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Bachelor of Science

Nursing

Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences (NWCNHS)

Overview

Please note: This fully online program is designated for Licensed Registered Nurses only.

For Florida RNs ready to leap forward in their career, a bachelor's degree in nursing can help boost your marketability, expand your skills, and increase your value to your employers. FIU Online's RN to BSN program is specifically designed for Florida registered nurses (RNs) who wish to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Our fully online bachelor's program continues your nursing education with coursework that is relevant to your workplace experience; including health, wellness and care across cultures, nursing leadership in global healthcare, and community health. You will become a more accomplished nurse with a strong foundation in evidence-based nursing practices.

Take the next step.

The online RN to BSN curriculum is flexible and adaptable to your schedule, with full or part-time options. You'll earn your BSN with a minimum of 30 additional credits (3 full-time semesters) of upper division online coursework and an additional 30 credits earned through clinical proficiency evaluation, bringing your total credits to 120 credits which include the 60 lower division credits from your previously earned Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree. Graduates of the RN to BSN program track are eligible to apply for graduate programs with advanced nursing degrees, such as a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN), or doctoral programs such as the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or the BSN to PhD in Nursing program.  

Why Apply?

Please note: This fully online program is designated for Licensed Registered Nurses only. 

Our fully online bachelor's program continues your nursing education with coursework that is relevant to your workplace experience; including health, wellness and care across cultures, nursing leadership in global healthcare, and community health. You will become a more accomplished nurse with a strong foundation in evidence-based nursing practices.

The online RN to BSN curriculum is flexible and adaptable to your schedule, with full or part-time options. You'll earn your BSN with a minimum of 30 additional credits (3 full-time semesters) of upper division online coursework and an additional 30 credits earned through clinical proficiency evaluation, bringing your total credits to 120 credits which include the 60 lower division credits from your previously earned Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree. Graduates of the RN to BSN program track are eligible to apply for graduate programs with advanced nursing degrees, such as a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN), or doctoral programs such as the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or the BSN to PhD in Nursing program.  

Accreditation

The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences (NWCNHS) offers a professional program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The BSN program was approved by the Board of Regents of the State University System in 1982. The RN to BSN program track is open to registered nurses who wish to complete the BSN degree.

The BSN and MSN nursing programs of the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (One Dupont Circle, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, 202- 887-6791), the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (222 S. Prospect Ave., Suite 304, Park Ridge, IL 60068, 847-692-7050), and approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing, (4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN CO2, Tallahassee, FL 32399, 850-245-4125).

Courses

The following is a list of the nursing core courses which are taken by all RN to BSN students. The program of study also includes three (3) upper division electives, one of which must be a nursing elective course.

The BSN degree requires a minimum of 120 credits. In addition to 60 transferable lower division credits, the degree requirements include a 24 credit nursing core, a 30 credit clinical proficiency evaluation (completed by equivalency exams), 4 credits each of human anatomy & lab, human physiology & lab, microbiology & lab, and survey of chemistry & lab; and 3 credits each of human growth & development, statistics, psychology, principles of nutrition, and ethics. No more than six (6) transferable credits from other nursing baccalaureate programs will be accepted for the RN-BSN program of study. Students must complete at least 30 upper division credits at FIU.

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits

Curriculum
Level 1:

NUR 3821

Professional Nursing Leadership: Concepts & Issues

3

NUR 3066C

Health Assessment & Promotion

4

Challenge Exams

NUR 3226/3227

Adult Physiological Nursing (E.E.)*

12

NUR 3535

Psychosocial Nursing (E.E.)*

6

NUR 4355/4455

Childrearing/Childbearing (E.E.)*

12

Level II:

NUR 3666

Evidence-Based Nursing & Research for GHCG/**

3

XXX XXXX

Upper Division Elective (3000 or 4000 level )

3

Level III:

NUR 4667

Nursing in Global Health Care Systems

3

XXX XXXX

Upper Division Elective (3000 or 4000 level)

3

NUR XXXX

NURSING Upper Division Elective

3

Level IV:

NUR 4636C

Care of Communities: Community Health***

4

NUR 4945L

Senior Clinical Practicum***

4

G Meets FIU Global Learning curriculum requirement

* E.E = Equivalency Exams (may be taken while enrolled in program).
NURX-310 Adult Nursing (554)
NURX-315 Maternal and Child Nursing (Baccalaureate) (457)
NURX-320 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (503)

** Statistics is a pre-requisite for this course.

*** Nursing Core Courses, UD Electives, Equivalency Exams, & UCC must be successfully completed before registering for the final semester. Background check, drug test, and RN Liability Insurance are required prior to clinical placement.

