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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.

VBSN FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

General Information

Application Process

Transfer Students and Credits

Costs and Funding

Tests and Examinations

Curriculum

Additional Resources

General Information

1.Where is the VBSN Track located?

The VBSN Track Office is located in the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus: 11200 S.W. 8th Street, AHC3-232, Miami, Florida 33199. Campus map and directions (PDF version available here)

2. Is the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences (NWCNHS) Veteran BSN track accredited?

Yes. The VBSN Track is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, (202) 887-8476, and approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing, (4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN CO2, Tallahassee, FL 32399, 850-245-4125).

3. Is the school supportive of veterans?

FIU has over 2,000 student veterans and has a dedicated veterans building. They will be your main POC for the GI Bill and other school support issues.

 

Application Process

1. How do I obtain an application for the Veteran BSN track?

Download the Veteran BSN brochure and Veteran BSN Application on the Admission Information page.

2. How do I obtain an application from Florida International University?

To apply online, or to print and mail an application, go to How to Apply. NOTE: Please complete and/or send the FIU application before requesting transcripts sent to the University.

3. What are the admission requirements for the track?

Visit the Admissions Requirements section on this site.

4. What are the steps in applying to the track?

Visit the How to Apply section on this site.

5. When does the Track start?

The Track cohorts start in the Spring semester and in the Fall semester; however, pre-Track courses occur in the Fall and Summer semesters respectively. Each student has a different plan so contact the VBSN Academic Advisor for detailed information.

6. What is the procedure for selection of applicants?

The track has limited enrollment. To be considered for admission, applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, have completed science courses within the past 10 years, have met all the lower division requirements, have completed 60 semester hours, have met entry requirements for computation and reading skills through the nursing entrance examination, and be recommended for admission by the Undergraduate Nursing Admissions Committee.

7. How many students are in each cohort?

Presently the cohorts are limited to 30-35 students.

8. Can I submit an application to the Veteran BSN track while I am still completing my prerequisite courses?

Yes, you may apply to the VBSN Track the year before you plan to start a cohort (i.e. if you plan to start in the spring of 2015, you may apply during 2014). Once all prerequisite courses are completed, you must have official transcripts sent to FIU.

9. Are there immunization requirements at FIU?

Yes. FIU, as do all FL state schools, requires immunizations for (Measles/Mumps/Rubella/Hepatitis B/Meningitis) as part of enrollment.  Please click on the following link for more information:
http://healthservices.fiu.edu/immunization

10. Is there a background check?

Yes. Applicants receive information about a background check after applying to the VBSN Track. The background check must be completed prior to the fall and spring cohorts by August 1st for the fall cohort and by December 1st for the spring cohort.

 

Transfer Students and Credits

1. When and how do I schedule an appointment with a Veteran BSN advisor?

Applicants are strongly urged to make an appointment to attend a Veteran BSN information session at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC) and/or to view the information video on Track Overview. Following attendance at an information session or viewing the on-line video, make an individual advising appointment with the Academic Advisor, (305) 348-4725.

2. I am an applicant who is transferring credits from 1) out of state; and/or 2) a private community college. How do I prepare myself academically?

Students, who enter FIU without an AA degree, transfer from out-of-state, or transfer from a private community college must meet the FIU core curriculum requirements and must satisfy State of Florida mandated Gordon rule and foreign language requirements prior to entering the upper division nursing program. FIU only accepts coursework from regionally-accredited colleges and universities.

3. I am an applicant who has a previous baccalaureate degree (not in nursing). Am I required to meet the FIU’s core curriculum, Gordon rule (the general education requirements)?

No.

4. How is my prior course work evaluated for equivalency?

Coursework that must meet the University Core Curriculum (UCC) is evaluated by Transfer and Transitions, Undergraduate Education. Nursing prerequisites that do not need to be counted toward the UCC are evaluated by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

5. Should I send all transcripts to the Academic Advisor for review?

Yes, send all original transcripts (unofficial or official) from all colleges. Also send your Joint Services Transcript from ACE  https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do or your CCAF transcript.

6. What prerequisite courses are required for the track?

For required nursing prerequisites, click on the following link: Admission Requirements

7. Can I still be considered for the Track if I earn lower than a “C” in a nursing prerequisite course?

Yes, as long as you retake the course and earn a “C” or higher in it.

8. I am an applicant who is transferring credits from a Florida community college(s). How do I prepare myself academically?

Applicants who take prerequisite courses at a public Florida community college are strongly encouraged to complete the Associate of Arts (AA) degree before transferring credits to FIU. Students who enter FIU without an AA degree must meet the FIU core curriculum requirements and must satisfy State of Florida mandated Gordon rule and foreign language requirements prior to entering the upper division nursing program.

9. Will my Associate of Arts degree from a public school outside the state of Florida be recognized at FIU?

No, FIU only accepts Associate of Arts degrees from Florida regionally accredited schools; however, classes may be applied to the UCC requirements and nursing prerequisites.  Courses are evaluated on a case by case basis.  Also, an Associate in Science is not equivalent to an Associate in Arts degree.

