Foreign Educated Physician to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Florida International University
Academic Level
Issue Area
Academic Program
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Bilingual /ESL,


The goal of the program is in line with the mission of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) at Florida International University (FIU): “…[to] prepare diverse health care professionals as providers and leaders in the delivery of high quality, accessible, culturally competent care within a highly technological and global environment…”

Program Description

The Foreign Educated Physician to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (FEP-BSN) Program is an innovative, specialized, first-in-the-nation nursing program where foreign-educated physicians (FEPs) residing in the United States (US) who are either unemployed or underemployed attend an accelerated baccalaureate curriculum that awards them the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Students can then become employed as registered nurses (RNs).

In the five-semester upper-division 125-credit curriculum, students are awarded credits for general education and science pre-requisite courses completed in medical school and matriculate for 63 credits of nursing courses. To allow FEPs to attend nursing school and still maintain their current means of livelihood, classes are held during weekday evenings and clinicals are held on weekends.


70% to 80% Hispanics comprise the program’s student body at any given semester with the majority from Cuba and Latin America.

By the time that the students in Cohort IV graduated in April 2007, the program had already served 253 FEPs; 206 (81%) of whom were Hispanics.

Of the total 253 students, 215 (85%) successfully graduated from the program. 42 more FEPs were anticipated to graduate in August 2010, and 73 more FEPs were anticipated to graduate with their BSN degrees in April 2011 and August 2011.

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