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Bachelor of Science

Online BS in Nursing

Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences (NWCNHS)

Overview

Please note: This fully online program is designated for Licensed Registered Nurses only.

For RNs ready to leap forward in their career, a bachelor's degree in nursing can help boost your marketability, expand your skills, and increase your value to your employers. FIU Online's RN to BSN program is specifically designed for registered nurses (RNs) who wish to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Our fully online bachelor's program continues your nursing education with coursework that is relevant to your workplace experience; including health, wellness and care across cultures, nursing leadership in global healthcare, and community health. You will become a more accomplished nurse with a strong foundation in evidence-based nursing practices.

Take the next step.

The online RN to BSN curriculum is flexible and adaptable to your schedule, with full or part-time options. You'll earn your BSN with a minimum of 30 additional credits (3 full-time semesters) of upper division online coursework and an additional 30 credits earned through clinical proficiency evaluation, bringing your total credits to 120 credits which include the 60 lower division credits from your previously earned Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree. Graduates of the RN to BSN program track are eligible to apply for graduate programs with advanced nursing degrees, such as a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN), or doctoral programs such as the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or the BSN to PhD in Nursing program.  

Why Apply?

Please note: This fully online program is designated for Licensed Registered Nurses only. 

Our fully online bachelor's program continues your nursing education with coursework that is relevant to your workplace experience; including health, wellness and care across cultures, nursing leadership in global healthcare, and community health. You will become a more accomplished nurse with a strong foundation in evidence-based nursing practices.

The online RN to BSN curriculum is flexible and adaptable to your schedule, with full or part-time options. You'll earn your BSN with a minimum of 30 additional credits (3 full-time semesters) of upper division online coursework and an additional 30 credits earned through clinical proficiency evaluation, bringing your total credits to 120 credits which include the 60 lower division credits from your previously earned Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree. Graduates of the RN to BSN program track are eligible to apply for graduate programs with advanced nursing degrees, such as a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN), or doctoral programs such as the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or the BSN to PhD in Nursing program.  

Accreditation

The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences (NWCNHS) offers a professional program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The BSN program was approved by the Board of Regents of the State University System in 1982. The RN to BSN program track is open to registered nurses who wish to complete the BSN degree.

The BSN and MSN nursing programs of the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (One Dupont Circle, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, 202- 887-6791), the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (222 S. Prospect Ave., Suite 304, Park Ridge, IL 60068, 847-692-7050), and approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing, (4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN CO2, Tallahassee, FL 32399, 850-245-4125).

Courses

The following is a list of the nursing core courses which are taken by all RN to BSN students. The program of study also includes three (3) upper division electives, one of which must be a nursing elective course.

The BSN degree requires a minimum of 120 credits. In addition to 60 transferable lower division credits, the degree requirements include a 24 credit nursing core, a 30 credit clinical proficiency evaluation (completed by equivalency exams), 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. No more than six (6) transferable credits from other nursing baccalaureate programs will be accepted for the RN-BSN program of study. Students must complete at least 30 upper division credits at FIU.

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits

Curriculum
Level 1:

NUR 3821

Professional Nursing Leadership: Concepts & Issues

3

NUR 3066C

Health Assessment & Promotion

4

Challenge Exams

NUR 3226/3227

Adult Physiological Nursing (E.E.)*

12

NUR 3535

Psychosocial Nursing (E.E.)*

6

NUR 4355/4455

Childrearing/Childbearing (E.E.)*

12

Level II:

NUR 3666

Evidence-Based Nursing & Research for GHCG/**

3

XXX XXXX

Upper Division Elective (3000 or 4000 level )

3

Level III:

NUR 4667

Nursing in Global Health Care Systems

3

XXX XXXX

Upper Division Elective (3000 or 4000 level)

3

NUR XXXX

NURSING Upper Division Elective

3

Level IV:

