Formerly known as Keiser College, Keiser University began in 1977 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Keiser University offers certificates, associate’s through doctoral degrees in several languages (including Spanish and Mandarin MBA programs). Academic areas of study include business, information technology, education, health sciences and English as a foreign language. The college also has partnerships with universities in China and Moldova, and serves over 10,000 students.
Overview of Programs, Certificates, and Degrees
- 1 online bachelor’s and 2 online master’s degree 1 doctoral degree offered
- Campus based associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), as well as campus based options for bachelor’s and master’s degrees
- Classes begin every month
- Transfer credits are accepted, but please note that the acceptance of transfer credits are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.
Online Nursing and Health Care Degrees Review
With over 76% of Keiser’s student body working full or part time providing flexible opportunities for learning is a key component of online nursing degree programs at Keiser University. The university employs the “one-class-at-a-time” approach allowing students to complete their courses while balancing and maintaining a productive work and personal life.
Online Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN)
The online bachelor’s degree in nursing emphasizes critical thinking, research, leadership and health promotion while examining the political, social and economic factors that influence healthcare. The program framework focuses on core skills of knowledge, critical thinking, skills performance, collaboration, caring and professionalism as defined in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s core competencies and program guidelines. Courses include nutrition, nursing and the aging family, crisis intervention, nursing role and scope and ethical and legal aspects of nursing practice.
Program objectives include educating nurses who operate within an ethical, legal framework, to develop caring and compassionate nurses who can communicate confidently and effectively with patients and their families, and develop the skills for nurses to work in well-defined and challenging situations.
Duration and Cost
The program requires 60 upper division credits, and takes approximately 1 year and 8 months to complete if all program prerequisites are fulfilled. Please note that this program length pertains to graduating in normal time.
Online Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN)
Keiser University’s online master’s degree program is a new option for the university. Although the masters degree requires a practicum, the options for fulfilling it are quite broad including professional meetings, leadership activities, technological field trips, and interdepartmental study. Students culminate their studies with a 3 credit capstone project (included in the 33 credit requirement).
Program objectives included developing critical thinking, culturally competent, ethical and caring nurses who are leaders in health care systems. Courses for the master’s program include nursing theory for research and practice, health promotion and disease prevention, human diversity, global health and social issues, and advanced health assessment for best practice.
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.
Duration and Cost
The master in nursing course requires 36-42 credits to complete and take about 1 year to complete. This program completion length pertains to graduating in normal time.
Faculty of Keiser University are experienced in their field and hold advanced degrees.
Things to consider:
- Online master’s degree program requires a 2.7 GPA or higher
- Fees listed above include tuition only
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.
The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing at Keiser University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. For more information about Keiser University’s BSN programs, go to http://www.keiseruniversity.edu/nursing-BS.php