I would like to further my education. I have an Associates Degree in Nursing but was unable to pass the NCLEX exam. What can I do with only an Associates Degree in Nursing and can I pursue a BS in Nursing without passing the NCLEX exam for ADN?
The nursing degree really doesn’t do you much good without the license. How long has it been since you graduated? Why not retake the test? If you graduated successfully, you are capable of passing your NCLEX. Perhaps you have test anxiety, or just haven’t been taught good test taking strategies for the NCLEX. Maybe you could benefit from a structured study program like that of Kaplan.
I am not entirely positive, but I believe if you want to complete the BSN, you would need to be licensed. All the programs I’ve ever seen require valid licensure before starting courses.
I’ve known really good nurses who had to take NCLEX 3+ times, but eventually they passed and as I said, they are really good nurses. You can do it. Good luck.
Having the RN after your name is just a matter of passing the NCLEX Nursing boards test. Anybody with an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s can take the boards. A lot of people get their associates and then work somewhere that will reimburse them to get their bachelors. That is a good strategy. However, some associate’s degrees are 3 years anyway, so some think its just as well to go ahead and get the 4 year degree out of the way right away. The trend in hospitals today is to hire more nurses with bachelors and usually you have to have it to get a management position. Another idea: If you work as a nurse’s aide during school, , they will often reimburse your degree as well. Also being an aide in a hospital is a good way of seeing what the environment is like. Being a nurse and nursing school is a long, hard road, and often disillusioning so be prepared to know this is really what you want. It must be a calling if it is worth it. Many blessings on your journey.
You need to have passed the NCLEX before you could apply for a BSN program.
To the school you plan on earning your BSN you need show them that you are qualify to sit for the board with that proof you can apply but you have to make sure that you take the state board test before the second trimester.