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Launch Your Nursing Career at Keiser University College of Nursing

Nursing, BSN (Traditional)

Keiser University

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Flagship Residential Campus, Fort Myers Campus, Pembroke Pines Campus, Port St. Lucie Campus, Sarasota Campus

The Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is offered for students beginning their first professional nursing program. Depending on the campus, students in this program of professional nursing study may attend in either the Fall/Spring semesters only or year round, for eight semesters.

Graduates will be prepared to provide compassionate, patient-centered, culturally competent nursing care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations in a variety of settings, using evidence-based knowledge and skills related to wellness, health promotion, illness, disease management, and end-of-life care to improve healthcare outcomes. They will practice in partnership with patients as members and leaders of interprofessional healthcare teams, utilizing the most current healthcare technologies. Successful completion of this program qualifies graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

The Baccalaureate degree programs in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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.

Program Outcomes

Keiser University’s Bachelor of Science in nursing program enables students to provide evidence-based collaborative care to diverse patient populations in varied settings. The Programmatic Student Learning Outcomes are a culmination of measurable competencies, consistent with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008), which enable graduates to practice within a complex healthcare system.

The Programmatic Student Learning Outcomes and their applicable Essentials are:

CARE COORDINATION: Utilizes effective leadership, communication and collaboration for shared decision making with the patient and multidisciplinary healthcare providers in the deliberate organization, design and management of safe, high quality and high value care for culturally and spiritually diverse patients across the continuum of healthcare environments.

RESEARCH AND TRANSLATION: Engages in scientific inquiry with a spirit of creativity, utilizes evidence-based nursing knowledge, and translates data and information into nursing practice to address common clinical scenarios.

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: Utilizes patient care technology and information systems to communicate, collaborate and support clinical decision-making in the delivery of quality patient care in a variety of healthcare settings.

ADVOCACY AND POLICY: Integrates professional nursing values, ethical, legal, and theoretical practice frameworks fundamental to the discipline of nursing to influence health promotion, disease prevention, healthcare policy, and regulation across the lifespan and practice environments

Prerequisites for Major Courses

  • High School cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Personal interview with the BSN Program Director or Designee, and approval from the BSN Admission Committee
  • An acceptable background check in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act upon enrollment
  • 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)
  • Satisfactory drug screening and completion of ALL required health screening (immunizations) in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act and clinical requirements Minimum grade of “B” in the following prerequisite courses:
    • BSC2085C Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
    • BSC2086C Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
    • CHM2045 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHM2045L General Chemistry Lab (1 credit)
    • MCB2000C Microbiology (with lab) (4 credits)
  • Student is evaluated by the BSN Program Director, once all pre-requisite general education courses and TEAS have been successfully completed for full acceptance to the program
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA for general education/prerequisite courses


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

To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, students must complete 120 credit hours as described below.  The schedule for this beginning program of professional nursing study may vary by campus and be offered either during the Fall/Spring semesters only, or year round.  The length of this program is approximately 32 months (this will vary if a student transfers in credits).  Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and Nursing Core courses must be completed with a grade of “B’ or higher to proceed successfully through the program.

Lower Division Courses

General Education Courses (40.0 credit hours)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
General Chemistry I 3.0 credit hours
General Chemistry Lab 1.0 credit hours
College Algebra 3.0 credit hours
Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4.0 credit hours
Introduction to Psychology 3.0 credit hours
English Composition II 3.0 credit hours
Microbiology I 4.0 credit hours
Humanities Elective 3.0 credit hours
Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4.0 credit hours
Lifespan Development 3.0 credit hours
Statistics 3.0 credit hours
General Elective 3.0 credit hours

Upper Division Courses

Nursing Major Courses (80.0 credit hours)
Professional Nursing I 1.0 credit hours
Professional Nursing II 1.0 credit hours
Pathophysiology for BSN 4.0 credit hours
Physical Assessment in Healthcare 3.0 credit hours
Clinical Decision Making in Evidence Based Practice 2.0 credit hours
Care Management I 8.0 credit hours
Nursing Pharmacotherapeutics 4.0 credit hours
Nursing Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2.0 credit hours
Care Management II 9.0 credit hours
Health Promotion, Disease Prevention: A Community Perspective 4.0 credit hours
Ethical and Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice 3.0 credit hours
Care Management III 8.0 credit hours
Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice 3.0 credit hours
Information Technology for Nursing 3.0 credit hours
Care Management IV 7.0 credit hours
Mental Health Concepts in Nursing 2.0 credit hours
Public Policy and Risk Management in Nursing 3.0 credit hours
Care Management V 8.0 credit hours
Nursing Leadership in Systems of Healthcare 3.0 credit hours
Professional Nursing III 2.0 credit hours

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