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 MD to RN (ASN)    84 Quarter Credits | 54 weeks | AS Degree

The Program

The Problem

According to an article that appear in the New York Time, thousands of foreign-trained immigrant physicians and Dentist are living in the United States with lifesaving skills that are going unused because they stumbled over one of the many hurdles in the path toward becoming a licensed doctor here.

The process usually starts with an application to a private nonprofit organization that verifies medical school transcripts and diplomas. Among other requirements, foreign doctors must prove they speak English; pass three separate steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination; get American recommendation letters, usually obtained after volunteering or working in a hospital, clinic or research organization; and be permanent residents or receive a work visa (which often requires them to return to their home country after their training).

The biggest challenge is that an immigrant physician must win one of the coveted slots in America’s medical residency system, the step that seems to be the tightest bottleneck.

No one knows exactly how many immigrant doctors are in the United States and not practicing, but some other data points provide a clue. Each year the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, a private nonprofit, clears about 8,000 immigrant doctors (not including the American citizens who go to medical school abroad) to apply for the national residency match system. Normally about 3,000 of them successfully match to a residency slot, mostly filling less desired residencies in community hospitals, unpopular locations and in less lucrative specialties like primary care.

Over the last five years, an average of 42.1 percent of foreign-trained immigrant physicians who applied for residencies through the national match system succeeded. That compares with an average match rate of 93.9 percent for seniors at America’s mainstream medical schools.

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Azure College School of Nursing

MD to RN program

Azure College MD to RN program is designed with the Foreign Grad MDs and Dentists in mind. It provides them a nursing education track that will serve as a worthwhile pathway for these individuals with exceptional health care knowledge and skills to gain employment as registered nurses, thereby assisting to alleviate the nursing shortage and improving the socio-economic conditions for this group of immigrants

in Just 12 months

Foreign Grad MDs and Dentists can:

  • Earn an Associate of Science Degree (ASN) in Nursing
  • Become a Registered Nurse
  • Earn a Median Salary of $64,690 per year or $31.10 per hour
  • Start working in the Medical Profession

In addition Foreign Grad MDs and Dentists will also be able to:

  • Complete up to 750 hours of clinical in Hospitals such as Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Receive Letters of Recommendation (LOR)
  • Obtain US clinical experience (USCE)
  • and CV/Resume references

Tools can be a very good asset when should they decide to continue their education.


Read more: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet

Admission Requirements
For student who currently in the USA or who completed their Medical education in English

NO legal status in the United States (U.S. resident or citizen)
NO work permit required
NO Entrance Exam Required (HESI, TEAS or other)

  • Meet with Azure College Admission Representative or submit the admission application online via email
  • Pay the $50 enrollment application fee
  • Arrange to have an original transcript from your Foreign Medical School translated to English and evaluated from the following

National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES):

Josep Silny and Associates, Inc.

7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33173

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470

  • The official evaluation of your transcript must be forwarded directly from the evaluation agency to
    Azure College Admissions Office
    1525 NW 167 St, Miami Gardens
    FL 33169 | 305-751-0001

You will be considered for admission only if you have submitted all the required documents. If you wish to receive the above application forms,

please contact the admission office at (305) 751-0001 or EMAIL

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