Nurse Licensing: Foreign-Educated Nurse Information

 
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In addition to meeting all other licensure requirements listed on the application, graduates of foreign nursing programs must provide additional documentation as listed below.

Documents must be sent to our office directly from an approved Credential Evaluation Service and an approved exam provider.

RNs and LPNs by EXAMINATION

  1. If you did not graduate from a U.S. or Canadian nursing program, you must request that an evaluation of your transcript by sent to our office from one of the approved Credential Evaluation Services listed below.
  2. If you graduated from a non-English-speaking nursing education program, you must submit evidence that you have obtained at least the minimum score on one of the English language proficiency examinations listed below.

RNs and LPNs by ENDORSEMENT

  1. If you did not graduate from a U.S. or Canadian nursing program, you must request that an evaluation of your transcript by sent to our office from one of the approved Credential Evaluation Services listed below.
  2. If you are from a non-English-speaking jurisdiction and have been working in a non-English speaking setting in the past two years, you must submit evidence that you have obtained at least the minimum score on one of the English language proficiency examinations listed below.

English Language Proficiency Exams

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) paper version with a minimum score of 560
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) computer version with a minimum score of 220
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL® iBT) with a minimum score of 84 and a minimum speaking score of 26
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic version with an overall score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.0 on all modules
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) with a minimum score of 780
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a passing standard of 81 and speaking section score of 3
  • Michigan English Test (MET) with a minimum overall score of 55 and a minimum speaking section score of 55
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 55 overall with no sub scores lower than 50 in each scored part

 

APPROVED CREDENTIAL EVALUATION SERVICES (CES):

Company Name & Contact Information
Required Form(s)

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
www.cgfns.org
Phone: (215) 349-8767
Credential Evaluation Service Professional Report

Educational Records Evaluation Services (ERES)
www.eres.com
Phone: (916) 921-0790
Form 100 Nursing Evaluation Form
Form 101 Academic Transcript/Records Request Form
Form 102 Nursing Licensure Confirmation Form

International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
www.ierf.org
Phone: (310) 258-9451
Nursing Licensure Report

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants
www.jsilny.org
Phone: (305) 273-1616
Foreign Credential Evaluation Application for Board of Nursing Applicants

World Education Services (WES)
https://www.wes.org
Phone: (212) 966-6311
Course-by-Course Evaluation