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California Board of Nursing Application Tips

I received an email from one of avid Pinoy BSN reader and she was asking me information about applying to California Board of Registered Nursing. Thank you Mae for supporting Pinoy BSN.

So I will try to post here as much information as I could to guide you. But please take note that one's case can be different from the other. I am just here to give you an insight on how it went when I applied. There will be a lot of factors that may differ from my experience to yours such as the school, processing etc.

Also take note that these tips are for the FIRST TIME CALIFORNIA STATE BOARDS TEST TAKERS. If you are going to reexamine there will be a different form to accomplish.

HOW TO OBTAIN THE APPLICATION FORM
First get a copy of the
California Board of Registered Nursing Application Form. You will need ADOBE READER to view the file. The file is around 27 pages long including explanations and the actual forms needed.

APPLICATION FOR LICENSURE BY EXAMINATION
This is one of the first forms that you will need to accomplish basically it includes your personal information. Fill in the necessary information and here are some tips and frequently asked questions I encountered when filling up this form.
  • ADDRESS: If you have a relative or family member residing abroad whom you can trust and at the same time ask for little favors then if possible try using a US Address they say that it makes communication faster between you and the Board of Nursing just in case they need something from you. Also it is obvious that mailing time would be faster since letters are only transmitted to the same country as compared to having it mailed in another country. I also say ask for little favors because technically speaking when you mail your forms it would have to come from that US address too so what will happen is that if you are here in the Philippines you will mail the personal forms to your relatives address and they will be the one to mail it to the Board of Registered Nursing... sounds complicated but I hope you get what I mean. If you do not know anyone abroad then just use your address here in the Philippines.
  • Social Security Number: Most of us do not have this not unless you can legally work in the US so in most cases you just leave it blank.

  • Place your 2x2 picture on the second page beside the date on the lower part of the page using tape NOT glue.

The rest of the application are pretty much slef explanatory so this form has 2 pages. There is a part about an INTERIM PERMIT which basically says that they give you like a temporary permit to work while while waiting for the exam results which is valid for 6 months or until your results have been released. Personally, I did not avail of it since I won't be able to use it since I do not have papers to work in the US and most often than not they prioritize US nursing graduates for positions in hospitals. So I would rather keep the $35.

REQUEST FOR TRANSCRIPT

One of the forms for the California BON is the forms to be given to your school registrar and then they would be the one to submit it thru mail to the California BON. As for my tip just try to clarify everything with your school registrar so that less errors would be made in terms of processing.

BREAKDOWN OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR INTERNATIONAL NURSING PROGRAMS and NURSING PROGRAM VERIFICATION

Just fill out the parts where it asks you to fill which is basically the personal information and the rest will be filled out by your nursing program. Usually they mail it together with your TOR which was filled by the school registrar.


LETTER OF EXPLANATION or COPY OF LOCAL LICENSE

If you do not have your local license yet just email them your board certification that you passed which you can request in PRC once you know you passed the exam. And well if you have your license already then just scan it and print it and attach it together with the other documents you will submit.

FINGERPRINT CARD

You would have to request for this separately you can request by going to this link:

So to summarize everything here are the forms that you will mail to the California BON: Fingerprint Request. Read thru the instuctions there and wait for it to arrive in your mail. Then you can accomplish the fingerprint in the NBI in Carriedo. I am not sure if it can be done in other NBI branches.

Once accomplished, mail it together with your other forms and DO NOT BEND the fingerprint card so if you can place it in a hard envelope the better. What I did was I improvised an envelope using a folder. They just need one copy but just in case the print is rejected provide them another copy so you would not have to mail it separately when they ask for another one.

Here are the things that YOU will mail to California BON:

  • Application for Licensure by Examination (2)
  • Letter of Explanation/ Copy of PRC License
  • Request for Disabilities Form (if applicable)
  • Fingerprint Card (2)

Things that the SCHOOL will mail to Cali BON:

  • Request for Transcript form + TOR and RLE Records
  • Breakdown of Educational Program for International Nursing Programs Form
  • Nursing Program Verification Form

As much as i am giving here tips and guidelines please refer and read the instructions that comes with the forms. There might have been changes in terms of fees and other instructions so it is important to refer to them still.