NUR 4636C

Care of Communities: Community Health***

4

NUR 4945L

Senior Clinical Practicum***

4

G Meets FIU Global Learning curriculum requirement

* E.E = Equivalency Exams (may be taken while enrolled in program).
NURX-310 Adult Nursing (554)
NURX-315 Maternal and Child Nursing (Baccalaureate) (457)
NURX-320 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (503)

** Statistics is a pre-requisite for this course.

Nursing Core Courses, Upper Division Electives, Excelsior College Challenge Exams, Nursing Prerequisites, University Core Curriculum, Foreign Language, and Clinical Clearance are all required prior to Final Semester deadline:

  • March 1st: For Summer Final Semester enrollment
  • June 1st: For Fall Final Semester enrollment
  • November 1st: For Spring Final Semester enrollment

See University catalog/nursing advisor for pre-and-corequisite courses.

Requirements

Please note: This fully online program is designed for Licensed Registered Nurses.

To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Florida Licensed Registered Nurse (RN) – RN’s with licensure in another state can contact the Florida Board of Nursing.
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA from an accredited ASN or Diploma Nursing Program. 
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA from any of the following: an Associate in Arts (AA) from a Florida State System college OR non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution OR meet University Core Curriculum (UCC) Requirements
  • If ASN or Nursing Diploma is from a non-regionally accredited institution, the following is required:
    • An Associate in Arts (AA) from a Florida State System college OR a bachelor's degree in another field from any regionally accredited institution
    • The nursing degree MUST be accredited by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) OR CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
  • The following nursing prerequisites must be completed at a regionally-accredited institution with a grade of "C" or higher:
    • Microbiology with lab
    • Chemistry with lab (CHM 1033/L or CHM 1045/L or equivalent)
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs
    • Human Growth & Development
    • Nutrition
    • Intro to Psychology
    • Intro to Ethics
    • Statistics
  • Minimum 60 transferable lower division college credits (including University Core Curriculum and Nursing Prerequisites)
  • Meet FIU foreign language requirement (FLENT/FLEX) and all other undergraduate admissions requirements      
  • Note. Courses completed are subject to approval by the program committee upon submission of official transcripts to satisfy the prerequisites. Up to two of the following prerequisites may be taken as upper division electives in the program: Statistics, Ethics, and Nutrition.

All applicants must complete both an online university undergraduate application to FIU and an RN to BSN college application. Transfer students must successfully meet all FIU undergraduate admissions requirements prior to being admitted to the RN to BSN program. A detailed list of required documents will be provided by FIU Online upon receiving the university online undergraduate application.

Re-admission Requirements

Once admitted, students are to remain continuously enrolled at FIU, taking at least one RN to BSN course per semester. A student who is not enrolled in any coursework for more than three consecutive terms is no longer considered an active FIU student and will be required to apply for re-admission. Students reapplying to the RN to BSN program track must meet the University and program regulations in effect at the time of re-admission, including program GPA and ASN or Diploma Nursing Program accreditation requirements. When seeking readmission, a returning RN to BSN student must meet with a CNHS academic advisor to determine how their previous coursework will fit within the current RN to BSN curriculum requirements in effect at the time of readmission. RN to BSN coursework completed five (5) or more years previously may not be used toward degree completion and/or may need to be repeated.

Students may be required to repeat or take additional courses to complete degree requirements.

Effective Fall 2016: Students who were dismissed from this program must wait 5 years before applying for readmission.

Clinical Placement Requirements

ALL RN to BSN students are required to complete a criminal background check, required health information, drug testing, and RN Liability Insurance prior to placement in the clinical setting during their final semester of the program. Additional information on these, and other clinical placement requirements, can be found here.

Scholastic Requirements

To remain in good academic standing, students must achieve a grade of 'C' or higher in all nursing courses. A student who earns less than a 'C' in any nursing course will be required to repeat the course in order to progress in the nursing program. A student may repeat a course one time only. Students who have failed (C- or lower) two nursing courses – or have two failures in the same nursing course – will be dismissed from the program. RN-BSN students are only allowed two “C’s” in nursing courses. Students who have earned three or more “C” grades in their nursing courses will be dismissed from the program.

