How Do You Find a Nursing Program Code?


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Nursing program codes required to register for nursing certification or to take the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX, are listed on the Nurse Credentialing and National Council of State Boards of Nursing websites. These codes are used to help identify the school in which nursing students received their nursing degrees.

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The NCLEX examinations are the United States licensing examinations for nurses. There are two types, one for Registered Nurses and one for Practical Nurses. The exams test entry-level nursing competence. To find the code for a specific program for use in registering for these exams, use the following steps:

  1. Go to the website
  2. Go to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website. From the homepage, click on "NCLEX and Other Exams" in the top left corner. Then click on "Before the Exam" and "Candidate Bulletin & Information."

  3. Go to "Program Codes"
  4. Scroll down the page to the heading "Program Codes." Click on "Educational Codes & State/Province/Territory Abbreviations." This will open a PDF file. Look through the PDF until the code for the desired program is found. In some cases, the nursing program code may not be listed. If it is not found, contact the local board of nursing for assistance.

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