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?
- 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
- 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.