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LPN Pathway #4 For graduates of foreign nursing schools (outside the U.S. and U.S. territories)

These instructions apply to applicants for licensure as a LPN who graduated from a nursing school in a foreign country (outside of the U.S. and U.S. territories).

  • STEP 1: COMPLETE NEW YORK STATE’S INFECTION CONTROL COURSEWORK REQUIREMENT.
    You must complete a NYSED Approved Infection Control Course from an approved provider or qualify for an exemption.
     
  • STEP 2: SUBMIT Online Form 1 - Application for Licensure - LPN.
    You must pay the $143 license and first registration fee by credit card. You should also upload a copy of your high school diploma/GED or its equivalent.
    If you started filling out Online Form 1 within the past 30 days, you can continue filling it out by using this link. You will need your Application ID, social security number, and date of birth to access your application. If you already completed Online Form 1 and want to upload additional documentation to your application use this link. You will need your Application ID, and date of birth to access your application.
     
    • LIMITED PERMIT OPTION. If you have not taken the NCLEX-PN, you may apply for a limited permit using an Application for a Limited Permit (Form 5). Complete Section I and then ask your prospective employer to complete Section II. Mail the completed form with the $35 fee to the Office of the Professions at the address at the end of the form.
  • STEP 3: HAVE YOUR FOREIGN NURSING CREDIENTIALS VERIFIED.
    You have two options for having your foreign nursing education credentials verified to the NYSED:
     
    • NOTE: You are not required to use CGFNS’ Credential Verification Service for New York State. However, it is often more difficult and time consuming to apply for an LPN license without using this service.
       
    • Option 1: You must arrange to have the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)* verify your nursing education credentials to the NYSED using CGFNS’ Credential Verification Service for New York State*. If you were also licensed as a nurse in a foreign country, you must arrange for NYSED to receive verification of your nursing license from the licensing authority that issued it using a Verification of Foreign Professional Licensure/Certification (Form 3F).
      *CGFNS is a non-profit company that helps foreign educated individuals who want to work in the U.S. as nurses. If you use CGFNS’ Credential Verification Service for New York State, CGFS will collect and review your foreign nursing credentials. Then CGFNS will send a report to the NYSED regarding your credentials. After the NYSED reviews the report and your RN license application, it will inform you in writing whether your nursing education meets criteria for an licensure as a RN in New York State. You may sign up for CGFNS’s Credential Verification Service for New York State online on at: www.cgfns.org or by calling 1-215-349-8767.
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    • Option 2: You must arrange to have your credentials verified by your foreign nursing school using a Certification of Professional Education (Form 2F). The school will certify your education on Form 2 and send it along with your official transcript and any other required documentation to the NYSED. If your transcript is in a language other than English, you must arrange to have it translated by a translation services acceptable to NYSED. If you were licensed as a nurse in a foreign country, you must arrange for the NYSED to receive verification of your nursing license from the licensing authority that issued it using a Verification of Foreign Professional Licensure/Certification (Form 3F)
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  • ADDITIONAL STEP IF YOU HAVEN'T PASSED THE NCLEX-PN.
    If you haven’t passed NCLEX-PN, you must register to take the NCLEX-PN with Pearson VUE (the company that offers the NCLEX–PN in the U.S. and other countries). You may register online at www.pearsonvue.com/nclex/. Please note: Pearson VUE will not allow you to take the NCLEX-PN until NYSED completes a review your application for licensure as a LPN and education credentials. If you have a disability and are seeking a reasonable accommodation to take the NCLEX-PN, submit a completed Request for Reasonable Testing Accommodations Form to NYSED. To retake the NCLEX-PN, you must reregister with Pearson VUE.
     
  • ADDITIONAL STEP IF YOU WERE OR ARE LICENSED AS AN LPN OR LVN IN ANOTHER STATE OR U.S. TERRITORY.
    If you have been licensed as an LPN or LVN in another state or a U.S. Territory, you must arrange to have information verifying your license(s) provided to the NYSED. There are two methods for verifying your LPN or LVN license:
     
    • Nursys®: NYSED participates in Nursys® (an online service), to verify an applicant’s LPN or LVN licenses from most other U.S. states. If you were licensed as an LPN or LVN in a state that participates in Nursys®, use the Nursys® service to verify your nursing license to the NYSED. To find out whether your state participates in Nursys, visit: www.nursys.com. To sign-up for Nursys®, visit www.nursys.com After you sign up and pay the fee, Nursys® will provide verification of your nursing license directly to the NYSED.
       
    • Form 3: If have been licensed as an LPN or LVN in a state or U.S. Territory that does not participate in Nursys®, Complete Section I of a Verification of Other Professional Licensure/Certification (Form 3) and send it to the licensing authority that granted you your nursing license and ask that they complete Section II. The licensing authority will verify your nursing license on Form 3 or a similar document and send it to the the NYSED.
       
  • ADDITIONAL STEP IF YOU ARE LICENSED TO PRACTICE A PROFESSION OTHER THAN NURSING.
    If you are licensed to practice another profession in a state other than New York State or in a U.S. Territory, you must complete Section I of a Verification of Other Professional Licensure/Certification (Form 3) and send it to the licensing authority that granted your license and ask that they complete Section II. The licensing authority will verify your license on Form 3 and then send it to the NYSED.