How can a Canadian RPN take the LPN NCLEX?

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Hi, I'm an RPN in Canada and would like to write LPN NCLEX EXAM. How do I register? Thank you.

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If you are an RPN (Registered Practical Nurse) in Canada and wish to take the LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) NCLEX exam in the United States, you must follow specific steps. Note that some states use the title LPN (licensed practical nurse), and some use the title LVN (licensed vocational nurse). 

Here is a general guide to help you navigate the process:

First, choose the state where you plan to live and practice. This is the first step. Your LVN/LPN license will allow you to practice in this one state only.

Regulatory Bodies

It is essential to identify the regulatory body in your chosen state since all your communication will be directed towards them. They will determine whether you can take the NCLEX-PN exam in that state.

State regulatory bodies oversee LPN/LVN licensure, education, and practice standards, including defining the scope of practice and adherence to professional standards.

For example, the body that oversees the regulation of LPNs in New York State is the New York State Education Department (NYSED), specifically through its Office of Professions.

The body that oversees the regulation of LVNs in California is the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT).  


  • Determine Eligibility.  Check with the nursing regulatory body in the U.S. state where you intend to take the NCLEX-PN exam to verify their eligibility requirements. Each state may have different criteria, so it's essential to know the specific requirements for the state where you plan to seek licensure.
  • Request Licensure Verification. Contact the regulatory body for RPNs in the province where you are licensed (e.g., the College of Nurses of Ontario or other provincial regulatory bodies) to request verification of your licensure status. The U.S. state board will likely require verification of your education and licensure.
  • Create an Account with Pearson VUE. Pearson VUE administers the NCLEX-PN. Create an account on the Pearson VUE website ( and follow the instructions for international candidates. Select the U.S. as your country of residence.
  • Submit the Application to the U.S. State Board. Submit an application for licensure by examination to the U.S. state board where you want to practice. Include all required documentation, such as transcripts, licensure verification, and other documents specified by the state board.
  • Pay Application and Exam Fees. Pay the required application and exam fees as the U.S. State Board outlines. Fees can vary by state.
  • Receive Authorization to Test (ATT). Once your application is approved, you will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) from the U.S. State Board. This document will provide instructions on scheduling your exam with Pearson VUE.
  • Schedule the Exam. Use the information in your ATT to schedule your NCLEX-PN exam through Pearson VUE. Choose a convenient test center and date.
  • Prepare for the Exam. Utilize study materials and resources to prepare for the NCLEX-PN exam. Consider using official NCLEX review materials and practice exams.
  • Take the Exam. Attend the testing center on your scheduled exam date. Follow the testing center's procedures, bring the required identification, and take the exam.
  • Receive Exam Results. After completing the exam, you will receive your results from the U.S. State Board.

Again, contacting the U.S. State Board directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the application process, eligibility criteria, and any additional requirements is crucial. Each state has its procedures and regulations for licensure by examination.

Best wishes,

Nurse Beth