What is the NCLEX exam?
The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is an exam offered to determine if graduated nursing students are safe and competent to practice.
Graduates from an accredited Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) program are required to pass the NCLEX-RN to earn licensure and legally practice nursing in the United States.
Graduates from a licensed practical nursing (LPN) or licensed vocational nursing (LVN) program are required to take the NCLEX-PN (practical nurse) exam.
The NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN test critical thinking skills using information students learned in their registered nursing or vocational nursing school. The goal of the NCLEX is to ensure that graduates can make quality nursing judgments and provide safe patient care.
If you're preparing to take the NCLEX, or will need to at some point, keep reading for everything you need to know about this important exam including what's on it, how to pass, what happens if you don't pass, and more.
Every nurse who graduates from an ADN or BSN program must pass the NCLEX-RN to earn licensure and legally practice nursing in the United States. Also, every practical or vocational nurse who graduates from an LPN or LVN program must pass the NCLEX-PN to earn licensure and practice legally in the U.S.
Eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN depends on your state’s requirements. Check with your state’s nursing board to ensure you have met all the criteria.
You'll also want to check up on the latest NCLEX requirements. There is a new version of the NCLEX called the Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) that is slated to begin in 2023 that will have some changes to the current format.
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