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Accelerated B.S.N.

Attention Applicants

A NursingCAS application is required to be considered for admission to NSU. Please follow the steps below.

Step 1:

Apply to NursingCAS

Step 2:

Apply to NSU

A successful start in nursing begins with our Accelerated B.S.N. located at our Fort Myers campus. This full-time lockstep B.S.N. program seeks students who have an existing bachelor degree and now wish to become a licensed registered nurse (R.N.).

This opportunity will offer the value of graduating with a B.S.N. in four semesters. Graduate prepared nurses have better health outcomes than those patients cared by associate degree-prepared nurses, and workforce watch groups have strongly recommended that B.S.N. prepared R.N.s should constitute at least 80% of the nursing workforce by 2020 (Institute of Medidicen [IOM], 2010, 2011). 

Set yourself on a path for greatness.

Prerequisite Courses

Nutrition 3

Advanced natural/physical sciences

  • Anatomy and physiology, at least 6 semester hours with lab
    • 5 semester hours of combined anatomy and physiology with 3 semester hours of biology may be substituted
Total Prerequisite Semester Hours 9

General Education Courses

Mathematics (MATH 1040 or above and Statistics) 6
Written communication (College-level written composition) 6
Social behavioral sciences (One PSYC and Human Growth and Development) 6
Arts & humanities (Any HIST, ARTS, PHIL, HUMN, LITR, THEA, FILM, MUSC, DANC, WRIT or foreign language) 6

Natural/physical sciences

  • Chemistry, at least 3 semester hours
  • Microbiology, at least 3 semester hours
Total General Education Semester Hours 30

Additional Required Courses

Social behavioral sciences 3
Humanities 3
Open Electives (health science, business, leadership, research, communications, speech) 12
Total Additional REquired Semester Hours 18

Admission to the Accelerated B.S.N. program requires the following:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a science GPA of 2.75 or higher, both on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of a non-nursing bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institutions.
  • Completion of all Accelerated B.S.N. prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • Reside within 150 miles from the program campus (Fort Myers).
  • An on campus interview and pre-admission test is required.

The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS. NursingCAS is used for document verification but does not take part in the student selection.

  • Request all official transcripts from all previously attended institutions to be sent directly to NursingCAS.

P.O. Box 9201 
Watertown, Massachusetts, 02471

Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

World Education Services

Josef Silny and Associates

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.

  • Once the NursingCAS application is completed, an applicant needs to complete the supplemental 

    NSU Application online.

  • Once all applications and documents have been received the application will be processed and reviewed.

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and supplemental NSU applications for Fall admission will be August 1st and for Winter admission the deadline is December 1st. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round. 

I NUR 3029 Foundations of Health Assessment 3
I NUR 3032 Foundation of Pathophysiology 3
I NUR 3130 Foundations of Professional Nursing 6
I NUR 3160 Introduction into Professional Nursing 3
II NUR 3180 Primary Concepts of Adult Nursing I 6
II NUR 4020 The Nurse as a Leader and Manager 3
II NUR 4130 Concepts of Maternal-Child Nursing & Families
II NUR 3193
Pharmacological Basis for Nursing Interventions 4
III NUR 4110 Primary Concepts of Adult Nursing II
III NUR 4150 Population Health: Promotion, Prevention, and Disease Management 4
III NUR 4250 Concepts of Mental Health Nursing 4
III NUR 4101 Theory/Research Foundations for Professional Nursing 3
IV NUR 4120 Primary Concepts of Adult Nursing III 5
IV NUR 4180 Nursing Practicum 6
IV NUR 4172 Nursing in Today's Healthcare Environment 3


Florida Resident Tuition
Entire Program Tuition 2019-2020: $24,000.00
One Time NSU Application Fee: $50.00
One Time Seat Deposit: $200.00
HPD General Access Fee (Annually): $145.00
NSU Student Services Fee (Each Semester): $500.00
Registration Fee (Each Semester): $30.00
Nursing Lab Fee (Second Semester Only): $150.00
BSN Licensure Review Testing (Each Semester): $86.00
Extra Fees: See Below
  • One Time NSU Application Fee - $50: This fee is non-refundable and is required with each application.
  • One Time Seat Deposit - $200: This deposit is required to reserve the accepted applicant's place in the entering first-year class. This advance payment will be deducted from the tuition payment due on registration day, but is not refundable in the event of a withdrawal. It is payable within two weeks of an applicant's acceptance.
  • Health Professions Division General Access Fee - $145: is required each year.
  • NSU Student Services Fee - $500: is required each semester. 
  • Nursing Lab Fee - $150: This fee is charged annually for the Accelerated B.S.N. program.
  • Nursing Skills Assessment Fee - $86: This fee is charged each semester for the Accelerated B.S.N. program
  • Extra Fees: Students will incur additional cost such as: books, FNSA dues, uniforms, lab coat, competency exam fees and graduation costs.
  • Background Checks: The college pays for the first background check required for each student. Any additional background checks will be funded by the student
  • All tuition charges and fees are subject to change by the board of trustees without notice.

The first semester's tuition and fees, less than the $200 previously paid (seat deposit), are due upon registration. Tuition and fees for each subsequent semester are due upon registration. Students will not be admitted until their financial obligations have been met. The financial ability of applicants to complete their education at the college is important because of the limited number of positions available in each class.

The Financial Aid Office is eager to assist you to explore all possible financial aid options.

Each student is required to carry adequate personal medical and hospital insurance. Students may purchase Student Health Insurance for NSU Students through the University. Students who have adequate personal medical and hospital insurance may waive the health insurance by filling out the Student Health Insurance Waiver.

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