Entry Level BSN Program

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Frequently Asked Questions

A formal application is needed. It is available online, year round here.

Fall deadline (start in August): May 1st of the year of intent to enroll. Winter deadline (start in January): November 1st of the previous year of intent to enroll. Deadlines are subject to change. Please call (954) 262-7181 or (800) 338-4723 for updates.

Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone number: (404) 679-4501) to award associate's, bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. The NSU Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing programs accreditation was renewed as of October 2010, by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), (One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, telephone number: (202) 887-6791).

It varies each semester, however in recent years we have had over 1100 applicants for the fall semester. In the past we have admitted approximately 200 students to the Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Ft. Myers Campuses.

Contact: Andrea Alvarez or email eln@nova.edu in Undergraduate Admissions. If you would like to schedule a visit please call (954) 262-8000. For general questions please call (954) 262-7181.

The easiest way to do this is to start the process by completing the VIP page at www.nova.edu/admissions/apply. As a VIP, you now have the opportunity to set up your own Nova Southeastern login account and personalized page where we can help guide you through the admission process, and provide you with valuable information and resources, all based on your unique interests and needs. We will communicate directly with you to answer any questions you might have as well as provide you with important information that you might like to know about the NSU admissions process, financial aid, and campus events. Additionally, you will be able to see if you have completed your application and if your transcripts and other documents have been received. Please note that only official transcripts can be evaluated to determine if pre-requisite courses have been met.

Creating your VIP account is also the first step in the application process, as there is a direct link to the NSU application located on your VIP page. Applicants to the nursing entry level program should choose the "Transfer" admissions level because they are applying with 36 semester hours of undergraduate course prerequisites.

Upon acceptance into the program you will receive an acceptance packet with information regarding admissions, financial aid/scholarships, housing, orientation, books and other specific purchases, background checks, residency requirements, and pertinent contact information.

You may follow your status by checking your VIP page at www.nova.edu/admissions/apply/. Your VIP checklist will let you know if all documents have been received by the May and October deadlines. Admissions decisions may be made in groups; you may call for this year's decision days.


*NSU Main Campus (Fort Lauderdale): (954) 262-7181, Toll free (800) 338-4723 or eln@nova.edu

NSU Miami Campus: (305) 275-5455 or eln@nova.edu

NSU Fort Myers Campus: (239) 274-6070 or eln@nova.edu

*Group information sessions are available through out the week. Varies phone appointments are available as well. Please call the number provided to schedule an appointment. Additionally, information webchats will be held on the following days:

September 23, 2013

Febraury 27, 2014

March 12, 2014

To access the chat sessions please click here:

You will be assigned a Support Coordinator depending on your campus; this will also be in your acceptance packet.

There is a $50 application fee. Upon acceptance there is a seat fee of $200 that goes towards your tuition. All fees are non-refundable.

Students must have completed 39 credit hours listed below before applying for admission. Approval for transfer credits is completed as part of the admission process.

Note: only official transcripts can be evaluated to determine if pre-requisite courses have been met.

Courses must be from regionally-accredited institutions and must be equivalent to NSU transfer credit policies. Only grades of "C" or better will be accepted.Credit Hrs
Written communication (College-level written composition) 6
Social behavioral sciences (One PSYC and Human Growth and Development) 6
Arts & Humanities (Any HIST, ARTS, PHIL, HUMN, LITR, THEA, FILM, MUSC, DANC, WRIT,  or foreign language)  6
Mathematics(Math 1040 or aboce and Statistics) 6
Natural/physical sciences (Anatomy and physiology, at least 6 semester hours with lab (5 semester hours of combined anatomy and physiology with 3 semester hours of biology may be substituted); chemistry, at least 3 semester hours; microbiology, at least 3 semester hours) 12
Nutrition  3
Total General Education Semester Hours 39

In order to meet entrance requirements 39 credit hours must be met. An associate degree is not required.

Seven terms (approximately 27 months). Based on the college calendar there are breaks between each term. This is a full time program. Students may be required to attend evening / weekend clinical or class sessions in additional to regular day classes. Each lecture can be from 50 minutes to 2 hours and 50 minutes, with clinical lasting up to 10 hours.

It is highly recommended that you not work because this is a rigorous program.

Current tuition is posted on the NSU nursing website in the main navigation for each program. Simply click on the link tuition.

Absolutely, NSU offers financial aid to help students reach their goals. You will need to complete a FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the school year and a State Aid Application if you are a Florida resident. For questions, please call (954) 262-3380 or check the NSU financial aid website at

www.nova.edu/financialaid/index.html. In Ft. Myers, call Edward Franco at (239) 274-1072 or email ef335@nova.edu.

Yes, the office of Academic Services offers free tutoring in writing and math at the main campus, Monday through Saturday in the Parker Building, Suite 100, (954) 262-8350. For more information, visit: http://www.fcas.nova.edu/academicservices/.

We also offer the Student Success Portal, which will help you find the right person at NSU to assist you with your academic, personal, and professional goals! Visit www.nova.edu/studentsuccess. A writing tutor is also available at the Ft. Myers Campus. Please call (239) 274-6070 for an appointment.

