I am a nursing student at CCBC Catonsville. I have a year left and I am curious about how soon after you finish school do you take the NCLEX. What exactly happens once you graduate? What is the process?
Jun 23, '09
I haven't done that yet, but if you don't get an answer; just call your school. I believe after your final grades are ready, they will submit your NCLEX application, and then you will schedule the exam. I know most folks can take it within 6-8 weeks (If you're ready), but your nursing admin. office can give you the most specific details.
Some friends have taken a significant amount of time off to do a review course also. I suppose it might vary depending upon what your employment situation will be.
Jun 24, '09
I just graduated on May 21st from AACC and I can tell you how it was for me. After grades were finalized, the school mailed our applications to the board of nursing. When I was ready to pay the NCLEX people the $200 it costs to take the test, I did so online. Then I had to wait for them to send me my authorization to test (ATT). I signed up to have all NCLEX communication sent via email so it was faster. I got my ATT maybe 2 days after I paid for the test, and was then able to select a testing date and appt anytime between june 8th (the day I paid the $200) and December 2009. I chose to take the NCLEX in Delaware because it had more appts available (you can take the test in any state you want). I took the test today (!) and am awaiting my quick results, which take about 48 hrs to get. I know some people in my class took the NCLEX as early as June 11th, 12th, 13th (about 3 weeks after graduation). I'm sure it's pretty similar at most of the schools around Maryland.
I forgot to add that most people take a review class in between graduation and the test, but I elected not to.
Last edit by akmegs2 on Jun 24, '09
Jun 24, '09
Thanks so much akmegs2. Congrats on graduating
and I wish you the best on successfully passing the NCLEX. I heard that there was like a five to six month wait because a review session is mandatory. That didn't sound right to me. Have you heard how long the review sessions generally run?
Jun 25, '09
You're welcome! Hurst came to my school and did a 4 day (8hrs each day) review that was actually finished before we even graduated and I think Kaplan is 2 weeks but maybe 4 hrs each day? Those are the only 2 that I know anything about.
Jul 1, '09
I just graduated from CCBC Essex. One guy in our class took the NCLEX less than 1 week after graduation. The CCBC programs are pretty good. I don't think a review program is necessary for everyone.
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