Nursing schools in Florida?

  1. Hi so I am a student from California who finished 3 years of college. I've been applying for a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing for the past 2 cycles and I've been rejected from all the schools I've apply to (all in California) so now I'm trying to expand my search since I feel like I'm wasting my time as a newly switched Health Science major student.

    I was wondering if anyone could recommend to me schools to look into in Florida.

    These are the stats for the pre-requisites for Californian schools (i don't know if it's the same for schools in Florida):
    My science GPA (anatomy & physiology, microbiology, chem): 3.15
    My non science GPA (english, communication, psychology, philosophy, statistics): 3.48
    Current overall GPA: 3.59
    TEAS: 86.7
    HESI: 86.7
  2. Poll: Are my stats competitive?

    • Yes

      25.00% 1
    • Maybe

      25.00% 1
    • No

      50.00% 2
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  4. by   apmarquez
    There are a lot of nursing schools where i live in the Tampa bay area that you shouldn't have a problem getting into. Some of the best programs are the university of tampa, university of south florida, and keiser university; though the other two are harder to get into also the community colleges here have good nursing programs. St. Pete also has a lot of nursing programs.
  5. by   RebeccaMichelle
    I applied to the nursing program for this fall at St. Petersburg College. Generally people who get accepted have between 3.7-4.0 GPAs. However, the spring semester is normally less competitive. There are a lot of programs here that are good. I'm sure you'll find the one that's right for you.
  6. by   broughden
    You need to bring your science GPA, especially for pre-reqs like anatomy, up in order to be competitive. I'd retake any class you didn't get an A in.
  7. by   Wannabeeinscrubs
    You will probably have to go to a for profit school, like me.
  8. by   MJT_BSN2B
    If you have 60 credits completed you could get into Keiser University's BSN FastTrack (accelerated) program which is 16 months straight if your pre-reqs are completed already. I will be attending the Sarasota campus with the Nursing Core starting 5/19. You will just need to score a 25 on the Wonderlic SLE test. They do not require a TEAS or HESI for the BSN if you have 60 credits or a degree already. They require a 3.0 GPA. Also, it's a private school so it's $$. This program is also offered at their Ft. Lauderdale and Ft. Myers campuses.
  9. by   apmarquez
    Keiser also has a tampa campus where they offer the nursing programs
  10. by   MJT_BSN2B
    Quote from apmarquez
    Keiser also has a tampa campus where they offer the nursing programs
    Yes, they do offer other Nursing programs, but not the Accelerated/FastTrack. Or if they do, I couldn't find it on the website for that location.
  11. by   FloridaBeagle
    You should finish your bachelors in Health Science and apply for a direct-entry MSN. A higher degree means higher pay and better opportunities. I wish I had done that.
  12. by   CastiMcNasti
    Quote from FloridaBeagle
    You should finish your bachelors in Health Science and apply for a direct-entry MSN. A higher degree means higher pay and better opportunities. I wish I had done that.
    To the OP: This is definitely an option, but you'll need to keep your overall GPA up and make sure you have those appropriate pre-reqs done. There are also not a lot of direct entry MSN programs out there.

    It looks like you still need Human Growth and Development/Development Across the Lifespan (DEP 2004 in Florida). Have you taken A&P I and II or did you take Anatomy and Physiology separately? Not that it will make a huge difference, but if you still need to take A&P II, I'd get that squared away, too.

    As for schools, it really depends on the area you are looking to relocate. There are a lot of community colleges that offer strong programs, but aren't as difficult to get into as say the big schools like UCF, FSU or USF. There are quite a few private schools that are really good. There are also more Accelerated BSN programs than Direct Entry MSN programs. So, that might be something to look for, as well. Like MJT, I am also looking at attending Keiser-Sarasota for the BSN Fast Track in May 2019.

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