About Us


Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools®
CGFNS International®

The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools® was established in 1977 to provide license verification, testing, and credentials evaluation of graduates of nursing schools to determine eligibility for nursing practice in the United States. As an immigration-neutral nonprofit, the expanded scope of the organization—now also known as CGFNS International—has been to help foreign-educated nurses and other allied health professionals live and work in their country of choice by assessing and validating their academic and professional credentials.

CGFNS International provides foreign students and healthcare professionals with a comprehensive assessment of their academic records to facilitate their successful admission to schools in the US and other countries.

We also help protect migrating healthcare professionals by advocating for ethical recruitment practices and continuously monitoring the global landscape for developing trends in employment recruitment and workplace norms.

CGFNS International is an NGO in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which serves as the central forum for international and social issues.

“In the past 12 months, we’ve made great strides in modernizing our operations, positioning CGFNS for sustainable growth, and expanding the impact of our global footprint – making 2023 one of the most transformative years in the history of the organization.”


Evaluation Reports for Regulatory Authorities, Employers and Universities

Authentication and Verification of Academic and Professional Credentials

Certification and Exams for Professional Development

One-on-One Support from Anywhere in the World

Secure Electronic Document Storage and Delivery to Easily Access Verified Credentials

Research and Consulting to Support Migration and Mobility Trends








  • Certification by CGFNS International opens employment doors for nurses and other healthcare professionals because we are recognized as the global authority on the evaluation and verification of professional credentials.
  • CGFNS has an exclusive partnership with Canadian nursing regulators and the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) to evaluate and validate the credentials of foreign-educated nurses.
  • CGFNS is the only organization approved by the United States Department of Homeland Security to validate the credentials of seven foreign healthcare professions for occupational visas.
  • CGFNS partners with foreign governments and international NGOs to uphold global healthcare standards.

CGFNS Education Comparability Assessment System® and ECAS®
CGFNS goes beyond simply evaluating credentials in a checkbox fashion. Through the CGFNS Education Comparability Assessment System®, utilizing its Education Comparability Tool®, CGFNS assesses comparability by verifying the skills and knowledge of licensed healthcare professionals. ECAS®, along with ECT®, evaluates and compares educational curricula for prescribed programs of study so that all training and experience is understood in context.


The vision of CGFNS International, Inc. is to be the premier source of credentials evaluation and professional development services that provide strategic value and direction to healthcare professionals worldwide.


The mission of CGFNS International, Inc. (formerly known as the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) is to serve the global community through programs and services that verify and promote the knowledge-based practice competency of healthcare professionals.

CGFNS International, Inc. focuses on four key objectives:

1. To develop and administer a predictive testing and evaluation program for nurses educated outside the United States.

2. To provide a credentials evaluation service for healthcare professionals educated and/or born outside the United States.

3. To serve as a clearinghouse for information on international nursing education and licensure.

4. To conduct and publish studies relevant to foreign educated nurses.

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