Program Completion Requirements

Total of 120 credits:

  • 60 transferable lower division credits
  • 30 credits clinical proficiency evaluation based on the Excelsior challenge exams which are taken during the program
  • 30 credits in RN to BSN curriculum (must be taken at FIU)
    • 24 upper division credits (RN to BSN courses)
    • 6 upper division elective credits (any 3000 or 4000 level courses)

LEVEL IV - Practicum Requirements:

NUR 4636C – 30 practicum hours (this course also has an online theory component)
NUR 4945L – 120 practicum hours (this course also has an online theory component)

  • Required prerequisites for registering for NUR 4636C and NUR 4945L are: 1) Successful completion of the three Excelsior examinations, 2) Completion of all FIU Core Curriculum Requirements, 3) Successful completion of all nursing core courses and nursing prerequisites, and 4) one year post-RN licensure nursing experience (PREFERRED). If you do not meet these requirements, you MUST contact your advisor for an appointment.

  • Unless otherwise determined by the faculty member, practicum experiences are the responsibility of the student. Student responsibilities include choosing a preceptor and practicum setting, and completing the required paperwork (see below). Clinical placement requests are not guaranteed. No paid time may be used for clinical hours. Clinical hours must be completed within the term of course enrollment only (hours completed before/after the term of course enrollment will not be approved as clinical hours).

  • Practicum requirements are NOT waived if you move out of the South Florida area, if you reside out of the state of Florida, or if you cannot locate a practicum setting/preceptor. Faculty members and advisors are not responsible for locating practicum experiences for students. Out-of-state students must self-identify to the Program Coordinator.

  • Background checks, health information, proof of RN liability insurance, and signed contracts/agreements MUST be completed before entering the practicum setting. Background check information must be entered into the Complio system (background checks take 4-6 weeks). It is the student’s responsibility to check that all requirements are met. Links to instructions and forms (performance standards and consent/release) can be found on this link under the clinical requirements heading: http://cnhs.fiu.edu/nursing/undergrad/bsn-programs/clinical-education/index.html. If you have questions regarding the clearance paperwork, please contact Complio at 1(800) 200-0853.

  • A signed contract with the setting AND a preceptor agreement MUST be in place before the semester begins with the 1) setting in which you are doing practicum hours; and 2) the preceptor. Information regarding existing contracts for settings in the South Florida area can be obtained from the Clinical Education website, http://cnhs.fiu.edu/nursing/undergrad/bsn-programs/clinical-education/index.html, or the Clinical Education Department (AHC3 134A). Students who wish to create a new contract for clinical placement MUST contact the Clinical Education Program Specialist, Joy Kross, at jkross@fiu.edu or (305) 348-0039. Keep in mind this process may take 6 – 9 months (or longer) and securement of clinical placement is not guaranteed. If the student’s planned final semester term changes, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Clinical Education Program Specialist immediately.

  • Your preceptor MUST be a licensed RN and have at minimum a BSN degree.

  • If you are employed in the same location where you plan to complete your Senior Clinical Practicum hours, you can reach out to the facility’s clinical education department to locate a preceptor. NOTE: Students interested in Jackson Health System or Baptist Hospitals may not contact the facility’s clinical education department directly. Additionally, Students who are not planning on completing clinical hours where they work are not to contact the clinical education department or human resources department of the clinical location they are pursuing.

  • Practicum hours are overseen by the faculty member assigned to the course and may include preparation, projects, seminar, and other assignments as determined by the instructor. Hours can be arranged around your own and your preceptor’s work schedule.

