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NCLEX timeline?

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How far along should you be applying to state Board of Nursing in order to get approved in time to take NCLEX? I'm a bit confused as far as the timeline, will I be able to apply during my last semester of Nursing school? My propose graduation day isn't till December this year but I do plan on taking NCLEX in late Jan. if possible, when should I start applying and get the ball rolling? Thanks in advance!

I think it depends on the state and the time you apply. Graduating in December may yield you a faster authorization to test than graduating in Spring. I am not sure though. Does your BRN website give you a timeline? Also, maybe check with your schools nursing department. Good luck!

Check with your school, they should have the ins and outs for you. We had to have all of our stuff submitted to the BON 4 weeks prior to graduation, and even at that no one got ATTs until 2 months after we graduated. Good luck to you!

Check with your school, they should have the ins and outs for you. We had to have all of our stuff submitted to the BON 4 weeks prior to graduation, and even at that no one got ATTs until 2 months after we graduated. Good luck to you!

I agree with this. At our school, we graduate in December, and they are asking us to submit our paperwork to the BON 4-6 weeks ahead of time. Most of the students I know who graduated already got their ATT within a few weeks of graduation, it seems to vary by school. Another local nursing program's students traditionally wait longer than students at my school for their ATT to come through.

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I really depends on your state. We had to turn in our applications to the school 3 months before graduation and the school submitted them as a packet. That's what my state's BON likes.

In my state, we couldn't register for NCLEX until the BON had all our information, including our transcript. We filled out paperwork during class one day which they held until our transcript was ready. It was two weeks before I got my ATT.

We could apply for licensure and temp licenses after our graduation but again, they had to process all our paperwork before we could get the temp license.