Nursing is a great career and has maintained its charm over the years. Courses in the field nursing have been popular for a while now, especially in US. A career in Nursing provides job stability, is quite lucrative and the impact it has on the lives of others makes nursing most rewarding.
So what are the requirements for the diverse international student population for whom English is not their first language to take admission in Nursing Courses in US?
Below are some of the prerequisites for international applicants to study in Nursing Courses in US.
Visa Requirements: An international student coming to the United States is required to take admission under student visa. F-1 visa is for academic studies. Students under any visa other than an F-1 are required to get in touch with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services for changing their visa status.
Application Deadlines: International students need to apply by the fall (September) session. Generally international students are not allowed to enroll if they arrive after the term has officially started. Applicants must furnish documents like end-of-year result sheets for each year of university study, national exam results, copy of degrees or certificates, both in the native language and English translations. Their academic qualifications may be assessed by an agency specified by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Standardized Tests: It is mandatory for International applicants from countries with a native language other than English to take an English Language Proficiency test. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores will be considered for admissions. If applicants are armed with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or from a post-secondary institution abroad which is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country of an English-speaking country only, they can be exempted from the exam. However, this test has to be taken two years prior to the application deadline. In addition, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) will also be a requirement depending on the nursing course applied to. The examination has to be taken within the five years prior to the application deadline.
Financial Documentation: International students must provide evidence with the application that they have the ability to pay for both education and living expenses while studying at the University without requiring employment while in the USA.
1. Copy of fee payer’s bank statement: A recent statement (within 6 months) specifying a minimum of the college fees in dollars in original language and English.
2. Other financial documents: If a parent/guardian or financial sponsor is shouldering expenses, bank statement as well as an Affidavit of support. This is a letter from whoever is responsible for fees claiming financial responsibility for the student’s expenses throughout the term of the program.
3. Those granted a scholarship have to show the Financial Guarantee document. Only original financial documentation will be entertained during visa interview.
Academic Year: Students receive grades for each subject (course) taken in each semester. The first (fall) semester generally begins in early September and wraps up in mid December. The second (spring) semester commences in mid January and winds up in mid May. There are also summer sessions lasting from May to August.