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Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools

A Social Security number is required prior to issuance of a license.


Prior to licensure, individuals educated in other countries who wish to practice in Alabama must:

  1. Provide certification from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). Also, have a full course by course evaluation package furnished by CGFNS forwarded to the Alabama Board of Nursing.
  2. Be a graduate of a nursing education program approved by the proper authorities in the country where the program is located.
  3. Meet the requirements for nursing program content employed as criteria for approval in Alabama at the time of the applicant’s graduation.
  4. Make up any educational deficiencies.
  5. Provide proof of completion of secondary school or its equivalent.
  6. Pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
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