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

  • Posted: 3/14/2018

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN), has just published a new “NCSBN Welcomes You to the Nursing Profession” booklet. Offered as a gift to newly licensed nurses in honor of its 40th anniversary, NCSBN created this booklet as a resource to help nurses better understand nursing regulation and their board of nursing (BON).

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  • Posted: 1/19/2018

    UPDATE: The eNLC was implemented on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 with 29 member states. Colorado and New Mexico’s governors signed their legislation the evening of Jan. 18. As of this date, nurses with eNLC multistate licenses may begin practicing in eNLC states.

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  • Posted: 1/3/2018

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) marks reaching its 40th anniversary milestone in 2018 with the inspiring theme of “Regulatory Excellence Surging Toward the Future.”

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  • Posted: 12/19/2017

    Wisconsin has joined Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming as a member of the eNLC.

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When it launches in August, the NCSBN Global Regulatory Atlas will provide regulation, licensure and education information for countries around the globe.

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Now accepting applications for NCSBN leadership positions.

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The NursingAmerica campaign is raising awareness of APRNs and advocating for legislation across the country.

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