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Florida International University (Nursing)

  • Miami, FL
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 55%45%
    student ratio
  • 39,045
    total students
  • $6,108 | $18,507
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • November 1
    fall application deadline
  • 43%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 572
    sat math
  • 578
    sat reading
  • 564
    sat writing
  • 26
    act composite

Overview

BSN Programs at Florida International University

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) at Florida International University offers talented and ambitious students excellence in nursing education. The college's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program provides the foundation needed to prepare nurse professionals to thrive and practice in today's increasingly complex and technological health care systems. The BSN also serves as a catalyst for nurses to pursue advancement opportunities as careers progress from care givers to managers to unit leaders and beyond.

FIU undergraduate nursing offers three distinct tracks for students to obtain a BSN degree -- the Generic BSN which consists of the initial traditional nursing preparation, the RN-to-BSN track designed for Registered Nurses (RN), and the FEP-to-BSN/MSN specifically for foreign educated physicians who wish to transition to nursing practice in the United States.

FIU College of Nursing & Health Sciences is dedicated to offering the highest quality nursing education demonstrated by the consistently high initial licensure pass rates (2011 94% and 2012 95% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX). Furthermore, the college's BSN program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing.

The Generic BSN Program

The upper division limited access Generic BSN program at Florida International University consists of a lock-step cohorted program of five full-time semesters. The program goals are to educate students to become leaders in delivering top-quality, accessible, and culturally competent nursing care in a technologically-advanced and global health care environment.

The lower division curriculum consists of 4 semesters of university core courses and nursing prerequisites with a minimum 3.25 GPA required for students to apply to the upper division nursing program.

Application to the program is competitive, with only 100 students admitted each Fall semester to begin the nursing program. Nursing coursework includes hands-on clinical experiences at local hospitals and healthcare facilities, along with simulation assignments, and a senior practicum. Details and information on how to apply can be found at cnhs.fiu.edu/nursing/undergrad/bsn-programs/generic-bsn/how-to-apply

RN to BSN Program

The RN to BSN program is designed for licensed registered nurses (RN) who would like to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The program is completely online allowing it to easily accommodate the busy schedule of the working nurse.

The curriculum consists of 120 credits of coursework including 60 lower division transfer credits from the ASN and AA programs already completed by the student. The upper division RN to BSN completion program is only 30 credits of clinical proficiency evaluation (challenge exams) and 30 credits of nursing and elective courses taken entirely online.

Admission to the program takes place year round and is open to all RN's who are licensed in the State of Florida and have completed an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program with at least a 2.5 GPA.

Foreign-Educated Physician (FEP) BSN/MSN Program

The FEP BSN/MSN program gives physicians from other countries -- who do not practice medicine in the United States --opportunities to re-enter the healthcare field as nurses or nurse practitioners.

It is a full-time, accelerated program that enables students to earn MSN degrees in 8 semesters (3 years); however, students can opt to earn only BSN degrees after 5 semesters. MSN students take 63 credits of upper division courses and 43 to 47 graduate credits.

All students attend classes during the evenings and can complete their clinical educations primarily on weekends.

Challenging Clinical Education

Clinical education is a vital component of BSN curricula because it allows students to put theory into practice. FIU works with a healthcare facilities throughout South Florida to ensure challenging, rewarding clinical experiences that enable students to gain hands-on experience in real-world settings.

Undergraduate nursing students in the Generic and FEP-to-BSN/MSN programs are assigned to small clinical groups, each with a qualified clinical instructor, at the various healthcare facilities within the tri-county area. Students in the RN to BSN track are only required to complete 120 clinical hours during their last semester in an approved healthcare setting with a qualified preceptor of their choice.

The Simulation Teaching and Research (Star) Center

The Simulation Teaching and Research (Star) Center in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences has state-of-the-art laboratories that provide real-world scenarios and settings to practice nursing.

Cutting-edge simulation aids, including 8 patient rooms, a 15-bed critical care unit, and Laerdal SimMan patient simulators, allow students to perform a variety of medical procedures and develop clinical and critical thinking skills.

The STAR Center is currently participating in a landmark study on the use of Simulation in Nurisng Education. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) chose CNHS as one of only ten sites which will help to determine the optimal use of, and time spent in, simulation education scenarios by pre-licensure nursing education programs.

