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

  • New Versions of NCSBN Reviews for the NCLEX Now Available
    Posted: 5/28/2015

    New and improved versions of NCSBN Reviews for the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN are now available at These new versions include some new helper boxes and questions.

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  • Posted: 5/15/2015

    National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), in partnership with The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, will launch the only national-level survey specifically focused on the U.S. nursing workforce in June.

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  • Posted: 5/13/2015

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc. will recognize its dedicated and exceptional membership and guests at its annual awards ceremony on Aug. 20, 2015, during the NCSBN Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly, held in Chicago, Aug. 19-21, 2015.

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  • Posted: 5/4/2015

    A special Delegate Assembly of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) today approved the revised Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) and the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact (APRNC).

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Moving toward uniformity in state laws.

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A national survey is underway to collect crucial information on the supply of Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (LPN/VNs)in the United States.

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View results of this landmark study.

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