Nursing, B.S.N. (Upper Level Track)

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The best nurses are those who feel a calling to the field and who truly want to help, heal and serve others. In our nursing program, you’ll explore concepts of empathy, compassion and servant leadership. You’ll engage in a proven curriculum and train with state-of-the-art simulation facilities. And you’ll be prepared to deliver a higher level of patient care.

School of Nursing

Orlando , West Palm Beach



Our upper level nursing program offers students a holistic approach to the nursing profession and where you’ll have abundant opportunities to apply what you learn in local hospitals, clinics and community outreach programs to needy communities around the world through the School of Nursing and PBA’s Gregory Center for Medical Missions. Upon the successful completion of your first semester of your junior year, you’ll qualify to work as a nurse technician at most local hospitals.

Licensure and Certifications

PBA’s BSN nursing program prepares graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), a nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States.  Passing the exam is a prerequisite to nursing licensure in the USA.

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What Can I do With This Degree?

  • Registered Nurse
  • Telemedicine Nurse
  • Travel Nurse

Program Details

PBA is known throughout the region for the quality of nursing graduates we produce each year. This is a result of our proven curriculum and exceptional instructors who serve as students’ mentors and bring decades of real-world experience. Other distinctives include:

  • Christ-Centered Experience—concepts of faith and biblical principles are at the center of everything nursing students experience.
  • Holistic Approach—we strongly believe, and teach our students, that true healthcare involves sociocultural understanding and spiritual encouragement in addition to the physical.
  • Advanced Labs and Technology—you will benefit from training with the most advanced nursing lab technologies and patient simulation resources, preparing you to step in and succeed on day one.
  • Personalized Learning—you will be guided by expert faculty who bring years of nursing experience at leading area hospitals.

Learn more about your classes and requirements in the course catalog.

Regular Competitive Admissions Minimum Requirements:

  • 3.0 + GPA in required classes
  • 2.75 + Science/Math GPA
  • TEAS Total Individual Score of 68.7 +  (74+ recommended to be competitive)

*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.

Transferring Your A.A. Degree (or prior bachelor’s degree)

  • Application to the Upper Division is available for spring and fall start.
  • You will need to complete your pre-requisite courses by the beginning of the first semester of Nursing school if you are accepted into the program.
  • PBA uses the TEAS exam (Version 6) as its entrance exam. The TEAS may ONLY be taken three times, with 30 days between exams.
  • Application to the Upper Division means that you have completed or are in progress in 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 but one of these courses must be completed by the time of program entrance. You may still be enrolled in these courses during the application process.

Transfer Nursing Students needing to complete some of the prerequisites at PBA or other institution should:

  • Apply for admission to the University.
  • Submit transcripts
  • Make a phone appointment with an Admissions Counselor to go over a basic degree plan

Nursing Opportunities & Outcomes

The School of Nursing has a vast range of opportunities for both our students and our graduates.  From student clubs and organizations to externships and internships, you can get involved!
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Graduates of the program are ready to sit for the national licensing exam in order to obtain their RN license and begin careers in the various fields of nursing. Many program alumni also pursue a graduate degree. Since our founding, PBA nursing graduates have achieved an average pass rate of 93% on the national licensure exam, and are employed by respected healthcare organizations around the country, some of which include:
  • Duke Medical Center
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Community Health Clinic of West Palm Beach
  • Emory Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Florida Cancer Specialists
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Jupiter Medical Group
  • Marcus Neuroscience Institute
  • Palm Beach Cardiology
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Team Health

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 or transfer students who have applied to the Nursing Program .
Entrance Exam: Test of Essential Academic Skills Version 6 (TEAS)


  • TEAS exams are limited to currently enrolled PBA students and current applicants only.  If you are not currently a PBA student you may search for testing locations on ATI’s Website
  • Enrolled students should go to myPBA>Schools>Nursing to view the latest TEAS schedule.

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 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!)
  • Apply to the Upper Division by going to myPBA/Schools/Nursing and clicking on the Upper Division BSN Program application link

The day of the test:

  • Due to COVID the test is currently being proctored remotely by a third party company. For details contact . Please put TEAS in the subject line

PBA awards over three million dollars in scholarships every year and 97% of PBA undergraduate students receive financial aid.

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– Marissa Pacheco ’16

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