Excellent Career Opportunities

According to the "Occupational Outlook Handbook" published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for registered nurses is projected to increase 26% from 2010 to 2020.

The comprehensive, cutting-edge nursing education that FIU students acquire helps them become expert practitioners and leaders, thus giving them a competitive edge in this growing field.

Additionally, BSN graduates acquire the foundation needed to earn the graduate degrees that allow them to become advanced nurse practitioners, nurse educators, researchers, and leaders in the field, which further strengthens their career prospects.

Skilled Nursing Faculty

Nursing faculty members are accomplished scholars and mentors who bring a wealth of expertise and real-world experience to the classroom. For example, Professor Sandra Ann Gracia Jones researches and publishes articles related to HIV/AIDS prevention and care for young adults and adults. In addition, Professor Elizabeth S. Azutillo is a Research Team Member on the NCSBN Simulation Study, and worked as a certified oncology nurse. These are just a few examples of the many highly qualified undergraduate nursing faculty.

Cutting-Edge Research

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences supports interdisciplinary research that expands scientific knowledge and promotes evidence-based nursing practice. Grant funded projects include family functioning after the death of a child and the physical and mental health needs of immigrant women.

Faculty members conduct cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research that increases scientific knowledge and improves evidence-based practice in the field.

They often focus on topics concerning the needs of minority and underserved populations, such as HIV prevention and care, depression among older adults, and health problems affecting at-risk women and children.

A current list of the CNHS faculty funded research projects is found at http://cnhs.fiu.edu/research/funded-projects

Additional Programs in the College of Nursing and Health Services

In addition to BSN programs, CNHS offers Master of Science in nursing, Doctor of Philosophy in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. It also has MS programs in athletic training, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology, as well as a Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Financial Assistance

Florida International University provides several financial aid options to qualified students including grants, federal loans, federal work study programs, and institutional scholarships. FIU Financial Aid Office offers assistance to undergraduate students who are interested in obtaining this help. More information is available at http://finaid.fiu.edu/

Additionally, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers many scholarships to undergraduate students during Summer semester each academic year. Over 150 scholarships were awarded to CNHS students during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Florida International University

Florida International University is a premier public research institution located in Miami, Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States. It offers more than 45,000 students an engaging and academically challenging experience that prepares them for professional and personal success.

Its location in exciting and cosmopolitan Miami -- a hub of commercial, cultural, entertainment, and financial activity -- reflects the diversity of its student population. Furthermore, Miami offers internship, employment, cultural, and community service opportunities that strengthen academic achievement.


Location & Contact

11200 Southwest 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
USA

Ms.Luisa Havens

Director of Admissions

Phone: 305-348-2363
Fax: 305-348-3648
Email: admiss@fiu.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hospitality Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Real Estate
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Construction Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Portuguese
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Dietetics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Health-Care Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Statistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interior Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

43% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied16,549
    • Accepted7,122
    • Acceptance Rate43%
    • Enrolled39,045
    • Female Applicants9,616
    • Females Accepted4,046
    • Female Acceptance Rate42%
    • Male Applicants6,933
    • Males Accepted3,076
    • Male Acceptance Rate44%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some Some programs require portfolio or audition
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.84
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen November 1st Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 578 540 620
    • SAT Math 572 530 610
    • SAT Writing 564 520 600
    • ACT Composite 26 24 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$6,108
    • Out-of-state tuition *$18,507
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$389.00
    • Room and board *$10,702.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students39,045
    • Male Student Percentage45%
    • Female Student Percentage55%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino66.67%
    • Black or African American12.1%
    • White or Caucasian10.19%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.08%
    • Asian2.71%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.14%
    • Two or more races1.79%
    • Unknown1.54%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout4.79% representing 140 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students3% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 8%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Students for Community Service, Black Student Leadership Council, Hospitality Management Student Club, Hispanic Students Association, Haitian Students Organization
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Football Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Golf No No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugy Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
    • Wrestling Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugy Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
    • Wrestling Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty2,152
    • Full-time Percentage55%
    • Part-time Percentage45%
    • Female Percentage47%
    • Male Percentage53%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio27:1 or 36,198 students to 1,353 faculty


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