RN to MD programs? - page 2

hi everybody, I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of an RN to MD program. My friend says there is such a thing, but she does not know which school offers it. Thanks for your help... Read More

  1. by   P_RN
    http://w3.fiu.edu/nursing/Undergraduate/ForeignMD.htm

    This one is in Florida and is foreign MD to RN!

    And I found the Antigua site

    http://www.uhsa.com/pstudent/nurses/
  2. by   veritas
    there is no RECOGNISED RN to MD programs in the world! no such thing becoz it's an entirely different profession. those off-shore programs in antigua, oceania, russia, india, china, etc etc advertised their schools as great, but they are not going to get you the required residency in USA or most other 1st world nations. it's a waste of time and money in the end if u can't even get residency!
  3. by   nursedestiny
    Look up oceana university. They have a distance ed program where you do the book work online and set up your clinical sites in your community.
    Last edit by nursedestiny on Oct 7, '07
  4. by   MacunaRN
    actually there are programs rn-bsn to MD in the dominican republic it's 2-3 years only catch is that it's in spanish they teach you spanish at the same time... they accept your credits not sure you have to research that but schooling is dirt cheap known a couple of nurses who did that you sit for the same medical boards and can work as a nurse in the meanwhile
  5. by   ZippyGBR
    Quote from veritas
    there is no RECOGNISED RN to MD programs in the world!
    i think you are wrong there

    there are graduate entry programmes in the UK that accept HPC/ NMC registration for entry as well as / instead of an appropraite degree - equally will count Nursing degrees , degrees for HPC registation as entry...
  6. by   group_theory
    Please be careful of any programs that offer distance learning or advance credit for experience (or from nursing school).

    To date, none of the state boards of medicine have granted full unrestricted licensure to any graduates who have received partial credit or advance standing, or did portions of their medical education online. In some cases, the board have been known to ask applicants to show proof of physical attendance (via passport, visa stamps, etc)

    In order to gain licensure, you need to pass all 3 steps of the USMLE, in addition to a minimum of 1 year of residency (some states require more than 1 year). And the USMLE is certainly not a joke.

    Just graduating from medical school is not enough. And if you graduate from a school that is known to give you licensure problem, residency programs will be very reluctant to offer you a spot.

    Please do your background research before you commit your time and money. Caveat emptor!!!


    Edit Addenum: the same rules apply even if you are a world famous physician in the UK or Europe. In order to get a unrestricted license to practice medicine, you must have passed all 3 steps of the USMLE and a minimum of 1 year of ACGME residency training (some states require more). Please check with your respective state board of medicine to find out the full details of requirements for graduates of non-US medical schools.
    Last edit by group_theory on Oct 7, '07 : Reason: adding addenum
  7. by   veritas
    Quote from ZippyGBR
    i think you are wrong there

    there are graduate entry programmes in the UK that accept HPC/ NMC registration for entry as well as / instead of an appropraite degree - equally will count Nursing degrees , degrees for HPC registation as entry...
    yes but are they specifically only for RNs? and no one else? or is it simply "graduate" program for anyone who is a graduate? a BSN is a degree and will qualify for the graduate program. but i have not heard of any specific program that states RN to MD... discounting those dodgy ones in oceania/russia/china/india, etc... becoz if they had a specific RN to MD program... only for RNs, the medical society will have a fit.
  8. by   Elga
    Why do you keep mentioning Russia? There is no such thing as RN to MD in Russia.
    In fact, there is no such thing as RN either. All nurses are equivalent to LPN there.
  9. by   PMFB-RN
    never head of rn to md and doubt it's existence. however a good friend of mine is an rn who is currently in medical school. after woking very hard taking all the required science courses he applied and was admitted to his first choice the first time he applied. he was told that experienced rns have an advantage. something about rns having a much clearer idea of what a career in medicine will mean (long, brutal hours in residency etc). he told me that bsn have the highest rate of acceptance of any degree at his school.
    marquette university here in wisconsin offers a bsn-pre-med double major degree.
  10. by   ZippyGBR
    double post
  11. by   winnieleigh
    I know several RN's who have done it, but there is no bridge program. Seems like there should be!
  12. by   JustKeepSmiling
    There are none.
    Just as there are no dental hygiene to DDS.. no rad tech to radiologist..

    Nursing is nursing, medicine is medicine. Sure our paths are quite similar, we have the patient in mind, both need A&P, micro.. but it's not the same when you boil it down.

    Now, there are some universities in the states that are adopting programs that combine the undergraduate with medical degree..
    7-Year BS/MD Degree with UMDNJ/NJMS

    But that's keeping the same college major - medicine.

    I know 2 RN's who went to medical school, and felt they had the upper hand in some aspects, and in others "dog tailed it between their legs" because they thought they knew better and turns out they didn't.
  13. by   pleyadez
    The program in Antigua is for RN's and it IS an RN to MD program, it only takes 3 years if you have a BS in Nursing. I have a co-worker who is enrolled in that program. I don't know how it will be when she applies for residency, but I went to their web-site and they have a bunch of alumni who are currently practicing medicine in USA. You don't have to be there for the full 3 years. You go there for a month, come back home and go back only to take the tests, until you're done with the basic sciences (basically PRe-med courses) then you have to back for the clinicals and stay there until you're done. Then pass the 3 tests of the USMLA and you're done. CHeck it out. I considered it, but I have a one year old and a three year old, so won't be for now.

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