Thursday, May 22, 2008


Dedicated to Andrei Garcia

National Council Licensure Examination for Registered / Practical Nurses (NCLEX-RN / PN)

What is the NCLEX Examination?

The NCLEX examinations is designed to test knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. NCLEX examination results are an important component used by boards of nursing to make decisions about licensure. Only boards of nursing can release NCLEX examination results to candidates.

The NCLEX examination is administered in the United States, American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The use of the same examination by all jurisdictions facilitates licensure by endorsement from one board of nursing to another.

Beginning January 2005, the NCLEX examinations will be administered internationally in Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of the Republic of China, London, England, and Seoul, South Korea. (Taken from

Eligibility Requirements

To take the NCLEX examination, candidates must satisfy these requirements:

? Apply for licensure in the state or territory in which you wish to be licensed.
? Meet all of the board of nursing
? Eligibility requirements to take the NCLEX examination.
? Register for the examination.

Registration Process Overview

1. Submit an application for licensure to the board of nursing in the state or territory where you wish to be licensed.
2. Register for the NCLEX examination with Pearson VUE.
3. Receive Confirmation of Registration from Pearson VUE.
4. The board of nursing makes the candidate eligible to take the NCLEX.
5. Receive Authorization to Test (ATT) from Pearson VUE.

If more than two week have passed after you have submitted a registration for an NCLEX examination and received confirmation from Pearson VUE, and you have not received an ATT, please call Pearson VUE at the appropriate number listed on the inside front cover. (Taken from

Examination Fee and Registration Information Fee

The fee for taking the NCLEX examination is $200. You may also have to pay other fees for licensure required by the board of nursing in the jurisdiction in which you are applying.

You must check with your board of nursing to find out about these fees.

If you choose to schedule your NCLEX examination at the Hong Kong, London, or Seoul test centers, you will have to pay an international scheduling fee of $150 plus a Value Added Tax (VAT) where applicable. These fees will be charged when you schedule your examination appointment.

Registration Time Limit

All NCLEX examination registrations will be remain open for a 365-day time period during which a board of nursing may determine the candidate?s eligibility. The time period begins when the board of nursing receives the candidate?s registration from the test service. Once a candidate is made eligible




First get a copy of the California Board of Registered Nursing Application Form. You will need ADOBE READER to view the file.


This is one of the first forms that you will need to accomplish basically it includes your personal information. Fill in the necessary information and here are some tips and frequently asked questions I encountered when filling up this form.


If you have a relative or family member residing abroad whom you can trust and at the same time ask for little favors then if possible try using a US Address they say that it makes communication faster between you and the Board of Nursing just in case they need something from you. Also it is obvious that mailing time would be faster since letters are only transmitted to the same country as compared to having it mailed in another country. I also say ask for little favors because technically speaking when you mail your forms it would have to come from that US address too so what will happen is that if you are here in the Philippines you will mail the personal forms to your relatives address and they will be the one to mail it to the Board of Registered Nursing… sounds complicated but I hope you get what I mean. If you do not know anyone abroad then just use your address here in the Philippines.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: Most of us do not have this not unless you can legally work in the US so in most cases you just leave it blank.

Place your 2×2 picture on the second page beside the date on the lower part of the page using tape NOT glue.

Do NOT forget to include your application and fingerprint card processing fee please refer to the application form for the exact amount ($107.00 for application and fingerprint card).

Make sure it is payable to the BOARD OF REGISTERED NURSING.

The rest of the application are pretty much self explanatory so this form has 2 pages.

There is a part about an INTERIM PERMIT which basically says that they give you like a temporary permit to work while while waiting for the exam results which is valid for 6 months or until your results have been released. Personally, I did not avail of it since I won’t be able to use it since I do not have papers to work in the US. So I would rather save the $35.

One of the forms for the California BON is the forms to be given to your school registrar and then they would be the one to submit it through mail to the California BON. As for my tip just try to clarify everything with your school registrar so that less errors would be made in terms of processing.


Just fill out the parts where it asks you to fill which is basically the personal information and the rest will be filled out by your nursing program. Usually they mail it together with your TOR which was filled by the school registrar.

If you do not have your local license yet just mail them your board certification that you passed which you can request in PRC once you know you passed the exam. And well if you have your license already then just scan it and print it and attach it together with the other documents you will submit.

You would have to request for this separately you can request by going to this link: California Finger Print Card Request

Read thru the instuctions there and wait for it to arrive in your mail. Then you can accomplish the fingerprint in the NBI in Carriedo. I am not sure if it can be done in other NBI branches.

Once accomplished, mail it together with your other forms and DO NOT BEND the fingerprint card so if you can place it in a hard envelope the better. What I did was I improvised an envelope using a folder.

They just need one copy but just in case the print is rejected provide them another copy so you would not have to mail it separately when they ask for another one.

