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Applicant Information

Foreign Educated Nurse Requirements

  1. graduated from a school of nursing in the United States or Canada, a complete certified transcript of the applicant's nursing education, mailed directly to the board from the school of nursing;
  2. is a nurse applicant who graduated from a school of nursing outside of the United States or Canada, except Quebec, Canada, an evaluation of the applicant’s nursing education by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools Credentials Evaluation Service, with a full education, course-by-course report; (not required if applying by Endorsement)
  3. graduated from a pre-licensure nursing program that was not taught with English as the primary language, English textbooks, and English testing modules, verification of passing one of the following English proficiency examinations, with at least the following minimum scores:
    1. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination – overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 on all modules;
    2. Test of English as a Foreign Language, paper-based test (TOEFL-PBT) – overall score of 560 with a score on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) of 50;
    3. Test of English as a Foreign Language, computer-based test (TOEFL-CBT) – overall score of 220 with a score on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) of 50;
    4. Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-based test (TOEFL-iBT) – overall score of 84 with a speaking score of 26;
  4. graduated from a pre-licensure nursing program that was taught with English as the primary language, English textbooks, and English testing modules, You must provide a letter on school letterhead sent directly from the school indicating the nursing program you graduated from was taught in English as the primary language with English textbooks and English testing modules is required.

All documents must be accompanied by certified English translations if the original documents are not in English.

For more information about CGFNS click on the following link:
Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)