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Hey, I live in Canada and am currently in high school and hope to enter the medical field one day as a nurse. My question is, I don't know if this is a stupid question or not, but if you get your RN through an LPN to RN bridge program, are you able to apply to NP school or do you have to have the 4-year nursing degree program under your belt?

I don't know about Canada but in the US you need a BSN first.

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience.

The bridge gives you a four year degree.

I know people who have gone LPN-BScN-NP

50 minutes ago, Fiona59 said:

The bridge gives you a four year degree.

I know people who have gone LPN-BScN-NP

do you live in Canada?

Lucydog14

Has 13 years experience.

If you do the bridge you end up with your BSN. After lots of experience you can apply for NP.

14 hours ago, NurseBlaq said:

I don't know about Canada but in the US you need a BSN first.

A bridge to RN would mean you have your BSN. We don’t have ADN up here.

1 hour ago, Lucydog14 said:

If you do the bridge you end up with your BSN. After lots of experience you can apply for NP.

A bridge to RN would mean you have your BSN. We don’t have ADN up here.

don't you need a bare minimum 1 year as an RN to apply to NP school?

Lucydog14

Has 13 years experience.

I think different programs have different requirements. Ideally you would have more than just a year. NP is advanced practice nursing. How on earth could you be successful with very little experience? I know some US programs admit people with no nursing experience. That’s nuts.

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4 hours ago, Lucydog14 said:

I think different programs have different requirements. Ideally you would have more than just a year. NP is advanced practice nursing. How on earth could you be successful with very little experience? I know some US programs admit people with no nursing experience. That’s nuts.

yeah, I've heard there are NP programs in the US that accept people who only have been an RN for a month! it is crazy!

Fiona59

Has 18 years experience.

21 hours ago, JP_403 said:

do you live in Canada?

Er, this is the Canadian Forum. Athabasca has had a bridge for nearly two decades and I've one coworker doing her NP currently. A couple of others are slogging away at their degrees.

The NP degree was never meant to be used the way the Americans use it. Most of the older NPs I know had extensive experience before they went for the designation. I'm talking about years in the military , years in the Arctic where as a nurse they were the only medical person for hours. They knew a lot before the specialized but also knew enough to know what they didn't know.

Nurse1stPurse2nd

Specializes in esthetics.

Can a Canadian nurse do their NP schooling in the US?

5 hours ago, Nurse1stPurse2nd said:

Can a Canadian nurse do their NP schooling in the US?

Of course. All you need is a US license which isn't all that hard to get

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Sun1

Specializes in N/A. Has 2 years experience.

3 hours ago, dayandnight said:

Of course. All you need is a US license which isn't all that hard to get

Do canadian students take the same NCLEX exam that the us students take? Also, do Canadian NP students take the same exam that the US NP students take at the end?

Many thanks.

21 hours ago, Sun1 said:

Do canadian students take the same NCLEX exam that the us students take? Also, do Canadian NP students take the same exam that the US NP students take at the end?

Many thanks.

I don't think the NP exam is the same. The NCLEX is accepted in both countries. I highly suggest you study where you want to work. US and Canada have very different healthcare systems, and the job opportunities will be better if you do clinicals where you want to work.

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2 minutes ago, dayandnight said:

I don't think the NP exam is the same. The NCLEX is accepted in both countries. I highly suggest you study where you want to work. US and Canada have very different healthcare systems, and the job opportunities will be better if you do clinicals where you want to work.

which other countries are nursing students required to write the NCLEX in?

Sun1

Specializes in N/A. Has 2 years experience.

12 minutes ago, dayandnight said:

I don't think the NP exam is the same. The NCLEX is accepted in both countries. I highly suggest you study where you want to work. US and Canada have very different healthcare systems, and the job opportunities will be better if you do clinicals where you want to work.

Thanks for the answer....from looking at the Canadian website, it seems to direct me to the American Nurse practitioner board about latest updates of being allowed to take the exam....

4 hours ago, JP_403 said:

which other countries are nursing students required to write the NCLEX in?

just Canada and the US.....

Nurse1stPurse2nd

Specializes in esthetics.

On 6/20/2020 at 8:26 PM, dayandnight said:

Of course. All you need is a US license which isn't all that hard to get

Thanks so if the Canadian nurse then wants to return to Canada as an NP do they have to just get licensed to practice in Canada?

On 6/12/2020 at 3:09 PM, Fiona59 said:

Er, this is the Canadian Forum. Athabasca has had a bridge for nearly two decades and I've one coworker doing her NP currently. A couple of others are slogging away at their degrees.

The NP degree was never meant to be used the way the Americans use it. Most of the older NPs I know had extensive experience before they went for the designation. I'm talking about years in the military , years in the Arctic where as a nurse they were the only medical person for hours. They knew a lot before the specialized but also knew enough to know what they didn't know.

wdym the way that Americans use it?