Information for international students applying for Nursing Programs




  1. Official high school transcripts.
  2. Certificates, diplomas, or examination results marking completion of secondary education or preparation for higher education (e.g., "A" level or IB exam results).
  3. Official university transcripts (if attended).
  4. Certified translation of all university transcripts. (WISE will arrange for the evaluation)
  5. Minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (213 CBT/550 PBT)*. Scores over 2 years old will not be accepted. (WISE will work with the colleges to eliminate this option for the best candidates, or get a conditional admission)
  6. ACT or SAT scores: Recommended for all applicants but required of freshman applicants who do not need to present a TOEFL score.( WISE will work with colleges on an individual basis to eliminate this requirement)
  7. Completed Certification of Available Finances and bank statement or letter describing the account activity within three months of the date.
  8. Undergraduate Application for International Students based on the college you choose.
  9. Nonrefundable application
  10. Counselor evaluation.(WISE will work with the college on choice, in order to get an approval)

* Higher TOEFL scores are required for students in the BSN Accelerated program and Graduate programs:  600 (PBT)/250 (CBT)/100(iBT).



Types of Nursing Programs:


LPN or LVN Programs

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) training program is approximately one year long. An LPN/LVN works under the direction of the registered nurse. Typically, a LPN/LVN program is offered at many colleges throughout the United States. These programs usually do not require prerequisite classes. However, some schools do require a TOEFL, SAT or ACT minimum test score requirement.


ADN Programs

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) training program is approximately a 15 - month to two year commitment. This program is offered at many community colleges throughout the United States. These programs usually require pre - requisite class completion prior to enrollment. This associate degree program focuses on the technical skills nurses need in the healthcare setting. An ADN registered nurse can treat, educate patients, and provide emotional support to patients' family members. Although ADN programs are only available in the United States, enrollment for international students is available. Associate Degree Nurses must pass a national licensing examination, known as the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-RN, in order to obtain a nursing license.


Anatomy & Physiology – 8 units or two semesters

Chemistry - 8 units or two semesters

Biology - 8 units or two semesters

Microbiology - 4 units or 1 semester

College level Algebra - 4 units or 1 semester

English  - 8 units or two semesters

Psychology  - 4 units or 1 semester



Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) training is typically a four year program. A BSN degree is offered at many colleges and universities throughout the United States which will apply student’s nursing knowledge to a variety of health care settings and facility. Programs conclude with a Clinical Residency to transition into the role of staff nurse.

The BSN program is of particular interest to many international students, mainly because of transferability upon program completion. Advanced nursing positions generally require a BSN, which allow for increased employment opportunities, and career progression; nevertheless, the starting pay rate is the same for an ADN or a BSN prepared nurse. Prospective students who already hold a LVN qualification may be at an advantage.


Registered Nurses: (RN) 

The Registered Nurse training is similar to BSN and ADN programs. It is a 15 month course, and has the same pre-requisites.


Graduate nursing program

Graduate nursing program is dedicated to educating nurses in various advanced roles that are ready to take an active role in delivering the best health care and in shaping health policy.



Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree Program
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with a major in nursing dedicated to preparing nurses with advanced knowledge and skills to respond to challenges in the health care system and assume leadership in managing quality, cost-effective care.



Acceptance to the program can be given conditionally upon completing a BSN degree prior to beginning the program and obtaining an RN license. You are able to begin the program prior to receiving your RN license, but should be working to obtain it as soon as possible. You are also required to complete 2000 hours of direct patient care as an RN prior to taking any clinical coursework.