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Exam prep for nurses trained abroad

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

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

Adults, Immigrants, Low-income New Yorkers

6 months or more, Evening

Last updated on Jul 04, 2021

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

This 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

To take part in the program, you must:

  • Be an English language learner
  • Be a New York City resident and eligible to work in the US
  • 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 the New York State Education Department


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

Language Access

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

Next Steps

Applications for this program are currently closed. If you’re interested in the program and want to be contacted when it opens, please complete the Healthcare Training Interest Form.

Below is the application process:

  1. Complete the online program application
  2. Attend an online information 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