The processing of my application took about 2 months but then they requested for subject description so it took me another month to accomplish that. But I think the subject description is a case to case basis.

Last tip, oif you are to use Fed Ex or Special Couriers in mailing remember that they will not accept PO Box address that comes with the form so you can use this address instead:

Board of Registered Nursing

1625 North Market Blvd,

Suite N217 Sacramento, CA 95834-1924

I hope the tips were helpful and let me know if you have further questions feel free to ask me. Please do not forget to read the directions that comes with the application form and use the checklist that comes with it too its very helpful so that you do not miss out any information.

wow! slamat po s info..

just want to ask for the details of the NCSBN online review.
im quite interested.
thank you so much.
blessed be.
:))

tanong ko lan po.. dun po sa application for licensure by examination.. ang pgpPrint po b nun dpat b back to back dn o ok lan khit s 2 separate bondpaper.. thanks..

thats nice. thanks for the tips and guidelines. im planning to take the nclex but im not so sure when, maybe 2years from now i have to work. because i dont have someone can support my studies and any expences..


marie

hi.. very nice info. sana you can also post the nursing application tips for those who will take at new mexico.. thanks so much! :)

rose r.c.

CHAY: you can find more information about the NCSBN review by going to their website www.learningext.com most of their course offerings are there...

ANONYMOUS: you do not need to print it back to back in separate sheets will do.

ANONYMOUS: take your time in preparing for the nclex-rn do whatever you got to do... at least you earn experience which will work for you in the long run :)

thanks for the tips.
i have a question. i overlooked the application forms. all the while i was thinking that everything could be done online.i already registered at pearsonvue.com which i learned would be the final step in taking the nclex. would it affect my registration with pearson if i were to submit my application forms to california board of nursing in a couple of weeks? will pearson forfeit my registration fee?

For those who are waiting for the June 2007 NLE results and you are applying for licensure by exam at the state of CA, provide them a letter of explanation why you have not yet obtained your license yet (i.e. still waiting for the results) and provide them a certified true copy of your diploma from your school. One cert. true copy of diploma which will be enclosed with the TOR, Request for TOR, Breakdown, Nsg Veri Program and another one with the application, FP card, $107.

DEAR JOAN: CAN I PROCESS ALL THESE THINGS KAHIT DI PA AKO NLE PASSER? CAN YOU CLARIFY THE "LETTER OF EXPLANATION " PLEASE. CAN YOU PASS A LETTER OF EXPLANATION THAT YOU DON'T INTEND TO PRACTICE HERE IN THE PHIL. THAT IS WHY YOU ARE AVAILING NCLEX? AND WHERE CAN YOU GET A MONEY ORDER? THANK YOU SO MUCH

hello, just wanna ask if i could change the state na pinili ko from Texas to California or vermont? san ko pde i change un? Nakapagregister nako sa pearson but i found out na madami palang requirements ang Texas so i change ko na lang to california or vermont, sang website ba ako pupunta para machange ko? Ive been looking sa website ng pearson vue pero di ko makita kung pano magchnage ng State....Pls. help me naman....ty

hi joan, i did all of the tips u gave except the part of letter of explanation becos the disclaimer mentioned " photocopy of diploma or license" soi sent a photocopy of my diploma.and also taking into allthat into consideration and having sent everything, when do i apply to pearsonvue? when i receive something from the cali bon? or do i start now and how do i go about it? thanks for reading my enquiries nikki

hi im katrina..im one of the batch 2006 rn's na nag retake all po last june2007 and i passed!..i applied at the cali state board last may and i received my eligibility last july..ang napadala ko po kasi na license ay ung luma..paano ko po maiinform ang cali state board of my new license?..how will i explain it to them?..please help po..thanks..Godbless!

hi joan,im ayrina gusto ko lng tanong abt the fingerprint card?my husband is in ca.but im here in the pi.ano yung irerequest namin sa finger print is it livescan or yung card?ano po yung difference kasi wala kami idea tsak nalilito kami.

