Jacksonville University (JU) Keigwin School of Nursing

The Jacksonville University (JU) Keigwin School of Nursing offers CCNE accredited BSN, RN to BSN, Veteran BSN, ABSN, MSN, RN to MSN, and DNP degree programs including programs in specialty areas such as Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Educator, and Nursing Informatics. Students Schools Scholarships

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  • Accreditations CCNE Accredited
  • Location Jacksonville, Florida
  • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, NP, Accelerated BSN, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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Jacksonville University (JU) is a private institution that was founded in 1934. The JU Keigwin School of Nursing is located across the St. Johns River in a riverfront setting in suburban Jacksonville, Florida.  


Traditional BSN Program

Jacksonville University Keigwin School of Nursing provides a traditional BSN program that is completed within 28 months.

Veteran BSN Program

Jacksonville University's Veteran BSN Program offers two unique BSN tracks.

Pre-licensure Track (formerly Track 1)

This program is designed for qualified pre-licensure Veterans an opportunity to earn a BSN through either a traditional or second degree option as a full-time, campus-based student.

RN-BSN Track (Formerly Track 2)

This program is designed for licensed, Veteran RNs who would like to complete their BSN off-campus. It is an 18-month accelerated option for the adult education program that includes 10 individual eight-week nursing courses. The total credit hours are 32. There is a requirement of one afternoon-evening class per week, allowing Veteran RNs to stay employed while completing their degree program.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing Program prepares students for advanced leadership roles in nursing. The MSN graduate program in nursing prepares students to continue study at the Doctoral level, if they choose.

Available Programs

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner/ Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Online MSN
  • Online RN-MSN
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Educator Cohort
  • MSN Informatics Specialization Cohort
  • MSN Leadership in the Healthcare System Cohort

Online RN-MSN

The Jacksonville University Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences Keigwin School of Nursing offers a CCNE-accredited, 100% online, RN to MSN program with the focus on students who are working and have active lives.

Faculty members for the Online RN-MSN program also teach in our traditional classrooms and clinical settings.

Program Highlights

  • You are awarded 30 credits for your U.S. RN license
  • Held in Six yearly sessions
  • 8-week courses
  • Options for part- or full-time
  • No mandatory login times
  • Local practice projects
  • Convenient for U.S. military nurses stationed worldwide
  • Active-duty service members, Reservist, Guardsmen, Veteran, spouses and dependents of disabled or deceased Veterans receive a 10% discount on online nursing undergraduate and graduate degree tuition

Online MSN

There are three specializations offered at the The Jacksonville University Keigwin School of Nursing. The CCNE-accredited, online MSN program will help students gain confidence as nursing professionals.

  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Leadership in Healthcare Systems
  • MSN: Informatics Specialization

Highlights of the Online MSN program

  • Worldwide access, at any time
  • Part-time and full-time options (24 months studying full time)
  • 8-week sessions with six starts per year (making it flexible for you)
  • Ability to take a session or two off, without penalty
  • Take one course each session
  • Interact with professors and classmates using discussion boards and email (all online)
  • Practicum and projects are completed locally
  • Competitive tuition

Post-MSN Certificate Programs

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner - hybrid learning (classroom and online) - 2 years full time status, 3 years part-time.
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a GRE?

Students whose overall undergraduate GPA is above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are not required to complete the GRE.

Is the Family Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Nurse Practitioner program online?

No, the FNP/ENP program is a campus based program. The program is a combination of hybrid scheduling and online learning; students are required to meet in person.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice is designed for students who would like a leadership position in a health care domain. Doctoral level students gain knowledge across a range of disciplines including nursing, medicine, economics, informatics, education, and health policy with a goal of transforming health care delivery. The Jacksonville University Keigwin School of Nursing offers both a post Master's DNP as well as a BSN to DNP for RNs interested in pursuing FNP certification.

The BSN to DNP/FNP and BSN to DNP/Leadership programs follow the ARNP admissions schedule, therefore only admitting once a year in the fall. This former program is for RNs who would like to obtain FNP certification and complete DNP coursework concurrently. The latter program is for RNs who wish to pursue leadership roles within nursing systems and organizations while completeing DNP coursework.


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the DNP, MSN, and BSN programs at JU.

Jacksonville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.


US News & World Report (2018)

  • #52 (tie) in Regional Universities South
  • #29 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #46 in Best Value Schools
  • #31 (tie) in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
  • Listed in the Best Nursing Schools: Master's and the Best Nursing Schools: DNP 

The Economist listed JU as being amongst the top 11% of schools nationally for return on investment.

Washington Monthly ranked JU as the 18th best college in the U.S. for adult learners.

Military Times ranked JU #46 on its list of the best military-friendly colleges, a jump from #73 in 2017.

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