- How many credits can I transfer from another university or college?
You can transfer up to 60 credits from another university or college. Those credits must meet the University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements and must satisfy the State of Florida mandated Gordon Rule requirements.
- I am an applicant who is transferring credits. How do I prepare myself academically?
- If transferring from a Florida state college, community college or university: applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Associate of Arts (AA) degree before transferring credits to FIU.
- If transferring without an AA – OR – from an out-of-state or private college, community college or university: applicants MUST meet the University Core Curriculum (UCC) and satisfy State of Florida-mandated Gordon Rule and foreign language requirements prior to entering the upper division nursing program.
- Will my Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a public school outside the state of Florida be recognized at FIU?
No. FIU only accepts AA degrees from Florida regionally accredited schools. However, classes may be applied to the University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements and nursing prerequisites. Courses are evaluated on a case by case basis.
- Is an Associate in Science (AS) degree equivalent to an Associate of Arts (AA) degree?
- What is the Gordon Rule?
Florida State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.030, the Gordon Rule, requires students to successfully complete 12 credits of writing-intensive and 6 credits of math-intensive courses prior to receipt of an Associate of Arts (AA) degree or entry into the upper division of a Florida public university or college. These courses must be completed with grades of “C” or better and fulfilled within the first 60 credits. Gordon Rule courses are identified on the University Core Curriculum.
- What is a PDA?
PDA stands for Panther Degree Audit. It is an automated degree audit for FIU-enrolled students that monitors your progress through the university, keeping track of what requirements you have fulfilled, and what requirements you still must complete. You cannot graduate until all the sections are completed. You should print your PDA report at least once a semester and review your PDA for accuracy. Take your PDA with you when you see your advisor. You can obtain your PDA online through MyFIU and click on the link under Academics 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.
- I am an applicant who has a previous baccalaureate degree (not in nursing). Am I required to meet the Gordon Rule (general education requirements) of FIU’s University Core Curriculum?
- Is there a licensing examination for students who complete the BSN programs?
Yes. The RN licensing examination is named the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®) and can be taken in any state upon completion of the BSN degree. The NCLEX-RN is administered through the Florida Board of Nursing in the state of Florida.
- Who is required to take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam?
Applicants to FIU’s Generic BSN, Accelerated Option BSN, Veterans BSN and Foreign Educated Physician to BSN/MSN programs are required to take the TEAS. Absolutely no exemptions or substitutions are made for this admission requirement.
- Do I need to apply to FIU before I can take the TEAS exam?
No. Also, you do not need to be an active FIU student to take the exam at the FIU Testing Center.
- Which version of the TEAS should I take?
Refer to the Admission Requirements section on the program page to confirm the required test edition.
- How can I study for the TEAS?
Study manuals, practice assessment packages and other study materials are available at the ATI TEAS store.
- How can I verify that my official TEAS scores were received?
Applicants will receive an email confirming their application status.
- Do I have to submit my TEAS scores again if I reapply to the program?
TEAS scores must be submitted with each application packet for the nursing program. We are unable to retrieve materials from previous application cycles. It is the responsibility of the applicants to provide the scores each time. You MUST take the exam again if you reapply to the program.
- How many times can I take the TEAS?
The FIU Testing Center permits two (2) attempts per application cycle, with a minimum 30-day waiting period between the attempts. Other testing sites may have their own policies regarding how often or how many times one may take the TEAS. Consult directly with the testing site to clarify.
Note: Your scores are reflected on your Individual Performance Profile, which is accessible as a PDF. Any additional attempts would be null and void, even if you were unable to meet the minimum requirements in the first two attempts.
- Do I need to submit the scores from each TEAS attempt?
Yes. ALL attempts taken in the same application cycle (specific to each program) must be submitted before the program’s application deadline date (by 5 p.m. EST) to ensure that the best overall score is used for your application. Late scores are not accepted.Note: Official test results include the number of attempts made on any version of the TEAS, as well as the number of days between the current and last attempt.
- Can sections from different TEAS attempts be combined for the best overall score?
No. FIU Nursing will not cross-combine the best score per section from different attempts. Instead, we will sum the Reading, Math, Science, and English sections from each individual attempt to determine the single best overall attempt. Once the best attempt has been identified, the lower attempt is removed, and the best TEAS score will be used for the applicant’s evaluation.