sabi po kasi ng clasmate q na nkpagsend na ng application na okay lang daw po na walang check or money order na iaatach sa application dahil first time applicant daw po kame, jz want to validate kung totoo po un? hoping 4 ur imediate response..

tnx in advance..

paano po yun if after two weeks di parin dumadating yung fingerprint card? pls email me ... pahboo_chimefreak@yahoo.com
thanks po.

were can i access for my board rating kc tagal pa schedule ko..and my mom's friend told her that they already know the ratings of their sons/daughters... eh mauna p nga yung sirname ko pewro cla lam n nla.. can u give the website? pls.. tnx!

were can i access for my board rating kc tagal pa schedule ko..and my mom's friend told her that they already know the ratings of their sons/daughters... eh mauna p nga yung sirname ko pewro cla lam n nla.. can u give the website? pls.. tnx!

hi.. m dipdarling.. im an avid reader of pinoybsn.blogspot, it helps me a lot.. eniwei, im planning to process my application for nclex-rn and i chose california state.. and i saw your tips and i can say that it is very helpful.. i hav some questions, wer wil i start?.. do i have to request first the fingerprint card and wait for 2 weeks or do i have to work on passing my application to my school registrar and have it mailed already to the state board?.. where can i process my fingerprint card?.. and how can i pay for the application?.. my mom's working in the US, can she pay the fee of my application for me?.. or, if im going to open an account for bankdraft to have a dollar account, which bank will you prefer?.. please, i really need your help with this.. thank u so much.. please, send your answers to my email at acjl_14@yahoo.com.. thank you again..

hi.. m jl.. im an avid reader of pinoybsn.blogspot, it helps me a lot.. eniwei, im planning to process my application for nclex-rn and i chose california state.. and i saw your tips and i can say that it is very helpful.. i hav some questions, wer wil i start?.. do i have to request first the fingerprint card and wait for 2 weeks or do i have to work on passing my application to my school registrar and have it mailed already to the state board?.. where can i process my fingerprint card?.. and how can i pay for the application?.. my mom's working in the US, can she pay the fee of my application for me?.. or, if im going to open an account for bankdraft to have a dollar account, which bank will you prefer?.. please, i really need your help with this.. thank u so much.. please, send your answers to my email at acjl_14@yahoo.com.. thank you again..

hi.. m jl.. im an avid reader of pinoybsn.blogspot, it helps me a lot.. eniwei, im planning to process my application for nclex-rn and i chose california state.. and i saw your tips and i can say that it is very helpful.. i hav some questions, wer wil i start?.. do i have to request first the fingerprint card and wait for 2 weeks or do i have to work on passing my application to my school registrar and have it mailed already to the state board?.. where can i process my fingerprint card?.. and how can i pay for the application?.. my mom's working in the US, can she pay the fee of my application for me?.. or, if im going to open an account for bankdraft to have a dollar account, which bank will you prefer?.. please, i really need your help with this.. thank u so much.. please, send your answers to my email at acjl_14@yahoo.com.. thank you again..

hi...
just wanna know if I need to look for the Chief Finger printer in NBI and ask him to assist me in the finger printing part of my Fingerprint Cards?
and will I send the Application Form and the Fingerprint cards in one envelope or in separate envelopes?

thank You...

hi...
just wanna know if I need to look for the Chief Finger printer in NBI and ask him to assist me in the finger printing part of my Fingerprint Cards?
and will I send the Application Form and the Fingerprint cards in one envelope or in separate envelopes?

thank You...

hi! good morning! ask ko lang po kung paano ko malalaman na nakadating na sa Board of Registered Nursing ung application ko? kinakabahan kasi ako kung anong gagawin ko kasi sabi nila 4 - 6 months pa daw makukuha ung eligibility ko to exam. totoo po ba un? tnx po..

Thanks a lot for the tips.Malaking tulong ito for a first timer like me.now i can process my application.

hi...i cant make request for a fingerprit card....everytime i click their link..