See University catalog/nursing advisor for pre-and-corequisite courses.

Requirements

Please note: This fully online program is designed for Licensed Registered Nurses.

To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Florida Licensed Registered Nurse (RN)
  • 2.5 Cumulative GPA from an accredited ASN or Diploma Nursing Program
  • Associate in Arts (AA) from a Florida State System college OR non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution OR meet University Core Curriculum Requirements.

NOTE: Students who hold an ASN degree or nursing diploma from a non-regionally accredited institution are required to obtain an Associate in Arts (AA) from a Florida State System College OR a bachelor degree in another field from any regionally accredited institution prior to entering FIU’s RN to BSN program.

  • Minimum 60 transferable lower division college credits (including University Core Curriculum and Nursing Prerequisites)
  • The following nursing prerequisites with a grade of "C" or higher (missing prerequisites may be completed while enrolled in the program with guidance from our program advisors):
    • Sciences (with labs)
      • Microbiology & respective lab
      • Chemistry with lab
      • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (With labs)
    • Human Growth & Development
    • Nutrition
    • Intro to Psychology
    • Intro to Ethics
    • Statistics

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must first attend an online information session and meet with an RN to BSN advisor, and then complete both an online university undergraduate application to FIU and an RN to BSN college application. Transfer students must successfully meet all FIU undergraduate admissions requirements prior to being admitted to the RN to BSN program.

Re-admission Requirements

Admitted RN to BSN students who have not enrolled in any FIU course for two or more consecutive terms, excluding summer, will be required to apply for re-admission to FIU and the CNHS. The applicant must meet the current RN-BSN track admission requirements, including the program of study, in effect at the time of re-admission, including program GPA requirements. When seeking readmission, a returning RN to BSN student must meet with a CNHS academic advisor to determine how their previous coursework will fit within the current RN to BSN curriculum requirements in effect at the time of readmission. RN to BSN coursework completed five (5) or more years previously may not be used toward degree completion and/or may need to be repeated

Students may be required to repeat or take additional courses to complete degree requirements. Please bring your unofficial ASN, along with your AA or BA/BS transcripts, to the information session for your personal advisement.

Clinical Placement Requirements

ALL RN to BSN students are required to complete a criminal background check, required health information, drug testing, and RN Liability Insurance prior to placement in the clinical setting during their final semester of the program. Additional information on these, and other clinical placement requirements, can be found here.

Scholastic Requirements

To remain in good academic standing, students must achieve a grade of 'C' or higher in all nursing courses. A student who earns less than a 'C' in any nursing course will be required to repeat the course in order to progress in the nursing program. A student may repeat a course one time only. Students who have failed (C- or lower) two nursing courses – or have two failures in the same nursing course – will be dismissed from the program.

Program Completion Requirements

Total of 120 credits:

  • 60 transferable lower division credits
  • 30 credits clinical proficiency evaluation based on the Excelsior challenge exams which are taken during the program
  • 30 credits in RN to BSN curriculum (must be taken at FIU)
    • 24 upper division credits (RN to BSN courses)
    • 6 upper division elective credits (any 3000 or 4000 level courses)

LEVEL IV - Practicum Requirements:

NUR 4636C – 30 practicum hours (this course also has an online theory component)
NUR 4945L – 120 practicum hours

  • Required prerequisites for registering for NUR 4636C and NUR 4945L are: 1) Successful completion of the three Excelsior examinations, 2) Completion of all FIU Core Curriculum Requirements, 3) Successful completion of all nursing core courses and nursing prerequisites, and 4) one year post-RN licensure nursing experience (PREFERRED). If you do not meet these requirements, you MUST contact your advisor for an appointment.

  • Unless otherwise determined by the faculty member, practicum experiences are the responsibility of the student. Student responsibilities include choosing a preceptor and practicum setting, and completing the required paperwork (see below). No paid time may be used for clinical hours. Practicum requirements are NOT waived if you move out of the south Florida area or if you cannot locate a practicum setting/preceptor. Faculty members and advisors are not responsible for locating practicum experiences for students.

