BSN‐PhD Admissions

As a prospective student to the BSN-to-PhD in Nursing program at Florida International University, you must meet all admission requirements specific to the PhD nursing program stipulated in the Graduate Catalog, as well as those in the University’s Graduate Policies and Procedures.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must meet all admissions requirements stipulated in the University’s Graduate Policies and Procedures. Additional requirements are as follows:

Requirements and Instructions as an applicant with domestic BSN credentials:

  1. Complete required online application via NursingCAS (Nursing Centralized Application Service) for the admission semester of your choice and pay the appropriate fee to NursingCAS-
  2. Complete required online FIU Application -and pay appropriate fee to FIU Graduate School
  3. An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. A baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) from an accredited institution.
  5. Submit official transcripts from ALL SCHOOLS attended for college credit (all associate and bachelor’s degree coursework) to NursingCAS for review and verification. EXCEPTION: Graduates with foreign BSN credentials see section below.
  6. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation from academic and professional references to NursingCAS
  7. Submit a professional CV to NursingCAS
  8. Submit a statement of the applicant’s goals for pursuing the Ph.D. degree in nursing to NursingCAS. This statement must be typed, double‐spaced, in a narrative format of no more than 500 words.
  9. Submit current Registered Nurse (RN) licensure in the State of Florida to NursingCAS. License must remain current throughout the program.
  10. Current professional liability insurance. The graduate student must maintain professional liability insurance throughout the program.
  11. A satisfactory interview by members of the College’s Doctoral Program Admissions Committee. The Committee will examine the credentials of all applicants.

Requirements and instructions as an applicant with foreign BSN credentials:

In Addition to the requirements listed earlier for applicants with domestic BSN you must:

  1. Turn in to NursingCAS
  2. Turn in to FIU Graduate School
    • Applicants, whose native language is not English, must meet the University Graduate School English-language proficiency requirements (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, ENC 1101 and ENC 1102, AA or BA from a U.S. school). Please note that it applies to all applicants with foreign BSN credentials except English Test Exempt Countries as listed in the following link under Foreign-educated Students
    • Official Professional Transcript Evaluation and Translation for educational purposes with U.S. Equivalent Grades, Credits, & GPA from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services/NACES.
    • Comply with all requirements as per International Student & Scholar Services, if applicable.

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 PhD Nursing unit office:

Tel: 305-348-2979
Location: MMC-AHC 3, Rm. 521B