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The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s nurses.  The Accelerated BSN Program is a fast-track program perfect for students committed to earning their BSN in just 12 months.  The curriculum includes a blend of clinical and classroom education to ensure that Accelerated BSN students are ready for their NCLEX-RN examination and, ultimately, clinical practice.  Hands-on care is an integral part of our curriculum; students learn from a wide variety of clinical partners to gain outstanding clinical training and education in order to provide unmatched patient care.  Our Accelerated BSN students consistently obtain some of the highest NCLEX-RN scores in Florida and in the nation.


The Accelerated BSN program is fully-accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

 

Program Basics and Deadlines

  • Entry Term: Summer 2019 (May)
    • Length of Program: 3 semesters
    • Application Opens: September 1, 2018
    • Deadline: February 1, 2019
  • Entry Term: Spring 2020 (January)
    • Length of Program: 3 semesters
    • Application Opens: February 1, 2019
    • Deadline: August 1, 2019

 

Application Portal

Applications for this program must be submitted through NursingCAS at http://www.nursingcas.org/.  Simply create an account, search for this program for your intended semester of entry, and complete the required steps to apply online. 

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies only reviews completed applications.  Be sure to monitor the status of your application by checking the “View My Notifications” and “Check Status” sections of NursingCAS and following up or responding appropriately to ensure all admission materials are submitted by the application deadline.

Questions about the NursingCAS application portal should be directed to NursingCAS.

 

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing from a regionally-accredited institution
    • Official transcripts for each institution attended must be mailed from the issuing institution’s Registrar directly to NursingCAS. NursingCAS cannot process transcripts that are stamped “Issued to Student.”  To expedite the process be sure to include the Transcript Request Form from the “Colleges Attended” section in “Academic History.”
    • Applicants are required to list all institutions attended in the “Colleges Attended” section under “Academic History” even if no degree was awarded.
    • Applicants with international transcripts should refer to the “Additional Requirements for International Transcripts” section below. International degrees must be equivalent to those in the U.S.
    • Applicants must input college-level coursework, including courses currently in progress, from every institution previously attended in the “Transcript Entry” section in Academic History.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0
    • Prerequisites include:
      • Chemistry with Lab 
      • Human Anatomy with Lab 
      • Human Growth and Development 
      • Human Physiology 
      • Introduction to Psychology
      • Microbiology 
      • Nutrition 
      • Statistics
    • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. 
    • Only 1 prerequisite course failure may be repeated (C- or below).
    • It is recommended that no more than 2-3 prerequisite courses be in progress at the time of application.  Applicants may be offered conditional admission while in the process of completing any remaining prerequisite courses or degree requirements; however, all prerequisite and degree requirements must be completed prior to the start of the program.
    • Science prerequisite courses must be taken within the last 10 years.
  • Two letters of recommendation from an academic source 
    • Complete the “References” section to request electronic recommendations.
  • Statement of purpose (250-650 words)
    • Discuss reasons for applying to the Accelerated BSN program at the University of Miami and how it fits into personal, educational, and professional goals.
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “Personal Statement.”
  • Current CV/resume
    • The CV/resume should include work and volunteer activities, licensures and other certifications, awards, professional organizations, and academic experiences.
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “CV/Resume.”
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers certification (Note: This is not required at the time of application)
    • Only BLS certifications from the American Heart Association are accepted.
    • If applicants do not hold this certification at the time of application, they must obtain this certification prior to starting the Accelerated BSN program.
    • Upload in the “Documents” tab under “Certification” (if available).

 

Admission Process: Rolling Admission

Applications are processed and reviewed on a continual basis.  Admission personnel start processing applications as soon as they are received and they release decisions as they are made by the admission committee.  Please note this process takes time.  While applications are processed on a rolling basis, we cannot guarantee an immediate admission decision; however, we guarantee that all applicants will receive an admission decision and that all applicants who apply by the specified deadline will be considered for a spot in our program.

 

Additional Requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Residents

Applicants must upload a copy of their passport in the “Documents” tab under “Other.”

 

Additional Requirements for International Transcripts

Applicants (international and domestic) who have attended a college or university outside of the United States must request a course-by-course degree evaluation, complete with degree equivalency and GPA calculation information, by submitting all international transcripts and diplomas (if applicable) to one of the following approved evaluation services:

Complete evaluations must be sent by the evaluation company directly to NursingCAS.  Copies of all official transcripts and diplomas must be included by the evaluation company when the evaluation is sent to NurisngCAS.

Applicants who use JS&A or WES can request their completed evaluations be sent electronically to NursingCAS to post to their application.  Students who choose to send their complete evaluation to NursingCAS by mail must request it be sent directly by the evaluation company to NursingCAS, P.O. Box 9201, Watertown, MA 02471.

Note: Any foreign documents received by the School of Nursing and Health Studies become the property of the University of Miami and will not be returned to the applicant or sent to a third party, including third party evaluation services.

 

Additional Requirements for Applicants for whom English is not the Native Language

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit passing Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores directly to the following address: University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, Office of Student Services, P.O. Box 248153, Coral Gables, FL 33124-3850.

Note: Students whose native language is not English but who attended and earned a degree from a regionally-accredited higher education institution in the United States are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.

 

Additional Application and Admission Guidelines

Applicants are only permitted to apply to 1 program at the SONHS per application cycle (i.e., the same semester).

Applicants who are admitted to the program will be required to submit a $1,000 non-refundable deposit within two weeks of admission as outlined in the admission letter.  The deposit will be applied to tuition in students’ first semester of study.

Admission is contingent upon completion of all requirements outlined in the Certificate of Admission.  This includes a mandatory online pre-immersion course, valid immunizations, a negative drug test, and clearance of an FBI background check, among others.  Clinical rotations are a component of the nursing program and require that students have a background report without any infractions.  If a student’s background report contains any infractions, regardless of how they were resolved or adjudicated, his/her offer of admission will be rescinded.

Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Faculty of the SONHS reserve the right to waive any requirement or request additional information at any time.