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U. S. State Board's of Nursing CGFNS Licensure
Requirement for Foreign - Educated Nurses
State Board of Nursing
Type of Nursing License
Initial RN
Initial Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
high school diploma is required for a CES Report
Alabama RN and LPN CP and CES Full CES Full Yes
Alaska RN and LPN CP
American Samoa RN and LPN
Arizona RN and LPN CES, VS or CP CES or VS No
Arkansas RN and LPN CP or CES Full CES Full Yes
California RN
Only
California LPN CES Full Accepted
Colorado RN and LPN CP or CES HP/S + English CES HP/S + English No
Connecticut RN and LPN CP
Delaware RN and LPN CP
District of Columbia RN and LPN CP
Florida RN and LPN CES Full CES Full No
Guam RN and LPN CP
Hawaii RN and LPN CP or CES HP/S
Idaho RN and LPN CP or CES HP/S CES HP/S Accepted
Illinois RN and LPN CP, CES HP/S or VS CES HP/S or VS No
Indiana RN and LPN CP Yes
Iowa RN and LPN CP CES HP/S No
Kansas RN and LPN CES Full CES Full Yes
Kentucky RN and LPN VS VS Yes
Maine RN and LPN CP or CES HP/S Yes
Maryland RN and LPN CES Full CES Full Yes
Massachusetts RN and LPN CP, CES HP/S or VS CES HP/S or VS No
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Michigan RN and LPN CP or CES Full + English CES Full + English (Accepted) No
Minnesota RN and LPN CP or CES HP/S CES Full No
Mississippi RN and LPN CP or CES HP/S   No
Missouri RN and LPN CES Full CES Full No
Montana RN and LPN CP CES HP/S Yes
Nebraska RN and LPN CP   Yes
Nevada RN and LPN CP or CES HP/S CES HP/S No
New Hampshire RN and LPN CP or CES Full
New Jersey RN and LPN CP or CES Full + English CES Full + English Yes
New Mexico RN and LPN CP or CES HP/S Accepted CES HP/S Accepted No
New York RN and LPN CVS CVS
North Carolina RN and LPN CES HP/S CES HP/S No
North Dakota RN and LPN CP
Northern Marianas RN and LPN
Ohio RN and LPN CES Full CES Full No
Oklahoma RN and LPN CP or CES HP/S CES HP/S Yes
Oregon RN and LPN CP or CES HP/S or VS CES HP/S or VS No
Pennsylvania RN and LPN CP LPN only
Puerto Rico RN and LPN
Rhode Island RN and LPN CP CES HP/S No
South Carolina RN and LPN CES HP/S CES HP/S Yes
South Dakota RN and LPN CP CES HP/S Yes
Tennessee RN and LPN CP CES HP/S Yes
Texas RN and LPN CES Full CES Full No
Utah RN and LPN CP CES HP/S No
Vermont RN and LPN CP or CES HP/S CES HP/S No
Virgin Islands RN and LPN CP Yes
Virginia RN and LPN CP CES HP/S Accepted Yes
Washington RN and LPN CES Full CES Full
West Virginia (RN) RN CP Yes
West Virginia (LPN) LPN CES Accepted
Wisconsin RN and LPN CP Yes
Wyoming RN and LPN CP CES Accepted No
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Commission on Graduated of Foreign
Nursing Schools (CGNFS)

According to their Web site, the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools is "a non-profit, internationally recognized leader in the education, registration and licensure of health care professionals worldwide.
CGFNS protects the public in relation to evolving health care policies and standards of professional practice for migrating health care professionals." CGFNS is federally-approved to certify nurses and other health care providers.

CGFNS Certification Program

The program is designed for first-level general, or registered nurses who have been educated in another country and wish to work as professional nurses in the United States. There are three parts of the certification program:
a credentials review, the CGFNS Qualifying Exam , and an English language proficiency exam .Most Boards of Nursing require foreign nurses to complete the certification program and the credentials evaluation. In addition, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) requires all health care professionals who seek permanent occupational visas to obtain Visa Screen certificates.

Credentials Review

The credentials review looks at theoretical instruction and clinical practice in five major areas of nursing: Adult Medical Nursing, Adult Surgical Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, and Psychiatric Nursing. Generally, it does not examine additional education in the sciences, humanities, or other areas of study.

Required Language Tests

You need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) . TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years, and you must take the CGFNS Qualifying Exam and TOEFL within 2 years of each other.

CGFNS Qualifying Exam

The test is designed to see if nurses with international educations are qualified to practice in the United States.If you pass the exam, it means that your credentials are valid and that the educational standards of your school or institution meet those expected of nursing programs in the United States. To be eligible for the test, foreign nurses must have significant experience in a wide range of nursing fields. A minimum number of hours in classroom instruction and clinical practice are required in the fields of Adult Medical/Surgical Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing.The CGFNS web site has specific information about the instruction and hours needed.
You also need to be a registered first-level nurse in the country where you were educated, and you must hold a current registration/license as a Registered Nurse.

