Founded in 1977, Keiser University is a private, for-profit institution centered on career preparation and technical skills which offers certificates and associate’s through doctoral degrees. Keiser University is based in Fort Lauderdale and has campuses throughout Florida in Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami and Tallahassee among other cities.
The campus serves over 13,000 students, most of whom are 25 or older. The university is geared toward the non-traditional student population with over two-thirds of students working while they attend classes.
Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Keiser University.
Review of Keiser University Nursing Degree Programs
Keiser University offers three nursing programs at the associates, bachelors and masters degree levels. The master and bachelor degree programs are offered online only.
Keiser University Undergraduate Nursing Programs
Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
The ADN program at Keiser University is for nurses seeking to earn a terminal degree in nursing. The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the Florida Board of Nursing at specific campuses. Verify that the campus at which you will pursue the ADN program is accredited and approved. Admission requirements for the program include completion of the Wonderlic and TEAS test, an interview, a 3.0 GPA overall on general coursework and a grade of “C” or higher in specific prerequisite courses.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) program is designed for Registered Nurses seeking to earn their BSN qualification. Critical thinking, collaboration and caring are all key areas of focus in the BSN program. The program strives to prepare nurses for care in community based settings and despite being an online program has a clinical component. Prerequisites and admission requirements for the program include a current RN license, background check and negative drug test, and a grade of “C” or better in specific prerequisite courses including statistics, speech communications and literature. Students complete a total of 60 credit hours to earn the BSN qualification, of which certain courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. The BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Keiser University Graduate Degree Programs
Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN) Program
The Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN) program at Keiser University offers a general focus in advanced nursing for nurses aspiring to leadership positions, better understanding of and more experience in the nursing practice. The program is delivered entirely online. The program is designed according to the standards set by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for masters degree programs. Caring is the cornerstone philosophy of the master’s degree program at Keiser University. Prerequisites and admission requirements for the program include a 2.7 GPA or higher in undergraduate coursework, current unencumbered nursing license and a BSN from a college with accreditation. Students are required to complete 33 credits to earn the MSN qualification, including a clinical practicum. Current positions, which are paid, cannot be used towards practicum credit.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program graduate will possess advanced competencies for increasingly complex practice, faculty, and leadership roles in nursing. The curriculum focuses on integrating nursing science with knowledge from ethics, biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences as the basis for the highest level of evidence-based nursing practice. The program is comprehensive and time-efficient, and fosters motivated, self-directed learners who are able to utilize the highest levels of education to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes. The DNP program equips students with mastery in the areas of leadership, evidence-based practice, policy, scholarship, and interprofessional collaboration.
This program aims to fulfill the recommendations of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) guidelines as prescribed in The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (October, 2006) and The Doctor of Nursing Practice: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations (August, 2015)
To receive a Doctor of Nursing degree, students must earn 36 graduate semester credit hours including Core courses (21 credits), DNP Project courses (4 credits, 60 clinical hours), Practice Immersion courses (8 credit hours, 480 clinical hours), and one elective course (3 credit hours). Courses in the DNP program are eight weeks in length and scheduled for one or two courses concurrently. The DNP Practice Immersion require on-site hours at instructor-approved practice sites.
Transfer of graduate credits will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Thirty credit hours must be completed through Keiser University.
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