ISPN®: International Standards for Professional Nurses Program

What is the ISPN® Program?

ISPN® measures the nursing knowledge of first-level nurses (RNs) against international standards.  The ISPN® Program consists of two components: 1) an initial verification of first-level, general nurse status; and 2) passing the CGFNS Qualifying Exam®.

Who Participates in the ISPN® Program?

The International Standards for Professional Nurses (ISPN®) Program is for internationally educated nurses seeking to validate their nursing education against international standards. Nurses who participate must reside in the country in which the program is offered (currently China, Indonesia, South Korea).

ISPN® Program in China

Nurses residing in the People’s Republic of China are able to validate their nursing knowledge against international standards to enhance their professional status at home and abroad.
In November 2009, CGFNS International administered the first ISPN® Program in China.

The next examination will be administered on Saturday, November 16, 2019. (Application cut-off is October 25, 2019).

Projected Locations:

  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • Guangzhou
  • Wuhan
  • Zhengzhou
  • Chengdu
  • Weifang
  • Changchun

Contact China Health International Consulting Co., Ltd.:

E-mail: ispn@cgfnsch.org

Official Website: www.cgfnsch.org

ISPN® Program in Indonesia

Nurses living in Indonesia can now validate their nursing knowledge against international standards to enhance their professional status at home and abroad. The program is designed for first-level general, or registered nurses who have been educated outside the US and wish to validate their nursing education against international standards.

GFNS International, in collaboration with the International Test Center in Jakarta, will administer the first International Standard for Professional Nurse (ISPN®) program in Indonesia on Saturday, November 16, 2019 (Application cut-off is November 1, 2019).

Projected locations – International Test Center (ITC) Indonesia

Plaza Sentral 17th Floor Jl
Jemdra; Sudirman Kav. 47
Jakarta
Jakarta Raya 12930

Application deadline extensions will be considered and granted on case-by-case basis.

Contact International Test Center:

E-mail: info@itc-indonesia.com

Official Website: www.itc-indonesia.com

ISPN® Program in South Korea

Nurses living in South Korea can now validate their nursing knowledge against international standards to enhance their professional status at home and abroad. The program is designed for first-level general, or registered nurses who have been educated outside the US and wish to benchmark their nursing education against international standards.

CGFNS International, in collaboration with the Korean-American Educational Commission in South Korea will administer the first International Standard for Professional Nurse (ISPN®) program in South Korea on a date to be determined, please check back to this page for updates.

Application deadline extensions will be considered and granted on case-by-case basis.

Contact International Test Center:

E-mail: cgfns@fulbright.or.kr

Official Website: www.cgfns.kr

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Required Documents for the ISPN® Program differ by country. Click on link below for more information.

PHOTO

To complete your ISPN® application, you will need to upload a passport-style photograph.

Technical Requirements

Your photograph must be:

JPG FILE TYPE

LESS THAN 5MB

SQUARE (51mm X 51 mm)

IN FULL-COLOR

Click for Passport Photo Tips and Best Practices (courtesy of U.S. Department of State)
Click for Passport Photo Tips and Best Practices (courtesy of U.S. Department of State)
  • Sized such that the head is between 1″ (25mm) and 1 3/8″ (35mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
  • Taken in clothing that you normally wear on a daily basis:
    • Uniforms should not be worn in your photo, except religious clothing that is worn daily.
    • Do not wear a hat or head covering that obscures the hair or hairline, unless worn daily for a religious purpose. Your full face must be visible, and the head covering must not cast any shadows on your face.
    • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
    • If you normally wear prescription glasses, a hearing device or similar articles, they may be worn for your photo.
    • Dark glasses or non-prescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons (a medical certificate may be required)
    • Glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.

Source: U.S. Department of State

CGFNS QUALIFYING EXAM®

CGFNS Qualifying Exam for the ISPN® Program differ by country:

FEES

A fee of $350 includes:

  • Verification of license and transcript documents
  • The CGFNS Qualifying Exam
  • ISPN certificate for exam passers

You may pay online with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover)

CGFNS International No Refund Policy: Before you apply to the ISPN Program in China, please be aware that CGFNS International has a “no refund” policy. Even if you do not meet the eligibility requirements, this policy is enforced. Please keep this in mind prior to submitting your application.

ISPN® Frequently Asked Questions

International Standards for Professional Nurses Program

I am a registered nurse living in the Philippines. Am I eligible to participate in the International Standards for Professional Nurses Program?
What is the primary benefit of participating in the International Standards for Professional Nurses Program?
What are the components of the International Standards for Professional Nurses Program?
I am a registered nurse living in the Philippines. Am I eligible to participate in the International Standards for Professional Nurses Program?

No, you are not eligible to participate at this time. In order to participate in the International Standards for Professional Nurses Program, an internationally educated nurse must reside in one of the countries in which the program is currently being offered: China, Indonesia, and South Korea.

What is the primary benefit of participating in the International Standards for Professional Nurses Program?

Nurses participating in the International Standards for Professional Nurses Program can validate their nursing knowledge against international standards and significantly enhance their professional status both at home and abroad.

What are the components of the International Standards for Professional Nurses Program?

There are two components of the International Standards for Professional Nurses Program: 1) verification of a nurses’s first-level, general nurse status; and 2) passing the CGFNS Qualifying Exam.

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