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

  • CE Course Update Available
    Posted: 2/18/2015

    Just updated! A revised online CE course for faculty is now available at NCSBN Learning Extension! Understanding the NCLEX - A Guide for Nursing Educators now includes information for nursing educators in the U.S. and Canada. 

  • Posted: 2/9/2015

    NCSBN gets more “social” with the launch of a new Twitter account to enable individuals who are interested in learning more about the work of the organization as well as services and resources it provides to receive the most up-to-date information quickly and easily.

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  • Posted: 1/22/2015

    After 14 years of distinguished service as the CEO of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), Kathy Apple, MS, RN, FAAN, has announced her retirement effective Sept. 30, 2015.

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  • Posted: 1/22/2015

    The NCSBN Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant Program recently awarded grants totaling more than $1.2 million to four U.S. organizations and one international organization. Since the grant program began in 2007, it has awarded more than $11 million in grant funding.

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