BSN Accelerated Track Frequently Asked Questions

What if my GPA is less than 3.0? 

For students interested in the Accelerated Track, the minimum overall (cumulative) GPA must be 3.0 from your previous degree. A grade of ‘C’ must be earned in all prerequisites and required course work for the BSN program.

 I took Civics during my 1st bachelor’s degree, do I still need to take it?

The state has determined that courses taken prior to Fall 2018 had differing learning objectives and thus do not meet the requirement. Prior to applying to the BSN accelerated track, applicants must complete one of the following courses (POS 2041 or AMH2020) or CLEP the exam. More information can be found here: http://fau.edu/testing/all-tests/civics-literacy/

What does the track cost? 
Tuition cost is per credit hour along with required fees. Tuition information can be found in the FAU University Catalog under Tuition, Fees, and Refunds

 Accelerated Track Estimated Costs by Semester

Spring 1 Estimated Expenses Summer 1 Estimated Expenses

Books:  $1,266.25

Laptop computer:  $1,500

White Coat:  $100

FNA/NSA:  $75

ATI Nursing Integrated Learning System:  $375

($1500 divided into 4 semester payments)

Uniforms:  $260

Clinical Equipment:  $120

Background Check:  $175

Community Uniform

  • Polo Shirt - $25
  • Name Badge - $12
  • Clinical Shoes - $100

Testing Center: $30.00

Heart Math: $125

15 credit hours

Books:  $2,117.35

ATI Nursing Integrated Learning System:  $375

($1500 divided into 4 yearly payments)

Testing Center: $30.00

16 credit hours

 

In-State:                $7,182.60

Out-of-State:       $14,960.25

In-State:              $5,742.99

Out-of-State:       $14,039.79

Fall 1 Estimated Expenses

Spring 2 Estimated Expenses

Books:  $1,013.05

ATI Nursing Integrated Learning System:  $375

($1500 divided into 4 yearly payments)

Testing Center: $40.00

17 credit hours

 

Books:  $1,103.05

ATI payment:  $375

Testing Center: $20.00

12 credit hours
 

In-State:               $4,849.98

Out-of-State:       $13,665.33
 

In-State:              $3,913.53

Out-of-State:        $10,136.13

 GRAND TOTAL:       In-State:                $21,564.10

                                    Out-of-State:         $52,676.50

 (Estimated costs do not include housing or cost of personal transportation to clinical sites)

 

Are there scholarships? 
There are scholarships available. Please click on Financial Aid & Student Scholarships.

What if I have completed all items and am ready to apply to Nursing CAS?

If an applicant has all items completed (TEAS, Prerequisites) then they can go directly into the Nursing CAS application and apply to the program. Applicants no longer need an FAU email address to apply.

 

Do I need to apply to FAU first before going into Nursing CAS?

No. Only applicants who are offered a seat in the nursing program will have to apply to FAU and send their transcripts to the university admissions office– this occurs only after a seat has been offered.

What if I still have prerequisites left, and need to speak to an advisor?

If an applicant has prerequisites left and wants to take them at FAU they need to apply as non-degree and then register for their prerequisites.

  1. If an applicant wants their transcripts reviewed, they need to apply to FAU as non-degree, and send each official transcript to the university. Once the applicant is accepted as non-degree, receives a Z number, and all transcripts have been received by the admissions office, an advising appointment can be made with Chere Robinson via email crobinson@health.fau.edu
  2. If the applicant graduated from FAU and would like transcript advising, only their Z number needs to be provided. All transcripts should already be available at the university.

  

What are the hours of the program (or how much time will be involved)? 

Depending upon the study, you will spend approximately 24 - 40 hours per week in classes and clinical nursing practice, which does not include study time. Study time is in addition to the 40 hours. For the Accelerated and Traditional tracks, we do not recommend working while in the BSN program. For the Freshmen Direct Admission track, students may be able to work during the freshmen year; however, during sophomore, junior and senior years after that we do not recommend working while in the BSN program. 

Our nursing practice sites are dependent on the location and may vary year to year. In general, nursing practice courses are from 6:30 am to 7pm and are at least 3 days per week and it is possible that there will be clinical nursing practice on weekends. 

A general rule of thumb for study time is for each credit hour, a student needs to study/complete assignments three hours to earn a ‘C’. So, for courses that are classroom (didactic) for 12 credit hours, a student needs to study 36 hours per week to earn ‘C’s.

 

Do I have to take my prerequisites at FAU? 

Students can take pre-requisites at another school and apply to FAU once completed. However, priority may be given to students who are FAU natives (have taken 30+ credit hours/pre-requisites at FAU). All prerequisites must be successfully completed at the time of application.

                                                            

Do you have dorms on campus? 

FAU has dorms. If you are interested in living on campus, please contact the FAU Department of Housing and Residential Education

 

Will I need to send immunization records for FAU Student Health? 

Immunization information is at: http://www.fau.edu/shs/.

 

Will I be required to complete a background check and drug testing?

Part of the admission process is that each student must undergo a background check and drug testing. You will be given more information about this as you progress through the process (Background Check & Health Records).

 

How often can I take the TEAS?

The TEAS can be taken every 30 days. The highest National Percentile Rank Score will be considered in admissions decisions (the TEAS individual adjusted score is based upon the National Percentile Rank Score). TEAS scores are valid for admissions applications for up to 5 years.

 

How do I report my TEAS scores?

Scan your official TEAS results sheet into your Nursing CAS file.