Delaware Board of Nursing Update: In order to apply for licensure by examination in Delaware, Excelsior College® associate degree nursing graduates must apply for licensure by January 31, 2014. Graduates will continue to be eligible for licensure by endorsement, according to Board requirements, once they have been licensed as an RN in another state and have worked in a federal facility or another state as an RN for 400 hours within the 2 years prior to applying for endorsement.
Maryland Board of Nursing Update: Effective October 1, 2013, the Maryland Board of Nursing will allow Excelsior College® associate degree nursing graduates to apply for licensure by endorsement. Graduates will be eligible for licensure by endorsement, once they have been licensed as an RN in another state and have worked in another state or federal facility as an RN for 1,000 hours within the 12 months prior to applying for endorsement.
Arizona Board of Nursing Updates: Excelsior College® associate degree nursing students are required to complete a 120-hour clinical preceptorship through Excelsior College® in order to take the NCLEX-RN® examination and apply for RN licensure in Arizona.
The preceptorship is completed after successfully completing the Clinical Performance in Nursing Exam (CPNE®) and before graduating from the program. An official transcript from Excelsior College documenting completion of the preceptorship must be submitted to the Board with the application for licensure. Excelsior College is currently contracted with the following Arizona facilities for student placement for the preceptorship:
• Barton House II (Scottsdale, AZ)
• Carondelet Health Network/St. Joseph's Hospital (Tucson, AZ)
• City of Phoenix Human Services Department - Early Head Start (Phoenix, AZ)
• Kindred Healthcare (Tucson, AZ)
• Oro Valley Hospital (Oro Valley, AZ)
• Saratoga Hospital (Saratoga, NY)
• Tucson Medical Center (Tucson, AZ)
Graduates can apply for RN licensure by endorsement in Arizona if they are currently licensed as an RN in another state and have worked as an RN in that state for a minimum of 960 hours providing direct patient care or complete the
120-hour clinical preceptorship. Students should contact Excelsior College for additional information on the preceptorship.
Colorado Board of Nursing Updates March 2008: Students enrolling in the Excelsior College associate degree nursing program after January 1, 2006 are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination and apply for RN licensure in Colorado if the following conditions have been met:
• An applicant currently licensed as a practical nurse (LPN), in any state must satisfactorily complete 350 hours of supervised clinical experience in the role of a registered nurse.
• An applicant not currently licensed as an LPN must satisfactorily complete 750 hours of supervised clinical experience in the role of a registered nurse.
Students must first graduate from the Excelsior College associate degree nursing program and receive a Student Permit from the Colorado Board of Nursing prior to starting the clinical experience. The clinical experience may be completed under the supervision of a preceptor and must include delegation and supervision, clinical decision making and critical thinking, patient assessment as part of the nursing process, interdisciplinary collaboration, evaluation of care, and opportunities to care for multiple patients with predictable and unpredictable outcomes. The clinical experience can be obtained in acute care or sub-acute care settings and skilled nursing facilities.
Georgia Board of Nursing Update: Excelsior College® associate degree nursing graduates are eligible to apply for RN licensure and take the NCLEX®-RN examination in Georgia if the following conditions have been met:
If entering the associate degree nursing program as a licensed practical nurse (LPN), the applicant must:
• Have completed an LPN program that included clinical training in pediatric, obstetric, medical-surgical, and psychiatric nursing.
• Have at least three years of clinical experience as an LPN in a health care facility.
• Complete a 350-hour, Board-approved postgraduate preceptorship, that includes clinical practice in a health care facility in pediatric (75 hours), obstetric (75 hours), psychiatric (75 hours) and medical-surgical (125 hours) nursing and that also transitions the applicant from the role of a licensed practical nurse to a registered professional nurse.
If entering the associate degree nursing program as a military medical corpsman or paramedic, the applicant must complete a 700-hour, Board-approved postgraduate preceptorship that includes clinical practice in a health care facility in pediatric (150 hours), obstetric (150 hours), psychiatric (75 hours), and medical-surgical (250 hours) nursing, and that also transitions into the role of a registered professional nurse.
LPNs that do not have three years (5,400 hours) of experience as an LPN in a health care facility or completed an LPN program that did not include clinical training in pediatrics, obstetrics, medical-surgical, and/or psychiatric nursing, must complete the 700-hour postgraduate preceptorship as required for military medical corpsmen and paramedics.
The preceptorship is completed after graduating from the Excelsior College associate degree nursing program and under the supervision of a preceptor. Precetporship approval and a temporary permit to practice nursing during the preceptorship must be granted from the Georgia Board of Nursing prior to starting the clinical experience. Additional information can be found on the Georgia Board of Nursing website at www.sos.ga.gov/plb/rn/.
Kentucky Board of Nursing Updates: The Kentucky Board of Nursing used to require all licensure applicants to complete a 120-hour clinical internship prior to being eligible to take the NCLEX and receive licensure in Kentucky.
Now, all applicants for RN licensure (by examination or endorsement) will be required to pass a jurisprudence examination. The exam is an "open book" computerized test based on the Kentucky Nursing Laws, Administrative Regulations and Advisory Opinions.
A study guide is available online at the Kentucky Board of Nursing web site www.kbn.ky.gov/license/jpexam.htm. The test is hosted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and will cost $9 to access the exam for 3 weeks.