Registration Examination

Individuals applying for registration in New Brunswick are required to pass the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX). The NCLEX is developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) in collaboration with Canadian RN regulatory bodies. The NCLEX measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as an entry-level registered nurse.

The NCLEX is a variable length, computerized, adaptive test and is not offered in paper-and-pencil or oral examination formats. The exam may consist of anywhere from 75 to 265 question items.

Resources and Information

Candidate Resources

NCSBN FAQs

Educator Resources

NCSBN- NCLEX Webinar Series

Volunteer for the NCLEX Item Development Program!

NB's Nursing ETP Exam Journey
Where do we go from here? 

A new national entry-to-practice exam was introduced in January 2015. Since its introduction there have been challenges. Finding a resolution that would support nurse graduates has been, and continues to be, a priority for the Association.

We recognize both members and the public have questions, therefore we are beginning a series of Q&A's that will provide accurate background information as we consider all possible alternative solutions. If you have a question, we would like to hear from you- please email the Communications Department.

What is an entry-to-practice exam?

How does a nursing entry-to-practice exam determine if a graduate is safe to provide patient care?

Is the NCLEX-RN an American exam? Why is it used in Canada?

Why are success rates of New Brunswick nurse graduates on the NCLEX-RN lower than those in other provinces in Canada?

Is there a problem with translation of exam questions into the French language?

What is the purpose of being licensed or the need for an entry-to-practice exam to become an RN?

How do exams test nursing graduates when health treatments and care change so rapidly?

How many NB nursing graduates cannot enter the workforce due to their inability to pass the NCLEX-RN?

Do nursing graduates need to purchase a commercial study guide to succeed on the NCLEX-RN?

Other countries do not use an exam to test nursing graduates. Why is it necessary in Canada? 

What has the Association done since 2015 to support nurse graduates?

As the regulator of the nursing profession, how do you determine the approval of a nursing program?

What has been identified as potential contributing factors leading to poor exam results?

Do both universities in NB have comparable academic acceptance regulations?

Were the previous exam results (before 2015) comparable for both English and French writers?

Are all provinces in Canada using the same entry-to-practice exam?

If NB chooses to accept another entry-to-practice exam, will this impact mobility?

Should NB adopt a new exam, will it be accepted by other jurisdictions across Canada?