Taking NCLEX in one state, then applying for licensure in another?

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starmickey03, MSN, RN

Has 10 years experience. 638 Posts

False.

When you register for the NCLEX-RN, you select the testing center that you want to take the test at, and which board of nursing you'd like your results to be reported to. I took my NCLEX-RN in San Francisco, CA and had my results sent to Nevada's Board of Nursing for my initial licensure.

It's up to you to apply through whichever board of nursing/licensing agency for whichever state you'd like your initial license in.

So many people are under the impression that you must get your license in the state you were educated in or the state that you test in, and this is simply not true.

Was the school involved in this process at all or did you handle all of this?

Just wondering because Im not sure if I would have to tell the Dean of Nursing my plans or not.

schooldistrictnurse

schooldistrictnurse

Specializes in School Nursing, Public Health, Home Care. 400 Posts

Dthfytr, I see we're the same age! when I took the "boards" each state had different passing scores, so if you scored "x" you could apply for a license in certain states

but couldn't get a license in certain other states. Word on the street was that NY, CA, IL and WI were "tough" and ANYONE could pass in the "southern" states. (I'm prepared to be flamed on that comment!)

Wave Watcher

Wave Watcher

Specializes in Community Health/School Nursing. Has 7 years experience. 751 Posts

Dthfytr, I see we're the same age! when I took the "boards" each state had different passing scores, so if you scored "x" you could apply for a license in certain states

but couldn't get a license in certain other states. Word on the street was that NY, CA, IL and WI were "tough" and ANYONE could pass in the "southern" states. (I'm prepared to be flamed on that comment!)

And let the flamming commence! Paww Diddy!!

I'm from TN so I can say that. :yeah:

Shorell

Shorell

1 Post

I am currently attending an ASN program in St Petersburg, FL. I have no intentions on working in the state of Florida, in fact I dont even think I will stick around for the graduation. I would like to move to Atlanta shortly after the last day of classes and sit for my boards in GA. Does anyone know can I work while waiting for the results of my NCLEX exam?

kiszi, RN

Has 9 years experience. 1 Article; 604 Posts

My suggestion is to look up the Board of Nursing website for the state you're considering a move to. All of the requirements for licensure and/or endorsement (if originally licensed in another state) will be there. I'm in the process of getting licensed in another state that is not a compact state and the requirements are: a background check, online application for endorsement, a few hundred dollars, and court paperwork for any misdemeandor or felony convictions. In other words, similar to what you'll be doing to get licensed in your current state, minus taking NCLEX again. So it may make more sense to do as others have mentioned and apply for a license in the state you're moving to.

nurseprnRN

nurseprnRN, BSN, RN

2 Articles; 5,114 Posts

The one thing you want to check is whether your target state recognizes your school as accredited. Some programs will not be accepted in all states, regardless of a graduate's NCLEX status.

Even if you pass the NCLEX in a state that does recognize your school, a different state may not grant you a license by reciprocity if your school isn't recognized by that state. Always, always ask before you enroll.

Cali_girl2014

Cali_girl2014

14 Posts

Does wisconsin make you do the fingerprinting and background check like in california?

Cali_girl2014

Cali_girl2014

14 Posts

I was asking because i have a DUI on my record and california will delay me from sitting for the NCLEX> would that apply for Wisconsin as well? Thanks

julvaz1

julvaz1

9 Posts

That's because some states have no limit on how many times you can fail before you have to take a remedial course worth $2500 including having to do 56 hrs of clinicals again. Arizona I believe allows 7 times, NY I think it's unlimited, etc...

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 12 years experience. 1 Article; 13,952 Posts

I was asking because i have a DUI on my record and california will delay me from sitting for the NCLEX> would that apply for Wisconsin as well? Thanks

all states are mandated to have background checks for nursing licenses per federal regulations. You will have the same issue if you endorse back to CA. I've yet to see a state NOT ask about prior convictions, drug or alcohol issues.

futurenurse2121

futurenurse2121

4 Posts

Does this work if I am a resident of Iowa going to Tennessee for my first nursing job?