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General Information

1. What is Florence?

Florence is an international education platform that recruits foreign-trained nurses for U.S. educational programs. Unlike staffing agencies, Florence does not employ nurses. We identify and recruit qualified students, guide them through the application process, provide visa and immigration support, and offer financial assistance. Florence also offers a 30-day NCLEX Test Prep program to prepare students for licensure exams and assists with job placement.

2. What services does Florence offer?

Florence provides a comprehensive range of services designed to support students throughout their educational journey and beyond. These services include:

  • Student Recruitment: Florence actively identifies and recruits qualified students for various nursing and healthcare programs.
  • Application Assistance: Florence guides students through the nursing degree application process, ensuring all requirements and deadlines are met for successful enrollment.
  • Immigration Support: Florence assists with visa applications by obtaining necessary immigration documents, preparing for interviews, and ensuring successful submission.
  • Financial Guidance: Florence provides advice on scholarships, grants, and loans, and offers payment plans for program deposits to help manage education-related expenses.
  • NCLEX Test Prep: Florence offers a 30-day intensive course designed to prepare students for the NCLEX exam, ensuring they are ready to begin their clinical practice.
  • Job Placement: Florence helps students find healthcare jobs before and after graduation, assisting with job searches and placements.

3. What programs are available for nurses?

Florence offers several programs, including:

  • NCLEX Test Prep
  • Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Nursing
  • Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ASN)

4. What qualifications do I need to apply for these programs?

To be eligible for Florence's programs, you will need at least a Diploma in Nursing, Midwifery, or an equivalent field. Specific requirements may vary by program. Having a higher qualification, such as a Bachelor's Degree, increases your eligibility and potential for advanced programs.

5. How do I apply for a program through Florence?

You can start by creating an account on Florence and filling out your Nursing Profile so we can assess your eligibility for our programs. After evaluating your qualifications, Florence will assist you with the application process to various educational institutions.

Financial Assistance

6. What are the costs associated with these programs?

The initial deposit to secure a spot in a program is typically 20-25% of the tuition, ranging from $8,000 to $12,000. Florence provides assistance in securing loans for the remaining amount, but students are responsible for the full down payment.

7. Is there a payment plan available for the deposit?

Yes, Florence offers a 3-month payment plan for the deposit. However, full payment is required before the I-20 form is submitted for the F-1 visa application, so there is really no advantage in setting up a payment plan for the deposit.

8. Are there scholarships or grants available?

Yes, there are scholarships and grants available. The average scholarship amount is around $1,000 to $5,000, which can help reduce the loan amount. To apply for a nursing scholarship, you need to first gain admission to a college, then submit your scholarship application. For more information on scholarships and grants, click here.

9. What are the loan options available?

Florence can arrange loans up to $40,000 for tuition and related expenses. These loans typically have a 20-year repayment period, and can be refinanced at a later time. You can also explore loan options with our international loan partners: MPower and Prodigy Finance.

10. Will I need to provide financial details during the application process?

Yes, as part of the F-1 visa interview/application process, foreign students need to demonstrate the financial means to pay for tuition and housing while in the US. You may be asked to provide bank statements and other documents that show you have enough money to cover your living expenses and education for the first year while you are unable to work.

11. What happens if I unenroll after placing a deposit?

If you decide to unenroll after placing a deposit, your deposit is fully refundable except for a $150 application fee if canceled within 90 days of the program start date.

Visa and Immigration

12. What visa do I need to study in the U.S.?

You will most likely need an F-1 student visa to study in the U.S. Florence assists with the application process, including providing the necessary I-20 form after you secure admission and make the required deposit to reserve your spot in the program.

13. Can I work while studying in the U.S. on an F-1 visa?

In the first year, you are not allowed to work off-campus if you obtained an F-1 visa. However, you may work on-campus in certain roles. In the second year, you may be eligible to work as a nurse off-campus, and Florence will help you find employment.

14. What are the current visa wait times for F-1 visas?

Visa wait times for F-1 student visas can vary significantly depending on country. As of last available information, the visa wait time for F-1 visas in Accra is 382 days, for Lagos is 80 days, and for Manila is 11 days. For more information, visit our Visa Wait Times page.

15. Can I work and get an H-1B visa while pursuing a BSN?

No, you cannot obtain an H-1B visa while studying for a BSN. The H-1B visa requires at least a BSN degree and a job offer in a specialty area. Therefore, you must complete your BSN and obtain licensure before being eligible for an H-1B visa.

16. Can my spouse and children visit me in the USA under an F-1 visa?

Yes, your spouse and/or children can visit you in the USA on F-2 dependent visas while you hold an F-1 visa. The F-2 visa allows them to stay with you for the duration of your F-1 status. While on F-2 visas, they cannot work, but children can attend school. The wait times for F-2 visas are generally similar to the wait times for F-1 visas.

17. What are the benefits of having both an F-1 visa and H-1B visa?

Being dual eligible for both an F-1 student visa and an H-1B visa allows you to pursue education and employment, enhancing career prospects. It ensures a smooth transition from student to work status without leaving the U.S., extends your stay, and provides valuable work experience. Additionally, the H-1B visa can help you apply for a Green Card and permanent residency.

