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FIU Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programs
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is the foundation needed to prepare nurse professionals to thrive and practice in today’s increasingly complex and technological health care systems. It is also a catalyst for nurses to pursue advancement opportunities as careers progress from care givers to managers to unit leaders and beyond. The FIU Undergraduate Nursing department offers five (5) distinct tracks to obtain your BSN degree.
- Generic BSN: The traditional curriculum of coursework for native college students.
- Accelerated Option: Three (3) semester program designed for students with a previous Bachelor’s degree who are seeking a career change to nursing.
- RN-to-BSN: An accelerated BSN completion program offered exclusively online and designed with the working nurse in mind.
- Medic to Nurse VBSN: Accelerated program designed for returning Veterans or Reservists who have served in the U.S. Military as medics or corpsman.
- FEP-to-BSN/MSN: This first-in-the-nation nursing education program enables foreign‐educated physicians who are not practicing medicine in this country to contribute their knowledge and skills in the health care system as nursing professionals.
The purposes of FIU’s three BSN programs are to prepare the graduate to:
- Function as a professional nurse generalist.
- Function as an accountable and responsible citizen.
- Participate in evidence-based health care delivery, research, education, leadership, and consultation services in the local, regional, national, and global community.
- Recognize and respond to the need for continuing professional development.
To learn more about the curriculum framework, objectives and organization of our BSN programs, please click on the buttons below.
Facts At a Glance
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program was approved in 1982 by the Board of Regents of the State University System.
The FIU Undergraduate Nursing program has 130 students in the Foreign-Educated Physician to BSN/MSN (FEP) program, 206 in the Generic BSN program and 329 in the RN-to-BSN program.
The Generic BSN program admits once a year in the fall. The FEP program admits in the spring and fall. The RN-to-BSN admits every semester, spring, fall, and summer.
The first-time pass rate of FIU BSN graduates on the 2011 NCLEX (or National Council Licensure Examination) – the licensing exam to obtain your Registered Nurse (RN) credential – was 94%. The NCLEX first-time pass rate for the first quarter of 2012 was 95%.
The diversity representation of the students in the undergraduate generic class that graduated Spring 2012 was:
- 5.1% Asian
- 10.3% African Americans (including Haitians)
- 73.2% Hispanic
- 11.3% white, non-Hispanic
Pi Alpha - Sigma Theta Tau International
An honor to join. A benefit to belong.
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Pi Alpha Chapter is a professional organization that offers membership to nursing professionals. Through academic achievements and/or your personal commitment to nursing excellence members are selected and invited to join. As a student in the first semester of his/her senior year in nursing and holding an academic excellence rank of top third of his/her nursing class, a student is eligible and invited. Because of this success and dedication to nursing during the nursing curriculum, the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International - Pl Alpha chapter for the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences invites nursing students to become a member of one of the largest and most prestigious nursing organizations in the world!
STTI honor society membership is more than an academic destination; it’s a rewarding connection with nurses at the local, regional, and international levels who share your need to make a difference in the health of the world’s people lasting into your professional career as a nurse and a leader in your profession. The honor society will help you help others, whether through professional development or career resources, community involvement at the local level or beyond. Membership is seen, among nursing leaders, as an important highlight in the nursing career.
“I loved this program. The form was different for all of the classes which made it interesting. I had to use and learn new technological skills.” In answer to what helped you succeed: “Benevolent teachers.” “…instructors were very good mentors.” (Post 1 year RN-to-BSN EXIT SURVEY Spring 2011)
“…my professors were very inspiring and supportive.” “The nursing instructors’ teaching tips and clinical experience were invaluable.“ “The hard work of the professors made me succeed.” (FEP EXIT SURVEY Spring 2011)
In answer to what helped you succeed: “…accessibility of faculty outside lecture hours.” (Post one year Generic BSN EXIT SURVEY Spring 2011).
“Becoming a nurse practitioner is a great opportunity that the FIU Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences is providing us. We have the chance to combine our past experiences as doctors who graduated in other countries with FIU’s excellent nursing training. It is really exciting and a great way to create a new future for us and for our community.”
-- Yudith Ruiz Arias, Class of 2014
“I am a Foreign Medical Graduate from Ecuador and at FIU in the combined BSN/MSN program. It has been a wonderful experience. I see patients now in a more holistic way and it is very encouraging to know that I will be able to continue doing what I enjoy the most—taking care of patients and participating directly in their treatment plan.”
-- Karina Hasing, Class of 2014