Foreign-educated nurses (FEN) who pursue bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees in the United States that include clinical practice preparation must successfully complete the U.S. Nursing Licensure Exam (NCLEX). Nurses who plan to seek employment in the United States must pass the NCLEX prior to licensure.

The Regis ESL-NCLEX Prep Program is designed for nurses educated outside of the United States. It is designed to assist foreign-educated nurses in their preparation for the NCLEX and graduate nursing education in the United States. This program enables the FEN to successfully transition into professional practice as a registered nurse in the United States.

Students are conditionally admitted to the master of science in nursing program at Regis on acceptance to the ESL and NCLEX Review Program. Final admission is contingent upon successful completion of the program--including passing the NCLEX exam and demonstrating English proficiency and earning a B or better in the first two graduate courses.

Program Details

  • Program is one full academic year (September-May)
  • Small class sizes
  • All semester-length courses taught by Regis faculty
  • ESL courses focused on English for NCLEX/Nursing to assist with transition to U.S. healthcare system
  • Standardized testing
  • Four days of ATI Live Review between fall and spring semester. An ATI virtual tutor will work with you until you are ready to take the NCLEX exam.
  • An NCLEX Prep course two days per week in the fall semester
  • Transition to practice course two days per week in the spring semester

Cost and Fees

Tuition for the ESL/NCLEX program is $20,000 per semester plus room and board, transcript evaluation costs, and NCLEX testing costs and fees.

Application Requirements

  • Regis graduate application
  • Official transcripts evaluated by CED or CGFNS
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Personal statement
  • Certificate of finances

For More Information

If you are interested in participating in our NCLEX review program, please email