If I am an LVN and I want to challenge the state boards for the RN, Do you think I would need additional training? Do you think they would require any more schooling? Hmmm, I wonder?
The NCLEX-PN exam is only able to be challenged by corpsmen from the military and only in two states, Virginia and California.
In some states, a student in an RN program can write the NCLEX-PN exam when they have completed the required coursework for that license, usually after one year of a two-year program or three years of the four year program, but they are not challenging it, as they have completed the appropriate training.
To be able to sit for the NCLEX-RN, you must have completed an approved program in a school of nursing for the RN. You are unable to challenge the NCLEX-RN exam no matter what your prior work experience was.
In the state of CA, they have the thirty option plan, but those that complete that, cannot endorse their license to any other state. Those hours are completed in addition to the LPN/LVN coursework, but they do not earn any type of diploma or certificate. If you wish to be able to write the NCLEX-RN exam, you will need to complete at least the LPN to RN bridge program.
Hope that this clears up any questions for you.
May 29, '07
Not sure where you live. I can only help with Florida and the answer is No.