Last Updated: October 2013

Overview of how to apply for the NCLEX in Indiana:

Step 1:
Apply for Licensure. You'll be doing this with IPLA, the Indiana State Board of Nursing

Step 2:
Register and Pay the NCSBN through Pearson Vue

Step 3:
Receive your Authorization To Test from Pearson Vue and schedule your exam

Step 4:
Pass the test and maintain your license!

Note: The whole process will cost about $250

Step 1: Applying with the IPLA

This is the Indiana Board of Nursing Licensure, Applications, Instructions, & Verification web page.

Start Here:Click the link above and go to the page titled 'Indiana Licensure Application'

International Students: Instructions for those educated or endorsed from foreign schools can be found in the first link on the same page above.

A PDF file should be downloaded to your computer. You will need to print this form out. Follow the instructions closely.

You will need to pay $50.00. This is the State Board Fee.

Mail the form to:
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
402 West Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204


Note: The Certificate of Completion form is a roster that confirms you have graduated from nursing school. Your school will send this for you, so you don't need to do anything

Step 2: Register with Pearson Vue

You should read the NCLEX Candidate bulletin before registering and taking the test. It can be found on the NCSBN NCLEX Portal. From there, you should click on "Register" to register for the NCLEX.

Register for the NCLEX

Quick Fact:

Pearson Vue is the company that hosts the NCLEX. They run the testing centers and the computerized testing facilities.

The NCSBN is the nursing organization who creates the NCLEX questions and regulations.

Pearson Vue is also responsible for sending the Authorization to Test letter. They will only send it after receiving an approval from your State Board of Nursing (which you applied to in Step 1).

The registration fee will be $200 for students in the U.S.

Step 3: Receive your Authorization to Test (ATT) and Schedule your NCLEX

You've successfully completed the dual application process. If your Board of Nursing application has been approved, your ATT will arrive by e-mail within 2 weeks after you register.

Remember, after you turn in all the materials, your State Board of Nursing (from Step 1) sends approval to Pearson Vue (from Step 2). Pearson Vue then sends the Authorization to Test. You can check the status of both applications.

The IPLA can be contacted by phone at 317-234-2043 (8:00am-12:00pm M-F) or emailed at [email protected].

Once your Authorization to Test letter arrives, you can schedule your test from the Pearson Vue website.

If you need to check the status of your registration with Pearson Vue, or have ANY QUESTIONS at all, refer to the candidate bulletin.

Step 4: Prepare for the NCLEX

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