Nursing Exams and Testing – General Information

One important thing to understand about the field of nursing is that most nurses need to undergo some type of testing in order to be licensed by their state board of nursing to work with patients and work as a nurse. If you attend a school where you take nursing classes, they will generally help you coordinate the testing and help you understand what it is that you need to do in order to get set up for the tests and also what you need to do in order to pass.


The type of nursing test that you take depends upon the type of nurse that you want to be. For example, people who want to be nursing assistants typically take a different type of test than those who want to be LPNs or RNs (who generally take the NCLEX).


The most common type of nursing test is called the NCLEX, which is an acronym that stands for National Council Licensure Examination. There are generally a few different types of NCLEX tests depending upon what type of nursing that you’re getting into. If you’ve trained to be a practical nurse or LPN, then you may need to take the NCLEX-PN which is the practical nursing test (the PN stands for practical nursing). However, if you want to be a Registered Nurse (RN), then you most likely need to take the NCLEX-RN. On this test, the RN stands for Registered Nurse, and it is a different examination.


The only time that testing might be able to be waived is if you’re coming from one state to another and you already hold a valid Registered Nursing license or some other type of license such as a CNA license. There may be certain rules about recognizing licenses from outside states where you live, so you’ll want to check on that if you feel like that situation might apply to you. Again, the only way that it likely would is if you already have a license from another state. If you’re new to the field of nursing then you’ll have to attend school like anyone else who is new so you can learn the things that you need to know about nursing.


Again, if you are wondering what type of test you should take for a particular nursing career, you should consult the Board of Nursing in your state to find out for sure as the information on this site is purely for informational purposes and isn’t advice and may not be entirely accurate, comprehensive, or up-to-date.




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