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US Nurse Registration: How To Become a Registered Nurse in the US by Peculiar005: Tue Nov 2021 07:50pm
Welcome to this thread guys, I am creating this thread for Nurses who want to start the US Licensure process without knowing how to go about it or have any question in any of the stages. This thread will deal with the process of writing NCLEX-RN Exam which is the major hurdle for Internationally Educated Nurses.

Before you start this process make sure your Nursing license has not expired and you have your international passport

Let get started. To register as a Nurse in the US without IELTS we recommend picking TEXAS or New Mexico but for the purpose of this post we shall be using Texas. Don't worry if you don't have plan of going to Texas, once you have your Texas license, you can endorse to any other State in the US.

The entire process involves:

1. Credentialing process through CGFNS or Josef Silny among others
2. Registration with the Board
3. Authorization to Test and Exam

Credetialing Process through CGFNS

Go to CGFNS Page

Input your email and click on continue, reconfirm your email and then click on Send Code

An email will be sent to you. Open the email then click on the link sent to you.

Input the six digit security code in your email (below the link) into the box to proceed

Pick applicant and click the submit button

First name, middle and last name
Date of birth
Do you have a cgfns no no
Do you have a passport yes, pick your country and then your passport number
Do you have a current or valid Healthcare Profession License? No
Education: Pick your country of education, pick your nursing school from the list and then select the year. If your nursing school is not listed on the list simply pick others and then state the name of your nursing school in the box, click submit

Login into your application and complete your profile. After that pick a service, pick CES and complete the form. When completing it pick Texas Board of Nursing and choose a professional service. Pay the $365 and then download your transcript request form and verification form and send it to your school and Nursing board respectively.
You can then upload your SSCE result later. To do this simply go to the message centre and send it as an attachment in the message. You don’t need to attest it. For those in Nigeria using NECO result, you have to send a NECO result checker scratch card along.

For those in Nigeria, verification with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria is now completely online and cost roughly N73,000. You can complete the online verification by going to the verification page Click Here For full details on NMCN verification, you can check my other post.

Registration with Texas Board of Nursing

After CGFNS has received all your documents, proceed to create an account with Texas Board of Nursing. Go to and click on create an account. Then login and click on Apply for License. Pick NCLEX-RN international graduate. Complete the form and pay the application fee of $100 using your ATM card.

Register and complete the jurisprudence Exam. To register you can login through your Texas Board of Nursing application or use this link Click Here
If you can’t register for the TX NJE, you can submit a “Support Request” by clicking on “HELP” at the bottom of the following page:
To prepare for the exam you can read the Nurse practice Act. Click Here

I also found the following videos useful. These two videos are enough to pass the jurisprudence exam, check them out out Nursing Jurisprudence & Ethics and Texas Board of Nursing: Understanding Your Scope of Practice

The following links from Quizlet are also useful Quizlet Link1 and Quizlet Link 2

Get the FBI 258 Fingerprint card, go to the nearest police station and thumbprint on it. You can also do it yourself at home, just get a black ink pad and thumbprint. Then register with identogo [ur= l]Click Here[/url], click on submit a fingerprint card by mail and complete the form, and make the payment of approximately $39. Print out the acknowledgement card and mail it to the address on the printout. Some nurses say they used the downloaded copy of the card and it was accepted. If however you want the original card, you can get from me if you are in Nigeria, Ghana or United Kingdom. You can send a private message to me by creating an account, click on my profile and send a message

After your fingerprint card and the acknowledgment slip get to Identogo, you will receive an email informing you that it’s been received. Once your fingerprint has been process, it will be forwarded to your Texas Board of Nursing account.

Once your CES report has been issued, you can head up to Pearson Vue Homepage and create an account, and pay the application fees of $200

Once your file is complete which are: CES report received by TBON, Fingerprint done, Jurisprudence Exam Passed and Pearson account created, you will receive authorization to test called ATT which is currently valid for 6 months.

Book your Exam and sit for it. The cost of booking depends on location. It is free if you plan to sit for it in the US, cost $180 if you plan to sit in the UK, $177 in India and $150 for most of other centres. Then make reservation for hotel, flight and visa depending on your location.

Note: If by any reason you need to rebook your exam, you need to chat Pearson up and they will do that for you. It is free of charge.

Materials for NCLEX

There are lots of materials and videos online especially on YouTube. To prepare for your exam, you can use HESI NCLEX textbook, Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX Examination, subscribe to Uworld , Mark Klimek audio this youtube channel has all the audio Click Here , Summit College NCLEX Comprehensive Review on Youtube it is from 1-22 (This review is a bomb) here is the link to her videos Click Here Also you won’t want to miss Sarah’s Video, check her videos on NCLEX preparation Click Here

Please and please never go into the exam without listening to Mark Klimek or Summit College Review

Re: US Nurse Registration: How To Become a Registered Nurse in the US by Prettymide: Sat Nov 2021 12:23pm
Thanks so much for this post. I have a question and do appreciate if you can respond ASAP. I started this journey since 2019 but couldn't write my NCLEX due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions.I have had my ATT extended twice and Texas Board of Nursing said they can't extend my ATT again as at the last time I mailed them. Now that things are easing and skies are open I want to get started again, my questions are:

1. My application with TBON has expired so does that mean I will start all over again?
2. Am I going to start the CGFNS process all over again or pay cgfns to resend my document to the board?
3. Which country is easy to get Visa for NCLEX at the moment between UK and India as South Africa is denying people visa after holding their passport for 5 months?

Kindly reply
Re: US Nurse Registration: How To Become a Registered Nurse in the US by Peculiar005: Sat Nov 2021 08:56pm
Hi @Prettymide, you don't need to start all over again. I assume your application might have expired by now, all you need to do is to login into your TBON account and reapply. Here is the summary of what you need to do:
1. Complete another application
2. Pay the $100 application fees
3. Send another verification from your Nigeria Nursing Board to Texas Board of Nursing (note that Nigeria Nursing Board has now moved to online application. To apply for verification to TBON use follow our guideline click on How to apply for NMCN online verification to USA
4. Register and Pay another $200 to Pearson Vue
5. You will receive your ATT after this

On which country you can easily get visa to write your exam, I am not sure I have answer to that question
Re: US Nurse Registration: How To Become a Registered Nurse in the US by Theblessed: Mon Nov 2021 08:27am
Thanks Peculiar for this. Are agencies still recruiting to the US? I learnt most agencies are no longer recruiting to the US because of the COVID. Could I please have a list of trusted agencies that recruit nurses to the US and their requirements? Thanks
Re: US Nurse Registration: How To Become a Registered Nurse in the US by Peculiar005: Tue Nov 2021 11:48am
Hi, yes some agencies are still picking new candidates. Different agencies have their own requirement, some will start with you without any interview or exams while others will ask you to first sit for an online exam, pass their inerview before you are selected. Some require you to be working in a tertiary hospital with at least 200 beds while some don't. Some require you to have passed IELTS or TOEFL while others will start with you without IELTS. Here is the name of few of them that you can contact:
Ogrady Peyton International
Avant Healthcare
Worldwide Health Associate
Westways Staffing Service
Stateside Nursing International
Global Nurse Force
RCM Healthcare Services
Kennedy Healthcare Recruitment among others

Hope that answers your question?

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