NLN Testing


NLN (The National League for Nursing) develops admissions tests for both the LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) and the RN (Registered Nurse) Programs. 

COST:  The fee for both the LPN and RN pre-admission exams is $69.00.  This fee is divided into a two-step payment.  Both payments are to be done during the registration process.  The payments are as follows:

  1. $39.00 non-refundable fee payable to the NLN
  2. $30.00 non-refundable administrative fee payable to Bucks County Community College.

Again, both of these fees are to  be paid during the TWO-STEP registraton process (BELOW).

You may not test without paying both fees.  

If you should not pass the exam, the waiting period to retake your exam is as follows:

  • RN EXAM:   6 months from your original exam

  • LPN Exam: 4 weeks from your original exam date (Important Notice: If you are re-testing after the 4 week wait period, to register please call the NLN @ 1-800-732-8656. Be sure to specify you are retaking the NLN-LPN and identify your test site as Bucks County Community College.)

To prepare for the examination, the NLN has developed a Review Guide for LPN/LVN Pre-Entrance Exam, 3rd Edition. This guide is available in bookstores or directly through Jones & Bartlett Publishers (, 1-800-832-0034. The Practical Nursing department strongly recommends this review book to help you prepare for the exam; however use of this guide is optional and is not mandated. In addition, An NLN-PN Review Course is offered to help prepare for the PN & RNexams. For more information, please click on the following link:  PN Review Course   

 Spring 2016 Scheduled Test Dates for the NLN-PN Exam: 

PN Test Time and Date

Testing Location

Registration Deadline

February 6, 2016 9:00am

Rollins Center Room 100

February 1, 2016

March 5, 2016 9:00am

 Rollins Center Room 100

February 29, 2016

**2016 RN Registration information and dates will be posted in February**

Preparing for the Exam

Preparing for the NLN-RN exam is not required.  If you wish to prepare, please click on the following link for information on the RN pre-admission exam guide: The Review Guide for NLN-RN Pre-Entrance Exam

Please refer to your NLN testing ticket for complete details regarding day of testing and required arrival time



Pay NLN TESTING Fee of $39 at

  • Be sure to choose the correct date for your exam

  • Be sure to choose Bucks County Community College as your testing location

  • NOTE: If you need help during the registration process, please contact NLN Customer service at 1-800-732-8656 or

  • NLN has also provided answers to some "Frequently Asked Questions".  You can view this document by clicking on the following link: NLN POLICIES and PROCEDURES . You can also view this information on the NLN registration website.

 Step 2

Pay Bucks’ Administrative Fee of $30 at

You may not test without paying both fees


  • All tests are administered on the Newtown campus.  Arrive by 8:30am on your scheduled exam date in order to check-in with Testing Center staff.

  • If you arrive after 8:45am to your test session, you will not be permitted to test. You will forfeit your test fee and must reschedule your exam.

  • If you do not show for your exam you will forfeit your test fee and must reschedule your exam.

  • Total testing and check-in time generally takes 3.5-4 hours.  Please plan accordingly.

  • IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Two forms of ID are required.  One form of ID must be government-issued (driver's license, state ID, passport).  The second form of ID can be a debit card, health insurance card, social security card, etc., as long as the name matches on both forms of identification.