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I found a school that would be willing to accept a majority of my credits. They want me to take an exit exam and then take the NCLEX in the state of Florida. In order for me to get my license here in NY they would have to send transcripts to the NY board. They assured me that I can get my license endorsed but won't respond to emails confirming it. They also refused to let me take the NCLEX in NY directly and instead want me to do it through Florida first. They are approved by the state of Florida and as far as I know haven't graduated an RN class yet and have only up until recently had an LPN program. Should I go through with flying to Florida and taking the exit. I am nervous because they won't confirm in an email that they will send my transcripts to the NY board. 

chare

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3 minutes ago, Lexus L. said:

... They also refused to let me take the NCLEX in NY directly and instead want me to do it through Florida first. ...

The NCLEX is a standardized test.  This means that you should be able to attend school in one state, apply for licensure in another state (as long as you meet the education requirements), and actually write the NCLEX at an approved site, anywhere.  If they are telling you that you have to apply for initial licensure in FL, this could be problematic.  Please, if you opt to attend this program, do your due diligence and investigate it thoroughly.  

Best wishes.we 

Lexus L.

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Yes, I told them that I should be able to take it in NY as well. They told me they don't want to send me to the NY board, I have to take it in Florida first and then endorse my license to NY. When I spoke to the NY BON they told me the school will have to send them my transcripts. I have sent them two emails to confirm that once I pass the NCLEX in Florida they will send my transcripts to the NY board and they won't respond to my emails to confirm it. I am now scared of going through with this since I don't want to only be able to work in Florida. 

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

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Florida has gained a bit of a reputation for having several rather shady nursing schools. Approval by a state is one thing; voluntary accreditation by ACEN or CCNE is another- has either of those accredited the program? If not, you're looking at one red flag. What is the NCLEX pass rate? If it's not at or above the state average for first time takers, that's another red flag. Of those who enroll, how many complete? How competitive is it to get in?

I certainly get frustration with the competitiveness of nursing programs, but the ones that accept anyone willing to pay are generally not high quality and less likely to produce actual nurses.

Lexus L.

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I don't believe anyone has taken the RN NCLEX yet from the school. I don't see any test takers. I only see their LPN pass rates which are pretty good. I'm just worried about them not reassuring me they'll send my transcripts to NY board. I won't be able to endorse my license outside of Florida to anywhere if they won't send my transcripts. 

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I would just move on to a program that has the proper accreditation if I were you...even if it means having to repeat a couple of courses. If you’re having this much grief on the front end, imagine what you’re going to go through on the back end of this program. Don’t send them a dime. Go elsewhere. As one poster already said, one red flag is already waving.

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22 hours ago, Lexus L. said:

I don't believe anyone has taken the RN NCLEX yet from the school. I don't see any test takers. I only see their LPN pass rates which are pretty good.

Lexus, If you would be agreeable, I would like to know the name if the school and  I will dig a little deeper. I have only taught in the Midwest, have taught in all 3 types of programs -- RN diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelors. I know my way around licensure and at least know the right questions to ask. If you read my previous posts on Florida programs you will see I am shocked at the poor quality of the programs allowed to function there.   The Florida schools are under the Florida Department of Education and that agency will allow many programs to accept students, (act like they are teaching someone to be an RN) and  and then at what would be graduation, add some some RN exit exam that, without passing, does not permit that student to graduate. 

You deserve so much more for your tuition $$ and time (money can be re-earned but time is gone). I can read the sincerity in your message and your desire to become an RN. Just know there are those who will take advantage of you because you want to be an RN so much. LPN programs, while difficult, are not at the same level of difficulty as an RN program (prereq which are required in an RN program ARE tested in the RN NCLEX..for example, nutrition, Microbiology.)

Best wishes as you complete your RN journey.

 

Lexus L.

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1 minute ago, londonflo said:

Lexus, If you would be agreeable, I would like to know the name if the school and  I will dig a little deeper. I have only taught in the Midwest, have taught in all 3 types of programs -- RN diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelors. I know my way around licensure and at least know the right questions to ask. If you read my previous posts on Florida programs you will see I am shocked at the poor quality of the programs allowed to function there.   The Florida schools are under the Florida Department of Education and that agency will allow many programs to accept students, (act like they are teaching someone to be an RN) and  and then at what would be graduation, add some some RN exit exam that, without passing, does not permit that student to graduate. 

You deserve so much more for your tuition $$ and time (money can be re-earned but time is gone). I can read the sincerity in your message and your desire to become an RN. Just know there are those who will take advantage of you because you want to be an RN so much. LPN programs, while difficult, are not at the same level of difficulty as an RN program (prereq which are required in an RN program ARE tested in the RN NCLEX..for example, nutrition, Microbiology.)

Best wishes as you complete your RN journey.

 

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Help Needed!! I attended IDEAL PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTE for the LPN program. Finished Dec. 2019 put off taking my NCLEX-pn because as we know Covid hit Jan.2020. March 2022 I took my test and my unofficial results showed I passed. It's now going on 5 weeks since I tested, have not received anything by mail, email nothing. Called NYS on hold for 2hrs 24mins to be told my file was on hold for education review. Not sure what to do next. The school told me to apply for the Florida endorsement. Can NYS hold my License??

chare

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22 minutes ago, mhlpn22 said:

... Can NYS hold my License??

Yes, if your program did not meet their education and/or content requirements NYS can hold, or even not issue, your license.

23 minutes ago, mhlpn22 said:

... The school told me to apply for the Florida endorsement. ...

If your end goal is to work in NY, this might not work.  Even though you would be endorsing an active license into NY, the issues with your program not meeting the educational requirements are still going to be problematic.

Specializes in CNA-LPN PCU/ICU. Has 12 years experience.

I want to work in Florida! 

 

Should I try to have it endorsed in Florida? since this school is located in Miami Gardens, Fl.

Specializes in CNA-LPN PCU/ICU. Has 12 years experience.

What about my unofficial results showing passed?