Miami Nursing Schools with Program Summaries

Research nursing programs in Miami, FL, which currently has about nine schools offering programs. Read an overview of programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools within 15 miles of downtown, and decide which program is right for you.

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Miami, FL Nursing Schools

Miami has numerous training options for aspiring nurses. Of these schools, this article covers three which are within 23 minutes of downtown. A table comparing tuition and other school attributes preludes the discussion of nursing programs and a paragraph covering other nursing school options in the area can be found at the end of the article.

  • Students interested in a private university can find bachelor's, master's and doctorate programs in nursing at Barry University, located 9 miles from downtown.
  • Those who would rather earn their undergraduate and/or graduate degrees from a public university can find numerous options at Florida International University, just 15 miles from downtown.
  • Students looking for 2-year or 4-year degree options or a practical nursing program may want to look into Miami Dade College. This public school is situated 1 mile from downtown.

School Comparison

Prospective nursing students may find tuition and school size to be important factors when deciding on a school. This table compares tuition and other school characteristics for the 3 schools discussed in this article.

Barry University Florida International University Miami Dade College
School Type Private, non-profit, 4-year Public, 4-year Public, 4-year primarily associate's
Total Enrollment (2014) 8,518* 49,610* 66,046*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Large city
Annual Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $28,800* $6,556 in-state, $18,954 out-of-state* $2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Barry University

Barry University is divided into nine schools and colleges. The programs discussed below are found within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. There are almost 30 faculty members teaching courses for these programs.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Barry University offers 3 ways that students can attain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. The traditional path is for first-time students with high school diplomas, while the accelerated track is designed for students who have bachelor's degrees in unrelated fields. The registered nurse (RN)-to-BSN track is for students who already have diplomas or associate's degrees in nursing and want to earn bachelor's degrees. Students in all options must have already completed prerequisite coursework prior to beginning the major coursework.

Master of Science in Nursing

Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program must have state licensure for registered nursing and a bachelor's degree. This program has three concentration options: executive leadership, educator and nurse practitioner. In the executive leadership option, students can learn about human resources, administrative operations and quality care evaluation. The educator option is suitable for individuals who want to obtain teaching or research positions in the nursing field. The nurse practitioner option is designed for students who want to receive advanced clinical training in a specific nursing field; these fields include family care or geriatric-adult acute care.

Doctorate in Nursing Practice

The Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is the terminal degree for clinical nursing. This program has two plans of study: one for students with BSN degrees and one for students with MSN degrees. Students who are admitted into the DNP program with bachelor's degrees must complete the program requirements to earn MSN degrees also. The DNP program requires 38 credits more than the master's requirement. In addition to taking courses such as healthcare information science, epidemiology and biostatistics, students complete a research project and 500-1,000 hours of clinical training in either family care or geriatric-adult acute care.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

This program is grounded in analytical studies rather than clinical training. Applicants must be licensed registered nurses with bachelor's degrees. Students admitted to this program without master's degrees may have to complete additional requirements; the PhD program requires 45 credits more than the MSN program. Several classes in quantitative and qualitative research methods are included as well as classes covering epidemiology, anthropology, bioethics and leadership. Students also complete dissertations.

Florida International University (FIU)

FIU is the only public research university in Miami. All of the nursing programs at this school are found within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, which also offers programs in five other health-related fields. FIU's nursing programs are approved by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and the Florida State Board of Nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

FIU has three pathways that lead to the BSN degree. The generic track is for students who have never obtained nursing licensure. Before being accepted into this program, students must first obtain associate's degrees or complete FIU's core curriculum. Students must also complete all nursing prerequisite classes and a nursing entrance exam. Once admitted, students complete several clinical courses in topics such as basic nursing skills, adult care and childbirth. During their senior years, students complete clinical practicums.

The RN-to-BSN track was created for registered nurses with associate's degrees or diplomas who want to earn BSN degrees. This fully online program includes classes in health evaluation, adult care and community health. Students must also complete various exams and a clinical practicum.

The third track is designed for doctors from foreign countries who don't practice medicine in the U.S. This program prepares them to become registered nurses or advanced nurse practitioners. The Foreign-Education Physician (FEP) BSN/MSN track allows students to earn their MSN degrees within three years; although, students also have the option to graduate after completing the BSN requirements.

Master of Science in Nursing

Applicants to this program need BSN degrees and state registered nursing licenses. Once admitted, students train to become nurse practitioners in one of these particular specialty areas: adult gerontology, child health, family health, mental health nursing or nurse anesthetist. As of January 2013, the nursing administration program is on hold. All tracks require students to work in professional settings to acquire a specific amount of clinical experience, which can range between 630 and 770 hours. Students have the option of completing a thesis, master's paper or research practicum. It typically takes about two years to complete this program.

Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate

This program is available to MSN degree-holders who want to further specialize in an additional clinical nursing field. The current post-master's specialty fields are adult, family, mental health and pediatric nursing. As with the MSN program, the nursing administration track is on hold as of January 2013. The program requires between 31 and 35 credits, depending on the chosen specialty. It usually takes about two years to complete this program.

Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate

This program is also designed for individuals who hold MSN degrees; however, the school offers a track that leads to an MSN degree and a nurse educator certificate. The curriculum focuses on preparing students to teach nursing in nursing schools or healthcare facilities. Students must complete 15 credits; this includes 210 hours of clinical training in classroom teaching methods.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

The PhD program is a research-oriented program.. This program includes a BSN-to-PhD track so that students without master's degrees may also qualify. However, these students will have to complete the requirements necessary to earn their MSN degrees as well as those necessary for the PhD. In the PhD program, students work with faculty members to choose their coursework. In addition to these courses, students also complete qualifying exams and dissertations.

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College has eight campuses around the greater Miami area. The School of Nursing is located at the Medical Campus, which is part of Miami's medical and civic center complex. The School of Nursing is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.

Associate of Science in Nursing

Students have three options for earning their associate's degrees in nursing. Students without nursing experience or education can choose the generic option, while those who already meet specific health education or licensure requirements may qualify for the bridge option. The accelerated option is designed for individuals who already have bachelor's degrees in unrelated fields. Full-time students can complete the generic track within two years or in one year for the bridge and accelerated options.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This program requires applicants to already have their associate's degrees in nursing and current state licensure for registered nursing. Additionally, applicants must meet minimal GPA standards on prerequisite coursework; prerequisite courses include anatomy and physiology, microbiology, psychology, sociology and nutrition.

Other Schools

Miami also has several other schools offering nursing programs. SABER College also has a practical nursing program as well as associate's degree programs in nursing. A nursing assistant vocational program and a practical nursing program are offered at D.A. Dorsey Educational Center. Lastly, City College has an Associate of Science and online Bachelor of Science program in nursing.

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