Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing

Nurture Your Nurses.
Become the Leader Needed Now.

As a nurse, you have the desire to make a difference. Your passion for caregiving drives you to excel. Nova Southeastern University Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing's B.S.N. to D.N.P. program offers you a pathway to elevate your clinical expertise across dynamic settings to emerge as a nursing leader.

Focused on professional practice, this program empowers you with the skills to deliver expert nursing within intricate systems that align with your chosen specialization. The D.N.P. degree is your catalyst to advanced roles such as nurse practitioner, educator, executive, or researcher, empowering you to meet the call of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for nurses to attain their doctoral degrees to meet the surging demands of health care.

Why Choose NSU's B.S.N. to D.N.P. Program?

  • Integrated Path: Seamlessly blend M.S.N. and D.N.P. studies, propelling you forward with dual degrees.
  • Tailored Expertise: Choose one of six M.S.N. concentrations, including Executive Nurse Leadership, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
  • Immersive Learning: Complete more than 500 clinical hours each in M.S.N. and D.N.P., totaling 1,000 hours of hands-on experience.
  • Expert Faculty: Learn from experienced faculty immersed in diverse health care and gain real-world insights.
  • Cutting-Edge Experience: Engage with advanced health care technology and systems, turning research into evidence-based practice.

Begin your journey toward empowerment and positive change with NSU's B.S.N. to D.N.P. program.

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It’s designed to be friendly for people like me. I work full-time, I’m a mother full-time, and I have a lot of other things going on. But at NSU, they are flexible.

Martha Wydra | B.S.N. to D.N.P. Student

 

Why Earn a Nursing Degree at NSU?

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Experienced nursing leaders help you build professional connections and gain skills to stand out.
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Equip yourself with the strategies and insights to handle leadership roles with greater expertise and confidence.

Quick Facts

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Tuition
Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information.
Curriculum
Curriculum
NSU’s B.S.N. to D.N.P. program requires 69-75 total credits for completion, depending on your chosen concentration.
Deadline
Application Deadlines
Applications for admission are accepted online. The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS for fall admission is August 1 and December 1 for winter admission.
Delivery Options
Delivery Options
For students enrolling in Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, and Executive Nurse Leadership tracks, curriculum is delivered totally online. Students enrolling in the nurse practitioner tracks enjoy a mix of online and face-to-face course delivery. All doctoral students attend a 3-day intensive Summer Institute at NSU's Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus.

B.S.N. to D.N.P. Curriculum

Curriculum (75 Total Credits): Semester I

Semester I

Credits

(NSG 7300
DNP Roles, Leadership and Collaboration
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5531
Advanced Pathophysiology
/Credits: 3)

Semester II

Credits

(NSG 5502
Advanced Health Assessment
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5510
Advanced Pharmacology
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 7350
Leading in Complex Health care Systems
/Credits: 3)

Semester III

Credits

(NSG 5571
Behavioral Health for Advanced Nurse Practice Nurses
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5220
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
/Credits: 3)

Semester IV

Credits

(**NSG 5620
Adult-Gerontology - Acute Care I
/Credits: 6)

Semester V

Credits

(NSG 7131
Epidemiology Advancing Global Health
/Credits: 3)
(**NSG 5630
Adult-Gerontology - Acute Care II
/Credits: 6)

Semester VI

Credits

(NSG 7135
Health care Information Systems and Outcomes Management
/Credits: 3)
(**NSG 5650
Adult - Gerontology - Acute Care III
/Credits: 6)

Semester VII

Credits

(NSG 7020
Health care Policy and Advocacy
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 7400
Nursing Science for Clinical Practice
/Credits: 3)
(***NSG 5660
Adult-Gerontology - Acute Care Capstone
/Credits: 6)

Semester VIII

Credits

(*NSG 7431
Project I: Mentored Scholarship
/Credits: 5)

Semester IX

Credits

(*NSG 7444
Project II: Project Plan
/Credits: 4)

Semester X

Credits

(NSG 7040
Biostatistics I
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7445
Project III: Implementation
/Credits: 3)

Semester XI

Credits

(*NSG 7451
Project IV: Evaluation
/Credits: 3)

* Requires 150 clinical hours
** Requires 170 clinical hours
***Requires 255 clinical hours
For a full list of all course descriptions, visit coursewizard.nova.edu.

