nursing schools requirements

nursing schools requirements

Take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, or NCLEX-RN

The NCLEX-RN is a computerized exam that tests you on your nursing knowledge and ability to apply information. It is a six-hour test, although the majority of people finish it in less than the allotted time. You can only take it at a Pearson VUE test center, which are available in every state as well as many other countries.

The exam consists of 75 multiple choice questions, but you don’t have to answer them all. The test automatically ends once you meet or exceed the required threshold for passing based on your performance so far.

Additionally, the exam is computer adaptive, meaning that the difficulty of the questions depends on how well you perform on previous questions. If you answer correctly, subsequent questions will be more difficult; if you answer incorrectly, they’ll be easier. This ensures that everyone finishes around question 75 regardless of their performance up until then (with one exception: if someone can’t hit the minimum threshold by question 75).

Meet the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) requirements

To become licensed in Texas, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a social security number (SSN).
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
  • Have an unencumbered license. This means no disciplinary action has ever been filed against your nursing license, and that any disciplinary action against your nursing license has been fully resolved. If this doesn’t apply to you, you must provide documentation from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) or other state’s BON for any prior disciplinary actions against your licensure.
  • Have a clear criminal background check as established by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). In addition to this, if you have ever committed a crime (including misdemeanors), obtained treatment for substance abuse, or been discharged from the military under other than honorable conditions, then you must obtain clearance from HHSC before obtaining a nursing license in Texas. The process for doing so is outlined here.
  • Pass a drug screening at an approved laboratory identified by HHSC and paid for by either yourself or the hiring facility at which you will be working. You will be required to bring two forms of identification with you when completing your drug screening; one primary form of ID and one secondary form of ID should suffice.* Obtain CPR certification through an approved organization listed on the TDLR website.* Complete a high school diploma or GED via testing centers listed on their website.* Complete an accredited program of education recognized by the state BON in either vocational/practical nursing (VN) or professional nursing (RN), both requiring successful completion of either NCLEX-PN® or NCLEX-RN® respectively.* Provide proof that all coursework was completed within five years prior to application for licensure if applying for an RN license without holdi

Graduate from an ACEN or CCNE accredited school

In order to become a nurse, you must graduate from a nursing program that is accredited by either the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). These are the two leading accrediting bodies for nursing programs. What’s more, if you want to work as a nurse in any state besides California, your school must be recognized by that state’s board of nursing.

Requirements for becoming an LPN include having graduated from an accredited practical nursing program and passed the NCLEX-PN exam. If you live outside of California, your school also must have been approved by your state board of nursing.

Have a 2.5 GPA in all prerequisite courses

You must have a 2.5 GPA in all prerequisite courses, a 2.5 GPA in all nursing classes, and a 2.5 GPA overall.

must have a certain gpa in certain classes

In order to gain admission into a nursing school, you must meet certain prerequisites. You must have at least a 2.5 GPA in all prerequisite classes, with no grade below a C in any class. Prerequisite classes must be completed within the last 5 years and include Anatomy, Microbiology, Chemistry, Nutrition and English Composition. You must also have completed at least 50 hours of clinical experience under the supervision of a registered nurse or other licensed medical professional.

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