We have a point of view about nursing. At Bethune-Cookman, you become a professional nurse leader. That means being a nurse who serves, educates and empowers patients and those around you towards optimal wellness. The professional nurse leader advocates for opportunities for all citizens to improve their quality of life through innovative nursing practice with the primary goal of eliminating health disparities, within our immediate and global communities. 

The program emphasizes excellent teaching with a commitment to student-faculty interaction. Individual talents, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and insights are recognized and appreciated by faculty. 

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Refer to the vertical curriculum for all course requirements.

Our graduates advance innovative, culturally sensitive healthcare practices that promote human flourishing. The meta paradigm of this important and rewarding profession--personhood, health, environment and nursing--form the framework of our curriculum. This faith-based program prepares you as a nurse generalist for professional practice using knowledge derived from the liberal arts, biological sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences, and nursing.

The mission, goals and learning outcomes of the School of Nursing are congruent with those of the University and are also consistent with professional nursing standards and guidelines for preparing nursing professionals.  The school of nursing program utilizes the following standards to underpin the program’s mission.

  • Quality and Safety Education for Nurses QSEN
  • American Nurses Association Code of Ethics.
  • National Patients’ Safety Goals
  • Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing ACEN
  • Florida State Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations

The mission of the School of Nursing (SON) is congruent with the mission of the university. It is dedicated to the provision of an education to a diverse student body that will instill a desire for leadership and service to a diverse global community.  Our goal is to graduate competent, visionary Professional Nurse Leaders who are at the forefront of innovative, culturally sensitive healthcare practices that promote human flourishing. The faculty believe that baccalaureate education is the basic preparation for professional nursing practice.  As a faculty, our purpose is to prepare professional nurse leaders who are excellent health care providers, engaged with local and global communities, and who serve as advocates for health equity. We are grounded in Mary McLeod Bethune’s holistic merger of academics (Head), skills (Hand), and activism (Heart). We honor her desire that faculty strive to be true to values of the university, maintain a spirit of service, and be comprehensively prepared and effective in our discipline of nursing. Service learning is a vital strategy to prepare students as knowledgeable community leaders. These learning experiences reinforce the values of life-long learning and service.

Nursing, BSN

The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and is approved with the Florida Board of Nursing (FBON).

Complete accreditation/approval confirmation is available at:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone (404) 975-5000

Status: Continuing Accreditation
Last Evaluation Visit: February 1-4, 2021
Most Recent Action: July 2021, Continuing Accreditation
Next Evaluation Visit: Spring 2029


Status: Approved
Calendar Year: 2020
National Council Licensure Exam RN
Pass Rate: 94.12%
Job Placement Rate: 100%
Program Completion Rate: 30%


Florida Board of Nursing
Department of Health
Board of Nursing
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Bin C-02
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252
Phone (850) 245-4125

For consideration for admission to the nursing program, applicants must meet the following requirements.  All requirements must be met before an application will be considered.  Only completed application packets will be reviewed.  The deadline date for submission is May 15th.  No application will be accepted after the deadline date.

Students are required to:

  1. Complete all prerequisite course requirements with a grade of C or better. These 8 courses must be successfully completed before your application will be reviewed.
  1. NU 112:  Introduction to Nursing

This course is specific to Bethune-Cookman University’s nursing program and must be taken at Bethune-Cookman University.  It is offered online each fall, spring and summer semester. It may not be taken after the submission deadline date.  It must be completed before the submission deadline date for your application to be considered.

  1. College English I
  2. College English II
  3. College Algebra
  4. General Biology
  5. Anatomy & Physiology I and II; or BI 237 at Bethune-Cookman University
  6. Introduction to Chemistry
  7. Developmental Psychology
  1. Take and achieve the benchmarked scores on the TEAS Exam (Test of Essential Academic Skills). Scores over 3 years old may not be used.  TEAS scores must be attached to the application or submitted at the time of application.  An application will be deemed incomplete without TEAS scores and will not be reviewed.  This requirement must be met at the time of application.  TEAS scores will not be accepted after the application deadline date.

      Composite Score                            65%

      Reading                                        65%

      Math                                             65%

      Science                                         60%

      English/Language Usage                 60%

  1. GPA of 2.8 or higher.
  1. Submit unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Transcripts must be attached to the application or submitted at the time of application.  An application will be deemed incomplete without transcripts and will not be reviewed.  This requirement must be met at the time of application.  Transcripts will not be accepted after the application deadline date.
  1. Submit all information by the deadline date.

In addition to an incomplete application, applicants will not be admitted to nursing program based on the following:

  1. Applicants committing a misdemeanor in the past five years or a felony conviction (ever) will not be admitted to the nursing program.
  2. Students having a positive drug screen will not be admitted to the nursing program.
  3. Persons listed on the National Sexual Offender & Predator Registry are not eligible to apply to the program.
  4. Persons who have held or hold licensure in another discipline, and were subject to disciplinary action are not eligible to apply.

For consideration for the nursing school, you must fill out a special application.



Student organizations are an excellent way to build your knowledge in the field, to develop yourself professionally and to meet other students who share your professional interests and goals. Scroll down for details on the key organizations at B-CU.

  • Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
  • Sigma Epsilon Mu (mission/objectives)
  • Health Occupation Students of America (mission/objectives)
  • Gerontology Student Association
  • Pre-Med Society
  • Student Public Health Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau International  —  Honor Society of Nursing
  • Nursing Advisory Board
  • Florida Nursing Association
  • Florida Nursing Student Association
  • National League of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • Florida Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Odessa Chambliss Wellness Center Alliance
Affiliated Organizations
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
  • Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE)
  • National Athletic Training Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • Consortium of African American Public Health Programs
  • American Counseling Association (ACA) www.counseling.org
  • American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMCHA) www.amhca.org
  • American School Counseling Association (ASCA) www.schoolcounselor.org
  • American Psychological Association (APA) www.apa.org
  • National Career Development Association (NCDA) www.ncda.org 
  • Florida Counseling Association (FCA) www.fla-counseling.org
  • Florida Career Development Association (FCDA) www.floridacareer.org
  • Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA) www.fmhca.org