Ten-Step Guide to a Career in Healthcare
Step 8: Pass the Licensing Exam
Before you can begin practicing, many healthcare professions require that you pass a licensing examination. States may also have their own exams you must pass in order to practice in that state. Some of the most common exams are:
- United State Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
- National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN)
- National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN)
- National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)
There are also many certification exams that you may or may not be required to take in order to pursue your desired career.
For more information on professional exams, please visit the following sites:
United States Medical Licensing Examination: Professional exam for physicians
The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy: Physical therapist licensing organization
National Council of State Boards of Nursing: Governing body administering the NCLEX-RN and the NCLEX-PN
National Healthcareer Association: the Largest Allied Healthcare Certification Agency
Study Guides Each exam has study guides that you can purchase. These often come with numerous practice tests and a CD-ROM to help you study. Along with learning the information you will be tested on, it is equally as important to learn how to take the test. Practice all the various kinds of multiple choice questions so that when you come across them on exam day, you will not have to spend a lot of time deciphering what you are being asked to do.
Visit AllHealthcare’s Student Lounge Discussion Forum to network with others who are studying for their licensing exams.