NCLEX Arizona Guide For Foreign Educated Nurses 2016

  1. Do it Yourself NCLEX Arizona Application for Foreign Educated Nurses

    NCLEX Arizona Guide For Foreign Educated Nurses 2016


    Dedicated for the Filipino Nurses who aspire to work in Arizona, USA! The process is quite lengthy, you need to have a timetable in order to process and complete the requirements and of course, patience because the entire process took me a year to complete. I did not rely on any agency to accomplish my NCLEX application. I went through a lot of research and procedure before I got to where I am now, and it is such a fulfillment for me because I had to undergo 2 major exams before NCLEX, (IELTS Acad and CBT, all in a span of 1 year. Dedication, Perseverance and Faith are the key to make this possible.

    What to complete:

    Note: For the detailed requirements, please visit under, Licensure by Examination then Foreign Educated Nurses. Foreign Educated Requirements | Arizona State Board of Nursing

    CES Professional Report available at CGFNS website.

    Validation of English Language Testing Skills : Ielts TRF 7.0 or higher in all bands (British Council or IDP) you are exempted if you have worked for a total of 960 hours in a Foreign Country where English is the main language if not, then you have to work for it. After obtaining the required score go to your test provider (British Council or IDP) to request another copy of your trf, they will charge you around Php 1,600.00 for the courier service fee.

    Submit the Application Form with your Certificate of Employment (Photocopy only) if you are currently employed or have worked in the past. You have to fill up the employment history, In my perspective, it will give you an edge in obtaining the ATT.

    Process NBI Finger print card ( NBI UN Taft, Manila, service is free)

    Submit requirements via courier (DHL, Air21 or FedEx ). Estimated cost ranges from Php 2,500-2,700.

    Other costs include the fees required by your institution (University / School) so it will vary.

    PearsonVue Registration and Schedule

    Step 1. You have to pass the IELTS and you have to score at least 7 in all bands but if you think you can get higher than 7, the better .You should practice and pray hard. Furthermore, if you have enough savings, you can enroll in a review center like I did. ( 9.0 Niner Ielts Review Center is the best choice if you will ask me, because they have the finest coaches, their review materials are proven to be integral, relevant and up to date. Moreover, they will assist you in the exam process, they have a regular orientation in every branch. I am not being bias here, I am just stating facts.) I got 7 in all sub test. Make sure that you pass the IELTS first because AZBN will not process your application without it. Also, IELTS is valid for 2 years, you can use it for Visa screen! .

    Step 2. Register at CGFNS and complete the form, you will need an active credit card for the payment, if you do not possess one, you can borrow your parent's visa / mastercard. Once you're done, they will give you the necessary documents that you have to download. Have it completed at P.R.C. and the educational institution where you finished your degree.
    Notes: Always bring a photocopy of your Transcript and PRC License with you.
    The issued CGFNS report will look like the one on the picture.

    Step 3. Once you completed steps 1 and 2, wait for the email from AZBN, it takes a month or two for the assessment, so be patient. For example, I submitted most of my requirements on March 20, 2015, AzBn sent a letter on April 17, 2015. Another fact that you need to know is that they have an Online Verification, but it takes a month before your name appears on the AzBn database so check it regularly.

    Step 4. You must register with PearsonVue (PV) to be made eligible to test by the Arizona Board. Once this is done, PV will send you the authorization to Test and you will be able to schedule a test date. Do not be bothered if your Fingerprint status is still "Pending", it takes time before showing up on the database but you can still register with PV in spite of it.

    My Review materials:

    It is vital that you prepare for the NCLEX at the same time. I highly suggest that you buy the Saunders Q&A Review 6th edition, and finish it from cover to cover. However, if you feel the need for a refresher course, please enroll in a review centre, do not take the NCLEX lightly, give your 100% best and maximum effort so you won't have to toil again and repeat the entire process of registration, review and examination!

    1. Saunders Q&A Review for NCLEX-RN 6th Edition (Green Color) & Saunders Comprehensive Review 5th Edition (Yellow) . ( I bought these at C&E Publishing, Philippines)

    2. Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice Ninth Edition

    3. Please read the Detailed and Summarized Nclex 2016 testplan, all the topics that you need to cover are in there

    Additionally, I practiced 100-200 questions everyday from the Saunders Q&A, it has over 5,900 nurse practice questions.

    In addition, let your family and close friends know that you are about to take a life-changing exam so they can show their support by not disturbing /disrupting your review. Remember FOCUS.


    The most reputable Nursing review center in Philippines is The Royal Pentagon Review Specialist's Inc., they offer an affordable NCLEX program. I enrolled way back in 2013 until now I have proven that their review materials and method of teaching are essential and related with the NCLEX 2016 test plan!

    Going back to the process, I received the snail mail from AZBN after a month, well it could have been 20 days earlier had I only tried going directly to our local post office to check for it. So now, you have the mail, It should contain the Fingerprint card, and other documents that needs verification if there is one.

    In my case, I had to submit another Form of Lawful presence For Foreign National Applicants living abroad since I am presently residing in a foreign country with a photocopy of my government issued id (voter's Id) and nurse license. I sent it back to AZBN along with the fingerprint card to save for the courier fee.

