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.
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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.
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  • Posted: 4/27/2016

    A diverse group of nurses, nurse executives and policy leaders recently met in Washington, D.C. at a forum to discuss nurse licensure portability and how changes to the NLC enhance patient access to the vital care that nurses provide across the country. The webcast of that event is now available for streaming free of charge on the NCSBN website. 

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  • Just Launched - National Guidelines for Nursing Delegation
    Posted: 4/18/2016

    NCSBN's new delegation course is available.

    • Understand evidence-based, state-of-the-art delegation standards
    • Explain differences between assignment & delegation and the responsibilities of employers, nurse leaders, delegating nurses and delegatees

    Members receive 1.0 Contact Hours upon successful completion

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  • Posted: 4/12/2016

    The enhanced NLC has received a letter of support from CGFNS International, Inc. This organization joins a list of more than 25 others that recognize that nursing care in the 21st century must be dynamic and fluid across state boundaries and that the NLC offers the best mechanism by which to achieve this goal.

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  • Posted: 4/6/2016

    The enhanced NLC has received a letter of support from NLN. This organization joins a list of more than 25 others that recognize that nursing care in the 21st century must be dynamic and fluid across state boundaries and that the NLC offers the best mechanism by which to achieve this goal.

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The NLC aims at improving patient care by allowing nurses to practice freely across state lines.

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NCSBN is accepting abstracts from investigators engaged in research with implications for nursing regulation & health policy for the 2016 Scientific Symposium.

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Improved graphics, enhanced reports, enriched dashboards and pages, and responsive design provides a better user experience.

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