What is the NCLEX Exam? Aspiring nurses must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam before applying for licensure. Administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), this complex test evaluates nursing candidates' foundational knowledge and ensures they are qualified to work in hospitals and other healthcare facilities
The NCLEX comes in two different forms. The NCLEX-PN evaluates aspiring practical nurses (also known as licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses). The NCLEX-RN tests registered nursing candidates.
The two tests are similar in some regards, but they come with key differences. The RN exam emphasizes care management and assesses registered nurses' advanced scope of practice. The PN exam includes more questions about care coordination (NurseJournal).