What Are the Best NCLEX Online Review Courses?

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Passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX™) fulfills the testing requirements for licensing both registered nurses and practical or vocational nurses. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) developed the exam in order to test the competency of novice nurses. It is administered by Pearson VUE, provider of computer-based testing. The best review courses cover the material thoroughly, are updated regularly, and allow unlimited access to materials during the subscription period. A number of organizations provide review courses for the more stringent NCLEX-RN™, and several also offer a review course for the NCLEX-PN™.

1 National Council of State Boards of Nursing Review Course

The NCSBN developed a self-paced interactive online review program for both the NCLEX-RN™ and the NCLEX-PN™ that ranges from 3 to 15 weeks, depending on student availability. Organization of the courses follows the official NCLEX™ test plans. Practice tests are given and instructor interaction is available throughout the courses. Costs for both the RN and PN review courses range from $50 for the 3-week course to $160 for the 15-week course.


2 Kaplan Nursing

Kaplan, owned by the Washington Post, has been specializing in helping students learn for over 70 years. Their exam prep for the NCLEX-RN™ can be taken as either a self-paced online database program or a live online course. Priced at $418, the former provides a detailed library of exam-style questions, diagnostic and readiness tests with instructor feedback, and three months of access to all online material. A printed course book accompanies the program. For $499, the live course includes all the features of the database program in addition to live nursing instructors who conduct an interactive series of online classes using screen sharing, chat, video, and audio. Both programs offer a guarantee to those who do not pass NCLEX-RN™ the first time after taking the Kaplan review course - either a 100% tuition refund or a free three-month continuation of their enrollment. Strict criteria must be met to access the guarantee. Kaplan also offers a 14-hour NCLEX-PN™ online course for $399.


3 Review for Nurses

Established in 1970, Review for Nurses promotes itself as the first NCLEX-RN™ educational group. Prices range from $99 for single topic programs to $349 for the all-inclusive course. All materials, video lectures, and practice test questions are provided to students on demand and are updated regularly. Nursing specialists develop the materials and conduct the interactive lectures. Review for Nurses also offers a guarantee that if a student fails the NCLEX-RN™ after taking the courses, the company will extend the membership for the same period as the original contract.


4 Elsevier Publishing

The Saunders division of Elsevier, a leading publisher of health science books and journals, sells 4-, 8-, and 16-week NCLEX-RN™ review packages. All include on-demand internet training, 2000 example test questions, and a database of terminology. A customized program is developed based on pretest results. The cost of the Saunders online review courses ranges from $63.95 to $139.


5 Drexel University

Philadelphia’s Drexel University, the only accredited university offering a NCLEX-RN™ review course online, provides a five-day program with taped classes lasting six hours each. In addition, 120 days of online access to the university’s database is included in the $349 price tag. The database makes available over 2000 sample test questions, and students are given two 100-question sample tests based on NCLEX-RN testing standards.


Joe Murray began writing professionally in 1980. As a technical writer, he authored white papers and articles for Hewlett Packard and Intel. Since retiring, Murray has written several home-exchange travel articles for KnowYourTrade.com and CHECtravel,com among other outlets. He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Santa Clara University.