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: 7/7/2015

    Approximately 260,000 nurses in the U.S. will receive a survey from National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers in the month of July. 

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  • Posted: 6/29/2015

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Board of Directors has named David Benton, RGN, RMN, BSc, M Phil, PhD, FFNF, FRCN, to succeed retiring CEO Kathy Apple. Benton assumes duties as CEO on Oct. 1, 2015.

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  • Delegate Orientation Course Updated
    Posted: 6/22/2015

    NCSBN's course for members, Delegate Orientation, has recently been updated for 2015 and is available for registration. Members will get an overview and understanding of the NCSBN Delegate Assembly. This course is free for members.

    Register today.

  • “Addressing Adverse Events: A Shared Responsibility” Video Released
    Posted: 6/19/2015

    NCSBN has released a video demonstrating how its Adverse Events Decision Pathway can help determine if a nurse's behavior warrants filing a complaint with the state regulatory board. By reporting the unsafe practice, nurses can undergo the remediation they need; and, ultimately, the public is protected.

    Watch the video now.


Moving toward uniformity in state laws.

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A national survey is underway to collect crucial information on the supply of Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (LPN/VNs)in the United States.

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View results of this landmark study.

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