What is the NCLEX-PN?

Oftentimes referred to as “The Boards”, the NCLEX-PN stands for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses. This examination is vital in ensuring that you can safely practice as an entry-level practical or vocational nurse. The NCLEX-PN measures the competency of nurses in order to protect patients from unsafe nursing practices.

If you’re looking to pursue a career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN), then the NCLEX-PN is a required part of your training. You must pass the exam before you can begin practicing as a nurse.

What does the exam look like?

The NCLEX-PN utilizes Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) to effectively and accurately measure your skills. The exam will adjust the difficulty of the questions as you go depending on the accuracy of your previous answer.

Most of the questions on the exam are multiple choice. However, other question types can include fill-in-the-blank, multiple response, etc.

The exam consists of approximately 85‑205 questions. Test takers have up to five hours to complete the exam. If you fail, you can choose to retake it 45 days after your first attempt.

How do you register for the exam?

To take the NCLEX-PN and begin your career in nursing, you must submit an application. Contact your nursing regulatory body (NRB) in order to request a licensure and registration application. Please note there is also an exam fee.

If you’re ready to begin your practice as a nurse, then register for the exam online or by calling 866-496-2539.

At Goodwin University, our Licensed Practical Nurse certificate program is designed to help prepare you for the NCLEX-PN. Interested in starting your career as a licensed practical nurse? Learn more about our LPN program today!

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