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

  • 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.

  • Posted: 3/5/2015

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and the Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators (NLCA) are pleased to announce that Montana has passed legislation to join the NLC, which was signed into law by Governor Steve Bullock. The state will now begin the rulemaking process to work toward implementation on Oct. 1, 2015.

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  • 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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