We can't take the LPN boards while in ADN course.

  1. last week we were notified by our nsg dept that adn students are no longer allowed to take the lpn board exams after our third semester. they said we now have to be enrolled in an lpn program in order to take the lpn boards. this is the first i have heard of this. it has always been a common practice for many adn students to take the lpn boards while still in rn school (at least in my neck of the woods). is this a nationwide thing or just in ny state???
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  3. by   srg4784
    This was recently passed in my school as well...the fall admits will no longer be able to take the LPN exam.
  4. by   RNDreamer
    this is actually as of june 1st...i must admit i was a tad annoyed when i found this out...here is a link to the info:

    http://www.op.nysed.gov/nurse2eqelim.htm


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    last week we were notified by our nsg dept that adn students are no longer allowed to take the lpn board exams after our third semester. they said we now have to be enrolled in an lpn program in order to take the lpn boards. this is the first i have heard of this. it has always been a common practice for many adn students to take the lpn boards while still in rn school (at least in my neck of the woods). is this a nationwide thing or just in ny state???
  5. by   Daytonite
    every state can dictate their policies on this. another student was inquiring about this (did not mention the state she lives in) on another thread today on this forum:

    https://allnurses.com/forums/f50/hel...ne-224769.html

    is isn't a practical solution to be working as a brand new lpn and continue to take rn classes. too much stress.
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    Not been permitted in PA over past 25 years....

    Rationale is
    a. NO completion of a nursing program which is SBON requirement most states.
    b. RN students are not educated in LPN role/educational standards as part of ADN program; potential to practice beyond LPN role.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on May 17, '07
  7. by   jemommyRN
    I think we still can at my school but it is NEVER talked about because of the high dropout rate once the student becomes an LPN.
  8. by   Mommy TeleRN
    Check into interning. ADN students are not permitted in my state to take LPN boards either. But you can be a nurse intern after 1-2 semesters of ADN classes (depends on hospital) Around here the pay is better than new grad LPN pay due to the competition for RN students
  9. by   Achoo!
    We still can in Wisconsin.
  10. by   locolorenzo22
    The problem becomes that as a student, wouldn't you feel the potential for practicing beyond your license being out there....plus what if you go to start IV at work, because you do it in class...but not allowed under your license...too many issues, IMO...
  11. by   kukukajoo
    You can in New Hampshire in some programs. It depends on the school I think and how they have it set up with the BON.
  12. by   Jessy_RN
    Same thing was inplemented in my school recently. I'm in CT.
  13. by   IrishIzCPNP
    I'm in PA and yeah no doing that here.

    I can understand why but at the same time it's kind of silly. The LPNs in our program did not have to take Nur 101 and Nur 102 as it was a repeat of what they have done. So if a student has done them then why not. We were told we were at an LPN point...just not completed and actual program.

    Now I could see concern about that line between LPN and RN and accidentally crossing it. I could also see people on the floor expecting an LPN in RN school to do more because "well she does it in school" which isn't okay.

    I can see it being tricky. I can also see why it's not a big deal to let it happen.
  14. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from SAHStudent
    I'm in PA and yeah no doing that here.

    I can understand why but at the same time it's kind of silly. The LPNs in our program did not have to take Nur 101 and Nur 102 as it was a repeat of what they have done. So if a student has done them then why not. We were told we were at an LPN point...just not completed and actual program.

    Now I could see concern about that line between LPN and RN and accidentally crossing it. I could also see people on the floor expecting an LPN in RN school to do more because "well she does it in school" which isn't okay.

    I can see it being tricky. I can also see why it's not a big deal to let it happen.
    It isn't silly, as one of the primary reasons cited for this change is that the material an LPN is expected to have had in lectures and clinicals the RN student may not have even covered yet. And this is frequently the case, as the maternity/pediatric curriculum usually comes later in the RN program than would permissible if one were seeking eligibility for the PN exam.

    Scope of practice is also a big deal, as the RN programs aren't seeking to educate students on how to best work as an LPN.

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