South Florida Nursing Programs with Degree Overviews

Dec 10, 2018

South Florida has numerous colleges and universities that offer nursing programs. Learn about the degree programs, tuition info and program options for a couple of the highest-ranked schools to make an informed education decision.

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South Florida Nursing Programs

Prospective healthcare providers can choose from a variety of nursing programs in South Florida. Schools offering such programs include public and not-for-profit institutions. Programs are available at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and all nursing programs include clinical or practical components that allow students to interact with real patients under supervision. As a result, admission requirements may be slightly stricter and can include a background check, drug screening, and immunization records. Two such schools that offer programs can be found below.

  • Florida Atlantic University, offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and a pair of doctoral degrees.
  • Florida International University is the only public research university in Miami and offers programs from the bachelor's level all the way up to doctorate.

Schools Comparison

The following table contains a comparison of some important facts and figures for these two schools.

Florida Atlantic University Florida International University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 30,208 56,718
Campus Setting Small city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $4,831 (in-state)
$17,276 (out-of-state)
$6,556 (in-state)
$18,954 (out-of-state)
Student-Faculty Ratio* 24 to 1 27 to 1
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 60% 54%
Full-time Student Retention Rate (2017)* 79% 88%
Graduation Rate (2011)* 51% 57%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, offers over 170 degree programs to over 30,000 students annually. The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing has both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. BSN students may enter the traditional RN or accelerated track to work towards their degree. The coursework and clinical experiences train students for careers in a variety of different settings.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

FAU offers an accelerated track for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. This intensive program is specifically designed for students who already possess a baccalaureate degree wishing to become a registered nurse. The program consists of four semesters of full-time academic study, with courses in pathophysiology, mental health, and family development.

Master of Science in Nursing

The MSN program prepares students for careers in leadership, teaching and clinics. There are many different concentrations to choose from, including family nurse practitioner, gerontological nurse practitioner, clinical nurse leader and nurse educator. The amount of credits needed will depend on the concentration students select. These programs can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP program stresses the development of leadership skills and is designed for nursing leaders looking for new and innovative methods of designing and implementing efficient models to be implemented in their own practices. In order to accommodate the busy schedules of its students, the program's courses are offered on weekends and online. Students will complete 1,000 hours of clinicals.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing

This research-oriented program features four focus areas: health aging, health equity, holistic health, and healthcare environments. Each focus area provides students with unique skills and experience, with course topics such as the evolution of nursing, qualitative research methods, and nursing public policy. At the end of the program, students use the knowledge and experience acquired in these courses to complete a dissertation.

Florida International University

Florida International University is the only public research university in Miami. Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in nursing are available through the College of Nursing & Health Sciences. The BSN program accepts prerequisite courses from a number of different colleges. Upper-division nursing coursework includes nursing care of adults, pharmacological basis for nursing practice, care of families and psychosocial nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

FIU's generic Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program trains professional nurses essential career skills. The program is divided into five full-time semesters and features extensive clinical experience. Graduates from this BSN program will be prepared to sit for the NCLEX, the licensing exam for aspiring registered nurses.

Master of Science in Nursing

The MSN program allows students to specialize in the area that is of greatest interest to them. Students are asked to choose 1 of 6 concentrations, such as advanced family nurse practitioner, certified registered nurse anesthetist and nurse administration. Graduates of the MSN program are eligible for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) certification.

Doctor Of Philosophy in Nursing

FIU's doctoral nursing program strives to prepare graduates for research careers and leadership roles in both the academic and medical sectors. This intensive program consists of six components, four of which are devoted to preparing, presenting, and defending a comprehensive dissertation.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The DNP is intended for those who wish to practice advanced clinical nursing. This program consists of three components, and students can study on a full-time or part-time basis.

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