Tuesday, June 19, 2007

//News// Michigan drops CGFNS certificate exam for foreign nursing applicants

Michigan will no longer require foreign nurse applicants to pass the certificate exam administered by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) before they are allowed to take the licensure exam for the state.

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm on July 14 signed a new bill that removes the mandatory CGFNS test requirement for nurses educated outside the U.S. In the past, the CGFNS certificate was a pre-requisite for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses.

Instead of the CGFNS exam, foreign nurses will simply need to submit their credentials to determine that their education is equivalent to a U.S. nursing course.

Filipinos make up majority of all foreign-trained nurses in Michigan, where a shortage of 7,000 nurses is expected by 2010 and 18,000 by 2015, figures from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth showed.

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Extra nursing test dropped
US States that no longer require the CGFNS exam

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do I get you to mean that NCLEX is also not needed in applying as nurse to Michigan? Thank you

Geoff said...

No. Nurses will still have to pass the NCLEX. What was removed was the pre-requisite CGFNS certificate exam.

Anonymous said...

Ok thank you, I thought they just need the TOR for evaluation then fly na hehe.

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