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Lpn licensure in another state

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by NurseT3 NurseT3 (New) New

Hello. I am currently Licensed as a Lpn in Florida. I am moving to Georgia and would like to transfer my license, however my private college I attended will not give me a official copy of my lpn transcript without paying off my tuition in full which is $17,000. Is there any way to get around this so I can transfer my license and actually work in Georgia?

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Not if GA BoN requires a copy of your transcript as a part of the licensing process.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

State boards of nursing need to review your transcript to determine which courses you completed and to verify that you earned your certificate, degree or diploma of practical nursing. Without the transcript, you will not be able to obtain licensure by endorsement in the state where you plan to relocate.

It is common practice for schools to hold one's transcripts if the student owes tuition money. This is a cautionary tale for prospective students: try to avoid schools that do not participate in the federal student loan program. This is also a cautionary tale for prospective students to think twice about attending the school if you cannot pay as you go, or if your student loans/grants do not cover the tuition.