Can a LPN from Canada work an an RN in California?

LPNs (Licensed practical nurse) in Canada go through 2 years of college.

Is that equivalent to an RN program in the States because I heard that being an LPN or LVN in the States only takes one year of college??

Is an RN program a college program in the States? How long is the program?

If I get an LPN license here in Toronto, Canada and take a equivalency exam to work in California, what would my job description and title be?

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  1. Yirmiyahu says:

    To qualify for endorsement (reciprocity) into California as a RN, you must hold a current and active license in another state or Canada, have completed an educational program meeting all California requirements, and have passed National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) or the State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE). The Canadian Comprehensive Examination is not acceptable. If you do not possess these qualifications, you do not qualify for licensure by endorsement and must apply to take the examination instead.

    To apply for licensure via the Online Endorsement Process
    To apply for licensure via Mail-In Endorsement Process
    All Applicants Must Provide the Following:
    Appropriate Fees.
    Completed Application for Licensure by Endorsement.
    Completed fingerprints using either the Live Scan Process or the Applicant Fingerprint Card (Hard Card) processing method as directed in the “Instructions for Submitting Fingerprint Cards”. Submit the appropriate nonrefundable TOTAL FEE as directed on the Application Fee Schedule.

    NOTE: Application does not include fingerprint cards or live scan form. Fingerprint cards and livescan forms may be requested on the Requests page.
    One recent 2″ x 2″ passport-type photograph.
    Completed Verification of License form OR Nursys® Verification Request Application if your board of nursing participates in Nursys® . International graduates must also submit license verification from the board of nursing where the examination was taken.
    Request for Transcript form(s) completed and forwarded directly from the nursing school(s) with certified transcripts.
    If applicable, documents and/or letters explaining prior convictions or disciplinary action and attesting to your rehabilitation as directed in Section II of the General Information and Instructions.
    Temporary License form (optional) if you wish to begin work pending issuance of a permanent license. Applicants wishing to obtain a temporary license on a walk-through basis, see Minimum Requirements for a Temporary License to be Issued at the Board Office.

    NOTE: The Board makes every effort to process temporary licenses on a same day basis; however, due to the high volume of applications, we may not be able to issue a temporary license on the same day.
    Send Breakdown of Educational Program for International Nursing Programs form to your school with the Request for Transcript form. Also provide the Certified English Translation form to your certified translator if your transcript is not in English. (See the Supplemental Application Instructions for International Graduates section of the application.)

  2. No. An LPN from Canada would not be the equivalent of an RN in California.It is true that an Associates Degree in the US is only 2 years but that doesn’t mean it is equal to our LPN schooling.In order to qualify to write the NCLEX ( the US nursing exam) you would need to have completed an RN program.