Here are the things that YOU will mail to California BON:
Application for Licensure by Examination
Letter of Explanation/ Copy of PRC License
Request for Disabilities Form (if applicable)
Fingerprint Card (2)
Fees for Application Process & Fingerprint Card
Things that the SCHOOL will mail to Cali BON:
Request for Transcript form + TOR and RLE Records
Breakdown of Educational Program for International Nursing Programs Form
Nursing Program Verification Form

As much as i am giving here tips and guidelines please refer and read the instructions that comes with the forms. There might have been changes in terms of fees and other instructions so it is important to refer to them still.

The processing of my application took about 2 months but then they requested for subject description so it took me another month to accomplish that. But I think the subject description is a case to case basis. In general, waiting period for your application is 3- 6 months depending on the bulk of applicants.

Last tip, if you are to use Fed Ex or Special Couriers in mailing remember that they will not accept PO Box address that comes with the form so you can use this address instead:
Board of Registered Nursing
1625 North Market Blvd,
Suite N217 Sacramento, CA 95834-1924

Please do not forget to read the directions that comes with the application form and use the checklist that comes with it too its very helpful so that you do not miss out any information.


The NCLEX exam started last August 23, 2007 in the Philippines, this is such a great opportunity that has been given to filipinos. The exam started at 9 o clock in the morning.

To avail the schedule of NCLEX exam in the Philippines you have to call the Asia Pacific Region, in Australia, and their number is 61-2-9478-5400, you tell them you wish to ask for a schedule exam in Makati.

They would be asking for your candidate number and your credit card number and they would be asking you what schedule it is you want to take. Registration is done through the internet while scheduling is done through calling the Pearsonvue contact number.

However, for those second takers who did not pass the exam on first take should have to resubmit an application to the Board of Nursing and pay the fee to Pearson-Vue again to get the ATT. You will be unable to even schedule an exam until you have the ATT in hand.

Pearson Professional Centers-Manila, Philippines 8210

ADDRESS:7th Floor, Trident Tower312 Senator Gil Puyat Avenue,Makati City, Manila

The NCLEX Examination Process

All exam registration will remain a 365-day time period which a board of nursing may determine the candidate's eligibility.

Candidates who are not made eligible by their board of nursing within the the idol search forfeit their registrations, including the candidate registration fee. Candidates who wish to take an NCLEX examination will need to re-register, including repaying the examination fee, in order to receive an examination.

Students can register for the NCLEX examination and pay the $200 by credit card by calling Pearson VUE at 866.496.2539 or register via the Internet at

1. Apply for licensure to the board of nursing in the state where you wish to be licensed. Contact state board for the requirements.Like for example, you are interested to apply for the California Board of Nursing. try to see the website so you'd be able to know about the fees.2. Register for the NCLEX examination with Pearson VUE by mail, telephone or via the internet.Notes:

The name with which you register must match exactly with the printed name on the identification you present at the test center.

If you provide an e-mail address when registering for the NCLEX examination, all subsequent correspondences from Pearson VUE will arrive ONLY BY E-MAIL.

If you do not provide an e-mail address, all correspondences from will arrive only through U.S. mail.

All NCLEX examination registrations will remain open for a 365-day time period during which a board of nursing may determine your eligibility to take the NCLEX examination.

There is no refund of the $200 NCLEX registration fee for any reason.

3. Receive Confirmation of Registration from Pearson VUE.

4. Receive eligibility from the state board of nursing you applied for licensure with.

5. Receive Authorization to Test (ATT) from Pearson VUE.If more than two weeks have passed after you have submitted a registration for the NCLEX examination and received a confirmation from Pearson VUE, and you have not received an ATT, please call Pearson VUE.You must test within the validity dates of your ATT. These validity dates cannot be extended for any reason.

6. Schedule an appointment to test by visiting or by calling Pearson VUE.

To change your appointment date:

For exams scheduled on: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, call Pearson VUE at least 24 hours in advance of the day and time of your appointment.

For exams scheduled on: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, call Pearson VUE no later than Friday at least 1 full business day in advance of the time of your appointment.

7. Present one form of acceptable identification and your ATT on the day of the examination.
The only acceptable forms of identification in test centers in the U.S., American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and Virgin Islands are:

U.S. drivers license (not a temporary or learners permit)
U.S. state identification

For all other test (international) centers, only a passport is acceptable.

All identification must be written in English, have a signature in English, be valid (not expired) and include a photograph.

Candidates with identification from a country on the U.S. embargoed countries list will not be admitted to test.

You will not be admitted to the examination without acceptable identification and your ATT.

If you arrive without these materials, you forfeit your test session and must re-register; this includes re-payment of the $200 registration fee.

8. Receive your NCLEX examination results from the board of nursing you applied for licensure with within one month from your examination date.

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