Nurse Licensing Examination and APRN Certification

 
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NCLEX

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) is a national licensing examination that is administered in the United States and Territories. The examination is designed to test the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. Because the examination is a national examination used by all United States jurisdictions (states and territories), nurses are able to endorse licensure from one state board of nursing to another without retaking the examination. All examination results are reported as Pass or Fail.

There are two NCLEX® examinations:

  • The NCLEX-RN® examination is administered to those qualified for and seeking licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).
  • The NCLEX-PN® is administered to those qualified for and seeking licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Testing Requirements

  • Completed examination application
  • Criminal background check and fingerprinting
  • Registration with Pearson Vue
  • Authorized by the State Board of Nursing

Pearson Vue

Pearson Vue is the electronic testing service that administers the NCLEX examination on behalf of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Applicants must register for the NCLEX exam with Pearson Vue. The testing fee is $200. You may register for the exam either online at www.PearsonVue.com/nclex or by telephone at (866) 496-2539. If registering by website or telephone, you must be able to pay electronically.

Failed Exam

Should you fail the exam, you must wait a minimum of 45 days before retaking it.

Click here for NCLEX information.

APRN

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in Nebraska must have passed a national certifying examination and maintain active board certification by a certifying body that has been approved by the Board to qualify for licensure. Arrangements to take the certifying examination must be made directly with the certifying body by the licensee. 

Applicants holding retired board certification credentials may qualify for licensure as an APRN as long as they continue to meet requirements by the certifying body for active certification.

Four Types of APRN Licenses

  • Certified Nurse Practitioners (APRN-CNP)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (APRN-CRNA)
  • Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (APRN-CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (APRN-CNM)


APRN Types, Certifying Bodies, and Certifications:

APRN - Clinical Nurse Specialist

Certifying BodyCertificationsRetired Certifications
American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
  • ​Adult Gerontology
  • Pediatric
  • Neonatal
​none
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • ​Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • ​Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC)​none
  • Advanced Oncology Clinical Specialist

APRN - Certified Nurse Practitioner

Certifying BodyCertificationsRetired Certifications
American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
  • ​Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology
​none
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  • ​Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • ​Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • ​Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • ​Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Nurse Practitioner
National Certification Corporation for Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties (NCC)
  • ​Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
​none
Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
  • ​Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
​none

APRN - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

Certifying BodyCertificationsRetired Certifications
National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists
  • ​Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
​none

APRN - Certified Nurse Midwife

Certifying BodyCertificationsRetired Certifications
American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)
  • ​Certified Nurse Midwife
​none