• The CBNC has advised over 530 Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to date.
• We have served nurses from over 52 countries. Some of the countries
represented are: Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana,Haiti, India, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Iran,Togo, Germany, and Italy.
CBNC Program Training
This program is designed for foreign nurses to practice their chosen profession of nursing in the United States.
To qualify for the various program, each candidate must:
• Complete a personal interview
• Achieve passing scores on the TOEFL
• Provide documentation of the education from the country of origin, including
transcripts. (Credential Evaluation Services)
• Provide documentation of U.S. Citizenship or legal residency.
Nurse Practice Update Course (NPUC):
This program is intended for internationally educated professional nurses who have not actively practiced nursing in the last (5) five years. It is designed to prepare and increase the number of bilingual, bicultural Professional Registered Nurses (RNs) who are citizens or legal residents of the United States but educated and licensed in another country. This course is (32) thirty-two weeks long (2 sessions of 16 weeks each) and consists of (4) four modules with coordinated classroom and clinical experiences. There are 5 -6 hours of nursing theory per week with eight to ten days of clinical practice in a healthcare setting. Materials from the Assessment Technologies Institute ATI are integrated through out all of the course modules to assist in preparation for the NCLEX (the RN licensure examination). This course is approved by the State of Illinois, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), Board of Nursing.
Cost per module: $975.00
Cost for entire course (32 weeks): $3,750.00
NCLEX Preparation Course:
This sixteen week course is designed to assist nurses educated in foreign countries to succeed in meeting the requirements for nursing practice in the United States and the state of Illinois. Using the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Assessment-Driven Review program, students will identify their strengths and limitations, develop a study plan, work independently, and participate in collaborative dialogue to prepare for the NCLEX licensing exam.
In order to enroll in the course candidates must have completed the TOEFL exam with a score of 83 or greater or completed an ESL course at level 6 or better; submitted an application to CGFNS for certificate of credentials.
(Note: Completion of NCSBN learning extension course "Acclimation of International Nurses into U.S. Nursing Practice" is also helpful.)
Cost: $400.00 - Books and testing
* Partial Scholarships may be available.
Peer Support Seminar
The seminar provides candidates opportunities to discuss the issues, concerns, and challenges they face in preparing for the NCLEX and practice in the U.S. The candidates will work with a facilitator to establish individual and group goals. The seminar will meet for 90 minutes for a total of 6-8 meetings.
Specialized courses and programs by arrangement
CBNC will work with healthcare agencies to develop specialized programs to assist the agencies IEN staff.