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Primary Care Pathway Program (MD to RN to NP)


Our Primary Care Pathway Program (MD- RN- NP) is a new career pathway for International Medical Graduates to pursue their career as a Primary Care Provider in the underserved communities.

Program Details:

The program is done in 2 steps.

  • The initial step is a MD to BSN (RN) which is an accelerated post baccalaureate program offered over 4 semesters and is completed in 15 months.
  • Graduates of this program are conferred with a BSN degree after the successful passing of the NCLEX exam.
  • The second step is a BSN to NP program which is spread across 2 years, the first year concentration Is on theory and the 2nd year would be clinical rotations required for the program.

Why train International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to become Registered Nurses (RN) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs)?

    • Provides opportunity to address the primary care shortages by establishing career path for highly educated and experience individuals.
    • Improve socio-economic conditions of IMGs by accrediting them to practice medicine in the US
    • Reduce employer recruiting costs.
    • Meet the demands of NYC’s immigrant population as they come from similar backgrounds.
  • Improve patient satisfaction by increasing the number of bilingual NPs with cultural awareness and competency.

Custom-made program for IMGs:

  • Work study program.
  • Classes are in the evenings and on weekends to allow for full-time or part-time work.
  • Students who are a part of the program usually work with Essen during and after the program.
  • Graduates of the program will be expected to work in primary care in underserved communities of the Bronx for a period of time following completion of the program.
  • Students can apply for financial aid.


How to apply:
Please email your Resume to stating your interest in Program.