I'm really thankful, i opened this site...Its a big help,really...
Thanks a lot!
All the questions I have to asked were already answered here...
Many,many thanks again...
Merry Christmas!

-=Angel=-

hi ask ko lng po...if kelangan q mgsubmit ng marriage contract along with cali BON's requirements?

hi ask ko lng po.. kse yung napadala ko sa board of nursing sa california.. kulang yung form.. di ko naisama yung "nursing verification program".. oki lng kaya kung magpadala ako ulit ng letter galing sa skul??

yung mga forms na manggagaling sken.. hindi ko pa maipadala kse natatakot ako baka maforfeit yung application ko kse kulng ung naipadlang forms..

nanghihinayang po ako sa pera..

pls help me regrding my problem..
snsya napo sa abala.. tnx..

hi ask ko lng po.. kse yung napadala ko sa board of nursing sa california.. kulang yung form.. di ko naisama yung "nursing verification program".. oki lng kaya kung magpadala ako ulit ng letter galing sa skul??

yung mga forms na manggagaling sken.. hindi ko pa maipadala kse natatakot ako baka maforfeit yung application ko kse kulng ung naipadlang forms..

nanghihinayang po ako sa pera..

pls help me regrding my problem..
snsya napo sa abala.. tnx..

can i just ask if i can mail my personal application through fedex together with 2 of my classmates? since same destination nman sya...

hi po.. jz wanna ask po kung ganu katagal usually ang paprocess sa california?..up to now po kc wla pa ako nrrceive na elgblty.. nagsubmit po ako last october 2007.. i'm kinda worried.. u think po it's advisable na imail ko ang BON Cali to check for my application status.. tnx ng marami and more power..

hi.. JUST WANTED TO ASK PO... IN APPLYING FOR THE NCLEX IN CALI.. WHEN WILL I SEND THE MONEY ORDER OF APPLICATION FEES? DO I HAVE TO DO MAIL IT THE SAME TIME AS I HAVE SEND MY APPLICATION? thank you very much!

wanna ask about the copy of license... am i going to scan and print that or is it necessary to make it authenticated before sending?
then CA ask me for the school curiculum that wil be sent directly by the school, is it ok if i'm gonna give the copy of my license to my school for sending that at the same time or am i going send that separately???
pls help... thank u...

tnx for that info

hi sir/ma'am,im from merge davao..my husband is leaving for Washington on july..is it okay if papadala ko na lang sa kanya yung application form and he'll be the one to mail it to California?

California BON is no longer accepting Letter of Explanation for not holding a local license there in P.I They changed their rules since january of 2008. They need a copy of the license or else they wont process your application.

hi po,can I ask something, do I take nclex even I don't have lic...and also d2 po ako middle east pwede po b mangga2ling me d2?and pano po ung processing ng application.salamat po..

[here's what you've mentioned w/ regards to the address in the application]
If you have a relative or family member residing abroad whom you can trust and at the same time ask for little favors then if possible try using a US Address they say that it makes communication faster between you and the Board of Nursing just in case they need something from you.

my question is:
if in case i fill it up w/ an address in california,
assuming that i'll be eligible to take the exam,
would there be any issue/problem that i'll encounter if i'll take the exam here in makati | register/pay as an exam taker in pearsonvue makati?

please do reply.. retthurr@gmail.com / ret_meister@Yahoo.com

thanks so much, this has been very useful! anyway, i received a certification from my school that confirms i have units for geriatric nursing. do i have to enclose it with the TOR too? kasi ako ang mag-me-mail sa bon daw. i was just given a school letter envelope with the school's seal. at isang envelope lang po iyon. pwede po bang pagsama-samahin ko na ang TOR, RLE records, request for transcript, breakdown of educ program and nursing program verification sa isang envelope lang? thanks po.

just want to ask what's the e-mail address of the california BON so that I can send my board certificate through email 'coz i don't have my license yet..??

how long after taking exaamine to get result i yook in oct 15,2008 no results yet i'm a international nurse with all my info in help

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