The Joint BSN Nursing Program between St. Thomas University and the University of Miami allows students to enter the University of Miami, School of Nursing and Health Studies to increase the supply of well-educated nurses prepared to serve the community’s health care needs. Students take their first two years of study at St. Thomas University and upon successful completion of the courses with an overall GPA of 3.5 students will then enter the University of Miami, to complete their junior and senior years.
St. Thomas University and the University of Miami are recognized for their quality and history of producing well-prepared leaders. The Joint Nursing Program is a unique pairing, combining two private universities to serve the academic and financial needs of the students. From day one, students will interact with the faculty from both universities. Students will have the opportunity to visit the University of Miami’s new nursing facility (M. Christine Schwartz Center for Nursing Education) and actually attend classes there during their junior and senior years. From the first day at St. Thomas, students will obtain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art computerized laboratory facilities. The Carnival Cruise Lines Science and Technology Building recently opened its doors at St. Thomas University. The 25,000 square foot technologically advanced facility houses our research laboratories, a virtual simulation suite (with a computer operated, total body, patient simulator used to introduce clinical scenarios to nursing students in a controlled environment), teaching labs where students carry out computerized medical school-level experiments, our high tech classrooms and faculty offices.
St. Thomas University also offers designated scholarships specifically for this program, which are based on need and merit. STU has a $1.5 million endowment from the North Dade Medical Foundation for nursing scholarships. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida has given us a $350,000 endowment to attract minority students into this program. These two donations generate enough money annually to provide up to $10,000 for each qualified nursing applicant.