- Can I apply to the Generic BSN program while I am still completing my prerequisite courses?
Yes. The nursing prerequisites and general education requirements can be in progress during the Spring semester prior to the Fall semester you wish to be admitted; however, they must ALL be completed by the end of the Spring semester. Once all prerequisites and general education courses are completed, you must have official transcripts sent again to FIU and a final copy sent to the NWCNHS Student Services Office.
- If I meet all the admission requirements, am I assured admission to the Generic BSN program?
No. The program is highly competitive and has limited enrollment due to Florida Board of Nursing regulations and agency requirements. We only admit 100 students annually in the Fall semester.
- Can a Generic BSN student go part-time?
No. The program is full-time and “lock-step.” All students admitted in each application cycle proceed as a cohort through to graduation.
- Are the Generic BSN courses online?
No. But many courses are web-enhanced, using computer technology to deliver portions of the course (e.g., notes, quizzes, discussions).
- If I meet all the admission requirements, am I assured admission to the track? No. The track is highly competitive and has limited enrollment due to Florida Board of Nursing regulations and agency requirements. The student/faculty ratio is mandated to protect patient safety in the clinical setting.ssfully repeated for a passing grade.
- If I have a sponsoring hospital, am I required to work at the hospital after I graduate? Yes. The hospital will require you to sign a contract to work in that facility for a specified time period.
- Can I go part-time in the track?No. The program is full-time and “lock-step.” All students admitted in each application cycle proceed as a cohort through to graduation.
- Are the AO BSN courses online?Some courses are offered online and many courses are web-enhanced. Web-enhanced courses use computer technology to deliver portions of the course (e.g., notes, quizzes, discussions).
- Is the school supportive of veterans?
FIU has over 2,000 student veterans and has a dedicated veterans center through its Veteran and Military Affairs Office. They will be your main Point of Contact for the G.I. Bill and other school support issues. Along with the veterans center, you will have a retired veteran as an academic coach who will guide you through the VBSN program.
- Can I apply to the Veteran BSN track while I am still completing my prerequisite courses?
Yes. You may apply to the VBSN program the year before you plan to start a cohort. Once all prerequisite courses are completed, you must have official transcripts sent to FIU.
- Is there a background check?
Yes. Applicants receive information about a background check after applying to the VBSN program. The background check must be completed by August 1 (for the Fall cohort) or December 1 (for the Spring cohort).
- Should I send all transcripts to the VBSN Academic Advisor for review?
Yes. Send all original transcripts (unofficial or official) from all colleges, universities and professional schools attended. Also, send your Joint Services Transcript from ACE or your CCAF transcript.
- Can I still be considered for the program if I earn lower than a “C” in a nursing prerequisite course?
Yes, if you retake the course and earn a “C” or higher in it.
- Will FIU accept my military credits?
FIU can award academic credit for military training. The type and amount of credit that can be granted depends on the veteran’s service record. These credits typically count toward electives. More information can be found at FIU's Veteran and Military Affairs Office.
- Must I pay the FIU matriculation fee?
No. FIU has waived the deposit fee (use the Veteran/Military Undergraduate Tuition Deposit Waiver) for anyone using the G.I. Bill as a veteran of the U.S. military. However, you must matriculate at FIU prior to registering for class.
- What does the grant pay for?
The grant covers part of the cost of the VBSN program itself. The grant does not allow funds to be used for scholarships. The grant does not cover the cost of student tuition or expenses.
- What about tuition if I am not a Florida resident?
As of Fall 2014, all military veterans residing in Florida pay in-state tuition. There is no one-year waiting requirement.
- How do I schedule the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) nursing entrance exam if I am on deployment?
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.
- 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 the FIU Testing Center.
If you are deployed, the first place to start should be your education office. If you do not have a local office, go directly to the CLEP website.
- 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.
- Can a Veteran BSN student go part-time?
No. The VBSN program is full-time and “lock-step.” All students admitted in each application cycle proceed as a cohort through to graduation.
- Can I hold a full-time job while taking the program?
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.
- 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.
- What is the instructional delivery method of the courses in the program?
Classes are on-campus and online, with clinical coursework at local hospitals. While online classes are different than the usual face-to-face military instruction, this should not be ground for concern. If you have good time management skills and pay attention to the syllabus, you should not have any problems.