Accelerated BSN Programs in Florida


Barry University
11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33161. Tel: 305-899-3800.
Barry University is a private, Catholic institution located on a 122-acre campus in Miami Shores, Florida, a suburb of Miami. It is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami. Founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Barry University was initially a college for women known as Barry College for Women.

It was named after Mother Mary Gerald Barry who served as the school’s president from 1940-1961. After expanding its curriculum to offer several graduate programs and opening these programs to both men and women, in 1981 the school was renamed Barry University.

The Barry University Division of Nursing offers a quality academic experience in an environment that values diversity, creativity and spirituality. It admitted its first students in 1953. Since then, the Division of Nursing program has expanded to offer 3 paths to achieving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, including the addition of the Accelerated Option in 1983. This accelerated BSN program is designed for students with bachelors degrees who want to change careers to nursing. The program allows students to earn a BSN after 15 months of full-time study. To qualify for this BSN accelerated program the student must complete all 12 prerequisite classes prior to matriculation. The program is offered only on Barry’s Miami Shores Campus. The application deadline is October 15.

Chamberlain College of Nursing

Chamberlain College of Nursing

5200 Belfort Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256,
904-251-8110

Chamberlain College of Nursing is a for-profit, private nursing school based in Downers Grove, Illinois, with several locations across the United States, including in Jacksonville, Florida. It was established in 1889 as the Deaconess School of Nursing. In 2005 Deaconess was acquired by DeVry, Inc. In addition to its traditional BSN program, Chamberlain also offers a Second Degree BSN Option to adult learners who have already earned a bachelors degree in another field. This accelerated BSN program uses the same curriculum as its traditional BSN program, but is designed so that students can complete the program in 13 months. To qualify for this BSN accelerated program, in addition to having a bachelors degree, the student must also have completed the 16 prerequisite coursework. The application deadline varies by location.

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University

777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431,

561-297-3000

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is a public university located on 5,860 acres in Boca Raton, Florida on the site of the former Boca Raton Army Airfield. It has six satellite campuses in southeast Florida. FAU was founded in 1964 by the Florida legislature with 867 students in five colleges. FAU now has ten colleges and over 28,000 students.

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing was created in 1979 and was originally a Division of the College of Social Sciences. In 1990 it became a separate college. It is named to honor Christine E. Lynn who, along with her late husband, Gene M. Lynn, provided financial support to help fund the establishment of the College of Nursing. The BSN Accelerated Program was introduced in 2003. This accelerated BSN program is designed for students with bachelors degrees who wish to become a registered nurses. The program allows students to earn a BSN in after 12 months of intense, full-time study. To qualify for this accelerated BSN degree program, the student must complete all 10 prerequisite science and statistics classes prior to matriculation. The program is offered only at the Boca Raton Campus. The application deadline is in November and classed begin in May.

Florida State University

Florida State University

98 Varsity Way, MC 4310, Tallahassee, FL 32306,

850-644-3296

Florida State University (FSU) is a public university located on a 451-acre campus in Tallahassee, Florida. It is part of the Florida State University System. FSU dates back to 1951 when the Florida legislature authorized the establishment of West Florida Seminary. A new charter was issued in 1883, making West Florida Seminary a part of Florida University. FSU now has 16 colleges and offers over 275 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

FSU’s School of Nursing admitted its first class of BSN candidates in 1950. Since then the School of Nursing has grown to offer both undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees, with different paths to achieving those degrees. The Accelerated BSN program is available to highly motivated students with bachelors degrees who desire a career change. The program provides qualified students with the same academic and clinical experience as the traditional BSN program on an accelerated, intensive 12-month schedule. To qualify for this BSN accelerated program, the student must also have completed all 13 nursing prerequisite classes. The application deadline is February 1 for fall admission.

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville University

2800 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32211,

904-256-7000

Jacksonville University (JU) is a private university located in the Arlington neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida, near the St. Johns River. It was founded in 1834 by William J. Porter as a two-year college called William J. Porter University. By 1958 the school has expanded its curriculum to offer four-year degree programs and changed its name to Jacksonville University. JU is now has six colleges and offers over 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The School of Nursing at Jacksonville University prepares students to practice nursing in complex health care environments, with an emphasis on diversity, clinical experience and caring. It offers a 2nd Degree BSN program to students with a bachelors degree seeking a career change. This accelerated BSN program allows students to earn a BSN degree after 16 months of full-time study. To qualify for this BSN second degree program, the student must also have completed the prerequisite classes. The prerequisites include: Human Anatomy & Physiology, General Chemistry with lab, Microbiology, Human Nutrition, Human Growth and Development and Statistics. The application deadline is December 1.

