221 - Using the NCLEX Test Plan to Dive Deeper into Your Program's NCLEX Program Reports Test Plan Performance

This is the first course offered as part of the NCLEX® Program Reports Nursing Frameworks Series. This series explores nursing frameworks by unpacking each of the Functional Areas and Content Dimensions used in the NCLEX® Program Reports.

Registration fee: $50.00

Upcoming Dates: No current dates scheduled.

Delivered by Judie Pelletier, MSN, RN, CNE, Director of Nurse Education for the Practical Nursing Program at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School and Brian Bontempo, PhD, Founder and Principal Consultant with Mountain Measurement, Inc. More info about the faculty members teaching this course is available in the faculty section of the "Find out More" page.

Prerequisites and Target Audience

This web-based course is targeted at nursing educators and administrators who participate in program evaluation activities or have an interest in analyzing their NCLEX® Program Reports.

In order to receive continuing education credit, attendees must have completed:

the former 100 Course "An Introduction to the NCLEX® Program Reports", or the full self-paced Introductory Series (101 ‐ An Orientation to the NCLEX® Program Reports, 102 - Understanding the Overall Performance of Your Candidates, and 103 ‐ Understanding the Topic Area Performance of your Candidates)


the former 200 Course "Analyzing and Interpreting the NCLEX® Program Reports" or the full self-paced Analysis Series (201 ‐ The Basic NCLEX® Program Reports Analysis Process and 202 ‐ Analyzing The NCLEX® Test Plan & Content Dimension Reports)


The purpose of this course is to familiarize educators with Categories of Clients of Needs, the NCLEX® Test Plan, and the detailed NCLEX® Test Plan information.

This course is the first part of the four-part NCLEX® Program Reports Nursing Frameworks Series.

Continuing Education

1.2 contact hours are awarded through the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider Number ABNP1516 Expires 2/4/2025) to all individuals completing the course and the end-of-course assessment.


The topics covered during the NCLEX® Program Reports 221 Course are:

  1. Nursing Frameworks
    1. Definition & Purpose
    2. Attributes of Useful Frameworks
    3. Nursing Frameworks 
  2. NCLEX® Test Plan
    1. NCLEX® Practice Analysis
    2. History of the NCLEX® Test Plan
    3. NCLEX® Test Plan Implementation
    4. Inferences that can be made from Chapter 4
    5. Relationship between Education, Licensure, & Practice
  3. NCLEX® Detailed Test Plan
    1. Related Content
    2. Activity Statements
    3. Sample Questions

Learning Outcomes

Upon course completion, participants will be able to:

  • describe the value and attributes of a good framework
  • appreciate the rigor associated with the NCLEX® Practice Analysis
  • describe the reasons for using the categories of clients needs framework to describe the practice of entry-level nursing
  • identify the activity statements associated with low performing NCLEX® Test Plan Areas


The NCLEX® Program Reports 221 Course is delivered as a 50-minute lecture, with some large group activities and a 10-minute Question and Answer session. Participants are expected to independently complete a 10-minute end-of-course assessment immediately after the course concludes.


All participants are strongly encouraged to have a copy of their NCLEX® Program Reports ready to follow along with the Presenters.