There are two versions of the NCLEX: NCLEX-PN for practical or vocational nursing grads and NCLEX-RN for students to become registered nurses. The NCLEX is a standardized test that measures competency across nursing education. Throughout the duration of nursing school, a student will gain knowledge and skills to be applied within the field of nursing, but the NCLEX will be the deciding factor if a student earns the PN or RN title. Depending on a student’s background of skills and where their education was earned within their professional career, it is possible that someone is a RN without a BSN. On the other hand, some students may earn a BSN, but may fail to earn a RN title if they fail to pass the NCLEX. Most programs consistently test their students to track progress and keep students on the correct pathway for passing the NCLEX following program completion. This consistent testing system is what makes programs competitive, fast paced, and completion not easily attainable. This information is not meant to scare any student away from the field, but rather to truly understand the rigor behind nursing and genuinely prepare for their career.