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College

300 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132,

305-237-8888

Miami Dade College is a public institution located in Miami, Florida. It is part of the Florida College System. Founded in 1959 as Dade County Junior College with a mission to provide a college education to anyone who desired one, it was Florida’s first integrated junior college. Over the next twenty years the school grew to one of the largest colleges in the Florida, offering over 50 degrees and certificates. In 2003 it began to offer four-year degrees and changed its name to Miami Dade College.

The Miami Dade College School of Nursing offers several tracks to achieve the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, including the Accelerated Option. This accelerated BSN program is designed for students with bachelors degrees who desire to become registered nurses. It exempts the student from taking the General Education courses and allows the student to earn a BSN after one year of full-time study. To qualify for this ABSN (Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program, the student must have completed the seven prerequisite classes. The application deadline is May for the Fall term and September 1 for the Spring term.

University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida

4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816,

305-899-3800

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is a public institution located on a 1,415-acre campus near downtown Orlando, Florida. UCF was founded in 1963 by the Florida legislature as the Florida Technological University to train students for careers at the nearby Kennedy Space Center. The school changed its name to the University of Central Florida in 1978 to reflect its expanded academic focus. UCF now offers over 200 degree programs through twelve colleges and several campuses.

The College of Nursing at UCF was created in 1979 and offers several undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the Accelerated Second Degree BSN program. This accelerated BSN program allows students to earn a BSN after four consecutive semesters of full-time study. The program includes classroom learning as well as service and clinical requirements in culturally diverse, medically underserved areas. To qualify for this BSN accelerated program, the student must also have completed the nursing prerequisite coursework. The program is offered only at the Orlando Campus. The application deadline is January 15.

University of Florida

University of Florida

201 Criser Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611,

352-392-1365

The University of Florida (UF) is public institution located on a1200-acre campus in Gainesville, Florida. Founded in 1853 as East Florida Seminary, the University of Florida evolved into a nationally respected institution with 16 colleges and over 200 undergraduate majors and graduate degree programs.

The College of Nursing at UF has the oldest BSN program in Florida. As part of the J. Hillis Miller Health Science Center, the College of Nursing offers its students a unique opportunity to access the resources of a network of interdisciplinary health facilities and programs. The College of Nursing offers both a generic BSN program and an Accelerated BSN program. This second degree accelerated BSN program is designed for students with non-nursing bachelors degrees who want a career change. The program allows students to earn a BSN after completing a shortened, intensive course of full-time study. To qualify for this BSN accelerated program, the student must complete seven prerequisite classes prior to matriculation. The application deadline is February 1.

University of Miami

University of Miami

5501 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146,
305-284-2211

The University of Miami is a private institution located in Coral Gables, Florida. It was founded in 1925 by a group of local residents who believed that a university was needed to benefit the Miami community. In 2011 Worth magazine named the University of Miami the most fiscally-responsible nonprofit organization in the United States. It is currently organized into twelve colleges and schools and offers over 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies was established in 1948, making it the oldest nursing program in South Florida. Committed to service to society, the School of Nursing has developed curricula that is community-based and that emphasizes cultural competency. It offers six undergraduate degree programs, including the addition of the Accelerated BSN that allows students to earn a BSN in after 12 months of full-time study. To qualify for this BSN accelerated program, the student must complete all 8 prerequisite classes prior to admission. Students must receive a C or better in each of the prerequisite classes and may only repeat 1 class. The application deadlines are March 1 for May entry and October 1 for January entry.

University of North Florida

University of North Florida

1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224,

904-620-1000

The University of North Florida (UNF) is a public institution located on 1381 acres of lakes and nature trails near downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Founded in 1969, it is part of the State University System of Florida. UNF is currently organized into five colleges and offers over 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida opened in 1988. It offers degree programs in several health fields, including three options for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), each with a community-based curriculum that emphasizes clinical experiences and service to medically underserved populations. The Accelerated Prelicensure BSN allows students to earn a BSN after 3 ½ semesters full-time study, starting with the summer. To qualify for this BSN accelerated program, the student must have completed the 8 prerequisite classes. The application deadline is January 15.

University of South Florida

University of South Florida

4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620
813-974-2301

The University of South Florida (USF) is a public institution located in Tampa, Florida. Founded in 1956 by the Florida legislature, it is part of the State University System of Florida. UNF is currently organized into 13 colleges and offers over 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In addition, USF offers several programs for adult learners including certificate programs, professional degrees and noncredit courses. The University of South Florida College of Nursing offers the Second Degree Sequence to students who already have earned a bachelors degree in a non-nursing field. It allows students to earn a BSN after only four semesters of rigorous, full-time study. To qualify for this BSN accelerated program, the student must have completed the eight nursing prerequisite classes. Admission to the second degree BSN program at USF is very competitive. In addition to considering the student’s GPA and prerequisite coursework, the student’s volunteer work, leadership ability and work experience will also be considered. The application deadline is January 15.

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