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: 4/12/2018

    Kansas has become the 30th member of the eNLC with the signing of the bill by Gov. Jeff Colyer, on April 10, 2018. The eNLC was implemented Jan. 19, 2018, in the existing 29* states. Kansas’ eNLC implementation date is July 1, 2019.

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  • Posted: 4/11/2018

    NCSBN has unveiled a new interactive Nursys Authorization to Practice Map. With just a few clicks, the user can see a dynamic, easy to understand visual representation of all the states where a nurse has authorization to practice.

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  • Posted: 4/4/2018

    In honor of its 40th anniversary this year, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN), is making a special donation of $140,000 to the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association (FNSNA).

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  • 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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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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