  • Background checks, health information, proof of RN liability insurance, and signed contracts/agreements MUST be completed before entering the practicum setting Background check information must be entered into the American Databank system (background checks take 4-6 weeks). Links to instructions and forms (performance standards and consent/ release) can be found at this link under the clinical requirements heading: http://cnhs.fiu.edu/nursing/undergrad/bsn-programs/clinical-education. If you have questions regarding the clearance paperwork, please contact American Databank at 1(800) 200-0853 before contacting Elizabeth Olafson, Director of Clinical Education, at eolafson@fiu.edu.

  • A signed contract with the setting AND a preceptor agreement MUST be in place before the semester begins with the 1) setting in which you are doing practicum hours; and 2) the preceptor. Information regarding existing contracts for settings in the south Florida area can be obtained from the Clinical Education website, http://cnhs.fiu.edu/nursing/undergrad/bsn-programs/clinical-education/index.html, or the Clinical Education Program Assistant (AHC3 134A).

  • Your preceptor MUST be a licensed RN and have at minimum a BSN degree.

  • Do not contact the facility’s clinical education department directly. Once you are cleared, you may contact the faculty member stating the location and position you are interested in obtaining your hours with.

  • Practicum hours are overseen by the faculty member assigned to the course and may include preparation, projects, seminar, and other assignments as determined by the instructor. You MUST contact the faculty member by end of the first week of the classes to determine specific requirements for the practicum. Hours can be arranged around your own and your preceptor’s work schedule.

Please bring your unofficial ASN, along with your AA or BA/BS transcripts to the information session for your personal advisement.

Accreditation

The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences (NWCNHS) offers a professional program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The BSN program was approved by the Board of Regents of the State University System in 1982. The RN to BSN program track is open to registered nurses who wish to complete the BSN degree.

The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ BSN and MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (One Dupont Circle, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, 202-887-6791), the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (222 S. Prospect Ave., Suite 304, Park Ridge, IL 60068, 847-692-7050), and approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing (4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN CO2, Tallahassee, FL 32399, 850-245-4125).

Tuition

Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour
    (Tuition includes Financial Aid Fee of $5.25 per credit hour.)
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSE
9 CREDITS
4 COURSE
12 CREDITS
TOTAL COST:
$647.83
TOTAL COST:
$1,295.64
TOTAL COST:
$1,943.46
TOTAL COST:
$2591.28

NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour
    (Tuition includes Financial Aid Fee of $5.25 per credit hour and Out of State Financial Aid fee of $5.57 per credit hour.)
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSE
9 CREDITS
4 COURSE
12 CREDITS
TOTAL COST:
$999
TOTAL COST:
$1,998
TOTAL COST:
$2,997
TOTAL COST:
$3,996

*Total tuition and fees are estimates. Other costs such as lab fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

Top Faculty

Ali Galindo

Ali Galindo
Professor Galindo’s interests are in the areas of maternal child nursing, labor delivery and women’s health. She is also a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and an FIU research team member on the landmark study by National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) on simulation use in prelicensure nursing programs. 

Elizabeth Azutillo

Elizabeth Azutillo
Professor Azutillo’s research and scholarship focus on medical-surgical nursing, emergency room nursing and oncology nursing (she is a former Oncology Certified Nurse). Professor Azutillo is also an FIU research team member on the NCSBN Simulation Study. 

Florence Keane

Florence Keane
Dr. Keane’s research areas of interest include gerontological nursing, adult nurse practitioners and mental health nursing. Her scholarly publications include papers on transcultural and cross-culture in nursing. 

Jean Hannan

Jean Hannan
Dr. Hannan’s research and scholarship focus on the pediatric population as well as high-risk pregnancies, low-income first-time mothers and parent and family functioning following a child’s death. 

Sandra Jones

Sandra Jones
Dr. Jones’ areas of interest include young adult/adult HIV/AIDS prevention and care. She is certified as an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN) through the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board. She is involved in several research studies on HIV prevention and care and has published in numerous scholarly journals. 

Sharon Simon, PhD

Sharon Simon, PhD
Professor Simon is director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs and her area of interest is in foreign-educated physicians as the make the transition to professional nursing. She is the clinical coordinator of a HRSA grant that is focusing on the cultural competence of foreign-educated physicians as they become registered nurses and advanced practice nurses.

@ A Glance


120Credits Required

$21594/ $33300
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Tuition per Credit
  • 3-semester program
  • Flexible program -- take courses in any order
  • Start during any semester, either as a full or part-time student
  • BSN prepares RNs to have an edge in the job market
  • Many hospitals prefer, or require, nurses to hold a BSN
  • Program is fully accredited
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