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Accelerated Combined BSN/MSN Program for Foreign-Educated Physicians (FEP) 

**Please note this program is for Foreign-Educated Physicians ONLY.


Physician Retraining Education Program -- FEP to BSN/MSN

Florida International University Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences created the nation’s first Foreign-Educated Physician (FEP) nursing program in 2000.  This pioneering program offers doctors from other countries, who are not practicing medicine in the U.S., the unique opportunity to reemerge in the healthcare industry – as nurses and nurse practitioners.

Tapping this underutilized source for qualified nurses is a way to alleviate the nursing shortage, improve health care for patients, and increase diversity in the nursing workforce.  This program received a Recognition of Excellence Award distinction from the U.S. Department of Labor in 2006 as a viable “21st Century Workforce” solution for the healthcare industry.

In 2010, the FEP-to-BSN was transitioned into the FEP BSN/MSN as a way to fast-track students in pursuit of their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. This new accelerated curriculum allows students to obtain their MSN degree and become nurse practitioners in 8 semesters (3 years) as opposed to the traditional 6 years.  Students in this track have the option to stop-out with their BSN-only degree after five semesters if they choose not to continue in the graduate track.

The FEP program is designed to meet the needs of the working student.  FEP classes take place in the evenings with most clinical instruction on the weekends. 

Since graduating its first class in Miami in 2003, many FEP’s have made their way from around the globe into nursing in Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. 

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Advising for FEP-to-BSN/MSN

The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences (NWCNHS) advisors are here to help guide you through your student experience at FIU with our ultimate goal being completion of your degree and graduation from FIU.

Advising for the FEP-to-BSN/MSN program is provided through the Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC) Nursing Program office:

Location: Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 N.E. 151st Street | ACII, Room 200

Phone: 305-919-4421

Hours: M-F | 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In-Program Advisor:

  • Tatayana Maltseva, Assistant Chair-Undergraduate Nursing | | By Appointment