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Student Q&A – NCLEX

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Student Q&A – NCLEX

Q&A, FAQ, Fact Sheet
by CRNNS on April 7th, 2015

Q. How do I apply to take the NCLEX-RN exam?

A. Please click here for more information on how to apply.

Q. Where do I write the NCLEX-RN in Nova Scotia?

A. There is a permanent test center in Halifax year-round as well as a temporary site in Sydney.

Permanent test center:
Pearson Professional Centre
6960 Mumford Road
Suite 220
Mumford Professional Centre
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3L 4P1

Temporary test centre:
Hampton Inn Sydney
60 Maillard Street
Sydney, Nova Scotia B1S 3W3
May 19-26, 2018

Q.  Do I have to write the NCLEX-RN exam in Nova Scotia if it’s more convenient for me elsewhere?

A. CRNNS applicants can choose to take the NCLEX-RN exam at any domestic testing center (Canada and US) or at an international testing center for an additional fee. Click here for other testing locations.

Q. What are the dates that I can write the NCLEX-RN exam as a new graduate?

A. You will be able to start booking the NCLEX-RN exam appointments once we receive information about your nursing program completion. As a first time writer, you are guaranteed to be offered an appointment that is within 30 days of placing your request.

Q. How long will it take me to receive my exam results?

A. Results are released to candidates within two weeks of taking the exam, often earlier.

Q. How will I know if I’ve passed the NCLEX-RN?

A. Applicants are informed by e-mail when they pass the NCLEX-RN exam. It is your responsibility to notify your employer when you pass the exam because we do not notify employers of exam results.

Q. How will my employer know if I’ve passed the NCLEX-RN?

A. It is your responsibility to notify your employer because we do not notify employers when applicants pass the exam.

Q. How many opportunities do I have to write the NCLEX-RN exam?

A. There is no limit to the number of times you can write this exam. However if you have passed the NCLEX or another registration exam accepted by CRNNS, you are not permitted to re-write the NCLEX through us.

Q. How soon can I re-write the NCLEX-RN exam if I wasn’t previously successful?

A. You must allow for at least 45 days between each exam writing but an appointment can be booked at any time.

Q. Once I pass the NCLEX exam, is there anything else I need to do to become registered and licensed with CRNNS?

A. Passing the NCLEX is only one of several registration and licensure requirements an applicant must meet before they can become registered and licenced. While not an exhaustive list, those requirements include:

  • Currency of competency meaning they must have:
    • graduated from a nursing program within the previous five years; OR
    • worked a specified number of practice hours; OR
    • completed additional assessments or education as required by CRNNS
  • Demonstration that the individual has the capacity, competence, capability and character to safely and ethically practice nursing; and
  • Completion of CRNNS’ Continuing Competence Program.

For a complete list of all general registration and licensure requirements click here.

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