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Last Updated: October 2013

Overview of how to apply for the NCLEX in Pennsylvania:

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

Step 2:
Register and Pay with Pearson Vue

Step 3:
Receive your Authorization to Test and Schedule your NCLEX

Step 4:
Take the test and maintain your license!

Note: The whole process will cost about $325

Step 1: Applying with the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing

All applications in Pennsylvania can be handled online or by paper. This is the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing web site. All information here is taken from that source.

Kevin's Review simplifies your application process by going through the essential steps with you. This saves time and get you ready for the NCLEX quickly. You can always refer to the above pages for more detailed information.

Online Application

  1. Go to the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing page and click on the link 'online examinations.'

  2. You can also read these Frequently Asked Questions.

  3. If you haven't already, follow this link to start your application process.

Paper Application

Here are the complete instructions and application.

They will charge you $35 for each application (if you apply for a temporary permit). This is the State Board Fee.

Pennsylvania Board of Nursing Contact:

Go to Step 2 to register with Pearson Vue.

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 Exam

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.

Check the status of your Pennsylvania Board of Nursing application here.

If it has been over 4 weeks since you completed your application, you can contact the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing at 717.783.7142 or by e-mail 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 your NCLEX

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