Students accepted to the entry-level Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the Miami campus of Nova Southeastern University may apply for the Baptist Health Nurse Scholars Program. Over a period of seven semesters, participants of this joint program will participate in didactic and 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.

Students accepted into the Baptist Health Nurse Scholars Programs are provided a scholarship towards school tuition. This amount is paid directly to the university, and students are responsible for the balance of their tuition along with additional fees as determined by the school.

Approximately 40 participants will be accepted during each of the fall and spring semesters.

At the completion of the program, eligible graduates may be offered employment at Baptist Health with a work commitment of four years.

Program Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

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  • 93.75%

    board pass rate in 2019
  • 80

    scholarships awarded in 2019
Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health South Florida

With more than 1.5 million patient visits every year from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach county, Baptist Health demonstrates a commitment to clinical and service excellence. Patients and their families from around the world travel to South Florida to receive expert care from the Baptist Health team. With approximately 23,000 employees and more than 4,000 physicians in virtually all specialties – many with national and international reputations – Baptist Health is South Florida’s world-class healthcare organization. A culture of quality and dedication is instilled into every member of the Baptist Health family.

Nova Southeastern University College of Nursing

Nova Southeastern University College of Nursing

The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing provides quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs within an atmosphere of scholarly inquiry, professional values, interprofessional collaboration and community service.

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

  • 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
  • For Baptist Health employees:
    • 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.

All completed applications must be submitted electronically to

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


Block Experiences

Our program curriculum incorporates several block rotations typically lasting several weeks, giving trainees exposure to a wide variety of learning experiences throughout the duration of the program.
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