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NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) Information

The NCLEX examination is designed to test knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. NCLEX examination results are an important component used by Boards of nursing to make decisions about licensure.

To take the NCLEX examination, candidates must satisfy these requirements:

  • Apply for licensure in the state or territory in which you wish to be licensed.
  • Meet all of the board of nursing’s eligibility requirements to take the NCLEX examination (Refer to the Application for RN/LPN by Examination or the Board of Nursing Statutes and Regulations for eligibility requirements).
  • Register for the examination with Pearson VUE (testing company). The registration fee you will need to pay to Pearson VUE for taking the NCLEX examination is $200.

We encourage you to apply for licensure before registering for the NCLEX examination. However, you may register at anytime during the application process. When your application has been approved and after you have registered with Pearson VUE, we will then electronically notify the testing company that you are eligible to take the examination. Pearson VUE will issue your Authorization to Test (ATT) approximately 48 hours after we enter your eligibility. Upon receipt of the ATT letter, you will need to call Pearson VUE to schedule an examination date and time.

Examination results will be mailed within 14 days of your test date, and a license to practice nursing will be enclosed if you passed the examination. EXAMINATION RESULTS CANNOT BE GIVEN OVER THE TELEPHONE, DO NOT CONTACT THE BOARD OF NURSING FOR YOUR RESULTS.

Programs under the jurisdiction of the Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing are administered in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act. If you require a special accommodation when taking the licensing examination, you must submit a completed “Application for Examination Accommodation for Candidates with Disabilities” form. This form is available on the Division’s website: or contact the Division to request the form.