Please note that this program is for Foreign-Educated Physicians.
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences (formerly The College of Nursing) at Florida International University was granted approval in June, 1998 by the Florida Board of Nursing to offer a track for foreign-educated physicians (FEPs) who expressed a desire to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The initial request for this track came from a group of Cuban physicians, supported by state legislators and Miami-Dade County officials. The BSN track for FEPs provides a pathway for individuals with health care knowledge and skills to gain employment as registered nurses(RN), thereby assisting to alleviate the nursing shortage and improving the socio-economic conditions for this group of immigrants. Given the magnitude of the nursing shortage in Florida, the large pool of foreign physicians comprise an available population from which to draw potential RNs with baccalaureate preparation. The last cohort of the FEP-BSN track graduated in the Summer of 2011.
In response to the need for more culturally diverse advanced-practice nurses, the CNHS matriculated its inaugural group of students for the Accelerated Combined BSN/MSN for FEPs in Fall 2010. The program is based at the FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus and will admit students every Fall and Spring.