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Requirements for Licensure as a Practical Nurse in Maine for Graduates of Nursing Schools Located in Canada
(As of January 1, 2003, Maine is no longer a
Licensing requirements for the practice of nursing are established individually by each state.
Applicants who are graduates of approved nursing education programs located in Canada need to meet the following requirements for Maine licensure:
Applicants who have taken the CNATS in the French language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to be eligible for licensure by endorsement. Information about the test may be obtained from TOEFL, PO Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151, U.S.A, (609)771-7760. The official score report must be sent directly to this office by the testing center. The TOEFL code number for the Maine State Board of Nursing is 9913.
In order for the Board of Nursing to determine your eligibility to become licensed in Maine, the procedure is as follows:
Maine State law requires a U.S. Social Security number (SSN) for state tax purposes. After all required documents (completed application and fee, verification form, and transcript) are received and reviewed in our office, a letter will be issued to you stating that your application is complete with the exception of the SSN so that you may apply for one. A letter of employment from the facility that hires you would also be acceptable for applying for the SSN.
If you were licensed through a provincial exam, and/or do not meet educational requirements, you will be required to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®).
You may not be employed as a practical nurse in Maine until all licensure requirements have been completed and approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing.
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