Curriculum (75 Total Credits): Semester I

Semester I

Credits

(NSG 7300
DNP Roles, Leadership, and Collaboration
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5531
Advanced Pathophysiology
/Credits: 3)

Semester II

Credits

(NSG 5502
Advanced Health Assessment
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5510
Advanced Pharmacology
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 7350
Leading in Complex Health care Systems
/Credits: 3)

Semester III

Credits

(NSG 5571
Behavioral Health for Advanced Practice Nurses
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5220
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
/Credits: 3)

Semester IV

Credits

(**NSG 5542
Primary Care Adult I
/Credits: 6)

Semester V

Credits

(NSG 7131
Epidemiology Advancing Global Health
/Credits: 3)
(***NSG 5550
Primary Care Adult II
/Credits: 6)

Semester VI

Credits

(NSG 7135
Health care Information Systems and Outcomes Management
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 5580
Primary Care Pediatrics
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 5560
Primary Care Women
/Credits: 3)

Semester VII

Credits

(NSG 7020
Health care Policy and Advocacy
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 7400
Nursing Science for Clinical Practice
/Credits: 3)
(^NSG 5590
Family Nurse Practitioner Capstone
/Credits: 6)

Semester VIII

Credits

(**NSG 7431
Project I: Mentored Scholarship
/Credits: 5)

Semester IX

Credits

(**NSG 7444
Project II: Project Plan
/Credits: 4)

Semester X

Credits

(NSG 7040
Biostatistics
/Credits: 3)
(**NSG 7445
Project III: Implementation
/Credits: 3)

Semester XI

Credits

(**NSG 7451
Project IV: Evaluation
/Credits: 3)

*Requires 85 clinical hours
**Requires 150 clinical hours
***Requires 170 clinical hours
^Requires 255 clinical hours
For a full list of all course descriptions, visit coursewizard.nova.edu.

Curriculum (75 Total Credits): Semester I

Semester I

Credits

(NSG 7300
DNP Roles, Leadership and Collaboration
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5531
Advanced Pathophysiology
/Credits: 3)

Semester II

Credits

(NSG 5502
Advanced Health Assessment
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5510
Advanced Pharmacology
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 7350
Leading in Complex Health care Systems
/Credits: 3)

Semester III

Credits

(NSG 5532
Neurobiology Psychopharmacology
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5220
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
/Credits: 3)

Semester IV

Credits

(**NSG 5710
Psychiatric Management I: Psychopathology & the DSM V
/Credits: 6)

Semester V

Credits

(NSG 7131
Epidemiology Advancing Global Health
/Credits: 3)
(**NSG 5720
Psychiatric Management II: Developmental Theories for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
/Credits: 6)

Semester VI

Credits

(NSG 7135
Health care Information Systems and Outcomes Management
/Credits: 3)
(**NSG 5730
Psychiatric Management III: Modalities of Psychotherapy
/Credits: 6)

Semester VII

Credits

(NSG 7020
Health care Policy and Advocacy
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 7400
Nursing Science for Clinical Practice
/Credits: 3)
(***NSG 5790
Psychiatric Care Management Integration Capstone
/Credits: 6)

Semester VIII

Credits

(*NSG 7431
Project I: Mentored Scholarship
/Credits: 5)

Semester IX

Credits

(*NSG 7444
Project II: Project Plan
/Credits: 4)

Semester X

Credits

(NSG 7040
Biostatistics I
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7445
Project III: Implementation
/Credits: 3)

Semester XI

Credits

(*NSG 7451
Project IV: Evaluation
/Credits: 3)

*Requires 150 clinical hours
**Requires 170 practicum hours
***Requires 225 clinical hours

For a full list of all course descriptions, visit coursewizard.nova.edu.

Curriculum (69 Total Credits): Semester I

Semester I

Credits

(NSG 7300
DNP Roles, Leadership and Collaboration
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5531
Advanced Pathophysiology
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7460
Scholarly Inquiry in Clinical Practice
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5340
Nurse Leadership Roles in Complex Health Systems
/Credits: 3)

Semester II

Credits

(NSG 7131
Epidemiology Advancing Global Health
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5510
Advanced Pharmacology
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7460
Scholarly Inquiry in Clinical Practice
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5440
Quality Management in Complex Health Systems
/Credits: 3)

Semester III

Credits

(NSG 7135
Health care Information Systems and Outcomes Management
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7460
Scholarly Inquiry in Clinical Practice
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5250
Fiscal Management in Complex Health Systems
/Credits: 3)

