University of Miami Nursing School Review
The University of Miami (UM, or U of M) was founded in 1925 during a time of real estate explosion in the area. The university educates over 15,000 students and is ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges.” The University of Miami is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Nursing Degree Programs
Students at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Miami may participate in global research through two centers housed at the school. The Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research (El Centro) center is dedicated to research that improves the health of minority groups. The WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Human Resources Development and Patient Safety seeks to understand the nursing shortage and maintain quality nursing education programs and opportunities. Students will also benefit from partnerships with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and centers dedicated to research of cancer and the eye. Nursing programs at the University of Miami are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs.
Undergraduate Nursing Programs
BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Degree Program
The Traditional BSN program is designed to educate students with no prior nursing education to become registered nurses. The program is unique in that freshman are admitted directly to the nursing program and guaranteed a place in the upper division so long as students meet pre-requisites and maintain the GPA required to study in the program. Transfer students from other colleges and nursing programs are accepted as space is available. Transfer students are encouraged to consult an academic advisor prior to applying to the program. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded a BSN and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, national certification exam for RNs (Registered Nurses). The program can be completed in 4 years for students admitted as freshmen.
The Accelerated BSN program is for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing. Students may complete the course in as little as one year. Upon completion of the program, students earn a BSN and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, national certification exam for RNs.
RN to BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
The RN to BSN program is designed for RNs holding a degree or diploma who would like to take the next step in their career by earning a BSN. The program can be completed in three semesters, upon which students are awarded a BSN qualification.
University of Miami Graduate Nursing Programs
MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) Degree Programs
The MSN programs at the University of Miami are designed for nurses who want to become advanced professionals in their field. The program offers the following specializations:
- Nurse Anesthesia
- Acute Care/Adult NP (Nurse Practitioner)
- FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner)
- Nurse Midwifery
- Nurse Education
Upon graduation from the program, students are eligible to take the certification exam for licensure in their specialization and receive an MSN qualification. The program completion times range from 3 to 7 semesters. A BSN with a minimum 3.0 GPA is required for the MSN program as well as a current RN license.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
With a unique focus on health disparities, the DNP program offers nurses the opportunity to develop academic community while pursuing their classes in a cohort model. Nurses are encouraged to remain in practice as they complete the program, and a unique scheduling option is offered in hybrid format. Students attend classes one weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of each month, and participate in clinical experiences and online assignments in between meetings. The program is 1 year and 38 credits. Admission requirements include an MSN (other master’s degrees may be considered), a current RN license, and a minimum 3.3 GPA in the MSN program.
PhD in Nursing (Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing)
For students seeking a doctoral degree with a scholarly and research focus, the University of Miami offers a BSN-PhD and MSN-PhD option.
BSN to PhD
Students in the BSN to PhD program choose from one of four areas of study-Health Disparities and Minority Health, HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases, Family & Maternal/Neonatal Health and Patient Safety. The program can be completed in approximately 3 years of study. The program can be completed in 9 semesters (including 2 summer semesters). Admission criteria for the program include an interview, competitive GRE scores and academic GPA, strong letters of recommendation and demonstrated interest in scholarly research.
MSN to PhD
In the MSN to PhD program, students choose from the same areas of study as the BSN to PhD program. The program can be completed in 6 semesters (traditional study; no summer semesters). Admission criteria are the same as the BSN to PhD program.
Nursing Certificate Programs
The Clinical Nurse Education certificate prepares nurses holding a BSN to provide education for nursing programs that train nurses prior to licensure as well as at healthcare facilities. The program is delivered online is 4 courses, 14 credits and can be completed in two semesters.
Overseas Study at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Students interested in overseas study opportunities will find a variety of opportunities available at nearly all levels of nursing education. Programs are available in Chile, Haiti, Mexico and Spain. In Chile, students will serve in rural communities administering immunizations and providing health education alongside Chilean nurses and faculty. Students will offer pediatric and pre-natal nutrition assessments and work in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Project Medishare in Haiti. Students interested in health care practices in other industrialized nations will find the opportunity to participate in supervised clinical experiences in Spain ideal. In Mexico, students will focus on familial care and learn about providing health care in environments with limited resources.
University of Miami
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