NCLEX-PN vs. RN - What's the Difference?


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There are a few different types of nursing degrees that you can go to school for:

  • Licenced Practical Nurse or LPN (Practical nurse or PN)
  • Associates Degree Nurse or ADN (Registered nurse or RN)
  • Bachelor of Science Nurse or BSN (Registered nurse or RN)

As you might have guessed by now, the NCLEX is broken up by NCLEX-PN for LPNs and NCLEX-RN for ADN and BSN programs.

What’s the difference between the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN?

NCLEX-PN

  • Only can be taken by graduates of an LPN program
  • 85-205 question range
  • Similar nursing/medical questions to the NCLEX-RN
  • Less emphasis on nursing leadership and delegation than NCLEX-RN

NCLEX-RN

  • Only can be taken by graduates of an RN program
  • 75-265 question range
  • More advanced assessment questions than NCLEX-PN
  • More emphasis on nursing leadership and delegation than NCLEX-PN

Also, if you are an LPN and you have passed your NCLEX-PN and then you decide to go back to school to get your RN degree, then you will have to retake the NCLEX, but this time it will be the NCLEX-RN.