Tuition reimbursed Nursing program for international student?

  1. Hi;

    I have recently completed my graduate studies and received my master degree in Biology-Aquatic Ecology from Lund University, Sweden. I did my master degree project in research project in partnership with National Park Service in the United States.

    I have recently decided to shift my studies to medical sciences to become a nurse. Actually, it has always been my first interest to become a physician since I was in high school. I could not get a place for going to medical school when I finished high school in Iran since the demands and applicants were significantly higher than the available seats. My major was biology in high school and later in my undergraduate and graduate school I studied Natural Resources Engineering-fishery and Biology with specialization in Aquatic Ecology. I can't afford to go to medical school and become a physician, so I thought pursuing my dream as a nurse would be my best option. I am really passionate about healthcare and medical services. Do you know if there is any tuition reimbursed Nursing program for international students in U.S.?

    I am really keen in biology and physiology since I have gained a well-developed knowledge by taking many relevant courses. I am an international student and would like to ask you to guide on this matter. Do you think I would be considered a qualified candidate based on my qualifications and motivation?

    Thank you very much. I look forward to your forthcoming response.
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  3. by   HouTx
    Sorry, but the US does not subsidize education in the way that other countries do - even for "essential" careers. If you are looking for financial assistance, it would be more likely to occur through private foundations rather than governmental entities.

    I encourage you to contact nursing schools and speak with them directly to analyze your own situation. Even though there are some mandated standards for all nursing programs, there is a great deal of variation in how those standards are operationalized. The end result is - each program has it's own unique admission and curriculum requirements.

    Just a bit of background that may assist you in your conversations ..... In the US, physicians are the only profession authorized to practice "medicine" - this scope of practice includes areas that are reserved for physicians only. Nurses are authorized to practice "nursing" - this is a different scope of practice, but does include some activities that are delegated by physicians. Our industry is referred to as "Health Care", not "Medicine", because it also includes many other "Allied Health" professions as well. As if that was not complicated enough, the actual practice of medicine, nursing and all other health care professions is controlled at the state level. States reserve the right to control the professions via formal "Practice Acts" (e.g., Nurse Practice Act) and they alone can issue professional licenses - there is no nationwide license for any profession in the US.