Welcome Back Center of Suburban Maryland

Assists Internationally Trained Health Professionals to Re-enter the Health Workforce

The Welcome Back Center of Suburban Maryland is an innovative model that builds on the personal and professional assets of immigrants living in the United States to: further address health professional shortages; diversify the health workforce; provide economic opportunities to underutilized individuals as they return to work in the health field; and enhance health outcomes of the entire community. Read more about us >>>

Effective October 30, 2017, the ILA Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is no longer accepted by the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON) as proof of English language proficiency. Both the TOEFL iBT and IELTS are accepted by the MBON.


There are various Welcome Back Center Publications including documents produced during the program assessment and design stages when the pilot phase was implemented between 2004 and 2008; resource materials for foreign-trained health professionals with detailed information on steps to obtain licensure in Maryland.

In the News:

The articles about the Welcome Back Center In the News present interviews with and stories of Center participants as well as interviews to Center Director and Manager.  These articles are important illustrations on the work of the Center to assist highly skilled immigrants obtain licensure to ease state health profession shortages and respond to the need to increase the number of culturally and linguistically competent health professionals working in Maryland. Welcome Back Center Presentations (PDF)

To learn how you can get involved, call 240-777-3168

For additional information on the
National “Welcome Back Initiative” Network
visit: http://www.welcomebackinitiative.org/