Semester IV

Credits

(NSG 7400
Nursing Science for Clinical Practice
/Credits: 3)
(**NSG 5492
Executive Nurse Leader Capstone
/Credits: 3)

Semester V

Credits

(NSG 5502
Advanced Health Assessment
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7431
Project I: Mentored Scholarship
/Credits: 5)

Semester VI

Credits

(NSG 5220
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7444
Project II: Project Plan
/Credits: 4)

Semester VII

Credits

(NSG 7020
Health care Policy and Advocacy
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 7040
Biostatistics I
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7445
Project III: Implementation
/Credits: 3)

Semester VIII

Credits

(NSG 7350
Leading in Complex Health care Systems
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7451
Project IV: Evaluation
/Credits: 3)

*Requires 150 clinical hours
**Requires 170 clinical hours
For a full list of all course descriptions, visit coursewizard.nova.edu.

 

Curriculum (69 Total Credits): Semester I

Semester I

Credits

(NSG 7300
DNP Roles, Leadership and Collaboration
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5531
Advanced Pathophysiology
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7460
Scholarly Inquiry in Clinical Practice
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5370
Introduction to Educational Concepts
/Credits: 3)

Semester II

Credits

(NSG 7131
Epidemiology Advancing Global Health
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5510
Advanced Pharmacology
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7460
Scholarly Inquiry in Clinical Practice
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5300
Nursing Curriculum Development
/Credits: 3)

Semester III

Credits

(NSG 7135
Health care Information Systems and Outcomes Management
/Credits: 3)
( *NSG 7460
Scholarly Inquiry in Clinical Practice
/Credits: 3)
( NSG 5380
Educational Concepts I: Principles of Evaluation
/Credits: 3)

Semester IV

Credits

(NSG 7400
Nursing Science for Clinical Practice
/Credits: 3)
(**NSG 5360
Nurse Educator Capstone
/Credits: 3)

Semester V

 

(NSG 5502
Advanced Health Assessment
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7431
Project I: Mentored Scholarship
/Credits: 5)

Semester VI

Credits

(NSG 5220
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7444
Project II: Project Plan
/Credits: 4)

Semester VII

Credits

(NSG 7020
Health care Policy and Advocacy
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 7040
Biostatistics I
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7445
Project III: Implementation
/Credits: 3)

Semester VIII

Credits

(NSG 7350
Leading in Complex Health care Systems
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7451
Project IV: Evaluation
/Credits: 3)

*Requires 150 clinical hours
**Requires 170 clinical hours

For a full list of all course descriptions, visit coursewizard.nova.edu.

 

Curriculum (69 Total Credits): Semester I

Semester I

Credits

(NSG 7300
DNP Roles, Leadership and Collaboration
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5531
Advanced Pathophysiology
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7460
Scholarly Inquiry in Clinical Practice
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5141
Introduction to Health Informatics and Project Management
/Credits: 3)

Semester II

Credits

(NSG 7131
Epidemiology Advancing Global Health
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5510
Advanced Pharmacology
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7460
Scholarly Inquiry in Clinical Practice
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5142
Health Information Systems and User Interface Design
/Credits: 3)

Semester III

Credits

(NSG 7135
Health care Information Systems and Outcomes Management
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7460
Scholarly Inquiry in Clinical Practice
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 5143
Health Informatics Project Management
/Credits: 3)

Semester IV

Credits

(NSG 7400
Nursing Science for Clinical Practice
/Credits: 3)
(**NSG 5600
Nursing Informatics Capstone
/Credits: 3)

Semester V

Credits

( NSG 5502
Advanced Health Assessment
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7431
Project I: Mentored Scholarship
/Credits: 5)

Semester VI

Credits

(NSG 5220
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7444
Project II: Project Plan
/Credits: 4)

Semester VII

Credits

(NSG 7020
Health care Policy and Advocacy
/Credits: 3)
(NSG 7040
Biostatistics I
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7445
Project III: Implementation
/Credits: 3)

Semester VIII

Credits

(NSG 7350
Leading in Complex Health care Systems
/Credits: 3)
(*NSG 7451
Project IV: Evaluation
/Credits: 3)

*Requires 150 clinical hours
**Requires 170 clinical hours

For a full list of all course descriptions, visit coursewizard.nova.edu.

