good day colleagues.
i recently passed the nle for the philippines and is quite unsure of the steps in processing an il license. i went ahead and reviewed some forms available in the website of illinois center for nurses. i even wrote an e-mail to ms. bromberg for clarifications, i got a response from one of her assistants. i will post our correspondence here.
michele bromberg state nursing act coordinator illinois center for nursing
james r. thompson center
100 w. randolph street
suite 9 - 100
chicago , illinois 60601 dear ms. bromberg, good day i recently passed the nursing licensure exam from the philippines. i have a brother working in champaign as a physical therapist. i logged on to your site http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/who/nurs.asp and read the procedures for foreign nurses. i wish to clarify some information before submitting documents to your council to prevent errors. my questions are: 1. i graduated from a school with an english curriculum, could i take the ielts instead of toefl? 2. can i take the nclex first before ces and toefl/ielts? 3. will i be eligible to take the nclex even if my local license has not yet been issued? 4. can i use the california fingerprint card that i got for free for my application? if not, can i get one for free? i will be waiting for your response before i proceed with my application. thank you, joshua rey molina
after 2 days, i received a response saying:
i have attached a powerpoint presentation that should be able to answer all of your questions regarding licensure in the state of illinois as an internationally educated nurse. if you have any additional questions after reviewing the material, feel free to contact me via email.
il center for nursing
1(312) 814 3100
i am thankful for the quick response however, i don't think the powerpoint presentation addressed my issue. i received slides containing the same information available at http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/apply/forms/cgfns_02.pdf
in a very presentable manner.
does this mean that i can only take toefl for my english qualifying exam even if philippine schools have an english-based curriculum? is it toefl or toefl ibt?
does it also mean that i have to go through ces and toefl before i can apply for the nclex?
i asked my brother to contact il center for nursing and ask them verbally.
as for reciprocity, if i got it right, provided that i passed the nclex from a different state and wish to have my license reciprocated in il, all i have to do is complete the requirements for illinois but i won't have to retake the nclex right?
thanks a bunch!