Licensure for Doctors
The complexity of United States licensure procedures, coupled with the need to provide a tailored, occupation-specific assistance creates unique barriers for health care professionals abroad.
Davies & Associates eases the time-consuming, expensive and complex licensure process, making it attainable for qualified foreign medical professionals.
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Davies & Associates is the only global immigration law firm that provides experienced licensure solutions for foreign medical professionals seeking to practice in the United States of America. Our professional licensure practice concentrates solely on licensure by endorsement – a highly specialized process that permits qualified foreign medical professionals to petition a State with the purpose of recognizing his/her qualifications.
Through our initial free consultation we determine the eligibility of qualified candidates and work with our clients on a case-by-case basis – our objective is to have your credentials and experience recognized by the respective State in which you seek to practice. A sampling of our services include:
- Clarifying state specific rules, regulations & procedures that determine licensure for the clients occupational practice;
- Providing sample recommendation letters applicable to the clients field, which can be used as a reference for the initial draft of the letters of recommendation;
- Issuing a comprehensive checklist & schedule indicating time-sensitive requirements needed for client's petition;
- Review key supporting elements of the petition to improve persuasive value & tailor evidence for client's specific situation;
- Work with client to collect & prepare all information needed for licensure petition according to the state’s decisions and guidelines;
- Organize all the required documentation for client's petition;
- Draft a petition letter that explains how the evidence proves that client should be granted a license to practice;
- Submit the completed petition materials to the proper regulatory board; and
- Communicate with the appropriate regulatory bodies to check on the status of client's pending case, and respond to any requests for additional information pertaining to the petitioners case.
Learn more about licensure by endorsement and find out whether or not you may qualify.Traditional Licensure Process
Traditional Licensure In The United States
The traditional certification and licensure procedures for foreign-medical professionals (FMPs) in the United States are somewhat centralized. In most cases, you must pass a national board examination or a national certification program and meet other uniform requirements such as academic and professional training. Although procedures are usually the same, specific requirements do vary from state to state. For example, states may require different amounts of clinical or internship hours, different passing scores for exams, etc.
Physician. As a foreign-graduate, you will be asked to obtain the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certification. Once you complete that process, you will have to fulfill a minimum clinical training requirement in an accredited residency program, which lasts for a minimum of 2 or 3 years depending on the state. Finally, you will have to pass one or more national board examinations. Eligibility and conditions can vary from state to state.
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Pharmacist. Depending on your foreign pharmacy education and state requirements, you will likely need to use your previous education to gain entry – perhaps with advanced standing - to an accredited 5-year pharmacy program in the U.S. and/or complete the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) Certification program. Additionally you might have to fulfill minimum hours of clinical training, and pass other board examinations.
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Nurse. For Registered Nurses, license eligibility, some states require you to complete the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Certification program. For any of the RN or LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) licenses you will have to pass the national board examination NCLEX. In some cases, you might be required to have your foreign credentials verified by a specific agency.
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Dentist. In order to obtain a license in the U.S. you need to graduate from a U.S. accredited academic program. There are several dental schools that offer advanced standing programs for foreign-trained dentists. In order to enter these programs, you might need to pass the National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) Part I. After graduation, you will have to pass advanced levels of the NBDE. Finally, you will have to fulfill minimum hours of clinical training before becoming eligible for license.
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Physical Therapist. Along with academic requirements, you will be asked to take either the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) or a separate State exam, or in some cases both. For more information, review the directory of state regulations on licensing prepared by the American Physical Therapy Association.
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Occupational Therapist. After satisfying academic requirements, you will have to pass the national examination of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Additional requirements, such as minimum hours of clinical training, may apply in some States.
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Physician Assistant. You must be a graduate of a U.S. accredited physician assistant (PA) program, and then take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). Even if you have earned a medical degree from another country, you may still be required to graduate from a U.S. accredited PA program to be eligible for the examination. In some states, you will also need to get the NCCPA Certification.
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Clinical Laboratory Scientist and Medical Technologist. The regulations for laboratory personnel profession vary more than for most other health care professions. Some states do not require a license to practice, but in those cases employers will require a professional certification from a private association as a condition of employment. The following associations grant certifications: American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and American Medical Technologists (AMT).