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DEGREE TITLE

LEVEL

DEGREE

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor

B.S.N.

Please be advised that in accordance with state and federal regulations, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is required to provide the following information to prospective students considering enrollment in a degree program that leads to professional licensure. 

At this time, we cannot confirm that the Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program meets the educational requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories outside of Florida.  Although Florida law (Section 464.008 [1], [c], Florida Statute) indicates that educational requirements are met if the student graduates from an accredited program, students must check with the state in which they are seeking licensure for any additional requirements. 

Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing, BSN Program is a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited program and approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.  The program includes 2835 didactic hours and 1325 clinical hours.  Upon completing the BSN program, a student may apply for licensure in Florida or in their home state. 

Students may also apply for a multi-state license if their home state is part of the nurse licensure compact.  The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows a nurse to have a multi-state license to practice in their home state and other approved compact states (https://www.nursecompact.com/index.htm).

All 50 states in the United States use the same licensing exam, the NCLEX-RN and all states have the same standard for passing.  The exam is computer adapted and graded a pass/fail. https://www.nursinglicensure.org/articles/rn-licensing.html

PROGRAM MEETS EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

PROGRAM DOES NOT MEET EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

CANNOT BE CONFIRMED IF PROGRAM MEETS EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Florida

 

All States (Except Florida) the District of Columbia and the US protectorates, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2.   

For all students, applicants, or prospective students seeking licensure in any state listed in the “Program Does Not Meet Educational Requirements” or “Cannot Be Confirmed If Program Meets Educational Requirements” columns, please see the chart below detailing these states’ licensing boards and contact information.


STATE

LICENSING BOARD/CONTACT INFORMATION

Alabama

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-alabama.html#rn

Alaska

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofNursing.aspx

Arizona

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-arizona.html#rn

Arkansas

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-arkansas.html#rn

California

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-california.html#rn

Colorado

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-colorado.html

Connecticut

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-connecticut.html#rn

Delaware

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-delaware.html#rn

District of Columbia

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-dc.html#rn

Georgia

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-georgia.html#rn

Hawaii

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-hawaii.html#rn

Idaho

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-idaho.html#rn

Illinois

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-illinois.html#rn

Indiana

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-indiana.html#rn

Iowa

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-iowa.html

Kansas

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-kansas.html#rn

Kentucky

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-kentucky.html#rn

Louisiana

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-louisiana.html#rn

Maine

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-maine.html#rn

Maryland

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-maryland.html#rn

Massachusetts

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-massachusetts.html#rn

Minnesota

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-minnesota.html#rn

Michigan

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-michigan.html#rn

Mississippi

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-mississippi.html#rn

Missouri

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-missouri.html#rn

Montana

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-montana.html#rn

Nebraska

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-nebraska.html#rn

Nevada

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-michigan.html#rn

New Hampshire

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-new-hampshire.html#rn

New Jersey

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-new-jersey.html#rn

New Mexico

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-new-mexico.html#rn

New York

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-new-york.html#rn

North Carolina

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-north-carolina.html#rn

North Dakota

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-north-dakota.html#rn

Ohio

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-ohio.html#rn

Oklahoma

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-oklahoma.html#rn

Oregon

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-oregon.html#rn

Pennsylvania

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-pennsylvania.html#rn

Rhode Island

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-rhode-island.html

South Carolina

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-south-carolina.html#rn

South Dakota

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-south-dakota.html#rn

Tennessee

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-tennessee.html#rn

Texas

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-texas.html#rn

Utah

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-utah.html#rn

Vermont

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-vermont.html#rn

Virginia

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-virginia.html#rn

Washington

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-washington.html#rn

West Virginia

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-west-virginia.html#rn

Wisconsin

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-wisconsin.html#rn

Wyoming

https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-wyoming.html#rn

American Samoa

www.board-of-nursing.com/american-samoa-board-of-nursing.php

Guam

https://www.registerednursern.com/guam-board-of-nursing-board-of-nursing-guam-information-registered-nurse-rn/

Northern Mariana Islands

https://nmibon.info/

US Virgin Islands

http://www.board-of-nursing.com/virgin-islands-board-of-nursing.php

To access nurse practice acts and administrative codes by state please visit the National of State Boards of Nursing NCSBN website (NCSBN) https://www.ncsbn.org/policy/npa.page

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Timothy O'Connor R.N., Ph.D., L.N.H.A. toconnor@nova.edu.