Through academic partnerships with South Florida institutions of higher learning, The Baptist Health Nurse Scholars Program offers funding, faculty, classroom space and clinical sites for select nursing student programs. Students may apply for monetary incentives (scholarships) towards their tuition in return for work commitments at Baptist Health.

Students accepted into the Scholars Program will participate in clinical experiences within Baptist Health facilities as both students and as Scholar Nurse Partners. Scholar Nurse Partners is a per-diem employment opportunity for students to shadow an experienced nurse on a preassigned unit.

Nurse Scholars are provided a financial incentive (scholarship) towards school tuition. This amount is paid directly to the school, and students are responsible for the balance of their tuition and fees. At the completion of their training program, eligible students are offered employment opportunities at Baptist Health and a work commitment agreement.

Eligible Programs

  • Associate of Science in Nursing from The College of the Florida Keys
  • Associate of Science in Nursing from Miami-Dade College*
  • RN to BSN from Miami-Dade College*
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Barry University*
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nova Southeastern University

*Students accepted from these programs participate in didactic (classroom) education at Baptist Health facilities.

Melissa Abreu, MSN-Ed, RN
Program Manager Melissa Abreu, MSN-Ed, RN 786-596-4194

Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

Eligibility Prerequisites

  • Active RN license
  • Florida resident eligible for in-state tuition
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completion of all prerequisites
  • Acceptance letter into nursing program
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Must be a Baptist Health employee:
    • No corrective action during the last six months
    • Must fully meet the most recent annual evaluation


Application Requirements

Once you have completed all of the prerequisites, you may download an application for the Baptist Health Nurse Scholars Program. A complete application includes the following:

  • Completed and signed application forms.
  • A letter of full acceptance from your nursing program.
  • Most recent, official transcripts. Must be unopened.
  • Professional resume
  • Essay (one page, typed. Briefly tell us about yourself and “Why you want to pursue this degree?”)
  • Three recommendation forms
    • Baptist Health employees must have one letter of recommendation completed by their manager.
Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

Application Timeline

  • Where do applicants go to apply? Application
  • When are applications accepted? Fall: April - June
    Spring: October - November
  • When are candidate interviews? Fall: June - August
    Spring: October - December
  • When are candidates matched/notified of acceptance? Fall: August
    Spring: December
  • When does the program start? Fall: August
    Spring: January
  • 3,700+

    Program participants since 2000
  • $47 Million

    In student incentives paid since program inception
  • 97.4%

    2019 NCLEX-RN Pass Rate

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