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Hi: I am a CNA, live and go to school in Minnesota, one semester of LPN left. We may be moving to WI, can anyone tell me how to find out if I can transfer my CNA certification to WI? And when I am done with school, could I take the boards in MN if I live in WI? I know it is confusing. I plan to finish up my LPN in MN at my current school. Thank you :uhoh21: :uhoh21:
You should be able to transfer a CNA certificate to WI without problem. Usually CNA's are governed by the Dept. of Health and Human Services, look up the number for Wisconsin. If you can't find it, call the Wisconsin board of nursing, do not call Minnesota. It is up to WI to decide if your CNA certification meets their standards and if they will accept it. The WI board of Nursing will be able to tell you who governs the certifying of CNA's in their state. Occasionally the Board of nursing themselves in some states do that but most of the time it is a different department of the state. This should not be a problem for you as MN and WI generally share similar standards for education, clinical hours, etc.
Now for the LPN part:
You have 2 options. Option #1: When you graduate you can take the NCLEX in MN and then apply for an endorsement into WI once you get your MN license. Same situation as transferring your CNA certificate from MN to WI except the board of nursing will handle this and they may want you to provide extra documentation such as nursing school transcripts, affidavits from program directors, etc.
However, (here's option #2) if you are certain that you will not be working as an LPN in Minnesota and will be moving to Wisconsin by the time you start working as an LPN, I would not do option #1 because it will take more time and cost you more in fees paid to both boards of nursing. Call the WI board and get an application to take the NCLEX in WI. You will have to drive to a site in WI and test there, (whichever state you take the exam is where the license is that you will be receiving.) If you test in MN you will receive a MN license then have to endorse into WI.
If this is still confusing, ask your instructors as graduation gets closer and they should help you.