Challenge the NCLEX-PN?- Q for Suzanne

  1. Suzanne,

    Do you know if students enrolled in an RN program in Indiana or Texas can challenge the NCLEX-PN? If they can, in what semester of the RN program would that be possible?

    I am really jus t trying to satisfy my curiosity.
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  3. by   suzanne4
    You actually do not challenge the exam, if you are in nursing school. (The "challenge" was for militiary people who were corpsmen in the service, in some states, they can challenge the exam, though they never attended nursing school but got on the job training while in the service.

    Now to your question, you normally need to complete the first year of a two year program, or the third year of a four year program, but that is only if the state permits it, as well as if the school had its training set up so that the nurse can do it. If training is accpeted, you still need to go thru the application process, take the NCLEX-PN exam, and prepare special for it. The material on that exam is quite different from what is on the RN exam.

    In the past, there were acutally programs that were set up this way, especially for the two year programs, you completed the first year, did the LPN exam, then went on for the second year of school and wrote the RN exam afterwards.

    It is specific to state, as well as school. Hope that this helps.
  4. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Not sure where you will be then, SunnyJohn, but here's what the Texas BON states on :

    • What specific courses are required to be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN Exam?

    To be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN examination, the student must have completed an approved program for educating vocational/practical nurses or have completed an acceptable level of education as determined by the Board. Correlated theory and clinical practice shall have been completed in the following areas: nursing care of children; maternity nursing; nursing care of the aged; nursing care of adults; and nursing care of individuals with mental health problems. It is expected that the graduate has completed a minimum of 1,398 clock hours of study with 558 hours for classroom instruction and 840 hours for clinical practice. The specific vocational nursing curriculum content is located in Rule 214.9. Other specifics about this eligibility may be found in Rule 217.2.

    • Can I take the NCLEX-PN if I have completed part of my RN education?

    Undergraduates from ADN/BSN programs must meet the curriculum and clinical requirements of graduates of vocational nursing programs. At the time the undergraduate completes these requirements, a transcript and course descriptions must be submitted to the Board for determination of eligibility. Instructions and the LVN Examination Application maybe downloaded from the Forms page.

    This is very interesting....I wondered if this was possible here in Texas.