NCLEX Test Prep

18. What is the NCLEX Test Prep?

The NCLEX Test Prep is a 30-day intensive course available virtually or in-person at various locations. It offers comprehensive preparation with over 2,000 test bank questions, 250+ case study questions, virtual simulations, 24/7 access to MahoneyRN (an AI-powered nursing tutor), and live support from an instructor with a PhD in Nursing.

19. How much does the NCLEX Test Prep cost?

The standalone cost for the NCLEX Test Prep is approximately $3,000. This course is included as an included component in most of our degree programs.

20. Can I take the NCLEX exam in Ghana?

Currently, there is no NCLEX testing center in Ghana. You would need to travel to nearby countries such as South Africa, Kenya, or other locations like India, to take the exam. For a comprehensive list of international Pearson VUE testing centers, click here.

21. Is the NCLEX included in my degree program?

Yes. Students travel to their campus location 30 days before their program starts to complete the NCLEX Test Prep. Florence helps obtain the Authorization to Test (ATT) from the U.S. Board of Nursing and schedules the exam in the same city as the degree program, ensuring students are ready for clinical practice when they begin their studies.

22. What happens after passing the NCLEX exam?

After passing the NCLEX exam, if you have an F-1 student visa, you can apply for your nursing license from the state board of nursing where you plan to work. Once licensed, you are eligible to start working as a Registered Nurse (RN). If you do not have an F-1 visa, you will likely need to apply through a staffing agency that can assist you in obtaining an EB-3 visa.

Degree Programs

23. What are the tuition costs for the degree programs?

The tuition costs for degree programs at the International College of Health Sciences (ICHS) vary depending on the specific program and duration. Each program includes the NCLEX Test Prep, designed to prepare students for the NCLEX exam. For more details, click here.

School
Program
Tuition Cost
ICHS
Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)
$53,090
ICHS
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
$61,425
ICHS
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
$43,800
ICHS
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
$8,875
ICHS
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Accelerated)
$47,300
UB
Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
$43,000

24. What are the details of the partner colleges?

  • International College of Health Sciences (ICHS)
    • Region: Palm Beach, Florida
    • Address: 1325 S Congress Ave, Suite 201, Boynton Beach, FL 33426
    • Phone Number: +1 561-202-6333
    • Website: www.ichs.edu
  • Toronto Economics and Management College (TEMC)
    • Region: Toronto, Canada
    • Address: 5109 Steeles Ave West, North York, ON M9L2Y8, Canada
    • Phone Number: +1 416-644-1942
    • Website: www.temcolleges.ca
  • University of Bridgeport (UB)
    • Region: New England Area
    • Address: 126 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604
    • Phone Number: +1 800-392-3582
    • Website: www.bridgeport.edu

25. What are the academic calendar start dates for our schools?

The start dates for the academic calendar for our schools are: October 2024, February 2025, June 2025, October 2025, etc. These dates provide multiple entry points for students to begin their programs throughout the year, accommodating different schedules and needs.

26. Can I start my coursework online before coming to the U.S.?

Yes, some coursework can be started online depending on the program. However, you must be in the U.S. to complete the majority of the program. For more specific information about their services and operations, you can visit their official website or contact them directly.

Job Placement

27. How does Florence assist with job placement in America?

Florence assists with job placement in America by connecting you with healthcare employers, offering career counseling, and supporting resume building and interview preparation. We also help you find employment opportunities with H-1B sponsorship or EB-3 sponsorship through staffing agencies, matching your qualifications and goals.

28. What is the average salary for a Registered Nurse (RN) in America?

The average salary for a Registered Nurse (RN) in America varies depending on the location, employer, and level of experience. On average, salaries range from $60,000 to $90,000 per year. In some high-demand areas (like California, Hawaii, and Massachusetts) or specialized fields, average RN salaries can be as high as $140,000. For more details, click here.

29. Can you refer me to international staffing agencies?

Yes. Some of the largest international staffing agencies recruiting foreign-trained nurses are: PassportUSA, Westways Staffing, Avant Healthcare, MedPro International, and O’Grady Peyton. These agencies specialize in international nurse recruitment and sponsorship, helping foreign-trained nurses secure employment in the U.S.

Refund Policy

30. What happens if I fail my NCLEX® exam?

If you don't pass the NCLEX® after completing our test prep program, please email support at support@florenceedu.com to request a full refund. To be eligible for a refund, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Graduated from an accredited nursing program with a Bachelor’s degree
  • Purchased NCLEX Bootcamp 3 or 6 Months Access at least 30 days before the exam
  • Completed at least 1,000 practice questions and 5 simulated exams

31. How do I request a refund for a deposit given to TEMC?

To request a refund for a deposit placed for for a Bachelor’s or Master’s program at Toronto Economics and Management College (TEMC), please reach out to TEMC directly by phone at +1 416-644-1942 or by email at admin@temcolleges.ca.

Legal Statements

32. Where can I find legal pages for Florence?

Terms of UsePrivacy PolicyCookie Policy

33. Where can I find statements for partner schools?

ICHS Legal Statement