If you are aspiring to become an RN, you can either choose to forego an educational career that will consume at least 2 years of your life or another route that will consume 4+ years of your life depending on the degree you want, when it is all said and done. Once you choose your program and enroll, you must prove that you are competent in all tasks presented during your educational courses, including any clinical time. Upon graduating you will then be expected to show that you are able to put all the information you learned together for one final test. YES, the NCLEX! Individuals must express competence by passing the NCLEX examination, then after passing the NCLEX you will become licensed in the state(s) of your choice so that you may pursue employment to finally begin your long-awaited nursing career.