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?

Asked By: Ashlie - 4/3/2011
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Answered By: Yirmiyahu - 4/3/2011
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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.
Answered By: Lori - 4/3/2011
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