate degree nursing programs is open to:

    • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (LPNs/LVNs)
    • Licensed Psychiatric Technicians (LPTs/LMHTs) -- CA, AR, KS, CO only
    • Certain classifications of Military Corpsman
    • Paramedics
    • Respiratory Therapists, Respiratory Technicians, Respiratory Care Practitioners
    • Physicians
    • Licensed, Certified, and Registered Lay Midwives
    • Students who have completed at least 50% of the clinical nursing courses in a registered nursing program
    • Physicians Assistants (RPA)
    • Naturopathic Doctors
    (Please note: Effective September 1, 2004, Certified Surgical Technologists and Certified Medical Assistants are no longer eligible for admission into the Excelsior College School of Nursing.)