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Upper Division Nursing

Do you have most of your prerequisites completed and want to pursue nursing? Then continue your journey and become a highly-qualified nurse with NSU's College of Upper Division Nursing Program. You will transition smoothly into the bachelor's program once you have completed the required 39 Prerequisite Course Requirements.

What you'll study.
Human anatomy, chemistry, and microbiology are foundational courses in the entry level nursing program. Explore nutrition and psychology. Become well-rounded with courses in writing, mathematics, and your choice of humanities. Every course moves you closer to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree.

How you'll learn more.
NSU has emphasized healthcare since its inception. Only professionals teach our classes, where faculty know your name and provide you individual attention. Faculty experiences cover a variety of healthcare settings, and an interdisciplinary perspective will help increase your versatility. Plus, the upper division nursing program at NSU connects perfectly with the nursing school's B.S.N. program.

Where it can take you.
The competitive nursing field is changing to require the B.S.N. for new nurses, and you’ll become eligible for this degree program after completing the upper division nursing requirements. Completion of the B.S.N. prepares you for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX) and your initial licensure as a registered nurse (R.N.).


Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year (subject to change by the board of trustees without notice) is 25,465 for Florida residents and $26,415 for out-of-state students.

There are a number of Florida and hospital grants available for the Nursing student. Additionally, student loan interest for nursing students is lower than for students seeking other degrees. The Financial Aid Office is eager to assist you to explore all possible financial aid options.


Annual Tuition Rates (3 Semesters Fall/Winter/Summer)

Florida Resident TuitionOut of State Tuition
Tuition $25,465.00 $26,415.00
One Time Application Fee: $50.00 $50.00
Tuition Deposit: $200.00 $200.00
HPD General Access Fee: $145.00 $145.00
NSU Student Service Fee: $1050.00 $1050.00
One Time Lab Fee: $150.00 $150.00
Extra Fees: See Below See Below
  • One Time Application Fee - $50: This fee is non-refundable and is required with each application.
  • Tuition Deposit - $200: This deposit is required to reserve the accepted applicant's place in the entering first-year class. This advance payment will be deducted from the tuition payment due on registration day, but is not refundable in the event of a withdrawal. It is payable within two weeks of an applicant's acceptance.
  • Health Professions Division General Access Fee - $145: may be required each year.
  • NSU Student Services Fee - $1050: (Effective July 1, 2012) is required annually. ( Split between 3 Semesters Fall/Winter/Summer)
  • One Time Lab Fee -$150: This fee is required in the first semester of the program only.
  • Extra Fees: Students will incur additional cost such as; Books, FNSA dues, uniforms, lab coat, Competency Exam fees and Graduation Costs.
  • Background Checks: The College pays for the first background check per student any additional background check will be funded by the student
  • All tuition charges and fees are subject to change by the board of trustees without notice.

The first semester's tuition and fees, less than the $200 previously paid (Acceptance fee & Deposit Fee), are before registration day. Tuition for each subsequent semester is due on or before the appropriate registration day. Students will not be admitted until their financial obligations have been met. The financial ability of applicants to complete their education at the college is important because of the limited number of positions available in each class. Applicants should have specific plans for financing 27 months of professional education. This should include tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses.

Each student is required to carry adequate personal medical and hospital insurance. Students may purchase Student Health Insurance for NSU Students through the University. Students who have adequate personal medical and hospital insurance may waive the Health insurance by filling out the Student Health Insurance Waiver.

For course descriptions and program goals and outcomes, please see the Undergraduate Student Catalog.

Choose the entry level nursing program closest to you:

Later on in the nursing school, you'll have the opportunity to gain clinical experience in various hospitals near each NSU campus.

Visit the undergraduate admissions office pages for deadlines and other requirements.
Course Number Course Title
PHS 4904 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions
NUR 3002 Introduction to Baccalaureate Nursing Education
NUR 3160 Introduction to Professional Nursing
NUR 3130 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice
NUR 3029 Foundations of Health Assessment
NUR 3032 Foundations of Pathophysiology
NUR 3131 Problem Solving Strategies for Nursing Practice
NUR 3180 Primary Concepts of Adult Nursing I
NUR 3191 Pharmacological Basis for Nursing Interventions I
NUR 3192 Pharmacological Basis for Nursing Interventions II
NUR 4110 Primary Concepts of Adult Nursing II
NUR 3005 Mathematical Applications for Nursing Practice
NUR 4130 Concepts of Maternal-Child Nursing and Families
NUR 3050 Research Methodologies and Evidence-Based Practice
NUR 4172 Nursing in Today’s Health Care Environment
NUR 3250 Concepts of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
NUR 4150 Concepts of Community-Based Nursing Practice
NUR 4160 Genetics for Nursing Practice
NUR 4020 The Nurse as a Leader and Manager
NUR 4120 Advanced Concepts of Adult Nursing
NUR 4030 The Business of Health Care
NUR 4180 Nursing Practicum

Written communication (College-level written composition) 6
Social behavioral sciences (One PSYC and Human Growth and Development) 6
Arts & Humanities (Any HIST, ARTS, PHIL, HUMN, LITR, THEA, FILM, MUSC, DANC, WRIT or foreign language) 6
Mathematics (Math 1040 or above and Statistics) 6
Natural/physical sciences (Anatomy and physiology, at least 6 semester hours with lab (5 semester hours of combined anatomy and physiology with 3 semester hours of biology may be substituted); chemistry, at least 3 semester hours; microbiology, at least 3 semester hours) 12
Nutrition 3
Total General Education Semester Hours 39

For Entry Level Nursing course descriptions and program goals and outcomes, please see the Undergraduate Student Catalog.