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: 5/23/2016

    NCSBN will recognize dedicated and exceptional membership and guests at its annual awards ceremony during the NCSBN Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly, held in Chicago, Aug. 17-19, 2016.

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  • Posted: 5/18/2016

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing and The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers announce the publication of the 2015 National Nursing Workforce Survey, a new study that provides a comprehensive snapshot of the U.S. registered nurse and licensed practical/vocational nurse workforce in 2015.

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  • Posted: 5/11/2016

    Oklahoma has become one of the first states to enact the enhanced NLC, joining Florida, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wyoming as a member. The House Bill 2482 was signed by Gov. Mary Fallin on April 26, 2016.

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  • Nurses Week Discount at
    Posted: 5/6/2016

    To show our appreciation of nurses, we're offering 10% off of all NCSBN Learning Extension courses.

    The discount applies to courses purchased between May 6 and May 12, 2016. 

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The NLC aims at improving patient care by allowing nurses to practice freely across state lines.

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Now accepting nominations for NCSBN leadership positions.

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JNR publishes peer-reviewed research related to nursing regulation and practice on a quarterly basis.

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