International Nurses Who Studied in USA?

  1. Are there any internationally-trained nurses now working in the USA who went on and did further study, such as masters for NP after they got to the US? How did you find it? Was it difficult to get credit for your international undergraduate degree? Was it expensive? Were you eligible for loans?

    Thanks for any info.
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  3. by   Summer24
    Quote from augigi
    Are there any internationally-trained nurses now working in the USA who went on and did further study, such as masters for NP after they got to the US? How did you find it? Was it difficult to get credit for your international undergraduate degree? Was it expensive? Were you eligible for loans?

    Thanks for any info.
    Oooh, I'd be very interested to hear the answer to this myself. I was hoping to maybe go over on a Student Visa, that way I could study and live there and if I really like it could maybe try and apply to stay permanently after I graduate.
  4. by   suzanne4
    Student visas will not give you loans in many cases, as you are not a legal permanent resident of the US with that. In most cases, you need to show the US government that you have enough funds to cover your schooling and living expenses.

    Studunt visa, the F-1, also gives the most expensive tuition as that of an foreign student.

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    Many have come here with a BSN from overseas and have gone on for MSN, CRNA, PhD and without any issue. If the program was an approved BSN, then there is usually not any issue, and this includes students that trained in Thailand, Philippines, etc. Many of the CRNAs that I worked with in MI were from the Philippines and attended CRNA school in the US after they met the requirements for the program. Almost all of the nursing instructors and deans in Thailand have their graduate degrees from the US. It is very common to see foreign-trained nurses in grad school.......best bet is to start once you are working and have a green card, and work provides a stipend for your education, some have so many hours covered per year and others have a flat reimbusement of about $5000 for educational expenses per year.
  5. by   augigi
    Thanks for the info. I meant legal permanent residents who are working in the US, not student visas.
  6. by   suzanne4
    Legal permanent residents are what most of them are, at least the ones that I worked with. No problems at all.
  7. by   augigi
    Great, thanks.
  8. by   augigi
    On a similar topic, are there any international nurses who studied a Masters in their own country before going to the US? Were you able to convert your Masters to advanced practice in the US or doesn't it count? I have already completed 2/3 of my Masters by Research and just need to do my 20,000 word thesis to finish. I can do it completely online, and have been accepted for start of 2007. It would be much faster and cheaper to do it here (Australia) before I go to the US, but I just wondered if it would be wasted, in which case I'll wait until I get there to do a MSN.

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