How Much Does It Cost To Take the NCLEX®?

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For students who have completed nursing school and are preparing to take the NCLEX® in the United States or Canada, a question that is commonly asked is this: How much does it cost to take the NCLEX?

Students have spent a considerable amount of money on their schooling and are not yet licensed to work as a practicing clinician, so it’s a reasonable question to ask. Finances can be tight, and those preparing for their exam want to budget for their upcoming NCLEX exam.

Here is the answer to “How much does it cost to take the NCLEX?” and some additional NCLEX registration information . . .

How Much Does It Cost To Take the NCLEX?

The registration fee to take the NCLEX-PN® or the NCLEX-RN® exam in the United States is $200. For candidates registering for the NCLEX-RN in Canada, the fee is $360 (Canadian).

If a test-taker changes his or her nursing regulatory body after registering for the NCLEX, there is a $50 fee (United States and Canada).

Note: Your nursing regulatory body (NRB) also charges a fee for initial licensure. These fees vary from state to state.

Is Financial Assistance Available?

While there are a number of scholarship opportunities available for nursing schools, there are limited financial aid opportunities available for the NCLEX registration fee. NCLEX funding may be available through your nursing program or other professional organizations in your area. 

Note: If you are a verteran who qualifies for the GI Bill, you are permitted to use part of your entitlement for test fees that relate to licensure like the NCLEX.

Who administers the NCLEX exam? Where Do I Take My Exam?

Both the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN exams are administered by Pearson VUE. Click here to find a testing site near you.

How Do I Register for the NCLEX?

Registration for the NCLEX is a four step process:

  1. Graduate from an accredited nursing program
  2. Submit an application for licensure/registration with your nursing regulatory body
  3. Receive your Authorization to Test (ATT)
  4. Register with Pearson VUE (via online registration or telephone registration) and schedule your NCLEX exam date

When Do I Register for the NCLEX? When Should I Take the Exam?

Upon graduation from an accredited nursing program, the earliest you can take your NCLEX exam is approximately 45 days. This varies from state to state, so be sure to check with your nursing regulatory body to find out what the requirement is in your state.

Note: Once you have been declared eligible to test by your nursing regulatory body, you will receive your authorization to test. You must test within the date listed on your ATT. These dates vary, but the average length of an ATT is 90 days.

If you’re already thinking about registering for the NCLEX, make sure you are thoroughly prepared for the exam. UWorld is the industry leader in NCLEX prep, and our online learning tools will have you confident and prepared on exam day. With NCLEX-style questions, detailed and thorough rationales, and precise performance tracking, we can help you ace the exam on your first attempt. Click here to discover why over 700,000 nursing students have used UWorld for their NCLEX prep since our Nursing QBank launched in 2015.

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