The NLN Pre-admission Examination

Students who wish to enter the nursing field must go through the NLN PAX before they can enter a nursing school. The National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Examination (NLN PAX) is a standard entrance exam for possible nursing students who are looking for admission into nursing schools across the country. Once they pass the examination, they are qualified to become a nursing student.

NLN PAXThe NLN PAX RN and PN consist of three main areas: verbal skills, mathematics and science. In the verbal skill section, the student’s word knowledge and reading comprehension skills will be measured. The mathematics area includes basic calculations, algebra, geometry, basic conversions, graphs, applied mathematics and word problems. While in the science field, the student’s basic knowledge in general biology, physics, chemistry and earth science will be measured. A section on health and first aid is also included.

The examination is intended to measure the readiness of the student in taking the nursing course. It will determine what areas the student is good at and what areas need more improvement. Each area contains all multiple-choice questions and consists of experimental items for the purpose of future test development. Answers to these questions are not counted in the scoring.

If you are planning to register for the examination, you may register online on  There are specific instructions that you need to follow for the registration. Once you pay the Pre-Admission NLN for RN Examination, you will need to create your own login and password. You must not forget your login and password that you made on the NLN website, as you will need this information on your examination date.



Accreditation “is a process of acknowledging schools for performance, reliability and top quality that entitles them to the confidence of the academic group and the public. In the United States, this recognition is extended largely through nongovernmental, voluntary membership associations that establish accreditation requirements, evaluate organizations against those requirements and approve organizations that fulfill the requirements.”




  • What is the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)? – The NLNAC “is nationally recognized as a specialized accrediting agency for both post-secondary and college degree applications in nursing knowledge.” The NLNAC accredits all types of post-secondary medical applications, including those offered by group and technical colleges.
  • How does program accreditation differ from program approval? – Program accreditation indicates a program satisfies specific national requirements identified by an accrediting body, such as NLNAC. Program acceptance indicates a program satisfies requirements described by state policies. In the case of nursing, a program also must fulfill policies described by the state Nurse Practice Act. State program acceptance allows nursing graduates to sit for the national certification examination (NCLEX) to be licensed as RNs.
  • Is NLN certification mandatory? – NLN certification is optionally available, but a suitable certification for nursing programs to have. NLN certification of a nursing program indicates the program satisfies six NLNAC specifications related to mission and administration, faculty and staff, students, curriculum, resources and outcomes. Each standard has between five and 10 specifications, each of which must be met to obtain certification.
  • Why is NLNAC certification important? – Although the process is non-reflex, certification indicates a nursing program satisfies the NLNAC’s established specifications for training and college student development. Government features, such as veterans’ medical centers, require that job candidates graduate from a nationally approved nursing program and some institutions have the same need for transfer learners.
  • Is graduating from a nationally approved associate degree in nursing required to engage in a baccalaureate or master degree in nursing? – Not all educational institutions have this need, but you should always check the entrance specifications of your preferred transfer school carefully.