School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing is the introduction to professional nursing. It prepares graduates for licensure as RNs with careers in bedside nursing, leadership, community nursing, or graduate school. Graduates of this program are well-respected in the community and are prepared for lifelong Christian service in the field of nursing. This traditional on-ground BSN program is full-time and takes four years to complete.

Your Program

As a student in PBA’s nursing program, you may:

  • Take advantage of our Guaranteed Acceptance Program into our five-semester B.S.N. curriculum.
  • Apply to the upper division nursing program in the first semester of your sophomore year.

For a complete program description and policies, click here.

Your Experience

At PBA, you’ll:

  • Enjoy a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of just 18, which allows for great interaction and personal connection with professors such as the Dean of the School of Nursing Dr. Joanne Masella (center in the photo above).
  • Have access to a state-of-the-art nursing lab.
  • Discover a rigorous curriculum that has resulted in past classes achieving a 100 percent pass rate on national licensing exams.  
  • Take part in extensive clinical experiences, ranging from emergency room and neonatal intensive care unit to critical care and mental health.
  • Benefit from innovative courses, such as health assessment, technical skills for nursing and nursing of families and communities.
  • Gain a depth of perspective to everything you learn, thanks to our Christian worldview.
  • Engage in invaluable hands-on experience through internships and externships.
  • Enhance your knowledge and skills through clubs and organizations.
  • Graduate prepared to step immediately into your nursing career or continue your studies at the graduate level.
PBA's School of Nursing includes state-of-the-art classes and labs, so students are prepared for their career.

Your Courses & Classes

Explore a Sample Degree Plan for a Nursing major.

BSN Nursing Handbook

Your Facilities

You’ll learn in a nursing lab that features state-of-the-art technology, including patient and childbirth simulators.

Your Faculty

You’ll learn from professors who bring a lifetime of experiences to the classroom — and who are men and women of faith who share their Christian values with you as they mentor you.

Your Opportunities in Nursing

You’ll gain confidence in your skills through internships and externships at hospitals and medical centers throughout South Florida. You can bond with fellow students and sharpen your leadership skills through getting involved in organizations such as the Palm Beach Student Nursing Association and the Nurses Christian Fellowship.

Ready to start your path towards a nursing degree? Visit our apply online page to begin the application process.

Quick Facts about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

When do nursing students begin the nursing major?
Clinical courses typically begin in the fall of junior year. Three nursing courses must be taken before beginning clinical courses: Introduction to Professional Nursing; Health Assessment with Lab, and Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I. Those courses are offered in the spring and summer of sophomore year. Applications should be made in the fall of of the sophomore year for admission into the upper division nursing major.

How many students are admitted to the upper division nursing major?
Up to 60 students are admitted into the upper division nursing major.

What are the upper division nursing major course?
They are mostly nursing didactic and nursing practice courses.

Is this a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program for RNs?
Yes.

Is RN (registered nurse) a degree?
No, RN is a license granted by the state after successfully completing an examination. You have a nursing degree to be eligible to take the licensing examination.

Why should I pursue my BSN rather than an associate degree?
Nurses with bachelor degrees tend to progress to leadership positions more quickly and are better prepared to enter graduate school. In addition, BSN nurses are more likely to get hired by hospitals. 

How many students are admitted to the School of Nursing?
There is no limit on the number of students taking the lower division (freshman and sophomore) pre-nursing courses. Upper division courses are limited to aproximately 60 students.