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LPN Licensure by exam

(Graduate of a nursing program in a foreign country)

Submit a Licensed Practical Nurse Licensure by Examination Application and fee (cashier's check or money order.) The fee is non-refundable. The application packet may be downloaded here: Exam application packet for foreign educated LPN by exam applicants .

Minnesota Board of Nursing
2829 University Avenue SE, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55414 USA
612.317.3000 
nursing.board@state.mn.us (email) 
mn.gov/health-licensing-boards/nursing/ (website)

Provide evidence that you have not engaged in conduct warranting disciplinary action (If you answer yes to any questions in the Grounds for Denial section, the Board will investigate prior to licensure.)

Submit Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Professional Report. Request CGFNS to 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
215.222.8454
info@cgfns.org (email)
www.cgfns.org (website)

Pass an approved English proficiency test:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (score of 220 on the computerized TOEFL or 560 on the written TOEFL or score 84 with a minimum speaking score of 26 on the TOEFL iBT) - unless you graduated from a nursing education program conducted in English and located in an English-speaking country. (Request the Education Testing Service to send the TOEFL report to the Board using the Minnesota TOEFL code of 9416.)

TOEFL Services
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)
toefl@ets.org (email)
www.ets.org (website)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 all modules) - unless you graduated from a nursing education program conducted in English and located in an English-speaking country. (Request the International English Language Testing System to send the Test Report Form to the Board.)

IELTS
www.ielts.org
Test Centres and Examiners
Select Country
Select City - Search
Click on More Information (this will provide the contact information)


Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB total passing score of 81 and a speaking section score of 3). Request Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments (CaMLA) send the official MELAB score report to the Board by listing the Minnesota Board of Nursing at the bottom of the MELAB Official Identification Form before taking the test.

CaMLA
Argus 1 Building
535 West William St., Suite 310
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-4978 USA
1.866.696.3522 or 1.734.615.9629
info@cambridgemichigan.org (email)
www.cambridgemichigan.org (website)

The Minnesota Board of Nursing application fee is non-refundable. You may want to complete the Credentials Evaluation Service with the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools before applying for licensure with the Board of Nursing. If the Board has not received the Credentials Evaluation Services Report from CGFNS and a report of a passing score on the TOEFL, ETS or MELAB within one year of your application, the application will be nullified, and you must apply for licensure and submit a new fee.

Register with Pearson Vue to take the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) and pay the required fee

  • Register on the web at www.pearsonvue.com/nclex 
  • Register by phone by calling NCLEX Candidate Services at 1.866.496.2539

Send notification to the Board office as soon as possible if any change occurs in your name, address, or other application information after you submit the application. Submit legal proof of change, in name, such as a copy of a marriage certificate or court order.

Watch for the test service to send your authorization to test (ATT) by e-mail. You must take the ATT with you to the test center.

Schedule the examination at one of the testing centers after you receive an authorization to test (ATT) from the test service. The ATT is valid for 90 days. If you do not take the examination within one year of receipt of your application, your application with the Board, will be nullified. If you do not take the examination within 90 days of receipt of your ATT, your registration with Pearson Vue will no longer be valid.

Watch for your license the Board will send to you approximately 10 business days after you take the examination. If you do not pass the examination, you will receive a REQUEST TO RETAKE EXAMINATION packet and a diagnostic profile which helps you understand your performance on the NCLEX examination.


REQUEST FOR SPECIAL TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS

Indicate your request for special testing accommodations for the NCLEX by completing Section D on the Application for Licensure.

Submit supporting documentation regarding your request for testing accommodations due to a disability. At a minimum the documentation must include:
a letter from an appropriate professional confirming the disability and providing information as to what accommodations are appropriate; and
a letter from your nursing education program indicating what modifications, if any, were granted by the program.
List the specific accommodations you are requesting. Examples of modifications include:

  • separate room

  • recorder

  • reader

  • signer 

  • extra time (state specific amount of extra time you are requesting.) 
     

Call NCLEX Candidate Services at the telephone number listed in the ATT letter when you are approved for testing with special accommodations and have received your ATT.
USE THE WEB TO CHECK PROGRESS OF YOUR APPLICATION

  • Access the Board of Nursing website at mn.gov/health-licensing-boards/nursing/

  • Click on "Online Services"

  • Establish a user profile by clicking on the new user link and follow the directions.

  • Next, log in using your name and password.

  • A screen will appear that lists your personal information with a box indicating your application status as "open licensure by exam."

  • Click on "open licensure by exam." Another screen will appear. As you complete each step of the process, the date for each of the following will display:

    • Application received

    • Registered with test service

    • Confirmation of program completion

    • Authorization to Test Issued

    • Date scheduled to take exam

    • Examination results

    • License issued

  • Watch for the test service to send your authorization to test (ATT) by  e-mail. You must take the ATT with you to the test center. The ATT is valid for 90 days.
    EXAMINATION RESULTS

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.

  • On the Pearson Vue website at www.pearsonvue.com/nclex . There is a fee for the results on line service.

  • By phone. Pearson Vue provides the phone number with your authorization to test (ATT). There is a fee for the results by phone service.

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