Registered Nurse Career in USA

International Nursing Students to embark a Registered Nurse(RN) Career in US is a time consuming process to pursue a license that includes

  • Credential Evaluation

  • Drug Test

  • Criminal Background Verification

  • Fingerprinting 

  • NClex Exam

  • English Proficiency.

The requirement vary in each State Board of Nursing.


RN is not commonly allowed to practice in multi states until 2015 unless applicant receives Licensure by Endorsement. 

The Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC) allows nurses to have one license to practice in multiple states.

For nurses educated outside of the United States, the first step to practicing as a nurse in the United States is to apply for a license with a state board of nursing. All state boards require the NCLEX® examination. Each state will have specific requirements to determine comparability of those educated outside of the United States. Each state board may require certain services to determine if you will be able to practice in the United States.

All States require either Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Professional Report or Certification Program (CP).

Certification Program (CP)

  • CGFNS Qualifying Exam® for first-level, general nurses;

  • A credentials evaluation of secondary and nursing education and registration;

  • Demonstration of passing one of the accepted English language proficiency exams.

Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Professional Report

  • A detailed analysis of the credentials earned at multiple levels of nursing education received outside the United States according to requirements specific to a state.

  • A statement of comparability of an applicant’s education when measured against U.S. standards.

Follow the Step by Step Here.

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