School of Nursing

About the School

It's an exciting time to be a nurse. The face of health care is changing rapidly, and today's nursing student will help to shape tomorrow's world.

The national nursing shortage ensures that all nursing graduates will have little trouble finding employment. But PBA nursing graduates will have an extra advantage! The Christian worldview and faith found throughout our program helps prepare you as nurses who are able to function in our increasingly global healthcare system without losing sight of your values or compromising patient care. PBA's Nursing program is the only nationally accredited Christian nursing program in the state of Florida.

In addition to the Christian worldview, PBA's nursing program features a consistent nursing model throughout the program and includes a separate complex-care course. The highlight of the program is the capstone nursing course, which helps our students synthesize their theoretical and practical education with the realities of being a nurse in today's world. It underscores the importance of lifelong learning, and ensures that our graduates are among the top in the nation.Educating tomorrow's nurses is the greatest honor that our faculty has ever had. If you are a prospective student or parent, we invite you to visit PBA and the School of Nursing.


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The School of Nursing is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.

NOTICE: November 2015 update on accreditation

State Board Approval
The School of Nursing has received State Board of Nursing approval to offer nursing classes.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Palm Beach Atlantic University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Quick Facts (BSN)

When do nursing students begin the nursing major?
Clinical courses typically begin in the Fall of the 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 the 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?

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.

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.


The School of Nursing is located in Oceanview Hall, on the corner of South Dixie Highway and Pembroke Place.

Our mailing address is:

School of Nursing
Palm Beach Atlantic University
1000 S. Dixie Hwy.
P.O. Box 24708
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4708