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International Applicants

ANCC certifications are developed based on US practice. Exams contain test questions that reflect US law and US nursing practice. They are not intended to assess the knowledge, skills and abilities of nurses who live and practice outside the United States.

To validate international credentials (license and education), applicants must present verification from CGFNS,

  • Effective July 7th, 2017, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) maintains an exclusive partner for evaluating international credentials and licenses of nurses educated and licensed outside the US; CGFNS International, Inc. ANCC will not accept verification documents from any other organization evaluating the credential.


International APRN Certification Applicants

  • If you are an international applicant interested in Family NP, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP, Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (across the lifespan), or Adult-Gerontology CNS certification, please contact ANCC at or toll free at 1-800-284-2378. Do not contact CGFNS. 

International Testing for Military Personnel

  • Military nurses wishing to take an exam outside of the US may sit for exams at Prometric global testing centers. Visit

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