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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Now Available! NCLEX FAQs Webinar
    Posted: 4/27/2016

    The NCLEX FAQs webinar includes answers to frequently asked questions about NCLEX topics ranging from examination development principles and sample content, to exam administration and using computerized adaptive testing, or CAT. This webinar is available to the public here.

  • Registration Open! 2016 NCLEX Conference for Canadian Educators

    Registration is now open for the 2016 NCLEX Conference for Canadian Educators; a one-day, educational conference that provides NCLEX program updates offered by the experts that develop and administer the exam. This conference will be held in Toronto, Ontario on Monday, April 18, 2016. For more information, please see the brochure.

  • Now Available! 2016 NCLEX Examination Candidate Bulletin
    Posted: 12/7/2015

    Effective January 1, 2016, the 2016 NCLEX Examination Candidate Bulletin will serve as your guide from before to after the NCLEX, including important contact information, details on how to register, the NCLEX Examination Candidate Rules and results processing. This publication is available in both English and French.

  • New! 2016 NCLEX-RN Test Plan
    Posted: 9/30/2015

    The NCLEX-RN Test Plan provides a concise summary of the content and scope of the licensing exam. It serves as a guide for exam development as well as candidate preparation. The 2016 NCLEX-RN test plans, English and French versions, are now available and will take effect April 2016.

  • 2015 NCLEX Conference
    Posted: 4/1/2015
    Registration is now open for the 2015 NCLEX Conference; a one-day educational conference that provides current NCLEX program updates offered by the experts that develop and administer the NCLEX. The conference will be held on Sept. 21, 2015 in Portland, Ore. Please see the brochure for more details.
  • 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: 10/22/2014

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) will open NCLEX-RN Examination registration on Nov. 3, 2014 for Canadian students and graduates ...

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