Please note this program is for Foreign-Educated Physicians only.

Physician Retraining Education Program -- FEP to BSN/MSN

Florida International University College of Nursing & Health Sciences created the nation's first Foreign-Educated Physician (FEP) nursing program in 2000. This pioneering program offers doctors from other countries, who are not practicing medicine in the U.S., the unique opportunity to reemerge in the healthcare industry – as nurses and nurse practitioners.

Tapping this underutilized source for qualified nurses is a way to alleviate the nursing shortage, improve health care for patients, and increase diversity in the nursing workforce. This program received a Recognition of Excellence Award distinction from the U.S. Department of Labor in 2006 as a viable "21st Century Workforce" solution for the healthcare industry.

In 2010, the FEP-to-BSN was transitioned into the FEP BSN/MSN as a way to fast-track students in pursuit of their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. This new accelerated curriculum allows students to obtain their MSN degree and become nurse practitioners in 8 semesters (3 years) as opposed to the traditional 6 years. Students in this track have the option to stop-out with their BSN-only degree after five semesters if they choose not to continue in the graduate track.

The FEP program is designed to meet the needs of the working student.

Since graduating its first class in Miami in 2003, many FEP's have made their way from around the globe into nursing in Miami, Orlando, and Tampa.


The BSN and MSN nursing programs of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, (202) 887-6791, theCouncil on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (222 S. Prospect Ave., Suite 304, Park Ridge, IL 60068, 847-692-7050), and approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing, (4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN CO2, Tallahassee, FL 32399, 850-245-4125).

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