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BSN Traditional Track Frequently Asked Questions
What if my GPA is less than 3.0?
For students interested in the Traditional Track, the minimum overall (cumulative) GPA must be 3.0 from your course work/prerequisites. A grade of ‘C’ must be earned in all prerequisites and required course work for the BSN program.
For student interested in the Freshmen Direct Admission Track, the minimum GPA is 3.50, SAT 1750 or ACT 25.
What does the track cost?
Are there scholarships?
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).
Can I apply to both the Accelerated and the Traditional Tracks?
Students who are second degree applicants can only apply to the Accelerated track. Freshmen Direct Admission is for those students graduating from high school.
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 Life.
Will I need to send immunization records for FAU Student Health?
Immunization information is at: http://www.shs.fau.edu/.
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).
What is pre-nursing?
In the past, once admitted to FAU, students were then designated as pre-nursing. Pre-Nursing does not mean that you have been admitted to the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing’s BSN program. After Fall 2014, students will not be able to designate Pre-Nursing as their area of interest. After admitted to FAU and completing prerequisite courses, students will then apply to Nursing.
How often can I take the TEAS?
The TEAS can be taken every 45 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. Please contact FAU Testing and Evaluation https://www.fau.edu/testing/.
How do I report my TEAS scores?
Scan your official TEAS results sheet into your Nursing CAS file.
There are now four avenues to join the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program!
1. Freshmen Direct-Admit into the Nursing Major
2. Upper-Division Nursing Major
a. Pre-Nursing Traditional track
b. Accelerated track
c. RN-BSN track
The Pre-Nursing Traditional track will accept applications for Fall 2015 and Fall 2016 admissions. After Fall 2016, this track will no longer exist. However, there will be opportunities for FAU students who want to change their major to apply for a position in the upper division curriculum.
The Accelerated track will accept applications for admission in the spring semester (starting January 2015).
The RN-BSN track accepts applications for admission each semester (fall, spring, or summer).