I recently passed the local board exam for nurses here in the Philippines, and hopefully fly off to US as soon as I get an immigrant visa filed on my behalf by my husband. I know it is only NCLEX that I still need to pass before I can finally work as a nurse in the US.
My question is, how do I apply for NCLEX? What are the requirements? And most importantly, how long does the application process take before I can finally get to take the exam?
If there is any website that I can get as much information that I need, please let me know.
Thank you in advance.
Aug 18, '05
I would start with a search in the state you will be in.(ie California, Florida, etc.) Look for their board of nursing. Not only do you have to pass the NCLEX, but you have to follow each states procedures to obtain a license to practice.
Aug 19, '05
You will need to apply to the Board of Nursing in the state where you will be living. Use the application that is called "License by Examination."
Once they have evaluated all of your credentials, they will send you a letter stating that you meet all requirements for licensure. At that point, you can pay the fee to Pearson-Vue for the exam at www.pearsonvue.com
. Once they have confirmation from the BON, they will issue you the ATT (authorization to test) and you are all set. Be aware that many states are going to require the CES (Credentials Evaluation) done by CGFNS before they will approve your application if you trained overseas. You do not need to go thru the Visa Screen process since you will be getting a spousal green card.
Time frame is going to depend on the state. It is usually about four months on average for foreign trained nurses to get their approval.
Hope that this helps. :angel2: