Certification: Certification for Foreign Nurses (CFN)

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The CGFNS International Certification Program is a three-part program designed to predict an applicant's likelihood of passing the NCLEX-RN examination and becoming licensed as a registered nurse in the United States. The three parts of the program include a credentials review, a Qualifying Exam of nursing knowledge and an English language proficiency examination. Applicants must successfully complete all three parts of the Certification Program in order to earn the CGFNS certificate.

More than two years of education or training after high school required?
More than two years of work experience required?
Oral or Written Exam Required?


The certification corresponds to a specialty within a recognized occupation. For example, Oncology Nurse and Pediatric Nurse are specialties within the nursing field, so Certified Oncology Nurse and Certified Pediatric Nurse would be classified as specialty certifications.