10. Will FIU accept my Military Credits?

Florida International University can award academic credit for military training. The type and amount of credit that can be granted depend on the veteran’s service record. These credits typically count toward electives. More information can be found at: OneStopVeterans.

 

Costs and Funding

1. What are the costs of the track?

Visit our Tuition Costs section on this site on this website, and also visit FIU Tuition and Fees.

2. Is financial assistance available?

Yes. For information on whether you qualify for financial aid through FIU or for scholarships, click on the following link: OneStop. Scholarships opportunities are periodically available throughout the academic school year.

3. What about tuition if I am not a Florida resident?

As of Fall 2014, all military veterans residing in FL pay in-state tuition.  There is no one year waiting requirement.

4. Must I pay the $200 FIU matriculation fee?

No. FIU has waived the deposit fee (use Veteran/Military Undergraduate Tuition Deposit Waiver) for anyone using the G.I. Bill as a Veteran of the U.S. Military. More information can be found at: Click Here.  However you must matriculate at FIU prior to registering for class.

5. What does the grant pay for?

The grant covers part of the cost of the VBSN Track itself. The grant does not allows funds to be used for scholarships. The grant does not cover the cost of student tuition or expenses.

 

Tests and Examinations

1. How do I schedule the test of essential academic skills (TEAS) nursing test?

The TEAS is offered on select weekdays at FIU, at other regionally accredited colleges and universities, and at PSI Testing Centers around the country. Visit the FIU Testing Center at: Click Here If you are deployed, contact your education center to schedule the test. If they are not familiar with the test contact ATI, the test company at 913-661-6576 and ask for the Military Registration and Client Care Specialist.

2. What version of the TEAS is required?

FIU will only recognize ATI TEAS results.

3. Can I retake the TEAS if I do not earn the minimum scores?

Yes.

4. How do I submit TEAS results if I took the exam at a testing location other than FIU?

Log on to the ATI website and request that an official score be sent to the FIU Testing Center.

5. Can I use CLEP exams for any of the subjects?

Yes. The foreign language, psychology and human growth and development subject areas of the CLEP exams are accepted and are offered at FIU: Click Here

If you are deployed, the first place to start should be your education office. If you not have a local office, the following link will direct you to the CLEP website. http://clep.collegeboard.org/overview/collegecredit

6. Is there a licensing examination for students who complete the track?

Yes. The RN licensing examination is named the NCLEX and is administered through the Florida Board of Nursing. Students can take the test in Florida or in another state.

7. Does the military funding cover the cost of CLEP, DANTE, and TEAS?

Yes, but contact the FIU Veteran and Military Affairs Office at 305-348-2838 for more information.

8. When do I take the NCLEX?

The NCLEX is taken upon the successful completion of the BSN.

 

Curriculum

1. What is the Gordon Rule?

For information on the Gordon Rule and other UCC requirements, click on the following link: Gordon Rule

2. Can I go part time?

No. The track is “lock-step.” All entering students proceed as a class through the track to graduation.

3. Can I hold a full-time job while taking the Track?

While employment is not prohibited, the fast pace of the class and weekly clinical rotations may interfere with your work schedule. Also, class times and days vary from semester to semester.

4. What are some of the challenges faced by students in the classes?

The classes are fast-paced so time management skills are important. It is important to be prompt and attend every class as there is very little time to make up missed classes and assignments. Again good time management skills will prevent many issues.

5. What is the instructional delivery method of the courses in the Track?

Classes are on-campus and on-line, while clinical coursework takes place in local hospitals. While on-line classes are different than the usual face to face military instruction they should not be grounds for concern. If you have good time management skills and pay attention to the syllabus, you should not have any problems.

 

Additional Resources

1. What additional help will I have during the Track?

Along with the veteran’s center, you will have a retired veteran as an academic coach who will help you succeed.

2. What is a PDA?

PDA stands for Panther Degree Audit. It is an automated degree audit at FIU that monitors your progress through the University, keeping track of what requirements you have fulfilled and what requirements you still have to complete. You can’t graduate until all the sections are completed. You should print your PDA report at least once a semester. Review the PDA for accuracy and put the copy in your Important Documents Portfolio. Take your PDA with you when you see your advisor. You can obtain your PDA online through my.fiu.edu and click on the link under Academic Advisement that says Panther Degree Audit. Once you open this, click on Expand All to view which requirements are completed, which are in progress, and which need to be completed.

3. What is the address for the Florida Board of Nursing general information web site?

Click on the following: Florida Board of Nursing Web Site. NOTE: Florida International University and Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences' policies, procedures, requirements and regulations are continually subject to review in order to serve the needs of the University/College’s publics and to respond to the mandates of the Florida Department of Education, Board of Governors, the Legislature, and other regulatory and accrediting agencies. Changes in programs, policies, procedures, requirements, and regulations may be made without advance notice.