Advanced Nursing Program

Thank you for your interest in Orlando Academy. We welcome the rich diversity that international nurses bring to our hospitals and communities. As an international nurse, you must meet specific requirements to be considered and hired to work in the United States, and the state of Florida.  The Orlando Academy requires proof that the applicant has achieved a passing score on the English Proficiency Examination required by the Department of Homeland Security for the certification of healthcare workers by the Immigration Reform Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.

You will need to complete the following actions before being considered for a nursing position in the state of Florida.

  1. Submit a “Credentials Evaluation Service, Nursing and Science Course by Course” report to the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).
  2. Once that is complete, you will need to take the Florida Registered Nurse Licensing Examination (NCLEX)
  3. Once that exam is passed, you should then be able to obtain your Florida Nursing License

If you have already obtained, or are in the process of obtaining a “Credentials Evaluation, Nursing Science Course by Course” from the CGFNS, and passed the English Proficiency Exam, then you are eligible to enroll in Orlando Academy’s Foreign Nurse Transitioning Program to facilitate your ability to pass the NCLEX-RN exam and be eligible for a nursing license from the state of Florida.  If a non-passing grade was obtained on English Proficiency Exam the candidate would be eligible to take the entrance exam for the Orlando Academy’s English as a Second Language for Health Care Providers program and begin improving individual English skills before the start of the Foreign Nurse Transitioning Program.  Information regarding the CGFNS can be obtained at:

Commission on Graduate of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2679
Tel.: 215-349-8767 or at web site:

Once you have received clearance from CGFNS and completed the Orlando Academy’s Foreign Nurse Transitioning program, you will be prepared to take the state of Florida license examination.  You will then apply for your Florida License by examination (NCLEX-RN). Application and information regarding the Florida licensing process can be obtained at:

Department of Health
Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6330
Tel.: 850-488-0595 (interim number)
Fax: 850-245-4172
E-mail Address:


The international registered nurse must pass an English language proficiency test before NCLEX-RN/CGFNS exam in the state of Florida, and/ or for the acquisition of a visa screen certificate.

Below is a list of the required English tests and their respective pass marks. The registered nurse can write any of the following exams:

  • Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL): (pass mark: 540 for paper/pencil version, or 207 for computerized version)
  • Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL), iBT (internet based testing) : (pass mark: 83)
  • Test of English for international communication (TOEIC): (pass mark:725)
  • International English language testing system (IELTS): (pass mark: 7.0 overall academic module)

Most RN recruiting agencies prefer that candidates take either IELTS or TOEFL for the required English tests.

Exceptions to English Proficiency Examination

Some foreign educated RNs are exempted from the English test on condition that they meet the three criteria below:

  1. The country of nursing education was:
    • United Kingdom
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • Canada, except Quebec (however, some schools from Quebec fall under this exemption. Please check with CGFN or the board of nursing of your state).
    • Ireland republic.
  2. The language of RN training instruction was English language.
  3. The textbooks of RN training were in English language.

Foreign Nurse Transitioning Program

Orlando Academy welcomes any foreign educated registered nurse seeking licensure in the United States of America to participate in our Foreign Nurse Transitioning Program.  This program is designed to increase your probability of passing the state of Florida’s Nursing board examination (NCLEX-RN).

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