The following is the result of my research for states that do not
require a CGFNS certificate:
Currently these states (California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois,
Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina)
do not require foreign registered nurses to obtain a CGFNS
After checking the individual websites for these states via
I found the following information:
"For individuals who have not moved to the US: the Board highly
recommends that the CGFNS exam be taken. This certification exam
determines the probability of being able to pass the US RN licensure
"A certificate from the Commission on Graduates from Foreign Nursing
Schools or other agency which indicates successful completion of
TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS."
"All graduates of international nursing schools must have their
professional credentials (nursing education and professional licenses)
evaluated by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
(CGFNS). All international graduates must complete the CGFNS
Credentials Evaluation Service (CES)."
"Foreign-educated applicants seeking a limited permit as a registered
professional nurse must also have their credentials verified by an
independent credentials verification organization and document
successful completion of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign
Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Certification program (the CGFNS examination
and the Test of English as a Foreign Language)."
Some sites that may be of interest to you:
Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
Nurse Immigration USA
Foreign Registered Nurses: Successful Landing In Turbulent Waters
states do not require CGFNS exams
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