CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) Certification Program
What is CGFNS?
CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) Certification Program is designed specifically for graduates of nursing schools located outside of the United States of America, such as Pakistan, who are interested in practicing as registered nurses in the U.S.
What does CGNFS measure?
The Qualifying Exam measures an applicant's nursing knowledge and is based on what nurses must know and do when they practice nursing in the United States. The foundations of the Qualifying Exam are based on client (patient) needs. The traditional clinical areas of nursing practice -- nursing care of the adult, nursing care of children, maternal/infant nursing, psychiatric/mental health nursing and community health nursing -- are covered. The exam ensures that an applicant has the same level of understanding of nursing with various client groups, in various settings, as recent graduates of U.S. schools of nursing.
Both the CGFNS Qualifying Exam and the NCLEX-RN examination are based on the same framework of client needs because it provides a universal structure for defining nursing actions and competencies across all settings for all clients.
There are three types of questions on your examination. All of the items in the morning booklet and all but one or two of the items in your afternoon booklet are the usual standard multiple-choice items with only one correct answer.
The second type of question is a standard, multiple-choice question with a picture or a graph, also with only one correct answer.
In the third type of question, one or more of the four options may be correct. You must choose if each option is correct or incorrect. You will mark A if the option is correct, or B if the option is incorrect. You must fill in one circle only for each numbered option.