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: 5/4/2015

    A special Delegate Assembly of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) today approved the revised Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) and the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact (APRNC).

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  • Posted: 4/10/2015

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) NCLEX-RN Examination reached the milestone of testing more than 1,000 Canadian students and graduates, and international applicants for licensure/registration.

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  • 2015 NCLEX Conference
    Posted: 4/1/2015
    Registration is now open for the 2015 NCLEX Conference; a one-day educational conference that provides current NCLEX program updates offered by the experts that develop and administer the NCLEX. The conference will be held on Sept. 21, 2015 in Portland, Ore. Please see the brochure for more details.
  • 2014 RN Practice Analysis Now Available!
    Posted: 3/6/2015

    The 2014 RN Practice Analysis is now available for review. The report contains an analysis of entry-level practice in both the U.S. and Canada. Overall, the findings reflect the continued congruency of entry-level nursing practice in the U.S. and Canada and support the use of the NCLEX for licensure/registration decisions in both countries.