Anyone applying to practise as a registered nurse in Alberta who hasn't passed a Canadian licensing exam must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam. Passing the exam is one of several requirements set by CARNA for entry to practice.
The NCLEX is an exam for the licensing of nurses administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and delivered by Pearson VUE. It tests the competencies nurses need at the beginning of their careers.
CARNA assesses an applicant's eligibility to write the exam, and grants access to the NCLEX for applicants wishing to be registered in Alberta.
You do not need a provisional graduate nurse permit to write the exam.
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website
Full details about the NCLEX including what you need to know before the exam, for exam day and after the exam.
Test plan for candidates
Outlines the content covered on the exam and includes sample questions. It is critical that students thoroughly review the test plan.
Learn about the processes NCSBN takes to develop and maintain the validity and reliability of the NCLEX.
If you need to re-take the exam, take your time to prepare. We recommend that you review NCSBN's exam resources before you apply again.
Applicants can write the exam as many times as they need within two years of graduating their program, however NCLEX has a policy that candidates can only take the exam every 45 days to ensure they do not see the same question.
Graduate nurses who fail the exam may have additional conditions applied to their provisional permit. If a graduate nurse fails the exam twice, their provisional permit will be cancelled.
If you are ready to re-test, you can complete the steps outlined below before the 45-day waiting period is complete. However you will not be given authorization to test until the waiting period is over.