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Nurse licensing exam prep for nurses trained abroad

NCLEX-RN Preparation for Foreign-Trained Nurses by NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) | LaGuardia Community College

Actively recruiting

Services Provided Help finding a job, Improving English skills, Training for a new job

Eligibility Adults, Immigrants, Low-income New Yorkers

Schedule 6 months or more, Evening

Language Access Language Access

Last Updated Last updated on Jun 22, 2022

This eight-month program prepares internationally trained nurses to pass the nurse licensing exam.

This free program prepares internationally trained nurses to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Through the program, participants gain the English and nursing skills needed to pass the exam and get work as a registered nurse. The program takes place in the evening for eight months.

Who it's for Who it's for

To take part in the program, you must:

  • Be an English language learner
  • Be a New York City resident
  • Be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Have a nursing degree from your home country
  • Speak English at a high-intermediate level
  • Be available to study a minimum of 16 hours per week in the evenings for eight months
  • Submit re-credentialing applications to CGFNS, an organization that evaluates foreign credentials, and to the New York State Education Department

Duration and Length Duration and Length

The program includes 16 hours per week of training for eight months. Classroom sessions are typically held Monday through Thursday, 6–10 p.m.

Language Access Language Access

The program is conducted fully in English. At the moment, the program does not offer other languages for training.

Next Steps

Below is the application process:

  1. Complete the online program application.
  2. Attend an online orientation session.
  3. Take an English language proficiency exam.
  4. Take an online nursing skills assessment.
  5. Complete an online interview with program staff.
  6. If selected, receive an invitation to enroll in program.

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