Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) School of Nursing

Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) School of Nursing offers accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN (online), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Health Systems Leadership, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs including DNP Executive Leadership and DNP Family Nurse Practitioner programs. Students Schools Scholarships

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  • Accreditations CCNE Accredited
  • Location West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN-to-DNP, NP, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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In 1968, Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA), a private, non-profit, interdenominational Christian institution, was founded. PBA's School of Nursing is one of the top nursing programs in Florida and the only Christian nursing program in the state nationally accredited by the CCNE.



There is an option for current High School students to start taking classes towards their nursing degree. Those accepted will take courses with nursing faculty each semester throughout their entire time at PBA and will be preadmitted into the nursing program.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Palm Beach Atlantic University has an average pass rate of 94 percent on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX). Nursing clinical courses begin in the fall of junior year, typically.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • High School Students applying for Freshman Direct Admission only need apply to the university and indicate nursing as their major.
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
  • Essay
  • Transcripts and 3 recommendations for transfer students
  • Background check, fingerprints, and drug screen by the date indicated in the acceptance letter
  • Health history and physical for new student; current PBA student must update history/vaccination

Guaranteed Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Guaranteed Admission is only for students who entered PBA as freshman (or directly from high school)
  • Started at PBA as first semester freshmen
  • 3.0 + GPA in required classes
  • 2.75 + Science/Math GPA
  • TEAS Total Individual Score of 68.7 +
  • Meet all admission criteria by the October 1 deadline

Transferring the A.A. Degree (or prior bachelor's degree)

Students with a prior bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field or A.A., with the required prerequisite courses, are able to apply to the Upper Division Nursing program.

Application Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • A.A. degree conferred by beginning of the first semester of Nursing school
  • TEAS version exam (Version 6)
  • Application to the Upper Division means that the student has completed prerequisite courses as outlined by the University

RN to BSN (Online)

The RN to BSN complete online program includes general education courses and 31 credits in nursing courses. The entire program takes about 5 semesters to complete.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • ADN with a cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Valid RN license in the State of Florida
  • Minimum 1-year work experience either as an RN or currently employed as an RN
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Online students submit a federal or state issued photo ID
  • Answer an RN to BSN focus question


Master of Science in Nursing, Health Systems Leadership

The Master of Science Nursing program has a focus on biblical, historical, theoretical and practical studies.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Complete online Graduate application
  • BSN from a regionally accredited university and nationally accredited nursing program
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, minimum nursing courses 3.0 GPA
  • No GRE required; applicants scoring less than 3.0 (cumulative and nursing) must provide acceptable GRE scores of 50th percentile on both verbal and quantitative sections and 4.0 on the analytical writing section
  • RN experience preferred, but not required
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Current and active Florida license OR a valid RN license from another state and proof of application to Florida Board of Nursing
  • Practicum and clinical hours must be completed in the State of Florida for the duration of the program
  • Personal statement
  • Transfers are required to obtain a letter of good standing from their current institution
  • Interview

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Program Benefits

  • Two types of tracks: (BSN to DNP? Executive Leadership concentration (71 graduate credits) or Family Nurse Practitioner concentration (74 graduate credits)
  • Graduates of BSN, RN to BSN or MSN programs are eligible for admission to the MSN/DNP programs
  • 9 semesters for most BSN students to complete the program
  • 38 credits for the Post-Master's DNP program
  • Hybrid courses delivered online and monthly; in-person classes at PBA's West Palm Beach campus
  • Faith-based approach to education that supports calling and service
  • Program enter times – fall (August) and Spring (January)

DNP Admission Requirements - BSN to DNP (see MSN requirements)

DNP Admission Requirements - Post-Master's to DNP

Applicants must have MSN from a nationally accredited nursing program (see MSN for remaining requirements).

After interview and upon acceptance to the MSN and/or the DNP programs, applicants must provide (not all inclusive):  

  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Florida RN License
  • CPR
  • PPD or other TB Test
  • Proof of Immunization/Titers
  • Drug Screen
  • Background Check with Fingerprints

Accreditation and Approval

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

Palm Beach Atlantic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

The PBA Nursing programs are approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.


US News & World Report (2019)

  • #52 (tie) in Regional Universities South
  • #34 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #38 in Best Value Schools
  • #94 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #16 (tie) in Most Innovative Schools

NICHE (2019)

  • Most Conservative Colleges in America #26
  • Best Christian Colleges in America #159
  • Best College Locations in America #245
  • Best Small Colleges in America #379
  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #465
  • Top Private Universities in America #476
  • Best College Campuses in America #562
  • Safest College Campuses in America #570
  • Colleges with the Best Professors in America #680
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #704
  • Best Colleges in America #783
  • Best Value Colleges in America #832
  • Most Conservative Colleges in Florida #2
  • Best Christian Colleges in Florida #4
  • Best Small Colleges in Florida #11
  • Top Private Universities in Florida #16
  • Best Value Colleges in Florida #17
  • Best College Locations in Florida #18
  • Best College Campuses in Florida #22
  • Colleges with the Best Professors in Florida #25
  • Best Colleges in Florida #28
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Florida #28
  • Safest College Campuses in Florida #34
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in Florida #40
  • Miami Area
  • Best Value Colleges in Miami Area #4
  • Best Colleges in Miami Area #7

The Princeton Review ranked PBA as "Best Southeastern" (2018).

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