How to Become a Registered Nurse in USA: Everything You Need to Know!

How to Become a Registered Nurse in USA: Everything You Need to Know!


How to Become a Registered Nurse in USA: Everything You Need to Know!

Are you a registered nurse in your country? Do you know about the US Green Card Scheme?

If you are a nurse, do you know that you can migrate to the USA and start working there right away?

Yes, you can get to the USA in less than 18 months.

Find out how you can become a registered nurse in the USA step by step here.

Get Registered at CGFNS*

First things first, you have to get registered at CGFNS International. Here’s what CGFNS International is.

CGFNS International is a nonprofit organization that helps foreign educated healthcare professionals live and work in their country of choice by assessing and validating their academic and professional credentials. CGFNS International provides foreign healthcare professionals with a comprehensive assessment of their academic records to facilitate their successful entry to the United States by advocating for ethical recruitment practices and continuously monitoring the global landscape for developing trends in employment recruitment and workplace norms.

Take Your IELTS Exam First!

We recommend you prepare for your IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam first, and we will tell you why in the next paragraph. IELTS is a test that tests your Listening, Reading, Writing and speaking skills in English, and, if you are not familiar with how native speakers speak natural English, then achieving a good band score in the IELTS exam may be daunting for you. The good news is: To be selected for further processing, you just need an overall score of 6.5 out of 9.0 in IELTS and 7.0 out of 9.0 in the Speaking test (The Speaking test is what many international nurses feel to be the most difficult module to tackle). If you need more information about IELTS, read this article.

Now, since IELTS scores are valid for two years only, and, because, for a vast majority of nurses, clearing the NCLEX is not as difficult as achieving a band 7 in the IELTS speaking test, you would definitely need to take the IELTS exam first before taking your NCLEX exam from a Pearson VUE Center. Research shows that more than 70% of nurses take less than 13 months to clear their NCLEX. That is why, you should prepare for your IELTS exam first which will may also make you understand English from an advanced English user’s perspective thus helping you understand all questions which are in English during the NCLEX exam. One important thing to note is that you will be taking the Academic version of the IELTS exam, not the General Training one.

You can take the computer-delivered (CDT) IELTS exam or the paper-based (PBT) IELTS exam and the tests are conducted every week, mainly on Thursdays and Saturdays. However, there are more test dates for the CDT version compared to the PBT one. 

Timing: The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are conducted all at once and it takes about three (3) hours to fnish these modules. 

Get ready for your NCLEX exam!

As soon as you get your IELTS Test Report Form from IDP or the British Council, start preparing for your NCLEX exam. Of course, you should have achieved at least a 7.0 in the Speaking test. It does not matter what your scores in the other modules (Listening, Reading and Writing) are for many American states as long as the overall score is 6.5. Yes, that’s right: Even if you have a 5.5 in Reading and Writing and a 7.0 each in Listening and Speaking (making your overall score 6.5), you will still be eligible to move ahead and be selected.

Now, if you do wish to enroll yourself into an NCLEX preparation course (which we highly recommend), you need to know that the course will get you ready to face the exam in three (3) to six (6) months, which means you will have plenty of time to complete your documentation and processing before your IELTS report expires.

Take the NCLEX Exam!

Pearson VUE administers the NCLEX exams and you can find out the test locations here. Your NCLEX preparation center will be able to guide you on this.

You will find the details below:

About the NCLEX-RN Exam

There are as few as 75 questions and as many as 265 questions in the NCLEX-RN exam.

Computer adaptive testing

The NCLEX exam is a computer adaptive test, which means that the questions you receive are in direct response to the questions you previously answered. The system assesses your capacity every time you respond to a question and the difficulty level of the next question depends on how you perform in this question.

Confused? Well, let us put it in simple words: if your answer to the question was wrong, the question that follows is going to be relatively simpler and easier to answer, whereas it will be relatively more difficult to answer if your answer was correct. This is one reason to be highly motivated to take the NCLEX exam.

Timing: It may take you up to 6 hours to complete the test the duration of which depends on the number of questions you have to answer. Of course, you can take up to 2 breaks while taking the test.

What Happens if You Don’t Pass the NCLEX?

Well, you can take it again. Write to us if you need more information.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article, and do not forget to contact us if you need any help before you start thinking about taking the first step. It’s a bit tricky, and, like a lot of other processes for the USA, this one definitely would take some time.

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CGFNS* = Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools