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The Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) track at FIU is designed specifically for recently discharged U.S. military veterans and reservists from all military branches who have medical training as well as veterans without military medical backgrounds who are paramedic certified.

Students should watch the VBSN Information Session video or register to attend an information session on campus before scheduling a meeting with a VBSN program advisor (see ADVISING home page).

Required Prerequisites Courses

Nursing prerequisites

  • Intro to Psychology
  • Intro to Ethics
  • Intro to Statistics (any)
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Nutrition

Science prerequisites

  • Human Anatomy w/lab
  • Human Physiology w/lab
  • Microbiology w/lab
  • Chemistry w/lab
Science prerequisites must have been taken within the last 10 years.

Admission Requirements

The FIU VBSN is a limited-access program with criteria-based admission. Students are admitted either for the Spring or Fall semester.

  • Meet minimum U.S. Military / Reservist paramedic medical experience requirements with additional civilian healthcare experience as needed.
  • Associate in Arts (AA) from a Florida community college, previous bachelor’s degree from any accredited college or university, or completion of FIU’s University Core Curriculum (UCC).**
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher.
  • Completion of all Nursing prerequisites (listed above) with a “C” grade prior to beginning the track. ** NO FAILURES (C- or below) are allowed in the science prerequisites – even if successfully repeated for a passing grade.
  • Application to FIU Undergraduate Admissions.
  • 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

** Advisors will provide guidance on meeting requirements prior to, or during the track. An individual plan will be created for each student based on their civilian and military academic record. Applicants may satisfy the university core curriculum and the nursing prerequisites through a combination of prior coursework, credit-by-exam, or an earned degree.

Contact Us

For program information, questions regarding admission and/or application requirements, or to make a reservation for an Information Session or FIU VBSN advisor appointment, contact:


Tel: 305-348-4725 or
Tel: 305-348-7855


FIU Veteran & Military Affairs Service Center
Tel: 305-348-2838