Our program’s philosophy reflects the holistic and caring tradition of Florence Nightingale with the primary nursing theory of Jean Watson. Together, this approach creates a foundation for understanding the modern nursing environment.

The Nursing Program is a five (5) semester program that focuses on the general education and beginning technical skills necessary for providing and managing patient care and participating in the profession of nursing.  Upon graduation, with an Associate of Science in Nursing (AS), the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.

Our ASN graduates are prepared for professional nursing practice in both acute care and community settings. Our curriculum will prepare you to establish relationships, honor diversity, and interact with individuals, families and groups across the life span. You will utilize the nursing process to create, implement, and evaluate a mutually holistic plan for maximum healing. By adhering to the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics, graduates demonstrate competence, continuous self-improvement, and personal wellness.

Program Accreditation

The Associate of Science nursing program at Bethesda College of Health Sciences at Bethesda Hospital located in Boynton Beach, Florida is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissions for this Associate of Science nursing program is Initial Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program here.

Program Size
Up to 30

Jacqueline Marshall, Ph.D., RN, MSN-Ed, MPH, CNE
Dean Jacqueline Marshall, Ph.D., RN, MSN-Ed, MPH, CNE Jacqueline.Marshall@BaptistHealth.net
3800 South Congress Avenue, Suite 9 Boynton Beach, Florida 33426
Program Office 3800 South Congress Avenue, Suite 9 Boynton Beach, Florida 33426 561-364-3064

Program Performance Data

Bethesda College of Health Sciences, as a department of Bethesda Hospital East, is licensed by the Florida Department of Education, Commission of Independent Education, to award the Associate of Science degree and by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to offer nursing and radiography programs through the academic associate's degree level. We continuously strive for excellence. Please click below to view program performance data from prior years.

Program Performance Data

81% Retention
79% Placement
96% NCLEX first time passing rate
89% Student completion of program
Bethesda Hospital East

Bethesda Hospital East

Since 1959, Bethesda Hospital East has provided quality health services with care and dedication. The 401-bed, fully accredited, not-for-profit hospital and affiliates offer a full array of healthcare services, including an advanced primary stroke center, cancer care, cardiovascular care, diagnostic imaging, and emergency care. The hospital’s Emergency Department, which serves both adults and children, treats nearly 80,000 patients annually. Bethesda’s highly skilled physicians perform more than 4,600 inpatients surgeries and 5,500 outpatient surgeries each year.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, educates, and retains excellent healthcare professionals to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained to be collaborative, culturally competent and patient- and family-centered professionals who follow the guiding principles of service, quality knowledge and diversity.

Eligibility Prerequisites

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Overall college GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Completion of prerequisite courses listed below
  • Pre-Admission Entrance Exam – TEAS for ADN
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screening

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Application fee of $100
  • Official transcripts

Application Timeline

Nursing applications are now open for Fall 2023.
  • Where do applicants go to apply? Apply Here
  • When are applications accepted? January
  • When are candidate interviews? April
  • When are candidates matched/notified of acceptance? July
  • When does the program start? August

Prerequisite Courses

Potential applicants must have completed the following courses with a “C” grade or higher from a regionally or nationally accredited institution prior to applying. Course name and numbers below reflect the Florida College/University system nomenclature as reference.
  • Course Name Credits
    MAC 1105 College Algebra 3
    ENC 1101 English Composition 3
    PSY 2012 General Psychology 3
    DEP 2004 Developmental Psychology 3
    SYG 2000 Sociology 3

  • Course Name Credits
    HSC 1000 Introduction to Health Care
    (This course may have been taken in high school. It is recommended, but not required)
    MCB 2010 Microbiology 3
    MCB 2010L Microbiology Lab 1
    BSC 2085 Anatomy & Physiology I 3
    BSC 2085L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
    BSC 2086 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
    BSC 2086L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
    HUN 1201 Nutrition 3

  • Bethesda College of Health Sciences accepts a limited number of transfer credit from another nationally or regionally accredited institution. Only those courses identified for each academic program in the "Academic Programs" section of the College Catalog will be considered for acceptance on transfer. Each course to be transferred must have been completed with a grade of "C" or higher (2.0 on a 4.0 scale).

    • Anatomy & Physiology I and II courses and labs, and Microbiology course and lab, taken more than 10 years ago are not transferable
    • Courses identified by the State of Florida Common Course Number System will transfer automatically into the College. Courses without this designation will be evaluated individually by the program faculty.
    • Transcripts from High Schools, Colleges and Universities outside of the United States must be evaluated and translated by an approved evaluation agency and sent directly to Bethesda College of Health Sciences.
    In all cases, students will be notified regarding the acceptance into their official academic record at the College of courses from another institution.


To view the full course catalogue with additional course details and program policies, please download the Academic Catalog

Y1 Fall

NU 1000 Nursing Concepts (1)
Year 1
NU 1879 Nursing Informatics (1)
Year 1
NU 1023 Fundamentals of Nursing (3)
Year 1
NU 1023L Fundamentals Clinical (3)
Year 1
NU 1022L Fundamentals of Nursing Skills Lab (1)
Year 1

Y1 Spring

NU 1144 Pharmacology (2)
Year 1
NU 1215 Medical/Surgical Nursing 1 (4)
Year 1
NU 1215L Medical/Surgical Clinical 1 (5)
Year 1
NU 1026L Medical/Surgical Nursing Skills Lab 1 (1)
Year 1

Y1 Summer

NU 2310 Pediatric Nursing (2)
Year 1
NU 2310L Pediatric Clinical (1.5)
Year 1
NU 2350L Pediatric Nursing Skills Lab (0.5)
Year 1
NU 2420 Maternity Nursing (2)
Year 1
NU 2420L Maternity Clinical (1.5)
Year 1
NU Maternity Nursing Skills Lab (0.5)
Year 1

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