Counter top with various fruits and vegetables with a blood pressure machine.

Programs & Education

International Nurse Program

Come grow with us!

Join our family and come grow with us. We have created this page to be able to provide you with some helpful resources for you to be able to obtain your California Registered Nursing License and join our team as a Registered Nurse. We highly encourage you to browse our links below, and even contact us, we currently employ nurses who have completed the process of obtaining their CA license by examination and are willing to provide you with advice and best practices to complete the process.


What are the requirements to enter the ECRMC International Nurse Program?

  • Registered Nurse License in Mexico
  • VISA for International border crossing
  • Submitted application to ECRMC
  • Completed interview and be selected for the ECRMC International Nurse Program
  • Nursing Program transcripts translated

What are the benefits of the ECRMC Nurse Residency Program?

  • Professional Development program for new Nurse Graduates
  • NCLEX preparation
  • Full time position with Benefits
  • Leadership
  • Patient outcomes
  • Professional role

Basic Requirements to obtain your CA RN License

  • Registered Nurse Licensure in Mexico or any country outside the United States. Candidate must provide proof of such certification from an accredited institution.
  • English proficiency. Candidate must pass TOEFL exam
  • Submit application for Licensure by Examination to the CA Board of Nursing
  • Successfully completes NCLEX Exam

Useful Links

California Board of Registered Nursing -

Applicants/Licensure by Examination-

CA RN licensure qualifications for graduates of International Nursing Program -


Launguage Centers CETYS & UABC

Success Stories

Verenisse Villanueva, RN

My name is Verenisse Villanueva. I have been working in healthcare for the past 16 years. I received my Nursing degree in Mexicali, Mexico, from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja, California (UABC). Immediately after that, I started working for El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) as an Emergency Department Aid for one year, then I challenged the boards to be a Register Nurse in the United States, and fortunately, I passed NCLEX. I have been a Nurse at ECRMC for 14 years. I have held different roles at the Emergency department such as Charge Nurse, MICN, Triage, Bedside Nurse, and preceptor.

Also, I had the opportunity to work in the ECRMC Oncology department.

My current position since 2018 is with PRIME department. My role in this department is a Triage RN at the Call Center. In this new nursing role, I have direct communication with patients, providers, insurances, hospitals here and outside of the Imperial Valley.

I am currently studying a master's degree in nursing education at Western Governors University.

I love to be a nurse. I am very proud to have studied in the Universidad Autónoma de Baja, California, and to be part of the ECRMC family.

Fernando Lomeli, RN

My name is Fernando Lomeli, and I am a Registered Nurse at ECRMC. I started working here since 2007 but also worked in Mexico as a nurse too since 2001 and then graduated from UABC as a Licenciado en Enfermería in 2003. I am currently working as a Certified Case Manager Utilization Reviewer in conjunction with the discharge planners in the Case Management department. It has been a long journey all the way here. In 2006, I became interested in becoming a registered nurse in California but there was not much information around on how to do that, so we got lucky and found that there was a program from ECRMC that was helping nurses with all the process. The program was nothing like the one we are building today, but it was the beginning. So we got the help that we needed to know how to send our documents to the nursing board but first it was the TOEFL exam which I barely passed in December 2006 but just like my mentor said "passing is passing". Then later that month documents were sent to the nursing board and I took my NCLEX test on April 13, 2007. I need to mention that it was a Friday and the lady from the nursing board who was helping me schedule my test asked me 4 times that if I was sure to do the test on a Friday 13. I was notified 2 weeks alter that I passed the test and that day became one of the most memorable days of my nursing career until 2 weeks ago when I passed my Case Manager Certification. I started working in the Emergency Department in August 17, 2007, and since that day ECRMC has been part of my family. After the ED I moved to X Ray Department for a year and then back to ED for couple of years more. After that I was convinced by the Nurse Director of the Operation room to be transfer and work as a Nurse Circulator and yes as soon as I meet the D Vinci Robot I was sold. There I worked as a Circulator, Charge nurse, Manger and then Educator. My last 2 years I had been working with Case Management. It has been an awesome journey and can't wait to hear more stories like mine from nurses that are about to start their own story just like I did 12 years ago.

To learn more about the ECRMC International Nursing Program, please contact us at (760) 482-5029 or