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.
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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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  • Posted: 11/22/2016

    The eNLC has received a letter of support from Optum. This organization joins a list of more than 25 others that recognize that nursing care in the 21st century must be dynamic and fluid across state boundaries and that the NLC offers the best mechanism by which to achieve this goal.

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  • New! 2017 NCLEX-PN Test Plan - Basic
    Posted: 10/6/2016

    The 2017 NCLEX-PN Test Plan - Basic is now available to download and will go into effect April 1, 2017. NCLEX test plans are updated every three years to reflect current, entry-level nursing competency. The basic version of the test plan is an overview of approved content distribution. Visit the Test Plan page for more information on NCLEX test plans.


The Fall 2016 issue of In Focus, NCSBN's quarterly publication, is now available.

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