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Applicants may inquire about info session availability OR make an appointment with an FIU Graduate Nursing Advisor for assistance with the application process (see Advising page).

Admissions Requirements

The applicant must:

  1. Have completed a baccalaureate degree in nursing which is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  Applicants with a baccalaureate degree from nursing programs without NLNAC or CCNE accreditation will be considered on an individual basis.  RN applicants (with a baccalaureate degree in another field) to the MSN program must have completed a non-nursing baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from a nationally accredited college or university.
  2. Have evidence of a current RN licensure in Florida.
  3. Have completed introductory courses in statistics (3 credits), and basic health assessment (3 credits). RN applicants with an Associate Degree in Nursing and a baccalaureate degree in another field who are applying to the MSN program must have completed a non-nursing baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from a nationally accredited college or university. These RN applicants must have completed undergraduate courses with a grade of “C” or higher: 4 credits each of human anatomy & lab, human physiology & lab, microbiology & lab, and survey of chemistry & lab; and 3 credits each of human growth & development, statistics, psychology, principles of nutrition, and ethics.
  4. Submit evidence of basic computer application (word processing) skills.
  5. Have a faculty interview.
  6. Provide the following:
    1. Statement of philosophy of nursing and professional goals.
    2. Letters of reference from: 1) a previous nursing faculty; 2) a current immediate supervisor; and 3) a co-worker.
  7. For international students (graduates of foreign nursing schools) only:
    1. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 550 or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  Minimum required scores is 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or 6.5 overall on the IELTS.
    2. CGFNS certification or Florida RN license.
  8. The Florida Board of Nursing and clinical agencies require the disclosure of conviction records for misdemeanors and/or felonies; therefore, this information will be required at the time of application. Applicants are required to submit to criminal background checks and drug testing. Expenses associated with background checks and drug testing (including repeat testing) are the responsibility of the student. Findings may affect a student’s ability to be admitted, to participate in clinical experiences and complete the program, and/or obtain advanced licensure/ certification.

Transfer & International Students

Transfer and international students must meet additional university requirements before proceeding with an application. Visit the FIU Graduate School website for details.

In addition to the program admission requirements, graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a foreign nursing school must: 

  • Comply with all International Student requirements as per FIU’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).
  • Meet the University Graduate School English-language proficiency requirements (TOEFL, IELTS, AA or BA from a U.S. school) if native language is not English.
    • TOEFL examination requirement - a score of 550 or higher on the written examination or 213 or higher on the computerized examination.
    • IELTS examination requirement - a score of 6.5 or higher.
  • Obtain a Florida RN license prior to starting any clinical nursing courses.

About our Admissions and Program Policies

Florida International University and Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences policies, procedures, requirements and regulations are continually reviewed 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 notice.

Contact Us

For assistance or questions regarding our admission and/or application requirements, please contact the FIU Graduate Nursing office:

Tel: 305-348-7748
Email: msnadmin@fiu.edu