For many nursing graduates, the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) stands as the gateway to their professional careers. Administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the NCLEX is designed to ensure that aspiring nurses can make quality nursing judgments and provide safe patient care. However, one critical aspect to consider during your NCLEX preparation is the financial component of the examination process.
How much does it cost to take the NCLEX?
The registration fee for taking the NCLEX differs slightly depending on the licensure you’re seeking. For candidates seeking U.S. or Australian licensure, the standard registration fee is $200 (USD), while those seeking Canadian licensure need to pay $360 (CAD). These fees are required to be paid by a valid VISA, MasterCard, or American Express credit, debit, or prepaid card.
The NCLEX comes with potential additional costs. International students looking to practice in the United States, Canada, or Australia will need to pay an international scheduling fee of $150 (either USD or CAD, depending on where the test is scheduled). Other fees might include the NCLEX application fee, which can range from $50 to $200, depending on the state. Always ensure to check with your state board of nursing for a complete list of potential fees.
How to Pay for the NCLEX
The steps and associated costs may vary slightly depending on the specific state’s requirements, but here is a general step-by-step guide to paying for the NCLEX:
- Register with your State Nursing Regulatory Body (NCSBN): This is the first step to begin the process. You can register online through your state’s specific nursing regulatory body.
- Pay the application fee to your State Board of Nursing: Each state may charge a separate fee for applying to take the NCLEX. The fee varies depending on the state. You must complete this step before you can register for the NCLEX itself.
- Register for the NCLEX: This can be done through the Pearson VUE website, which is the official service provider for the NCLEX. Usually, the registration fee for the NCLEX was $200. You can pay this fee using a credit, debit, or prepaid card. Accepted cards usually include VISA, MasterCard, and American Express.
- Receive Authorization to Test (ATT): After you have registered and paid the fee, you will receive an Authorization to Test from Pearson VUE. This can take a couple of weeks, so be patient.
- Schedule your exam: Once you receive your ATT, you can schedule your NCLEX exam at a testing location that is convenient for you. The ATT will also provide instructions on how to do this.
Can I get a refund or reimbursement for the NCLEX fee?
It’s important to note that the NCLEX examination fee is non-refundable, regardless of the circumstances. Therefore, before committing to take the exam, make sure you are prepared and ready to sit for it. For international candidates, it’s also essential to keep in mind that the $150 international scheduling fee will not be refunded if you decide to reschedule to a domestic test center.
Overall, the financial commitment involved in taking the NCLEX is an investment towards your nursing career. Understanding the cost associated with the exam will enable you to make informed decisions as you pursue your professional pathway in the field of nursing. Good luck!