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MD to RN Program: 1230 Clock Hours*, 126.5 quarter credits,* 52 weeks, Associate in Science (AS)


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1340 Clock Hours
85 quarter credits
54 weeks
Campuses: Miami

The 12-months Accelerated Nursing Program For Foreign-Educated Physicians (MD to RN) at Azure College is a specialized, 4-quarter curriculum that transforms foreign-educated doctors into a US trained nurse.

Upon completion, students will receive an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. Graduates are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse practice (NCLEX-RN). Final determination of the applicant’s ability to sit for the licensing examination and to become licensed to practice in Florida is made by the Board of Nursing. Florida Educational Institute cannot assure licensure.

The program is offered both full time and part-time. The Full time (11 months) courses are generally taught during the day; part-time (18 months) courses are generally taught evening and weekends. The part-time track is convenient for those students who prefer to work while attending classes.

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There is a growing need to provide linguistically and culturally competent healthcare to many areas of the U.S. specially Florida. Azure College answers the calls by developing the Accelerated RN/ASN Program For Foreign-Educated Physicians to aid internationally trained physicians (MD) and Dentists earn an Associate of Science (ASN) degree in Nursing.

Foreign trained doctors face immense challenges getting a license to practice in the United States. Not only must they relearn the medical profession in English, but many must also work to support themselves and their families. The problem however resides in the fact that many tend to be older by the time they arrive in the United States, sometimes too old to dedicate years to studying for exams and finding and completing a residency program.

While a good number has been able to obtain licenses and practice medicine in USA. Others have chosen to settle for work in fields that have nothing to do with medicine. For instance it is not uncommon to find neurosurgeons and other highly respected foreign medical specialists working as Real Estate agents, mortgage brokers, warehouses & factories workers or gas station attendants.

Azure College’s Accelerated Nursing Program For Foreign-Educated Physicians (MD to RN) is designed to help them secure a medical career in the US in record time. They can complete our Associate Degree in Nursing in just 52 weeks and challenge the NCLEX-RN exam.

Our 40-plus Clinical partners and businesses provide our students with a broad spectrum of opportunities to apply their classroom experience to the field. Students can work in a variety of different environments, including: Hospitals and clinics, Schools, Nursing homes, Long Term Care, imagine centers, Hemodialysis Center and Nurse-managed clinics.

The following is a sample of some of our clinical partners:

Jackson Health System is an internationally
recognized academic medical system. …Doctors
North Shores Medical Center Miami shores FL
West Gables Rehabilitation Hospital West Palm Hospital, West Palm Beach
Florida Hospital Sebring, FL Highlands Regional Hospital Sebring, FL
Heart of Florida 3 Hospitals and 3 Nursing Homes

Azure College and its Programs are:
Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education
Miami Gardens Campus License #3231
Sebring Branch Campus License # 4627
Boca Raton Branch Campus License# 4626
More information about this institution can be obtained
by contacting the commission at the following address and phone:
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414 Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Toll free 888-224-6684 | 850-245-3200

Approved by:
Azure College School of Nursing is approved by:
The Florida Board of Nursing.

More information about this institution can be obtained
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-10
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252
(850) 245-4125

Azure College is institutionally accredited by:
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
Azure College, Miami Gardens, Florida I-324
Azure College, Boca Raton, Florida I-324-01
Azure College, Sebring, Florida I-324-02

More information about this institution can be obtained
7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 N
Falls Church, Virginia 22043
Tel. 703/917.9503 | Fax 703/917.4109 | E-Mail:

On-Time Completion Rate
0% of students who completed the BSN degree program between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 graduated on-time (within the published length of the program).
Median Loan Debt
Graduates of this program between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 had a median loan debt and are obligated to repay:
$0 in federal student loan debt
$0 in private loan debt
$0 in institutional financing plan debt
Note: There were 0 graduate from this program during this reporting period
Program Cost Information
The total cost for the 1-year MD to RN program is $28,456.
This include: Books, Uniforms, Training Supplies, and Tools.
Program Occupation Information
The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code assigned to the ASN degree program completion option is 51.3801: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. Associated Standard Occupational codes related to this CIP code, and detailed information about the occupations graduates of this program enter, can be found at these links
29-1111 : Registered Nurses:
11-9111 : Clinical Nurse Specialists:
29-1111 : Acute Care Nurses:
29-1111 : Critical Care Nurse:

To research additional careers of interest, you may want to visit these websites: O*NET (Click on “Find Occupations”) Occupational Outlook Handbook (Type in general term for career of interest)
Azure College School of Nursing is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.

All Foreign Graduated Medical Doctors or Dentists, must meet the following additional admission Requirements to be admitted to our Nursing Program for Foreign-Educated Physicians (MD to RN) program:

Student must provide the following before an admission decision is made:

  • Provide the College an evaluation of an official transcript by a NACES approved school educational evaluator service attesting that the student medical or dental degree is equivalent to a degree earned at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States.
  • Provide to the college a clean Level 2 Criminal background check before (international student on student visa are exempt from this requirement).
  • If an applicant’s primary language is not English, a TOEFL score of 400 or higher on a paper-based examination, or 51 on the Internet-based TOEFL examination or Successfully completed USMLE step I.

Student must provide the following at the most 30 days after class start:

  • Complete Physical Exam.
  • Complete an American Heart Association CPR course.
  • Liability Insurance

Admission Note for MD to RN program.

1230 Clock Hours*, 126.5 quarter credits*, 54 weeks, Associate in Science (AS)

*A total of 126.5 quarter credits are required to complete the MD to RN Program AS degree. 72 quarter credits in the core nursing curriculum will be taken at Azure College  The remaining 54.5 quarter hours credits toward program completion are earned by students as follows:

General Education Courses (22.5 Quarter Credits)

Azure College considers a foreign medical degree as a first degree after high school, and is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean. Therefore, students who are applying for a second Bachelor’s degree will have fulfilled the college general education requirements. Students must provide official documents that will be evaluated by Azure College Office of Admissions.

Credit for Medical Education (32 Quarter Credits)

Based on the course by course evaluation of the applicant’s Medical or Dental education (by a NACES approved agency), Azure College will award 32 quarter credit hours toward the Associate Degree in Nursing, which represent credit for knowledge gained in previous Medical or Dental education programs.  Credit will be awarded for the following courses: HUM 102, PHA 100, NUR 130, HUM 102, NUR 160, NUR 170, MIC 100 to receive this transfer of credit, students must complete 100 hours of documented community nursing hours and successfully pass the College Final comprehensive Nursing Proctored Exam.

Azure Approved NACES agency
Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 273-1616
World Education Services (WES)
64 Beaver St, #146
New York, NY 10004
Fax: 212-739-6100

Thank you for your interest in pursuing your education at Azure College. For your convenience, Azure College offers three methods for submitting an application for admission.
Three Ways To Apply
1. In Person
Please stop by one of our campuses, and we will be glad to help you start a Practical Nursing career.

2. Online
For your convenience, Azure College offers an online application for admission, please click here

3. Phone
Call us toll free at 1-855-MY-AZURE (855-692-9873) and apply over the phone. The Azure College admissions team will assist you in filing your application. We’ll even request your transcripts for you.

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