If you want to be a nurse in the United States, you will have to complete the NCLEX-RN exam. The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN exam) has one purpose: To determine if it’s safe for you to begin practice as an entry-level nurse. It is significantly different from any test that you took in nursing school. While nursing school exams are knowledge-based, the NCLEX-RN tests application and analysis using the nursing knowledge you learned in school. You will be tested on how you can use critical thinking skills to make nursing judgments.
As the Nurse Licensure expert at WorldWide HealthStaff Solutions, I commonly get asked the question, “Which state is the best to take the NCLEX certification?”
Although every state in the U.S. has their pros and cons, I have narrowed my list to the top 5 states for 2019. It is important to keep in mind that every licensure situation and case is different. One state might be better for you than another and your options are not just narrowed to this list. That’s where our team comes in. We are here to help determine the best solutions for you. On that note, here are the top 5 states to take the NCLEX:
Not only are they known for their great potatoes, but their examination process is internationally friendly. They do not require a social security number to sit for the NCLEX, to apply for a license, or to renew a license. They also do not have a lot of international nurses applying at the moment so their turnaround time could potentially be shorter than other commonly used states.
From the Great Lakes to the great international nurse examination process, Michigan is another state that makes our top list. They also do not require a social security number to sit for the NCLEX, to apply for a license or to renew a license.
Although Montana may be considered the wild west, their licensing requirements are far from it. They do not require a social security number to sit for the NCLEX, to apply or to renew. Montana has a pretty good processing time of 30 business days once everything is received.
Next up on our list is Colorado with very similar benefits as the other states. They do not require a social security number to obtain a license or maintain a license and their processing time is between 4-8 weeks, which is less than other popular states.
I could not pass over the Lone Star state. It is one of our more popular states and for good reasons! They never require a social security number and I have not experienced issues with candidates obtaining a license there.
If you are a RN with a minimum of 2 years of experience, currently working in a bedside setting and working on completing your NCLEX certification, our team is ready to help you transition into your next nursing adventure!