The NCLEX is organized according to the framework, "Meeting Client Needs." There are four major categories and ten subcategories. All of the questions on the exam involve integrated nursing content. Many nursing programs are based on the medical model where students take separate medical, surgical, pediatric, psychiatric, and obstetric classes. However on the NCLEX, all content is integrated.
The NCLEX: Meeting Client Needs
1) Safe & Effective Care Environment
Subcategories: Management of Care (7-13 percent) Safety & Infection Control (5-11 percent)
2) Health Promotion & Maintenance
Subcategories: Growth & Development (7-13 percent) Prevention & Early Detection of Disease (5-11 percent)