National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is an independent, not-for-profit organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting public health, safety and welfare, including the development of nursing licensure examinations.

NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN Examinations developed and administered by NCSBN are constantly and rigorously evaluated to keep pace with the rapidly evolving health care environment.
About the NCLEX

Application & Registration

Learn about the NCLEX registration and application for licensure/registration processes.
About Application & Registration

Test Plans

View the NCLEX test plans which serve as blue prints to outline the content to be tested and guide the item writing process.
About Test Plans

  • Registration Now Open for the 2017 Midyear Meeting Webcast
    Posted: 2/9/2017

    The 2017 NCSBN Midyear Meeting takes place March 13-15 in Salt Lake City, Utah. A webcast of the second and third days of the meeting is available for members who are unable to attend in person. Members and associate members can register for the webcast to receive sign in information.

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  • Posted: 2/1/2017

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has launched a new Transition to Practice (TTP) online e-learning program for newly licensed nurses. 

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  • Transition to Practice Program for New Nurses Launched
    Posted: 1/25/2017

    NCSBN Learning Extension has launched a five-course online program based on the findings of the Transition to Practice Study. Each course helps new nurses succeed by encouraging reflection and enhancing critical thinking skills. There’s also a course to help preceptors empower new nurses.

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  • Apply Now! Exams Summer Internship Program
    Posted: 12/14/2016

    The NCSBN Examinations department is now accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Internship Program. One advanced doctoral student in educational measurement or a related field will have the opportunity to gain experience working on issues related to CAT, and licensure and certification exams. Please see the application for details.

Members and associate members unable to attend the 2017 NCSBN Midyear Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT can register for the webcast. The webcast will take place March 14-15.

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