Qualifying Exam Eligibility

You must have a license/registration from your country in order to be eligible for the exam.

CGFNS Qualifying Exam for RNs with
Secondary-Level Training

Secondary-level training equates to "hospital based training" in the United States, which means that a greater emphasis is placed on hands-on experience instead of theory. As noted above, you must be an RN who has completed a required number of hours in theory and clinical courses to qualify.If you need to take additional classes or to receive a nursing degree from the United States, you can Find Nursing Schools on our site or go directly to a list of Featured Nursing Schools.

Taking the Qualifying Exam

The Qualifying Exam is offered three times each year in over 40 locations worldwide. To find a test center near you, contact the CGFNS Customer Service Department or consult the CGFNS Certification Program handbook. You can
also visit the CGFNS web site .

Re-Taking the Qualifying Exam

Yes, but remember that you must sit for the TOEFL and Qualifying Exam within 2 years of each other in order to have valid scores.

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Visa Screen Certificate

Visa Screen is administered by the International Commission on Health care Professions, which is a division of CGFNS.The screening program is federally-approved and is designed for all health care workers who want occupational visas,
including RNs and LPNs.The Visa Screen certificate is required by the INS and must be obtained before you can receive
a residency visa. When you receive the certificate, you can present it to your consular office with the rest of your visa application.

Visa Screen Process

In order to receive a Visa Screen certificate, CGFNS must conduct credential reviews of your nursing education and licensure, and an assessment of your English language skills. You must also be able to pass either the CGFNS Qualifying Exam or the NCLEX exam. According to the CGFNS, when you receive the Visa Screen packet, you should:Complete the Visa Screen application.
Complete the enclosed forms to send to your nursing school(s). Academic transcripts must come directly from the nursing school(s). Complete the enclosed forms to send to your licensing authority(ies). Validations of all licenses, past and present must come directly from the licensing authorities. You must successfully complete an English language proficiency test and have the scores directly forwarded to ICHP from the testing agency. You must successfully pass either the CGFNS Qualifying Exam or the NCLEX-RN examination if you are a nurse. Enclose a copy of your high school diploma or equivalent. Enclose the application fee.

Credentials Review

The credentials review looks at theoretical instruction and clinical practice in five major areas of nursing:Adult Medical and Surgical Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, Pediatric Nursing an Psychiatric Nursing. Generally, it does not examine additional education in the sciences, humanities or other areas of study.

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Language Tests

You need to take the TOEFL, Test of Written English and Test of Spoken English or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery and MELAB oral exams.The CGFNS site lists the scores required to pass these tests.

TOEFL Score Validity

TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years, and you must take the CGFNS Qualifying Exam and TOEFL within 2 years of each other.

Foreign Students English Proficiency Test
Exemption

You can be exempted if:You graduated from a nursing program in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, the United States, United Kingdom or
Canada (except Quebec) AND The program's language of instruction was English AND The language of your textbooks was English.

Credentials Evaluation Service

The CES is prepared by CGFNS and will be sent to Boards of Registration, universities, employers, immigration offices and others who may require the information. The service compares your education and licensure to nursing standards in the United States.You do not need to take a test for the CES. There are different types of CES reports, and the recipient - the State Board of Nursing, if you wish to be licensed in the U.S., or a university, if you wish to attend an American school - will tell you which level of report is required.The CES evaluation is more in-depth than those required by the CP and VisaScreen.The CES looks at the content of your entire professional program in order to confirm that it is comparable to a nursing/professional program of study in the United States.

Evaluating your CES Application

Each report recipient may have different credentials they want to see.Be sure to check with them individually .After you know for certain, submit copies of appropriate documents - except for academic transcripts and registration/license validations, which must come from the issuing bodies.

CES Applications

After you request or download a CES application, you must first complete the application form and send it to CGFNS.You must also include all requested documentation and the full payment for the service, which must be in US Dollars
the CGFNS recommends an international money order or a credit card payment from Discover, Visa or Mastercard.Requests for academic records and license validations must be sent to CGFNS by authorized institutions, like your professional school or your country's licensing authority. Do not send these yourself.

Non-English School Transcripts

According to the CGFNS Web site, certified word-for-word translations must accompany transcripts in their original languages.If your school cannot provide this service, CGFNS offers translation for a fee

Sending Documentation to CGFNS

CGFNS does not accept documents via fax or email; you must send hard copies through regular postal mail.

Closed Schools & Agencies

If your school closed, you need to contact the institution or agency (like the ministry of health) authorized to hold documents for your school. Likewise, regional or national licensing boards might be organizations to contact if your original licensing agency no longer operates.You must find out who has the authority to validate your records. CGFNS will not accept copies of licenses or school transcripts, only official validation from official issuers.

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