Required to take the NCLEX within 2 years?

  1. I've been hearing rumors that the U.S. now requires U.S. and foreign graduates to take the NCLEX within 2 years of graduation. So far I have only seen New Mexico with this requirement. Anyone else know more about this?
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  3. by   caliotter3
    New to me. Only aware that TX requires (or used to require) within four years. Taking the exam within two years is one thing, passing it is quite another.
  4. by   Double-Helix
    It varies by state. Florida, for example, requires that graduates take the NCLEX within 6 months or they must take an approved NCLEX prep course. Florida also requires that the applicant take a remedial nursing course after 3 NCLEX failures. Each state sets their own regulations.
  5. by   Rose_Queen
    Quote from Double-Helix
    It varies by state. Florida, for example, requires that graduates take the NCLEX within 6 months or they must take an approved NCLEX prep course. Florida also requires that the applicant take a remedial nursing course after 3 NCLEX failures. Each state sets their own regulations.
    Yes, OP, you will need to research the specifics for the state in which you wish to apply for licensure as they are all different. My state recently changed the rules that the first attempt must occur within 1 year of program completion.
  6. by   JustBeachyNurse
    NJ is moving to the 2yr. The further from graduating less likely to pass
  7. by   Scottishtape
    Quote from Double-Helix
    It varies by state. Florida, for example, requires that graduates take the NCLEX within 6 months or they must take an approved NCLEX prep course. Florida also requires that the applicant take a remedial nursing course after 3 NCLEX failures. Each state sets their own regulations.
    Oh, snap. I'm in Florida. Our nursing instructor failed to mention this when they did our lecture about applying for boards next week.

    Thats good to know.
  8. by   rachaelofcourse
    Why would you (general) want to wait that long in the first place though? I've always been told that you have the highest chances of success if you take it within 2-3 months of graduating.

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