How to Pass the Texas Nursing Exam


Individuals launching nursing careers in the state of Texas must pass the Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Exam (or NJE). The Texas Board of Nursing (or BON) oversees the licensing application process and administers the exam through its website. Nursing candidates are tested on knowledge of Texas laws and regulations governing the nursing profession. The open book exam consists of 50 questions and you are given two hours to complete the exam. A passing score of 75 percent is required.

  • Sign up for the Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Prep-Course. The course is a partnership between the Texas Board of Nursing and Enspire Learning, Inc. It's a 3-week course that's taken online at As of early 2011, the course fee is $25. The course provides instruction on the subjects covered on the exam, study materials and sample test questions.

  • Download the resource list. The list is available on the Texas Board of Nursing website ( The list includes nursing-related legal topics and subjects and Board of Nursing rules and regulations that are covered on the exam. Study the resource list prior to taking the test. Since the exam is open book you can refer to the list while taking the exam.

  • Review the Nursing Practice Act (or NPA). The NPA consists of codes, rules and regulations passed by the Texas legislature. The act governs the practice of nursing in the state of Texas. You may download or read the NPA from the Texas Board of Nursing website. During the exam you may refer to your copy of the NPA.

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