CGFNS

About CGFNS
Certification Program
Eligibility
Elements of the Program
Credentials Review
CGFNS Qualifying Exam
Contact  CGFNS

 

 

 

 

About CGFNS
Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) began in the late 1960s when the United States experienced an increase in nurse migration from other countries. Immigration officials had a difficult time identifying which of the nurses educated abroad, and applying for nursing occupational visas, would be eligible for licensure as a registered nurse in the United States. On an average, only 15 to 20% of nurses educated outside the United States were passing the US registered nurse licensure exam on their first attempt.

This led the Division of Nursing of the then Department of Health, Education and Welfare (DHEW) to contract for two studies regarding RN-licensure of foreign educated nurses in the United States. The findings of these landmark studies on foreign nurse immigration conducted by the American Nurses Association and Pace University were discussed at a 1975 HEW conference attended by representatives of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the National League for Nursing (NLN), US boards of nursing, the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA), the US Department of Labor, the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, and the New York State Education Department, among other organizations. The outgrowth of the conference was the establishment of a private, independent, non-profit organization. The organization created was CGFNS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Certification Program
The CGFNS Certification Program is designed specifically for first-level, general nurses educated and licensed outside the United States who wish to assess their chances of passing the US registered nurse licensing exam, the NCLEX-RNŽ examination, and attaining licensure to practice as registered nurses within the United States.

The program comprises three parts:-

1.A credentials review of the nurse's education, registration and licensure;

2.The CGFNS Qualifying Exam - a one-day qualifying exam testing nursing knowledge;

3.An English language proficiency exam.

Upon successful completion of all three elements of the program, the applicant is awarded a CGFNS Certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

Eligibility
The CGFNS Certification Program is designed ONLY for first-level, general nurses educated and/or licensed outside the United States who wish to assess their chances of passing the NCLEX-RNŽ examination and attaining licensure to practice as registered nurses within the United States.

In order to be eligible for the program, a nurse must be educated and hold both initial and current registration/licensure as a first-level, general nurse as defined historically by the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

A first-level nurse is called a registered or professional nurse in most countries. A second-level nurse, often called an enrolled, vocational, practical nurse or nurse assistant, is not eligible to be licensed as a registered nurse in the US, and therefore, is not eligible for the Certification Program.

A general nurse must have obtained theoretical instruction and clinical practice in a variety of nursing areas. A nurse who has specialized in one area without being educated and registered/licensed as a general nurse is not eligible for the Certification Program.

 

 

 

 

 

Elements of the Program
The Certification Program is a three-part program, comprised of a credentials review, a one-day qualifying exam of nursing knowledge, and an English language proficiency exam. Upon successful completion of all three elements of the program, the applicant is awarded a CGFNS Certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credentials Review
CGFNS evaluates an applicant's education and registration credentials to certify that the applicant is a first-level, general nurse and meets all of the registration requirements to be licensed as a professional in that field.

Applicants must have completed a senior secondary school education separate from their nursing education; graduated from a government-approved nursing program of at least two years in length; and received theoretical instruction and clinical practice in nursing care of the adult (including medical and surgical nursing), maternal/infant nursing care, nursing care of children and psychiatric/mental health nursing. Note: All transcripts must come directly from source agencies.

Applicants must have a full and unrestricted license/registration to practice as a first-level, general nurse in the country where they completed their general nursing education; and hold a current license/registration as a first-level, general nurse. Note: All validations must come directly from the source agencies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CGFNS Qualifying Exam
TThe CGFNS Qualifying Exam of nursing knowledge is offered three times a year at more than 40 locations spanning the globe. To date, more than 300,000 exams have been administered to over 175,00 applicants. The exam is divided into two parts with a total of 260 questions. Applicants are given two hours and 30 minutes for Part 1, which includes 150 questions. After breaking for lunch, applicants are given one hour and 50 minutes to complete Part 2, consisting of 110 questions.

The Qualifying Exam measures an applicant's nursing knowledge and is based on what nurses must know and do when they practice nursing in the United States. The foundations of the Qualifying Exam are based on client (patient) needs. The traditional clinical areas of nursing practice -- nursing care of the adult, nursing care of children, maternal/infant nursing, psychiatric/mental health nursing and community health nursing -- are covered. The exam ensures that an applicant has the same level of understanding of nursing with various client groups, in various settings, as recent graduates of US schools of nursing.

Both the CGFNS Qualifying Exam and the NCLEX-RNŽ examination are based on the same framework of client needs because it provides a universal structure for defining nursing actions and competencies across all settings for all clients. The main difference between the CGFNS and the NCLEX examinations is that the former is a written exam while the later is a computerized examination. It is because of this that we say that if you pass the CGFNS you will find it extremely difficult to fail the NCLEX as long as you have a basic knowledge of computers.

 

 

 

 

 

Obtaining a CGFNS Certificate
All applicants are reminded that in order to obtain a CGFNS Certificate, they must pass both the CGFNS Qualifying Exam and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) or IELTS. For information and/or registration for the TOEFL exam, contact ETS at: Test of English as a Foreign Language, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA; Telephone (609) 771-7100.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact CGFNS at:
Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651 USA

Telephone:
Business Office: (215) 222-8454
Applicant Enquiries: (215) 349-8767
Facsimile: (215) 662-0425
Telex: 402409 CGFNS PHA          
Cable: CGFNS, Philadelphia, USA
E-mail: info@cgfns.org

Web Site:www.cgfns.org 

Their hours of operation are:
Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Eastern Time.