Internationally Educated Nurses

Our Nursing Department understands that internationally educated nurses are an invaluable addition to the nursing workforce in California, and Dominican has developed a comprehensive program that fulfills deficiencies as identified by the California State Board of Registered Nursing.

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Internationally educated nurses bring varied skills, education and experience to healthcare in the United States. Transitioning from one country and culture to another can be challenging without the support of colleagues who are in the same situation. Every summer, fall, and spring, we hold additional courses in maternal-newborn, medical-surgical, psychiatric, and pediatric nursing to meet the needs of international nurses who need to make up deficiencies as stated by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

With deliberate small class sizes, professors can interact with and learn about each student. Students share their cultural experiences and learn from each other. Internationally educated nurses have formed lasting friendships and remain connected, in person, and through our active IEN Facebook page.

Our Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) courses provide a broad introduction to hospitals, clinics, and community settings throughout the diverse Bay Area. Students gain exposure to a variety of healthcare experiences that support a broad understanding of the United States healthcare system. These varied experiences, as well as the continuous support from faculty, staff, and peers, provide a successful transition to nursing in the United States.

If you are a student whose nursing education was completed outside of the United States, and you have been informed by the Board of Registered Nursing that you must take certain courses in order to attain California RN licensure, we welcome you to apply to our IEN courses.

Please follow the steps below to complete your application to the Internationally Educated Nurses program:

1. Register with Castlebranch, our application document management service.

  • Click on "Place Order"
  • Enter the code DG20
  • Cost is: $144.75 payable to to Castlebranch
  • Follow the directions to upload the required admissions documents
  • For questions about Castlebranch and document submission, contact Castlebranch Support Services.

2. Complete the IEN Application Form and upload it to your Castlebranch account.