Yes, if your employer offers tuition reimbursement, arrangements can be made with the Bursar for payment.

Yes. We have a partnership with Baptist Health. Upon acceptance to the program, you may apply for the Baptist Scholarship and if accepted you take the nursing classes at the Miami campus while Baptist pays your tuition and fees. You sign a contract, so after completing the program and obtaining your license you work for Baptist for 3 years. This is a highly competitive program. If you are interested, follow the instructions in the acceptance packet. At the present time, tuition reimbursement is not available for the Ft. Myers location, however, we are always looking for other possibilities with our stakeholders in the community.

No. There are three campuses you can apply to: Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, or Ft. Myers. Your application is for one campus. The campus you get accepted to is the campus you will be at through the entire program.

Clinical rotations start the second semester and the clinical sites are spread throughout local and surrounding counties to best meet the needs of the students. Shifts can be morning, day, evening, or weekend.

The Nursing Clinical Skills Lab offers the nursing student at Nova Southeastern University the opportunity to learn the basic nursing skills associated with the role of the baccalaureate BSN nurse. The student gains the experience of being able to apply what is learned in the classroom into the environment of the clinical laboratory, simulating a hospital unit, using standard manikins and classmates. Students learn the skills of practice based on theory and evidence-based practice. They use the skills in the lab demonstrating competency, safety, and knowledge of basic nursing skills.

The nursing skills lab offers an environment of psychomotor activity, comfort, understanding, and cooperation. Students have an opportunity to work together in groups enhancing their skills in a mentoring type environment. Students learn the basic skills of therapeutic communication, infection control, safety, assessment, and nursing care skills.

As students progress through their nursing education they continue learning psychomotor, affective, and cognitive skills progressing from simple to complex while applying the theoretical knowledge that they have learned in their didactic classes. The continuum flows from the classroom through the nursing skills lab to the clinical setting where the nursing students provide nursing care to those entrusted to their care.

Students come to the nursing simulation center to experience the role of the registered nurse in a safe environment where they can do no harm to real patients. High fidelity simulation is the use of computerized manikins that look real and act real, displaying human physiology such as breathing, heart rates and rhythms, pulses, etc. Manikins talk to you in real time and respond to nursing actions. Nursing students get to see how their critical decision making skills impact real patient situations without putting real patients at risk.

Students can be the "registered nurse" and apply their nursing knowledge in a safe nurturing environment. The nursing simulation lab offers state of the art technology designed to enhance the learning experience. You will interact with your fellow students in the lab while utilizing the finest equipment available to date.

Answers from current students:

"For clinical I'm up at 5am, grab a quick breakfast and head to the hospital for 6:45am. Meet with the clinical instructor and the floor nurse for the hospital. Get report for patient(s), assist with morning care. Do a head to toe assessment and assist nurse in administering meds. Work on documentation. Grab lunch. Return to floor and reassess patient(s). Assist with administering afternoon meds. Redo assessment. Go to post conference with clinical instructor, go over objectives of day and end day with discussion with cohort."

"I have a son and a mother; and we share one car. So, I wake up before the birds! I drop my mom off to work and son to day care then head to school because lectures start between 8am-10am. It's a trip but for me worth it!"

"You wake up at 5am to study before an exam, and then you have a coffee. After your exam you study for another test. On the weekends you study, do homework and pre-read for the upcoming week."

We remain well above the state passing rate for the national licensure examination, the RN-NCLEX. During the last term you will work with your faculty to prepare for this exam. Review the Florida Board of Nursing website:

www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing/nur_edu_info.html for questions related to RN licensure. It is advisable that all prospective students review the information related to criminal background and disciplinary action.

You will earn a BSN (baccalaureate). Upon graduation your name will be sent to the Board of Nursing for permission to sit for the licensure exam. We encourage you to continue your education and stay at NSU for our MSN Program (masters) and PhD Program (doctorate).

Yes. NSU is a large campus with state of the art facilities (gym, libraries, food courts, etc). For housing information please go to www.nova.edu/housing/index.html or call 954-363-7502. NSU also has a Student Counseling Center that the students recommend utilizing. As a student you get 9 free sessions. For more information, visit: www.nova.edu/studentcounseling/. If attending the Nursing Program in Ft. Myers, reduced rates for housing have been established with several residential facilities.

Some quotes from current students:

Carolina Flynn, 7th semester, says "I recommend having an hour each day outside of school and studying for family time, exercise and hobbies; you need a balance in order to succeed."

Samantha Hill, 5th semester, says "Go to bed early, wake up early! Be on time!! Good luck and read!!"

Yes! The Nursing program at NSU offers entry level (the B.S.N. program) students the M.S.N. online program as well as a Ph.D in nursing education and an Ed.D in nursing education in cooperation with Fischler School of Education. Additionally, new programs are always in development. Ask about our current offerings.

  • The Entry Level nursing brochure from the Entry Level Nursing navigation tab.
  • www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing/
  • And of course at the Undergraduate Office of Admissions -1 (800) 338-4723 or (954) 262-7181.