ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS EDUCATED IN CANADA
- Submit verification of licensure from the original Canadian province in which you were first licensed and the U.S. jurisdiction in which you were most recently licensed as an RN. The verification must be sent directly from the licensing board to the Minnesota Board of Nursing.
- Submit an official transcript if you are not or have never been licensed in Canada, from your Canadian nursing education program or a Confirmation of Program Completion form. The transcript or confirmation of program completion form must be sent directly from the school of nursing to the Minnesota Board of Nursing.
- Pass an approved English proficiency test if you were educated in Quebec; schools approved for exemption of this requirement are: McGill University, Dawson College, Vanier College, John Abbott College and Heritage College.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS EDUCATED IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY OTHER THAN CANADA
- Submit a Credentials Evaluation Report. A nursing education program determined to be equivalent to the education required in the same type of nursing education programs in the United States as evaluated by a credentials evaluation service.
- Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) - Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Professional Report. Request CGFNS send the credentials report to the Board. Forms are available on the CGFNS website.
Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
3600 Market Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651 USA 126.96.36.19954
- Pass an approved English proficiency test. Unless you graduated from a nursing education program conducted in English and located in an English-speaking country.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (score of 84 with a minimum speaking score of 26 on the TOEFL iBT.) Request the Education Testing Service to send the TOEFL report to the Board using the Minnesota TOEFL code of 9416.
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541 USA
1.877.863.3546 (inside the United States, US territories and Canada) 1.609.771.7100 (outside the United States, US territories and Canada)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic overall score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 7.0 in the speaking module and a minimum of 6.0 in all other modules). Request the International English Language Testing System send the Academic Test Report Form to the Board.
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- Countries exempt from English proficiency or English testing requirements:
- The Board determines who may provide an acceptable credentials evaluation and the two acceptable services, CGFNS and IERF, have determined the following to be countries exempt from English proficiency or English testing requirements, if their entry-level professional education (with language of textbooks and verbal instructions in English) was from the following countries:
Canada (except Quebec, the only schools approved for exemption are: McGill University, Dawson College, Vanier college, John Abbott College, and Heritage College)
Trinidad and Tobago
United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland)
Applicants from any other country must pass an English speaking proficiency exam.
- The Minnesota Board of Nursing application fee is non-refundable. You may want to complete the credentials evaluation and English proficiency exam before applying for licensure with the Board of Nursing. If the Board has not received the credentials evaluation and a report of a passing score on the English proficiency exam within one year of your application, the application will be nullified, and you must apply for licensure and submit a new fee.
CHECK THE PROGRESS OF YOUR APPLICATION
- Access the Board of Nursing website at www.nursingboard.state.mn.us
- Click on “Online Services” (located below the mission statement under “Licensees”)
- All users must register to access the site and create a new online account. (Exception: if you have created a login after May 8, 2017, you have already registered to our new site.)
- Click on “Register to Access Site” (located below the login area)
- Click “Next” and follow the prompts to create a password
- Click “Next” and follow the prompts to complete the New Account Detail
- Enter the Username and Password you just created and click “Login”
- A screen will appear with tabs on the right side indicating current open applications and your profile view
- Click on the application you would like to review (if more than one is open)
- Review the checklist of requirements on the bottom of this page to see which items are still open
- Note: a button may appear on the bottom of the screen if you have options available to you – for example “Apply for Exam Retake”
- Refer back to the main website at www.nursingboard.state.mn.us for instructions and forms for any items that are still open
- Click on the Licensure Tab
- Click on Apply for a License and choose your license type
- Click on applicable packet under “Apply using downloadable forms” for forms and instructions
- Contact the Criminal Background Check program office for any questions related to fingerprinting and your Criminal Background Checks. Criminal.Background.Check@state.mn.us or 1.651.201.2822
- Check your examination results:
- On the Board of Nursing website. There is no fee for viewing the results on the web. The Board does not provide results over the phone.
- By phone. Pearson Vue provides the phone number with your authorization to test (ATT). There is a fee for the phone results service.
EXAMINATION RETAKE REQUEST APPLICATION
- Submit the EXAMINATION RETAKE REQUEST within eight months of the last failed examination. You must retake the examination within one year of the last failed examination or your application will be nullified and you will need to reapply.
- Access the Board of Nursing website at www.nursingboard.state.mn.us to apply to retake the NCLEX.
- If you have not registered to access the site, register and follow the prompts.
- If you have registered with the site, log in and apply for licensure retake.
- Watch for the test service to send your authorization to test (ATT) by e-mail. To gain access to the NCLEX, you will be required to present one form of acceptable identification. The first and last name on your identification must match exactly the name you provided when registering. The ATT is valid for 90 days.