California Nursing License
California Board of Nursing
Every state in the US has its own board of nursing, and so does California. The California BRN is a state governmental agency that was established by law, in order to regulate the practice of all nurses in the state of California. It is the duty of the Board of Nursing to implement as well as to enforce the Nursing Practice Act, which related to nursing discipline practice, licensure and education, and which created a nine-member board that serves as the decision making body of the California BRN. The CBN is also the one to offer the California nursing license.
How To Become A LPN In California?
The requirements for becoming a licensed practical nurse in the state of California are relatively simple and straightforward, as the first thing you need to do is to earn your LPN degree (and the training should consist of both courses and hands-on practice), then you have to apply for licensure with the CBN, which is the California Board of Nursing. You must have your school send the transcripts to the CBN quickly, and you must also pay the licensure fees ($85). Last, but not least, you have to get your CPR card and then sit for the NCLEX-PN exam and pass it.
The fastest, safest, easiest and most hassle-free way in which you can become a LPN in California is by simply enrolling in a PN program, where you will complete a one-year course followed by the necessary practical experience. After you get your license, you will have to renew it starting with the second year after you have received your initial license, on the month you were born, and then you will be able to renew it every two years. It is important for you to get at least 30 hours of continuing education credits in order to be able to renew your license and to work legally as a LPN in the state of California.
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How To Become A RN In California
Both LPNs and RNs can pursue a very lucrative career in California, one that is equally rewarding both professionally and financially. If you have decided to become a registered nurse here, then you must apply for the license – however, if you are already a registered nurse in another state, then you can apply or the nursing license in California by endorsement, and in order to receive it you must have completed an approved RN training program as well as to provide your proof of licensure in the respective state.
Nonetheless, if this is your first time you get your license as a registered nurse, then you will have to submit the appropriate fees, to complete the application for licensure by examination, to submit your fingerprints using the Applicant Fingerprint Card that will be given to you, to provide a recent passport-type photograph and then to request the transcript forms to be directed towards the licensing institution, from your former school of nursing.
The education requirements for becoming a registered nurse in California are as follow: you must hold at least an Associate’s Degree in the Science of Nursing provided by an accredited University or College. It is of utmost importance to make sure that the nursing school you enroll in is fully approved by the CBN, or the California Board of Nursing. If you want to make the best of your career, it is highly recommended to get a BSN, or a Bachelor’s Degree in the Science of Nursing.
BSN Requirements In California
If you have decided to enroll in a BSN training program and take your career as a nurse in California to the next level, then you must firstly make sure that you meet all the admission requirements, and that you have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. It is also important to have a grade of C or higher in all the pre-requisite courses, to have a clear drug screening and a clear criminal background check, as well as to submit an application form for your admission into the BSN program. You must also complete some non-nursing courses before you start your BSN courses, and you must also attend a mandatory new student orientation program. These BSN requirements are only some general guidelines, as each university has its own admission rules.
Salary and Career Info
The interactive chart above is a visual representation of the annual salary of California licensed nurse compared to the national annual salaries, all based on the latest May 2013 Occupational Employment Statistics figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Nursing Schools In California
Different nursing schools in California offer different types of degrees, and the Associate’s Degree in Nursing is undoubtedly the most sought-after one. This is also the reason why there are so many schools that offer training at this degree level, such as the Golden West College, the Evergreen Community College, the Los Angeles Harbor College, the Pierce College, the San Bernardino Valley College, the Pacific Union College and such.
On the other hand, if you have decided to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, then you should know that this type of training program is offered by the Azusa Pacific University, the California State University, the National University, the Humboldt State University, the Loma Linda University and others. Master’s Degree level programs are offered by the University of California, the University of San Diego, the University of San Francisco, the Western University of Health Sciences or the Azusa Pacific University.
There are some institutions of higher learning that also offer a Ph.D in Nursing, or a Doctoral Degree, such as the Loma Linda University, the Azusa Pacific University, the Western University of Health Science as well as the University of California (located both in Los Angeles and in San Francisco).