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Taking the NCLEX if going to med school next year?

bluejay87 bluejay87 (New) New

I'm graduating with my BSN this month and will be starting medical school in the fall.

I had originally planned on taking the NCLEX and getting my nursing license, just because I can, but now I'm not so sure. It's expensive, and I'm wondering if it might be a bad idea to get a license and then not use it. Thoughts?


Specializes in Rehab, Geriatrics.

Well I would say get your license. It is an achievement for undergoing a bachelor's program.

its always good to have something to fall back on...doesnt hurt to have an RN LICENSE AND BE WORKING PRN....

I would get the license. You never know what may happen in the future that might make the nursing license necessary. If I were looking at your record, I would find it negative that you received a BSN but did not move forward with obtaining the license. You can always make the license inactive, then it is a simple matter to make it active if you need to. JMO

This seems like a no brainer, hence this is what every reply has said thus far- get the license. You'd think someone going to med school could figure that crap out, but hey...


Congratulations on finishing nursing school, seems like you have a bright future ahead of you. It is a good idea to hold a license, just incase. If you are not going to work with it, then it does not matter when you take the exam. During medical school you will be in a situation where you wish that you have a job and that will be the time to use the license to work. I went to medical school, and my first two years, i was busy as well as the clinical years so i did not have the time for anything. The problem will come when you graduate and could not pass your USMLE;s or could not get match to a residency program then you can work meanwhile waiting for be matched, same thing happened to me. GOOD LUCK!!