    1. A completed Practicum Request Form,
    2. Compliance Status approved for ALL sections of the clinical clearance requirements for the entire duration of the term,
    3. Excelsior College official transcript with all three Challenge Exams submitted to the RN to BSN Department, and
    4. A completed Final Semester Enrollment Request Form submitted the by the following deadline dates:
      • Spring Final Semester: November 1st
      • Summer Final Semester: March 1st
      • Fall Final Semester: June 1st

Accreditation

The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences (NWCNHS) offers a professional program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The BSN program was approved by the Board of Regents of the State University System in 1982. The RN to BSN program track is open to registered nurses who wish to complete the BSN degree.

The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ BSN and MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (One Dupont Circle, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, 202-887-6791), the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (222 S. Prospect Ave., Suite 304, Park Ridge, IL 60068, 847-692-7050), and approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing (4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN CO2, Tallahassee, FL 32399, 850-245-4125).

Tuition

Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.

FIU Scholarships

Visit FIU AcademicWorks to browse and apply for FIU scholarships.

External Scholarships

Travel Nurse Scholarship: $2,500 Annual BSN Student Scholarship.  Apply directly on the Travel Nurse website.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $130.42
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $105.07, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$391.26 $782.52 $1,173.78 $1,565.04
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$638.13
TOTAL COST:
$1,276.26
TOTAL COST:
$1,914.39
TOTAL COST:
$2,552.52

NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $247.48
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $216.56, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Out-of-State Financial Fee ($5.57), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$742.44 $1,484.88 $2,227.32 $2,969.76
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$989.31
TOTAL COST:
$1,978.62
TOTAL COST:
$2,967.93
TOTAL COST:
$3,957.24

*Total tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to change. Other costs such as lab fees, proctored exam fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

Top Faculty

Elizabeth Azutillo

Elizabeth Azutillo
Professor Azutillo’s research and scholarship focus on medical-surgical nursing, emergency room nursing and oncology nursing (she is a former Oncology Certified Nurse). Professor Azutillo is also an FIU research team member on the NCSBN Simulation Study. 

Florence Keane

Florence Keane
Dr. Keane’s research areas of interest include gerontological nursing, adult nurse practitioners and mental health nursing. Her scholarly publications include papers on transcultural and cross-culture in nursing. 

Jean Hannan

Jean Hannan
Dr. Hannan’s research and scholarship focus on the pediatric population as well as high-risk pregnancies, low-income first-time mothers and parent and family functioning following a child’s death. 

Dr. Maite Garrido

Dr. Maite Garrido
Dr. Maite Garrido received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree at the University of Miami in 2009 and a Master in Family Nurse Practitioner in 1995 and her BSN at the University of Miami in 1985. Her advanced practice expertise is in Allergic, Asthma and Immunological diseases. She has over 18 years teaching in both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Presently she is a clinical assistant professor at Florida International University in Miami, Florida and has been a Principle Investigator (PI) and Co-PI on a technologically driven educational grant for advanced practice and interprofessional practice. She draws from andragogical forms of teaching such as problem based learning, simulation and technology-enhanced education that promote critical thinking abilities in healthcare students. Among her many scholarly accomplishments, she has been a guest speaker at the Duke University’s Technology Integration Program- Nursing Education Program (TIP-NEP) and was honored by being awarded the prestigious Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future/ AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship.

Dr. Maria Olenick

Dr. Maria Olenick
Dr. Maria Olenick is the Chair of Undergraduate Nursing, and her areas of interest and scholarly publications include military veterans and interprofessional education.

Sharon Simon, PhD

Sharon Simon, PhD
Professor Sharon R. Simon is an Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Nursing. She is the Program Director for the VBSN grant (Veterans to Baccalaureate Science Nursing) and the Student Coordinator of the SALSA grant (Students Aware of the Link between Substance use and AIDS and other STIs).

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120Credits Required

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  • 3-semester program
  • Flexible program -- take courses in any order
  • Start during any semester, either as a full or part-time student
  • BSN prepares RNs to have an edge in the job market
  • Many hospitals prefer, or require, nurses to hold a BSN
  • Program is fully accredited
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