International College of Health Sciences, Boynton Beach, FL

Nursing Program Designed for Chiropractors/Foreign Educated Doctors


The International College of Health Sciences has launched an innovative program to train chiropractors and foreign-educated physicians to become nurses.

The program is seen as one solution to the state's nursing shortage. Many of the foreign-educated physicians who have entered the nursing program were already working in hospitals as medical assistants, nurse assistants, or phlebotomists. Most of those enrolled were trained as physicians in Cuba, Haiti, Russia, or the European block.

What are the benefits of this new registered nursing track?

Training is accelerated compared with standard nursing training.

The nursing shortage is particularly acute in Florida, where the vacancy rate for registered nurse positions is 16%, compared with a nationwide rate of 10%. There are approximately 26,000 RNs needed in Florida right now. The International College of Health Sciences is reaching out to international doctors to provide them with a way to work in the states and to help fill the need for more nurses.

Students follow the same course of study as other nursing students at ICHS, but are given credit for some courses taken abroad. Training is validated by performance on "challenge examinations."

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Why enroll at the International College of Health Sciences to complete this discipline?

The International College of Health Sciences (ICHS) accelerated Nursing Program is designed especially for foreign educated medical doctors to help them secure a medical career in the US. Interested doctors can enroll for the ADN program and obtain an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing in just 12 months.

The foreign physician can complete the required training program in the minimum amount of time and start a gratifying career. The nursing education programs at ICHS include on-line didactic instruction and supervised clinical experience in hospitals and other healthcare facilities

Upon completion, graduates will receive an associates of science degree in nursing. They must pass the state of Florida's board examination for registered nurses.

In addition to nursing theory and practice, students in the accelerated program attend role transition seminars that compare the nursing model with the physician model. Hospital-based clinical course work is done under a nurse supervisor.

Doctors trained in programs that emphasized patient care are more likely to be successful in ICHS's doctor-to-nurse training program.

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