School of Nursing

School of Nursing

You have a compassionate heart and a strong desire to help others. If you want to turn those attributes into a rewarding career in nursing, Palm Beach Atlantic University offers one of the top nursing programs in Florida—and the only Christian nursing program in the state nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Our nursing graduates achieved a six-year average pass rate of 94 percent on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Equally impressive is the high percentage of PBA nursing graduates who receive full-time job offers in their field of study upon graduation.

Get Pre-admitted to Nursing while still in High School

The School of Nursing is pleased to announce an exciting new program for High School Seniors. Students who meet the qualifications can be pre-admitted to the nursing program. Once accepted, there are no more applications to fill out, EVER. Students accepted into this program will take courses with nursing faculty each semester throughout their entire time at PBA.

For details see Application Requirements and FAQ

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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.

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) and Dr. Diane Esposito (right), 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


Your Facilities

You’ll learn in a nursing lab that features state-of-the-art technology, such as 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

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.

Speaking of PBA...

“The students at PBA are the most competent, caring and committed students I’ve seen. The education they receive really gives them an understanding of what it is to provide holistic care in patients.”
--Andi Brenn, former chief nursing officer, Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Fla.

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