US Medical Licensing Process The Administration for Children and Families
New in Washington State!
In 2021, the legislature passed SHB 1129. This new law requires the Medical Commission (WMC) offer a limited license for International Medical Graduates (IMG) to gain clinical experience. Those meeting specific criteria and requirements below can be licensed for two years, with the option for one renewal for a total practice time of four years.
This is a pathway to consider if you have been out of practice for a number of years, have gone through the MATCH process without successfully obtaining a residency, or are considering another pathway such as research or public health and would like to practice as a physician while pursuing that pathway.
The Washington Academy for International Medical Graduates (WAIMG) is striving to integrate the doctors into the Washington health care system. To accomplish this, we provide the following services:
- Academic Coaching to assist in preparation for competency and licensing examinations.
- Clinical Experience
- Career Counseling and mentorship for International medical graduates pursuing other careers
The licensing requirements for foreign trained pharmacists can be found in the Pharmacist License by Exam for Foreign Graduates Application Packet on the Washington State Department of Health website.
Internship opportunities - note that these are posted positions that can be found on job search sites such as Indeed.com. General qualifications include:
- Must have passed the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE)
- Current Pharmacy Intern license required.
International Community Health Services
Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Tacoma General Hospital
An overview of the licensing requirements for foreign trained nurses can be found in the Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse Trained Outside the United States Licensure Requirements document on the Washington State Department of Health website.
- Seattle Children's Hospital
- Community Health Centers of King County (Locations in Edmonds, Everett, Lynnwood, and Seattle)
- Community Health Centers of Snohomish County (Locations in Edmonds, Everett, Lynnwood, and Seattle)
- Harborview Medical Center (Seattle)
- Medical Reserve Corps (Snohomish County)
- Providence Regional Medical Center (Everett)
- Puget Sound Blood Center (Locations throughout western Washington)
- Swedish Medical Center (Edmonds Campus)
- University of Washington Medical Center
- Valley Medical Center (Renton)