Canadian LPN to possible US ADN?

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by Chelseaannb (New) New Nurse

Specializes in Internal Medicine. Has 11 years experience.

Hi there!

I'm an LPN in Canada and we are relocating to NY state.  I'm originally from NY so I have dual citizenship so that's not really an issue.  I've been an LPN in acute care medicine for 11 years and have received additional on site hospital training such as IV push, infusing blood and blood products, etc.  Our scope is pretty much the same as RN's and my schooling was 2 years plus clinicals.  I was hoping there was a chance I could apply to the NY board of nursing and have the equivalent of an ADN based on my education and experience. I reached out to the board and they told me if I wanted to be evaluated for an RN then I need to apply for such, but they will either approve or deny and then I would have to apply for LPN, rather than them just telling me it's only good for an LPN.  The jobs I was looking at require ADN or BSCN, so I'm just curious if anyone had experience with this?  Thanks!

katherine100, LPN

Specializes in LTC (LPN-RN). Has 13 years experience. 282 Posts

Absolutely you can do it. Contact the NY Board of Education for the process. It may take about 3 months. They will tell you what course you are missing. You also apply to Minnesota since it is said they have a faster process. You would seek to become an LPN here in U.S. But I would seek their advice on taking the RN NCLEX. 

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Chelseaannb

Specializes in Internal Medicine. Has 11 years experience. 11 Posts

Thanks for your reply! Do you mean a couple courses? I’ve heard of some people being able to go from LPN to RN because of the length of education and coursework being the same as an associates RN. 

katherine100, LPN

Specializes in LTC (LPN-RN). Has 13 years experience. 282 Posts

1 hour ago, Chelseaannb said:

Thanks for your reply! Do you mean a couple courses? I’ve heard of some people being able to go from LPN to RN because of the length of education and coursework being the same as an associates RN. 

When you contact they will tell you what you need. Sometimes you need a non science course. You'd have to show the board your education. And remember, as far as assessment, the RN does more of that. But contact those boards of nursing.  

Chelseaannb

Specializes in Internal Medicine. Has 11 years experience. 11 Posts

Oh, 100%! I just mean they’ve literally changed our scope and skill set to match an RN. Just paid way less LOL 

Thank you so much for your help!!