Last Updated: October 2013

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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.

IPLA Contact:

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

This site and Pearson Vue recommends all candidates to read the NCLEX bulletin before registering and taking the test. It can be found on the Pearson Vue NCLEX Homepage

Who is Pearson Vue?

Pearson Vue is the company that hosts the NCLEX. They run the testing centers and the computerized testing on a national level for the NCSBN. The NCSBN is the one who creates the NCLEX content, not Pearson Vue.

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.

Register Online

Register Online with Pearson Vue here.

Note: When applying online, make sure you choose the the correct RN or PN option! Also, providing an email is required. All communication from Pearson Vue comes to your e-mail, including your Authorization to Test (ATT).

Register by phone.

Call NCLEX Candidate Services (Pearson VUE): 1.866.49NCLEX (1.866.496.2539) Monday-Friday, 7 am to 7 pm, U.S. Central Time.

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

You've successfully completed the dual application process. Your ATT will arrive by e-mail approximately 4-8 weeks after you register. It may feel like a very long wait.

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.

Check the Status of your Applications

Check the status of your $200 registration with Pearson Vue's NCLEX Candidate Services at 1.866.49NCLEX (1.866.496.2539) Monday-Friday, 7 am to 7 pm, U.S. Central Time.

The IPLA can be contacted by phone at 317-234-2043 (8:00am-12:00pm M-F) or emailed at pla2@pla.IN.gov.

Print your ATT

Print your ATT out! You'll need to bring it (and a form of picture ID) when you take the NCLEX. Electronic copies won't be accepted. If you arrive without these materials, you will be turned away and will have to reregister and repay the examination fee of $200.

Once you've received it, you must take your test within an average of 90 days (depending on your State).

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

Step 4: Prepare for the NCLEX

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