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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How do I qualify to work in the US as a nurse?

    The United States strictly regulates entry into the Nursing practice in its territories to ensure public safety and protection. Each territory is regulated by a licensing authority, requiring an aspiring nurse to pass a licensure examination to assess his competency in performing safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level registered nurse. One of the two examinations developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) for this purpose is the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses or NCLEX-RN. Passing this exam is the first step in qualifying to work in the US as a nurse or obtaining a green card/immigrant visa.


  • What is NCLEX-RN?

    The NCLEX-RN stands for National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. It is an examination used by the state and territorial boards of nursing to assist in making licensure decisions. The test is administered through a computerized adaptive testing (CAT).


  • What is CGFNS?

    CGFNS stands for Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, which administers qualifying exam for nurses around the globe who wish to enter the US nursing practice.


  • Which is more important NCLEX or CGFNS?

    Although some of the states no longer require CGFNS certification, there are still some states that do. So both examinations remain equally important.


  • What are the states that require NCLEX or CGFNS?

    Majority of the states require foreign nurses to pass CGFNS before taking the NCLEX-RN. The states that are non CGFNS state include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.


  • What is IELTS? Is it a requirement to increase my chances to be US Registered Nurse?

    An aspiring nurse needs to prove his/her English language proficiency to qualify working in the US. Passing the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System is one way of proving proficiency in the English language.


  • Can I take the NCLEX without taking the Local Board Exam?

    Local Board Exam is not a requirement in taking the NCLEX exam. It can be skipped if the Board of Nursing (BON) in the state you wish to work in does not require it.


  • How do I register for NCLEX?

    You can register either through the Internet, Mail, or Telephone. Visit the www.ncsbn.org for details.


  • Are there simple steps in applying for NCLEX?


    Of course there are really no easy ways when it comes to things that really matters. But to give you an idea, here’s an overview of the steps you need to take:

    1.Submit your application for licensure to the board of nursing where you wish to be licensed
    2.Prepare all the nursing’s eligibility requirements to take the NCLEX examination
    3.Register for the NCLEX Examination with Pearson VUE
    4.Wait for the Confirmation of Registration from Pearson VUE
    5.The board of nursing makes the candidate eligible to take the NCLEX.
    6.Wait for the Authorization to Test (ATT) from Pearson VUE.


  • How long should I wait to be eligible in taking the NCLEX?

    The duration of waiting varies from state to state. It can be as short as one month or as long as one year.


  • What should I do next after receiving my Authorization to take the Test from NCSBN?

    Decide on your test date and testing center preference and have it scheduled within the validity of your Authorization to Test (ATT). Take note that these validity dates cannot be extended for any reason.


  • Where can I take the NCLEX exam and how can I schedule an appointment?

    For Domestic Test Centers in the US, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands, you can directly schedule your exam date through www.pearsonvue.com/nclex or call the NCLEX Candidate Services. For test centers outside the United States, appointments can only be made through telephone. Also, an additional non-refundable scheduling fee of $150 is required.


  • How much should I expect to spend on applying for US-RN?

    The NCLEX Examination fee costs $200. Note, however, that certain territories or jurisdictions require other licensure fees. You must double check with the board of nursing of your chosen jurisdiction to find out about these fees.


  • How do I get and how long do I have to wait for the result of the NCLEX exam?

    Only the board of nursing in your chosen jurisdiction has your examination results and they will mail it directly to you. Results are released at the most one month after the examination date.


  • What if I fail, can I retake the exam?

    Yes you can retake the exam, but you must wait at least 45 days, up to 90 days, between each examination. The minimum frequency of retakes is in the discretion, or policy of the individual board of nursing and NCSBN.


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