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Launch Your Nursing Career at Keiser University College of Nursing

Nursing, AS

Program Description

Keiser University’s Associate of Science degree in Nursing prepares students to practice professional nursing. Professional nursing involves the performance of those acts requiring substantial specialized knowledge, judgment and nursing skill based upon applied principles of biological, physical, psychological and social sciences. The nursing practice of a professional nurse includes but is not limited to:

  • Assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, intervention, and evaluation of care;
  • Health teaching and counseling of individuals who may be ill, injured or infirm;
  • Promotion of wellness, maintenance of health, and prevention of illness of others;
  • Administration of treatments and medications as prescribed in accordance with the standards of nursing practice.

Prospective students interested in pursuing an ASN degree at Keiser University should consult the degree accreditation statement in the Accreditation section of this website.

Program Mission

The College of Nursing at Keiser University utilizes a “students first” philosophy to increase access to nursing education for a diverse student body at the undergraduate and graduate level and prepares students to provide holistic nursing care to improve individual, community, and global health outcomes.

Student Learning Outcomes (Roles Specific Graduate Competencies)

  • Inter/Intradisciplinary Collaboration;
  • Technology Integration;
  • Judgment/Reasoning;
  • Professionalism.

Upon the completion of the program the graduate will:

  • Utilize effective communication and shared decision making within a health care team to assist patient and families achievement of health goals;
  • Apply evidence based information technology to support clinical decision making, error prevention and care coordination;
  • Apply knowledge and experience in identifying patient needs that direct clinical judgments and actions resulting in optimal patient outcomes;
  • Model behaviors of integrity, accountability, responsibility, caring, advocacy, moral and ethical practices in the pursuit of excellence.

Program Goals

The program’s mission is further defined in the following goals:

  • Students will utilize effective interdisciplinary collaboration within a health care environment;
  • Students will integrate evidence based technologies to support clinical decision making;
  • Students will utilize clinical judgment and reasoning to promote optimal patient care;
  • Students will model behaviors of professionalism in the pursuit of excellence;
  • Students will possess the necessary breadth of knowledge and skills for obtaining entry-level employment as a professional registered nurse.

Program Requirements

  • An acceptable background check in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act (upon enrollment and again prior to the start of nursing major if needed)
  • Personal interview with the Program Director or designee, and approval from the Admission Committee.
  • A composite score of 60 or higher on (current version) the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) nursing entrance examination within a maximum of 3 attempts in a 12-month period. The student who is unsuccessful after 3 attempts may file an appeal for a 4th attempt that is reviewed by the Nursing Program Director and the Academic Dean. (See TEAS appeal process below)
  • Minimum grade of “B” for pre-requisite courses: Human Anatomy/ Physiology I and II (BSC2085C and BSC2086C)
  • Minimum grade of “C” for pre-requisite courses: Microbiology (MCB2000C), Intermediate Algebra (MAT1033), Life Span Development (DEP2004), and general education courses
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA for general education/ prerequisite courses
  • Satisfactory drug screening and completion of ALL required health screening (immunizations) in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act and clinical requirements


Students who are unsuccessful after 3 attempts on the current version of the TEAS may complete an appeal for a 4th attempt to take the current version of the TEAS. The appeal will be reviewed by the campus Nursing Program Director and the Academic Dean for approval. The appeal should include the reasons the student was unsuccessful at their prior attempts and how they plan to get a different result.

Students are encouraged to work with their Admissions Counselor if they reside far enough from a Keiser University location that multiple trips to campus during the admissions process are burdensome.  Arrangements for remote administration of the test can be considered under extenuating circumstances. 

Program Outline

Note: Each course in the Nursing major is a prerequisite for the subsequent course and therefore must be passed with a minimum 76% “C” grade in order to proceed successfully through the program.

To receive an Associate of Science degree in Nursing, students must earn 72.0 credit hours. Program requirements are as follows:

Lower Division Courses

Nursing Major Courses (42.0 credit hours)
Fundamentals of Nursing 8.0 credit hours
Nursing Pharmacology 4.0 credit hours
Basic Adult Health Care 8.0 credit hours
Maternity Nursing Care 4.0 credit hours
Pediatric Nursing 4.0 credit hours
Advanced Adult Health Care 8.0 credit hours
Nursing Roles Practicum 6.0 credit hours
Behavioral Science (6.0 credit hours)
Life Span Development 3.0 credit hours
Introduction to Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
English (3.0 Credit Hours)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
English Composition II 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
English Literature 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (3.0 credit hours)
Intermediate Algebra 3.0 credit hours
Natural Science (12.0 credit hours)
Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4.0 credit hours
Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4.0 credit hours
Microbiology I 4.0 credit hours

Program Outcomes

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