This is my first post to this forum, so let me apologize in advance if I'm in the wrong category with this question.
I am a Canadian citizen, wishing to work in the U.S. after I graduate with my Associates Degree in nursing. I would like to attend nursing school in Buffalo, N.Y.
My question is, will I be able to obtain a work visa for the U.S. with a degree in nursing that I received from an American college, or does my degree have to be from a Canadian school?
Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated!!!
Apr 9, '03
Thank you so much! Yes, I would love it if you would give me her contact info. Thanks again!!
Last edit by Alexander on Apr 9, '03
Apr 11, '03
You can practice in certain provinces with the ADN as long as you wrote the Canadian exam also (the CNAT). You wouldn't be able to practice in Ontario as they are making the BSN the minimum. But you can practice in EVERY US state with the ADN, because it isn't the degree that matters there, it's the fact that you wrote and passed the NCLEX. The ADN programs are generally 2 years full time (but often take 3 with the prereqs), whereas the diploma programs here are 3 years and are fully recognized in the US. They used to have a lot of diploma programs there as well, but they seem to have died out in a lot of the country and been replaced by ADN and BSN programs.
BTW, is there a reason you want to go to the US to study?
Last edit by fergus51 on Apr 11, '03
Apr 11, '03
Thanks for your clarification, Fergus51! Especially in regards to the NCLEX exam. I wasn't aware of any of that.
I'm not sure whom you are directing your question to re: reason for studying in the U.S., but in case it's me, here goes:
It's strictly a logistics thing for me. The geographically closest school to where I live just happens to be in N.Y. The geographically closest school in Canada is Hamilton (coll. & univ.) which is about an hours drive on the best of days. I wouldn't be able to keep up my career, even part time, in the Canadian school. In N.Y., it's about 1/2 hr. from my home, and I have a brother who lives just south of the school I'd be applying at. He doesn't know it yet, but he's going to have a frequent overnight guest in the not too distant future! I live very close to the U.S., have many American friends and clients and only watch American t.v., so it won't be a tough transition. Well, except I've never gotten used to that Western N.Y. accent! "Taffy" for "toffee", "dallers" for "dollars", but I'll adjust! There are other considerations for anyone else to take into consideration should they wish to do the same (see Fergus51 above).
Have a great day all!!
Last edit by Alexander on Apr 11, '03