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Should Californian residents apply for out-of-CA online NP programs?

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by RNBB RNBB (New) New Nurse Pre-Student

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Hi all. Thank you for reading this post. I would greatly appreciate it if anyone can help me with this... I am confused about how NC-SARA affects California residents wanting to go to online out-of-CA NP schools. The definition of NC-SARA says: 

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among its member states, districts and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs.

California is the only state that does not approve NC-SARA. Does this mean that if a Californian resident enrolls in an online out-of-state NP program, they would not be able to do practicum in CA? That is my understanding but it does not sound right...

I checked the website of CA board of registered nursing. Their approved NP programs are all located in CA. I called them twice today and was put on hold for a total of 3 hours without being able to speak to a person.

Please help enlighten me... Thank you so much!

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FullGlass has 2 years experience as a BSN, MSN, NP and specializes in Adult and Geriatric Primary Care.

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Check with the schools you are interested in and ask them directly.  There should not be a problem.  I live in California also and plenty of us go to schools in other states.

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@RNBB I think I responded to you on this in a different thread but I echo @FullGlass that you should ask the school you're interested in. Plenty of people go to school out of state. Unless this is a very new rule, it shouldn't be an issue. 

California has many unique rules for healthcare providers but if it were to make this sort of restriction, in my opinion that is very dumb. There are not enough schools to accommodate all the people wanting to go to school in-state. 

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SopranoKris has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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We have many students from CA in our program, which is based in another state. Check with the school you want to attend.

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