February 2016

High pass rate for NCLEX-RN exam

By the end of 2015, 84 percent of Ontario graduates who attempted the NCLEX-RN passed it. This number includes writers who passed on their first try, as well as those who passed on second or third attempts.

Since January 2015, the NCLEX-RN has been the national RN exam required by Canadian nurse regulators. The NCLEX-RN is a valid and reliable method of testing that RN applicants have the nursing knowledge, skills and judgment expected within their first year of practice. With the NCLEX, writers can attempt the exam throughout the year at test centres across Canada. Its computer-adaptive format ensures a secure delivery of the exam.

The College is currently analyzing the 2015 exam results. Look for the complete report on the College’s website at the end of March.

Exam attempts
Currently, writers in Ontario can attempt the NCLEX-RN exam three times. Those holding a temporary registration with the College will have it revoked if they fail the exam on their first attempt. These are not new policies; they applied to the previous RN exam.

In June, the College’s Council will be discussing options to the current policies in Ontario about three time writes. In the future, a review will be done on temporary registrations. Any changes to these policies will reflect the College’s public interest mandate – to ensure that new nurses have the knowledge, skill and judgment to practise safely.

Visit the NCLEX-RN page on the College’s website for more information.

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