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Welcome Back Center of Suburban Maryland

Also Known As: Program for Licensure of Foreign-Trained Health Professionals

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. In 2006, the Latino Health Initiative (Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services) launched The Foreign-Trained Health Professionals Program to facilitate the Maryland health professions licensure process. In 2010, this program became the “Welcome Back Center of Suburban Maryland,” one of several centers comprising the national “Welcome Back Initiative” network. The center provides a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated approach to effectively address the needs and decrease the challenges and barriers foreign-trained health professionals encounter in Maryland in obtaining their licenses.


Office of Community Affairs - DHHS

Languages Available:

English - Spanish, French

Intake and Eligibility:

To qualify to receive intensive services, foreign-trained nurses without a nursing license in Maryland; Must have completed a minimum of two years in a foreign nursing program; must have a high-beginning level of English competency; Commitment to work in

Areas Served:
  • Montgomery County

Contact Info:

  • Welcome Back Center of Suburban Maryland:
    • 240-777-3168


Silver Spring Health Center
8630 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Hours of Operation:
  • Mon: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wed: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Hours of Services:

M Tu Wed Thu Fri
  • Mon
  • 8 - 5
  • Tue
  • 8 - 5
  • Wed
  • 8 - 5
  • Fri
  • 8 - 5
  • Sat
  • 8 - 5
  • Sun
  • 8 - 5
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