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

  • Apply Now! Exams Summer Internship Program
    Posted: 12/14/2016

    The NCSBN Examinations department is now accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Internship Program. One advanced doctoral student in educational measurement or a related field will have the opportunity to gain experience working on issues related to CAT, and licensure and certification exams. Please see the application for details.

  • Posted: 12/13/2016

    NCSBN is pleased that nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and certified nurse midwives will now have full practice authority when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment, but disappointed that certified registered nurse anesthetists are not included in this ruling.

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  • Posted: 12/7/2016

    National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCSBN-002-2016 Reporting of Disciplinary Actions by Boards of Nursing (new standard) and NCSBN-003-2016 Primary Source Verification of Licensure by Endorsement (new standard) were accepted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Board of Standards Review.

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  • Posted: 12/6/2016

    NCSBN voted on Dec. 1, 2016, to uphold the current passing standard for the NCLEX-PN Examination. The passing standard will remain at the current level of -0.21 logits that was instituted April 1, 2014. This passing standard will remain in effect through March 31, 2020.

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