Last Updated: October 2013

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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:

  • P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
  • Email: ST-NURSE@pa.gov
  • Phone: 717.783.7142

Go to Step 2 to register with Pearson Vue.

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 Exam

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.

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 ST-NURSE@pa.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 your NCLEX

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