    Finger Print Card Process
    (Please go to for the Updated requirements)

    Head to the main office of NBI Clearance, in UN Taft Manila. Go to the 5th floor, you should be able to locate the area, it is just adjacent to the stairs. The service is free so do not pay for anything. Follow the guidelines in completing the Fingerprint card, download the pdf file at the AZBN website. Once you're done, you can send it back to AZBN using the return envelope provided by the BoN.

    ATT (Authority to take the test)

    I obtained my ATT a month thru email after I registered with PearsonVue. It was only valid for 90 days so I scheduled my NCLEX nearly 40 days prior to the actual exam.

    NCLEX Day

    You can bring your own water and food in case you will take a break during the exam.
    The only valid ID PV will accept is your PASSPORT!

    Please do Deep Breathing Exercise if you're getting anxious, it helps a lot believe me but be cautious though so you will not disturb the other test takers.

    Conquering the Nclex was one of the most difficult, challenging yet rewarding task for me in 2016. All my hard work have paid off! Two days after taking the Nclex, I found out that I am a USRN! I did not do the PV trick, I just went to the AZBN online verification and saw my License number. I know, you can make it too! Believe in yourself! I wish you success on the NCLEX!
    Last edit by Joe V on Jun 15, '18
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  3. by   edsel07
    Hi there,

    Your blog is really helpful.

    I just have a couple of questions if you don't mind, can I use ERES (Education Records Evaluation Services) instead of CGFNS to complete the Education Equivalency Report? And have you found an employer yet?

    Thanks in advance!
  4. by   Silverdragon102
    If your permanent resident address is not in the US then do not even think about compact license as compact license is only issued if you are living in a state that participates in the compact scheme
  5. by   itseuniceskie
    Hi edsel07, I am not familiar with Eres' preferences so I can't recommend it however, it is still accepted by the Arizona Board of Nursing. Now with cgfns, the processing of my documents was smooth sailing bc it's recognized by the PRc so you decide on this one.

    In terms of my application, I am currently in the process of endorsing my inactive license to Texas. In addition, if you haven't applied to Arizona yet, you can opt to apply between the two, Arizona is a compact state and I am presently living in the Philippines so they tagged me as "Inactive: Living Abroad" due to the fact that I don't have a Social Security number (SSN). In order to get a visa screen, priority date, you need an active license.

    To conclude, it will be much easier and inexpensive if you apply to Texas Board if you're a foreign nurse applicant without a SSN.
  6. by   Rn_chi
    Hello there. I find your article very helpful since we are on the same boat. They also put my license inactive, can you tell me what is the process of endorsing it to the bon texas. And does the state of texas put you on active even if you dont have SSN?
  7. by   itseuniceskie
    Yes.. For foreign nurse applicants, Texas Bon requires a paper application for endorsement which you can download on their website.. I contacted AzBn and they told me to reach out to Texas Bon first thru email and ask for the process..
  8. by   Rn_chi
    Hello there! Thank you for the reply, i appreciate it. Any update now of your endorsement papers. Because im also planning to endorse mine.

    Thank you so much.
  9. by   klouwey
    Hi there! I have a question. CGFNS just recently issued a report and that it was electronically submitted to AZBN. Can I take the NCLEX exam before taking IELTS or should IELTS go first for them to give me an ATT?
  10. by   Rn_chi
    Yes you need to take ielts as it is one of their (AZBON) requirements.
  11. by   itseuniceskie
    Hi,, I am still in the process of completing my application for endorsement.. sorry for the late reply.
  12. by   klouwey
    Hi there! I already have the ielts and cgfns report. Whats next for me? Should I have my ielts result be sent to azbon via snail mail?
  13. by   Bia Grefiel
    Hi Ms. Eunice,

    Good Day.

    I found your article so helpful and get inspired. Thank you for sharing the guide. I'm a first timer in NCLEX-RN exam processing and I find it hard and now it made me see the light but a little hesitations due to lots of questions in mind

    Can I ask a couple of questions if you don't mind?

    1. It says in the AZBN page as one of the requirement should be graduate of nursing degree within the past 5 yrs. And it's my 4th yr now, just starting processing and planning to enroll in a review center (now having a second thought if just ho on with self review focusing on questionnaires like you did). Not yet taken the EILTS and No CGFNS yet. As in just finding a first step to begin my journey. Would it be not yet too late for me to prepare? coz I will be reaching my 5th yr on April 30, 2018 since I graduated April 30, 2013. And I'm planning also to get 960 hours of practice bcoz I didnt practiced as a nurse the past yrs yet.

    2. I thought I could no longer take the EILTS as our subjects has been taught in english in college. I just requested lately a certificate of english proficiency in substitution for the EILTS. I just followed the advise from a friend thats why I did it. I am taking a wrong way?

    I would appreciate your feedback soon.

    ♡ Bia G.
  14. by   itseuniceskie
    Hi Bia, I apologise for the delayed response.. May I know which Board of Nursing you are applying to? You have to know that each BON application varies from one another in terms ielts and document verification..