The Florida A&M University School of Nursing is the oldest continuing baccalaureate nursing program in the United States at a historically black institution. Established in 1904 as a hospital based program, it became the first baccalaureate program in Florida in 1936. The Florida Board of Nursing approved the program and its graduates were permitted to write the licensure examination in 1941. Ten years later, the program obtained accreditation by the Collegiate Board of Review of the National League of Nursing Accreditation Service. Currently, the program offers both baccalaureate and master's degrees: the Bachelor of Science degree for students (generic and RN-BSN) who have completed requirements for admission to the professional level; and a Master's of Science in Nursing degree for post-baccalaureate nurses; and a post-master's certificate plan. The graduate program has both face-to-face and online options.
The baccalaureate program is an upper division (junior and senior year) five semester program for generic students. The fast track for RN-BSN students can be completed in three semesters.
The Master of Science in Nursing and Post-Masters Certificate programs, with a specialty focus in Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner preparation, was approved by the State University System Board of Regents in 1997 and admitted its first class in 1998. The Master of Science in Nursing program received initial accreditation from NLNAC in 2002 and continuing accreditation in 2007. The Post-Masters Certificate programs were temporarily suspension in spring 2017. A Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) concentration was added in 2004, but was temporarily suspended in fall 2014. Following University approval, the first cohort of online students was admitted to the master’s program in fall of 2011. The forty-two credit hour full-time curriculum can be completed in two years or five semesters, while the part-time curriculum plan can be completed in seven semesters.