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Guide for RNs Taking the NCLEX

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Guide for RNs Taking the NCLEX
Posted on July 27, 2015 | AustraliaCanadaNew ZealandUnited KingdomUnited States of America


Opportunities for NCLEX takers and subsequent passers have expanded since Canada adopted NCLEX as the required test for internationally educated registered nurses since January 2015.

Passing the NCLEX takes you another step forward.

For US-bound RNs who passed the NCLEX - especially those from R. A. Gapuz Review Center- congratulations.

While there are states in the U.S. that allow foreign nurses to apply for licensure (be issued the Authority To Test or ATT) most states require applicants to have a Social Security Number (SSN). 

Those that allow RNs to take the NCLEX without SSN must provide or secure a Social Security card and number otherwise, the license will not be issued and the opportunity to practice one’s profession in the U.S. will not come to pass.

And if by stroke of luck, you are allowed to take the State licensure assessment or exam, you still need to apply for a U.S. visa.  You then need all the luck  and competent assistance you need to get that visa – or alternative options.

For Canada-bound RN NCLEX passers – you would need to (1) apply for assessment of your qualification and credential with the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS).  Next, you need to meet the registration requirements of the Canadian province where you intend to practice, e.g., British Columbia, Manitoba or Ontario.

Be aware that the three other countries with permanent migration programs –Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom – have their own licensure and registration authority and regulations.  Click here or cut and paste to your browser window for the Guide - 

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