Validation Exams

**Remote Proctoring Option now available - see below for more information

Important: If from a state other than North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota or Montana, please contact Karla Haug at karla.haug@ndsu.edu to ensure eligibility prior to exam registration. The School of Nursing is not able to accept students from California, Nevada, New York, or Maryland.

The NDSU School of Nursing (SON) recognizes that LPNs have a foundational knowledge base. The SON requires the validation exams as a way to evaluate previous learning and experience.

The NACE II (RN-BSN) exams are required in the areas of: Adult Health, Mental Health, Care of the Child, Care of the Client during Childbearing.

The exams are content focused and NCLEX books (RN or PN) are recommended for review of content to prepare for the exams.

For additional information regarding the exams, please see the NLN Information Bulletin

Exam Information

Validation Exam registration and administration of the exams occurs through the National League for Nursing (NLN).

The exams are computer-based and must be proctored.

Exams may be taken twice in a calendar year.

Student are responsible for the costs associated with completion of the exams.

Scores required for each exam varies. An overall score of a 66 or 68% is currently required to be eligible for application.

Remote Proctor Exams

 The NLN now has a remote proctor option.  Please review the Remote Proctoring Instructions for more information. 

On Campus Proctored Exams

On campus exam options are currently pending the reopening of the NDSU campus. Once campus reopens, decisions regarding on-campus exam options will be reviewed. 

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