In this post, we discuss the different options available for foreign nurses to work in the United States.
First, let’s discuss licensure requirements.
Registered Nurse License Requirements by Examination Educated Outside the U.S.
- Educational Evaluation of Transcripts:
All applicants who graduated from nursing schools outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated in a course by course evaluation by one of the following Nursing Commission approved service providers:
- Graduates of Foreign Trained Nursing Schools (CGFNS), www.cgfns.org,
- Education Records Evaluation Service (ERES) www.eres.com,
- International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF) www.ierf.org
*Please review the RN educational requirements of the state in which you wish to be licensed.
- English Proficiency Exam
An English Proficiency test is required for all LPN and RN license applicants who received their nursing education out of the United States except for Canada (Quebec requires the English Proficiency test), United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and Virgin Islands.
You must take and pass either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) www.toefl.com or International English Language Testing System (IELTS, academic version) www.ielts.org. This exam is required regardless of whether the program was taught in English.
Foreign nurses must take and pass the national licensure examination known as the NCLEX. Once the Nursing Commission approves your application you will need to register with Peasrsonvue at http://home.pearsonvue.com/ to take the national exam (NCLEX). Do not register for the NCLEX before the commission has approved your application. Once you register, our office will make you eligible on the Pearsonvue website. Pearsonvue will then email you the “authorization to test” (ATT). At that point you can schedule to take the NCLEX exam.