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CGFNS Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CGFNS Certification?
The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) provides oversight for foreign educated nurses seeking employment in the United States. The CGFNS certification process passing an exam in English proficiency and an examination in nursing knowledge at the Pre-NCLEX level. Evaluation of foreign nursing degree and certification credentials are also performed by the CGFNS organization. CGFNS Certificate holders have a greater rate of success on the NCLEX-RN exam than foreign nurses without the Certification.

  • Step 1 – Apply and pass one of the following English proficiency exams
    • IELTS - International English Language Testing System
    • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • Step 2 – Foreign Nurse degree and certification and licensure credentials assessment (CES Professional Report)
  • Step 3 – Pass the CGFNS Qualifying Examination

You will receive the CGFNS Program Certificate after you successfully pass all three steps above. The CGFNS Certification Program is a requirement for licensure by specific US State Boards of Nursing in order to take the NCLEX-RN exam. It is also a requirement to satisfy the examination requirement of VisaScreen: Visa Credentials Assessment for immigration. The CGFNS Qualifying Exam is a Nursing Examination that tests you on clinical and medical content. Vipra Med offers Review and sample exams for the CGFNS Qualifying Exam.


What is the Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Professional Report?
The CGFNS International CES Professional Report analyzes your license, nursing degrees and diplomas such as a B.S (Bachelor of Science) or B.Sc. Nursing degree. It analyzes the foreign degree, university, course curriculum and transcripts (mark sheets) against a US standard. A statement of comparability of the foreign education when measured against U.S. standards to meet the requirements of individual US State boards of nursing is issued if the foreign degree meets US standards. This constitutes the CES Professional Report. The CES report is used by State Boards of Nursing for licensure purposes. It is also used by US employers for prospective employment and by US Immigration (State Department and the Department of Homeland Security) to make visa decisions. The CES Professional Report fee is USD 350.00. Expedited review fees for faster processing are USD 250.00.


Do I need the Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Academic Report?
No. It is not necessary. The Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Academic Report is only meant for student nurses who wish to pursue higher studies in the United States. For example, If you are a BS or BSc Nursing and wish to pursue a MSN (Master of Nursing) or Ph.D. degree in a US University, you would be required to apply for the Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Academic Report.


What is the Credential Verification Service for New York State?
The Credential Verification Service for New York State is for foreign Nurses who wish to practice in New York State. As specified by New York State, CGFNS International completes a verification of foreign education and credentials of the foreign degrees and diplomas. New York State Education Department then completes the actual evaluation of the verified credentials. This is not required, if you don’t wish to practice in New York.


What is eDAS – eDocument Authentication Service?
eDAS is a document authentication service to prevent fraud. eDAS reviews and verifies transcripts, licenses and other documents from primary sources for authenticity. It is important to understand that eDAS does NOT provide credentials evaluation of your diplomas of degrees like other CGFNS services such as the CES Professional and Academic Reports, Certification Program, and VisaScreen. eDAS is only needed if US Immigration, the State Board of Nursing or a prospective employer needs to authenticate your credentials. Typically this would happen if you come from a country that has a high instance of fraud or identity theft.


What is the VisaScreen Service?
To qualify for a US HI-B, EB3 or TN Visa, the foreign Nurse needs to successfully complete VisaScreen and receive an official ICHP Certificate which satisfies the United States Federal screening requirements. The VisaScreen requirements are listed below:

  • Foreign Nurse degree, certification and licensure credentials assessment (CES Professional Report)
  • A verification that the applicants professional licenses are valid and without restrictions
  • An English language proficiency examination (TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Passed either the CGFNS Qualifying Exam or NCLEX-RN Exam

Where do I apply for VisaScreen Service?
You can apply for VisaScreen at the CGFNS website. There is an online and paper based application process.


Should I take the CGFNS exam or should I go for the NCLEX-RN?
The level of difficulty is much lower for the CGFNS exam as compared to the NCLEX-RN. It is easier for foreign nurses to pass the CGFNS Qualifying examination and enter the United States. After you reach the US and are exposed to US Nursing protocols and methodologies, the NCLEX-RN exam content becomes relevant and simpler to comprehend. Vipra med provides sample questions for the NCLEX-RN program. We encourage you to take the Free Trial for both these programs to compare the level of difficulty in the sample tests.


What is the ISPN Program?
The International Standards for Professional Nurses (ISPN) Program is for foreign educated nurses who need to validate their nursing education against international standards. The program is only offered in certain countries. The ISPN Program consists of an initial verification of first-level nurse status and passing the CGFNS Qualifying Exam. The Vipra Med Review CGFNS sample questions that will ensure your success in this exam.


Why should I take the CGFNS Qualifying exam?
CGFNS Certificate is needed for and admission to the United States. The CGFNS Certification Program helps international nurses obtain a non-immigrant occupational-preference H-1B Visa for admission to the United States. It is also required for the employment based immigrant visa (EB-3) category. The CGFNS Certificate is required of international nurses by a majority of U.S. states in order to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. Vipra Med provides CGFNS practice exams and sample tests for the CGFNS Qualifying Exam.


Where can I take the test?
The CGFNS Certification exam can be taken at more than 50 locations around the world. The locations are determined by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and National Nursing bodies along with US embassies and consulates worldwide along. A testing schedule and list can be downloaded from the CGFNS website. It is also recommended that you visit the web site of the US Consular office or Embassy in the country you reside.


When is the CGFNS exam offered?
The CGFNS exam is offered four times a year in March, July, September and November. The exam measures a candidates nursing knowledge and predicts success in the NCLEX-RN exam. The CGFNS exam is based on what nurses need to know form a clinical perspective to practice nursing in the United States.


What is the CGFNS course curriculum and syllabus?
The practice of nursing requires knowledge of the nursing process and the health needs of the patients. These two components are addressed within the framework of the test plan for licensure examination. The categories of questions relating to the various aspects of the current CGFNS exam are shown below. The Vipra Med program has over 2000 CGFNS sample questions that will ensure your success in this exam.

  • Safe, Effective Care Environment
    • Management of Care
    • Safety and Infection Control
  • Health Promotion and Maintenance
  • Psychosocial Integrity
  • Physiological Integrity
    • Basic Care and Comfort
    • Pharmacological and Parenteral Therapies
    • Reduction of Risk Potential
    • Physiological Adaptation

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