The NCLEX Review 3500 program, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, is study software used to prepare for the NCLEX-RN nursing exam. The individual user version of the program is on a multimedia CD. NCLEX Review 3500 is out of print. A newer edition, NCLEX Review 4000, was released in January 2008.
The NCLEX Review 3500 program has 3,500 multiple choice questions and alternate-format questions covering 29 topics in five major content areas: fundamentals, pediatric, psychiatric-mental health, maternal-neonatal and medical-surgical. The program is designed to simulate the NCLEX-RN exam, which is also taken on a computer. Three study modes, pre-test, review and test, supply the user with correct and incorrect answers with rationales. The program also includes a client-needs subcategory for each question, hints and a medical glossary with 400 terms.
A student must pass the NCLEX exam after graduating from a school of nursing in order to receive a nursing license, which grants permission to practice nursing in the state where she took the exam. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing develops and owns NCLEX exams and administers these exams on behalf of the boards of nursing in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories: American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. Registered nurses take the NCLEX-RN exam, and vocational or practical nurses take the NCLEX-PN exam.