The NCLEX-RN is the final test before a nurse becomes registered and can practice medicine. This happens after nursing school and the earning of a degree. Pearson VUE administers the NCLEX-RN via computer, and the test assesses an individual’s nursing capabilities. Just to take the test requires submitting a battery of educational, background check and registration related documentation.
Having an appropriate education is not optional. Only after a nurse has finished their degree in nursing may they take the NCLEX-RN.
Your states Board of Nursing must confirm your eligibility. The Board will verify that you have met all of the necessary requirements in your education, as well as that your background with the law is untainted. Then you will receive your ATT, or Authorization to Take the Test. This document also lists various places where you can take the test, and you need to call one of them to book a testing date before the ATT expires.
After that is done you’ll want to register through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Testing Service. To move on with registering, you will then be sent the NCLEX Examination Candidate Bulletin.
At this point you need to pay to register. As of April 2010, it costs $200 to register for taking the NCLEX-RN, which requires either a credit card or a certified form of payment such as a cashier’s check.
Taking NCLEX-RN review courses is a very good idea at this point. Also, if your confidence is less than excellent regarding your ability to pass the NCLEX-RN, a review course would also be a very good idea. Many private companies like Kaplan and Drexel run such courses. The National Council’s Learning Extension can also help you to get ready to take your test as well. For independent practice you can use Lippincott’s Review and Cracking the NCLEX-RN by the Princeton Review. If you know others that are going through the same testing would be wise to get some study groups together as a group and independent study intermixed can provide excellent learning opportunities and test preparation.
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