Palm Beach Atlantic University

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September 02, 2014

Application Process and Minimum RequirementsApplication Instructions:

Effective August 19, the School of Nursing is adopting a new application procedure for the Upper Division.

  1. Currently enrolled lower division students will fill out a form on myPBA > Schools > Nursing. (login required)
  2. Students transferring directly into the upper division (with an AA or Bachelor's degree) must fill out two applications:
  3. Students applying to lower division (sometimes called "pre-nursing") simply apply to the university.

The following additional elements are required for the application.

  1. Three recommendations are required (two academic or professional and one personal).
  2. Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
  3. Essay.
  4. Transcripts (for transfer students).

Timeframe for Applications and What to Expect if you are Accepted:

  • All upper division students start in the Fall, but there are three lower division nursing courses that must be completed in the prior Spring or Summer. You must choose whether you intend to start in Spring or Summer. (Both Spring and Summer groups will join together in the Fall.)
  • There is a rolling admission for both Spring and Summer starts, however, your chances of being accepted are higher earlier in the process.
    • The initial deadline for the Spring is October 1 the year before.
    • The initial deadline for Summer is March 1.
  • If you are accepted, you have two weeks to accept or decline.
  • Students must complete their background check, fingerprints, and drug screen by the date indicated in the acceptance letter.
  • All acceptances are provisional on passing the above nursing courses and completing all other outstanding course requirements before gaining full acceptance and beginning clinical courses in the Fall.
  • If you are new to PBA, then you are required to submit a Health History and Physical to Health and Wellness.  If you are currently a PBA student, you must complete a Health History/Vaccination Update Form and inform the School of Nursing as to any changes in your health status.
  • Students should reserve two important dates on their calendar:
    • Mandatory (Class of 2016): Fall Nursing Student Orientation: August 25, 2014 (Friday before school starts) time to be determined.
    • Mandatory (Class of 2016): Commitment Ceremony: During Family weekend (exact time TBD). (Family and friends are invited.)

     Application Exam Scheduling Instructions (TEAS)

    Palm Beach Atlantic University is not an official TEAS testing site.  TEAS tests are administered only for currently enrolled lower division nursing.

    Entrance Exam: Test of Essential Academic Skills / TEAS Test Schedule

    Scheduling:
    • T.E.A.S. sessions are limited to  currently enrolled PBA students only.  If you are not currently a PBA student you may search for testing locations on ATI's Website.
    • Enrolled students should contact their advisor with the session they wish to take.
    • Each session is limited to 25 students.

    Before the test:

    • Study and prepare ahead of time.
    • Get a good night’s sleep the night before the test.
    • Eat breakfast or lunch the day of the test.
    • Go to www.atitesting.com and create a student account. Bring your login information to the test. (If you do not bring the information to the test, you will have to reschedule!)
    • Turn in your Upper Division/ SON Application, $35 fee, and recommendations.

    The day of the test:

    • Arrive at the stated time above. Plan on being here for 4 hours. (Oceanview Hall, School of Nursing on the Corner of S Dixie Highway and Pembroke Place, West Palm Beach)
    • You will not be allowed to bring anything into the testing lab; no purses, backpacks, cell phones, PDA, beverages, food, calculators, etc.
    • You will need to show a photo ID and have a credit or debit card to pay for the test.  (Test is paid directly to ATI.)
    • The test fee is $25. You will be prompted to pay by credit card prior to starting the test. Please have a major credit card for payment.
    • You are encouraged to dress in layers as the lab ranges from very warm to very cold. Dress comfortably but stay within the university dress policy.

      

    Guaranteed Admission Minimum Requirements (for PBA freshman):

     Class graduating

     2016

     2017

     2018

     GPA*

     3.5

     3.5

     3.5

     Science GPA

     3.25

     3.25

     3.25

     TEAS individual score

     74.7

     74.7

     74.7

    Only students who entered PBA as freshman (or directly from high school) are eligible for Guaranteed Admission.
     

    Regular Admissions Minimum Requirements:

     Class graduating

     2016

     2017

     2018

     GPA*

     3.0

     3.0

     3.0

     Science GPA

     2.75

     2.75

     2.75

    TEAS Individual Score

    68.7

     68.7

    68.7

     

    *GPA is the GPA in required courses, not the overall GPA. This is designed to encourage students to take difficult science classes without fearing that they will hurt their chances of acceptance.

    Meeting the minimum requirements is NOT a guarantee of acceptance.

     

    Transfering Your A.A. Degree (or prior bachelor's degree)

    If you have an A.A. degree and have completed required prerequisites, you are ready to apply to Palm Beach Atlantic’s Upper Division Nursing program.

    • Application to the Upper Division is available for spring and summer terms only.
    • You will need to have your A.A. degree conferred by the beginning of the first semester of Nursing school if you are accepted into the program.
    • TEAS version exam (version 5). The TEAS may ONLY be taken up to three times, with three months in between exams.
    • Application to the Upper Division means that you have completed the following courses:
      • General Psychology
      • Life Span Development (Human Growth and Development)
      • Principles of Chemistry w/ Lab
      • Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/ Lab
      • Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/ Lab
      • Microbiology w/ Lab
      • Nutrition
      • Statistics

     

    *All courses must be completed by the time of program entrance. You may still be enrolled in these courses during the application process.
    * Please visit the link posted for the School of Nursing Application Checklist. All items must be submitted to the School of Nursing together: http://www.pba.edu/NUR-application-process


    Transfer Nursing Students Needing to Complete Prerequisites at PBA

    • Apply for admissions
    • Submit transcripts
    • Make a phone appointment to go over a basic timing plan
901 S. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
888-GO-TO-PBA 888-468-6722