For Nursing Licensure

For Nursing Licensure

Required Documentation

In most cases, an evaluation is required even if an individual has been licensed in another state and practicing in the field for several years, as licensure requirements vary by state. It is therefore recommended that you contact the state Board(s) to determine if an evaluation is needed. 

Please understand that if an evaluation is required by the Board, you will not be able to pursue licensure without first getting an evaluation done.

Document Requirements for All States

The document requirements listed below have been established by the state boards. As such, IERF will not be able to proceed with an evaluation until all required documents have been received.

Please note that the applicant must arrange for the following to be submitted to IERF.  The application fee only covers the completion of an evaluation. IERF will not be contacting the institution(s) of study or the licensing authority(ies) on your behalf to obtain the required documentation.   

Mailed DIRECTLY to IERF by the Institution(s) of Study

All records received from the institution(s) of study will become the property of IERF and will not be returned to the applicant.

Transcript Request Form
For Florida

If applying for licensure with the state of Florida, please forward the Transcript Request Form for Florida (TRF) to your educational institution(s), request that they fill out all the information on the form, and that they mail it directly to IERF, along with the documents outlined below.

For Washington

If applying for licensure with the state of Washington, please note that Transcript Request Form for Washington (TRF) will be e-mailed to you upon receipt of your application and academic records.  Once we have e-mailed you the form, please forward it to your educational institution(s), request that they fill out all the information on the form, and that they mail it directly to IERF, along with the documents outlined below.

For all other states

If applying for licensure with any other state, forward the Transcript Request Form for All Other States (TRF) to your educational institution(s), request that they fill out all the information on the form, and that they mail it directly to IERF, along with the documents outlined below.

Official Academic Records

These must be issued in the original language:

  1. Transcripts/Mark Sheets/Examination Results indicating courses/subjects, hours of study/units/credits, and grades/marks/examination results.
  2. Diplomas/Graduation Certificates/Degree Certificates indicating that a degree/qualification has been earned or that a program of study has been completed, if applicable.
Related Learning Experience (for Studies Completed in the Philippines only)

If you earned your nursing degree in the Philippines, the Related Learning Experience (RLE) is also required.

Theoretical & Practical Hours Information

The number of theoretical and practical hours must be submitted for each nursing course (i.e., medical, pediatric, etc.). This information is usually provided in a separate document by the school. Please note that Weeks/Months/Years of instruction are NOT acceptable.

Important Note:
Any discrepancies in the information provided by your school will delay the evaluation.

These include:

  • when the course titles do not match (e.g., the course titles on the hours information do not match the course titles on the transcript)
  • when the course codes do not match (e.g., the course codes on the hours information do not match the course codes on the transcript), if applicable
  • when the hours information provided by your school does not match your period of study (i.e., they do not pertain to when you completed the program)
Course Syllabi (for Florida, Minnesota, Texas and Washington)

Detailed course syllabi for all nursing courses are required, and must be from your time of study.  A syllabus provides detailed information about the course objectives and content.

Please click here for a sample syllabus that you may forward to your institution(s) of study.

Important Note:
Any discrepancies in the information provided by your school will delay the evaluation.

These include:

  • when the course titles do not match (e.g., the course titles on the syllabi do not match the course titles on the transcript)
  • when the course codes do not match (e.g., the course codes on the syllabi do not match the course codes on the transcript), if applicable
  • when the hours information provided by your school does not match your period of study (i.e., they do not pertain to when you completed the program)
  • when the syllabi are not from your time of study
Course Descriptions (for All Other States)

Course descriptions for all nursing courses are required, and must be from your time of study. A course description provides a general description of the course content.

Please click here for a sample course description that you may forward to your institution(s) of study.

Important Note:
Any discrepancies in the information provided by your school will delay the evaluation.

These include:

  • when the course titles do not match (e.g., the course titles on the course descriptions do not match the course titles on the transcript)
  • when the course codes do not match (e.g., the course codes on the course descriptions do not match the course codes on the transcript), if applicable
  • when the hours information provided by your school does not match your period of study (i.e., they do not pertain to when you completed the program)
  • when the course descriptions are not from your time of study

Mailed DIRECTLY to IERF by the Licensing Authority

All records received from the licensing authority will become the property of IERF and will not be returned to the applicant.

The License Verification Form (LVF) must be forwarded to the licensing authority in any country where you are or have been licensed (other than the U.S.), as IERF is required to verify any previous licensure, even if your licensure has lapsed.

If there is no separate nursing licensure procedure in your country of study, please have your school fill out the LVF and mail it to IERF, along with a letter of explanation.

Mailed to IERF by the Applicant

Please submit clear and legible photocopies of the front and back of the following documents:

Nursing License/Membership

If you have passed the nursing licensure examination, hold a nursing license, or hold a professional membership in your country of study or any other country (including the U.S.), please submit a copy of your license, even if your licensure has lapsed.

If you have also ever been licensed in the U.S., please submit a copy of your license, even if your licensure has lapsed.

Previous IERF Evaluation

If a nursing evaluation was previously completed by IERF, please submit a copy of the original evaluation and checklist.

Translations

Professional translations must be submitted for all records not officially issued in English. These must be in the same format as the original-language documents, line-by-line, word-for-word, and must be typed.

IERF has negotiated a special discount with University Language Services for our applicants who use their translation services. You can contact them directly through their website to learn more about the discount. Please note that some of our applicants have found that getting professional translations done in their country of study to be less expensive.

Upon selecting a professional translation agency, please arrange for them to receive a copy of the records being sent by your school. The prepared translations should then be sent to IERF.

If submitting original translations, please also include a set of clear, legible and full-sized photocopies (front and back). Otherwise, you will be assessed a $20 fee. Photocopies become the property of IERF.

State-Specific Board Requirements

If you are applying for licensure with the state of Arkansas, Texas or Vermont, please refer to the additional requirements below.

Arkansas State Board of Nursing

The Arkansas State Board of Nursing requires proof of English language proficiency. Please have your TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS/TSE results sent directly to IERF by the examination authorities. Please note that all records received from the examination authorities will become the property of IERF and will not be returned to the applicant.

Texas Board of Nursing

Internationally-educated applicants who have never obtained a license and/or who have never worked in their country of study only have four years to take and pass the NCLEX. If you were never licensed and/or were never employed as a nurse in your country of study, and you earned your nursing qualification more than four years ago, please contact the Texas Board of Nursing directly to find out more about their licensure requirements, as an evaluation is not possible.

Vermont State Board of Nursing

The Vermont State Board of Nursing requires the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number (SSN). Please be sure to provide this information in the application. If you do not have a SSN, please note that you will not be able to apply for licensure in the State of Vermont.

Also, please submit your original academic records for secondary school (e.g., diploma and transcripts, maturity certificate, or examination certificate). These will be returned to you when the evaluation is mailed.