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Admission Requirements

IMPORTANT: The VBSN Track is a special project sponsored and partially funded by a grant from the Health Research Services Administration (HRSA) and by FIU Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences which runs through December 2017.

Admission to the VBSN Medic to Nurse Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) track is criteria based, with students beginning the cohort once a year in the Fall semester or in the Spring semester. The VBSN track is designed specifically for recently discharged U.S. military veterans and reservists from all military branches who have medical training as well as veterans without military medical backgrounds who are paramedic certified.

Minimum Requirements for ALL Students:

The following will be considered for admission:

  • Meets minimum  US Military / Reservist paramedic medical experience requirement with additional civilian healthcare experience as needed.
  • Associates in Arts (AA) from a Florida community college, previous Bachelor’s degree from any accredited college or university, or completion of the FIU core curriculum.**
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher.
  • Successful completion of the TEAS nursing entrance exam with 70% overall minimum score and 62% minimum science score. Applicants may make an appointment to take the exam through the FIU Testing Center.
  • Completion of all Nursing prerequisites with a “C” grade prior to beginning the track.**
    • Human Anatomy / w lab
    • Human Physiology / w lab
    • Microbiology / w lab
    • Chemistry / w lab
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Ethics
    • Statistics
    • Human Growth & Development
    • Nutrition

** Advisors will provide guidance on meeting requirements prior to, or during the track. An individual plan will be created for each student based on their civilian and military academic record. Applicants may satisfy the university core curriculum and the nursing prerequisites through a combination of prior coursework, credit-by-exam, or an earned degree. Prerequisite Science courses must be taken within the last 10 years.