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Entry B.S. in Nursing Program

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

Do you have most of your prerequisites completed and want to pursue nursing? Then continue your journey for two years and three months to become a highly-qualified nurse with NSU's Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing Entry B.S. Nursing Program. You will transition smoothly into the bachelor's program once you have completed the required 39 prerequisite course requirements.

What you'll study.
Human anatomy, chemistry, and microbiology are foundational courses in the entry level nursing program. Explore nutrition and psychology. Become well-rounded with courses in writing, mathematics, and your choice of humanities. Every course moves you closer to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree.

How you'll learn more.
NSU has emphasized healthcare since its inception. Only professionals teach our classes, where faculty know your name and provide you individual attention. Faculty experiences cover a variety of healthcare settings, and an interdisciplinary perspective will help increase your versatility. Plus, the Entry B.S. Nursing Program at NSU connects perfectly with the nursing school's B.S.N. program.

Where it can take you.
The competitive nursing field is changing to require the B.S.N. for new nurses, and you’ll become eligible for this degree program after completing the Entry B.S. Nursing Program requirements. Completion of the B.S.N. prepares you for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX) and your initial licensure as a registered nurse (R.N.).

Choose the Entry B.S.N. Program closest to you:

Later on in the nursing school, you'll have the opportunity to gain clinical experience in various hospitals near each NSU campus.

Prerequisite Courses

Nutrition 3

Advanced natural/physical sciences

  • Anatomy and physiology, at least 8 semester hours with lab
    • 6 semester hours of combined anatomy and physiology with 3 semester hours of biology may be substituted
Total Prerequisite Semester Hours 11

General Education Courses

Mathematics (Algebra for College Students and Applied 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

Admission to the Entry B.S. in Nursing 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 all Entry B.S. in Nursing prerequisite and general education courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • Reside within 150 miles from the program campus.
  • 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 1 and for Winter admission the deadline is December 1. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round. 

I NUR 3002 Introduction to Baccalaureate Nursing Education 3
I NUR 3160 Introduction to Professional Nursing 3
I NUR 4904 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing 4
II NUR 3130 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice 6
II NUR 3032 Foundations of Pathophysiology 3
II NUR 3029 Foundations of Health Assessment 3
III NUR 3180 Primary Concepts of Adult Nursing I
III NUR 3191
Pharmacological Basis for Nursing Interventions I 2
III NUR 3110 Health Care Ethics
IV NUR 4110 Primary Concepts of Adult Nursing II 6
IV NUR 3192 Pharmacological Basis for Nursing Interventions II 2
IV NUR 3021 Theoretical Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice 3
V NUR 4130 Concepts of Maternal-Child Nursing & Families 5
V NUR 3050 Research Methodologies and Evidence-Based Practice 3
V NUR 4160 Genetics for Nursing Practice 2
VI NUR 4250 Concepts of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 4
VI NUR 4150 Population Health: Promotion, Prevention, and Disease Management 4
VI NUR 4020 The Nurse as a Leader and Manager 3
VI NUR 4030 The Business of Health Care 3
VII NUR 4120 Advanced Concepts of Adult Nursing 5
VII NUR 4180
Nursing Practicum 6
VII NUR 4172 Nursing in Today's Health Care Environment 3

To review the course descriptions please view the Undergraduate Student Catalog.


Annual Tuition Rates (3 Semesters Fall/Winter/Summer)

Florida Resident Tuition Out of State Tuition
Tuition 2021-2022: $27,700.00 $28,695.00
One Time NSU Application Fee: $50.00 $50.00
One Time Seat Deposit: $200.00 $200.00
HPD General Access Fee (Annually): $145.00 $145.00
NSU Student Services Fee (Each Semester): $500.00 $500.00
Registration Fee (Each Semester): $30.00 $30.00
Nursing Lab Fee (Second Semester Only): $150.00 $150.00
BSN Licensure Review Testing (Each Semester): $86.00 $86.00
Extra Fees: See Below 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.
  • Extra Fees: Students will incur additional cost such as; books, uniforms, lab coat, competency exam fees and graduation costs.
  • Background Checks: The college pays for the first background check per student any additional background check 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. Applicants should have specific plans for financing 27 months of professional education. This should include tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses.

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.

Professional Licensure Disclosure/Notification Statement Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing
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 multistate license to practice in their home state and other approved compact states (

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.

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.


Licensing board/contact information









District of Columbia




















New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota





Rhode Island

South Carolina

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West Virginia



American Samoa


Northern Mariana Islands

US Virgin Islands

To access nurse practice acts and administrative codes by state please visit the National of State Boards of Nursing NCSBN website (NCSBN)

 If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Dr. Susan Holland at

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