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Each FIU Undergraduate Nursing program has its own admission requirements and application process. Please review the requirements for your specific BSN program of interest.

The Accelerated Option Bachelor of Science in Nursing (AO BSN) is a limited-access program with a competitive admissions process based on comprehensive evaluations.

Applications are reviewed once a year to admit students for the Fall mini-term – aka Winter Intersession.

Required Prerequisites Courses for Traditional Students Seeking a Second Bachelor's Degree

Nursing prerequisites

  • Intro to Psychology
  • Intro to Ethics
  • Any Intro to Statistics
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Nutrition

Science prerequisites

  • Human Anatomy w/lab
  • Human Physiology w/lab
  • Intro to Microbiology w/lab
  • Survey of Chemistry w/lab

Similar courses can be considered for equivalency through review by NWCNHS Student Services.
Science prerequisites must have been taken within the last 10 years.

Required Prerequisites for foreign educated physician seeking a BSN degree

  • HUN 2201 (Principles of Nutrition)
  • DEP 2000 (Human Growth & Development)*
  • Any Intro to Statistics course

These course numbers refer to FIU courses, but an equivalent course can be transferred from any regionally accredited college/university to satisfy the requirements. ALL prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Summer semester to be eligible for admission for the Fall term. Aminimum grade of "C" is required in these courses.

*A passing CLEP exam score can be taken to satisfy the human growth & development prerequisite.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for Traditional Students Seeking a Second Bachelor's Degree
  • Bachelor’s (BA or BS) degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all coursework.
  • Meet all FIU Admissions Standards requirements to Apply to FIU for Fall term.
  • Completion of ALL required prerequisite courses (listed above) by the end of the Summer semester to be eligible for admission for the Fall mini-term.
    • Minimum cumulative 3.25 GPA for all Nursing prerequisite courses.
  • Provide a 3-minute video essay. As an interview component, students are required to submit a 3-minute video essay which showcases their presentation and creative skills, along with their public speaking. We ask that you answer the following three questions:

    1. Describe what nursing means to you, and why you decided to pursue a career in nursing.
    2. Describe any personal experiences and/or characteristics you have that you think will make you a better nurse.
    3. Upon graduation, how do you see yourself impacting the community and/or the nursing profession?As an interview component, students are required to submit a 3-minute video essay which showcases their presentation and creative skills, along with their public speaking. We ask that you answer the following three questions:

    The video must be uploaded to YouTube under an unlisted privacy setting, and you will provide us the link to your video on your NursingCAS application. Please name your video: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, PANTHER ID. Please make sure to dress professionally and appropriately, since these videos are reviewed by our college's faculty members and will be given a presentation score. Make sure to state your name and Panther ID at the beginning of your video for reference.
  • Successful completion of the ATI TEAS (Edition VI) nursing entrance exam. To be considered a qualified applicant eligible for admission, you must achieve:
    • Minimum 70% comprehensive score AND
    • Minimum 62% science score
  • Applicants must complete a separate NursingCAS application for the Accelerated Option Track by the deadline date.
Admission requirements for foreign educated physician seeking a BSN degree
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA from previously awarded Doctor of Medicine from an accredited medical school outside of the U.S. shown through the completion of a course by course evaluation obtained through a NACES accredited evaluation company (naces.org).
  • Minimum of 550 on Paper-Based TOEFL exam, or 80 on the Internet-Based Test (TOEFL), or minimum of 6.5 IELTS band score, or completion of ENC 1101 and 1102 from a regionally accredited college or university. *TOEFL Paper-Based Exam is offered at the FIU English Language Institute (eli.fiu.edu).
  • Cannot have obtained an RN license from a previous nursing program!
  • Must apply to FIU Undergraduate Admissions (admissions.fiu.edu) for the FALL term for the Nursing-AO-BSN track AND Nursing CAS, by no later than July 15th.
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed no later than the SUMMER term of the year in which you are applying for AND have been completed within the last 10 years. If older than 10 years, they must be repeated.
  • Provide a 3-minute video essay. As an interview component, students are required to submit a 3-minute video essay which showcases their presentation and creative skills, along with their public speaking. We ask that you answer the following three questions:

    1. Describe what nursing means to you, and why you decided to pursue a career in nursing.
    2. Describe any personal experiences and/or characteristics you have that you think will make you a better nurse.
    3. Upon graduation, how do you see yourself impacting the community and/or the nursing profession?As an interview component, students are required to submit a 3-minute video essay which showcases their presentation and creative skills, along with their public speaking. We ask that you answer the following three questions:

    The video must be uploaded to YouTube under an unlisted privacy setting, and you will provide us the link to your video on your NursingCAS application. Please name your video: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, PANTHER ID. Please make sure to dress professionally and appropriately, since these videos are reviewed by our college's faculty members and will be given a presentation score. Make sure to state your name and Panther ID at the beginning of your video for reference.
  • Successful completion of the ATI TEAS (Edition VI) nursing entrance exam. To be considered a qualified applicant eligible for admission, you must achieve:
    • Minimum 70% comprehensive score AND
    • Minimum 62% science score
  • Provide copy of U.S. permanent residency or citizenship, and valid driver's license. Unfortunately, students with visas, political asylum, or temporary protective status (TPS), are not eligible to apply.

* These changes are effective as of 2019, and are subject to change at any given time. The combined BSN/MSN track is no longer available.

Transfer & International Students

Transfer and international students must meet all FIU Admissions Standards and additional university requirements before proceeding with an application. Visit the FIU Admissions website for details about applying to FIU.

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 Undergraduate Nursing office:

Tel: 305-348-7703