International Standards for Professional Nurses Program
The International Standards for Professional Nurses Program (ISPN) is a program for first-level, general nurses seeking to validate their nursing education against international standards. Nurses wishing to participate in the ISPN Program must reside in the country in which the program is offered, must have graduated from a government-approved school and must have their status as a first-level nurse verified. Nurses who meet these requirements will be approved to take the CGFNS Qualifying Exam®.
About the CGFNS Qualifying Exam®
The CGFNS Qualifying Exam® is a single test of approximately three hours given worldwide up to four times per year that uses objective, multiple-choice and alternate-item type questions, such as multiple correct answers, charts and graphs. It is designed by testing experts to assess your critical thinking ability and ability to apply nursing theory and principles to practice situations.
The CGFNS Qualifying Exam® is a component of three CGFNS services: the International Standards for Professional Nurses (ISPN), the Certification Program and the VisaScreen®: Visa Credentials Assessment. The CGFNS Qualifying Exam® satisfies one of the immigration requirements for obtaining an occupational visa to work in the United States and is recognized as a prerequisite for licensure in many U.S. states and territories.
The scope of the examination
The four major areas of nursing — adult health nursing, nursing care of children, psychiatric/mental health nursing and maternal/infant nursing — form the foundation of the CGFNS Qualifying Exam®. The exam is a single test of approximately three hours.
Earning your ISPN Certificate
The International Standards for Professional Nurses consists of two components: an initial verification of first-level, general nurse status, followed by the CGFNS Qualifying Exam®.
When you pass the exam, you will be awarded the ISPN Certificate, which attests to your nursing knowledge.