Pre-Nursing Program


Nursing is a rewarding career that offers a variety of opportunities for advancement. Our Pre-Nursing program prepares you for future nursing programs at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. You will have multiple opportunities during your coursework to learn, develop, practice, and interact with others to fully prepare for the FAMU Nursing BSN program.

Admission to the university is within the purview of the Office of Admissions.  Students declaring Nursing as their major are admitted to the University as a Pre-Nursing major. Pre-Nursing (pre-professional level) students can apply for admission to professional level nursing once they have satisfied all general education, Gordon Rule and foreign language requirements. 

Note: Admission to the university does not automatically grant admission to the professional nursing level.

Curriculum Map

Our students improve the health of their community, because as nurses, they invest in the community where they live, learn, work and play.
Our students improve the health of their community, because as nurses, they invest in the community where they live, learn, work and play.
What is pre-nursing?

The length of time in the pre-professional (Pre-Nursing) level will vary with the educational background of the student. The student must complete pre-professional requirements before admission to the professional level. Please note that the School of Nursing is a limited access program due to clinical limitations.  Admission to the professional level is determined by the availability of space, not the size of the applicant pool. Therefore, satisfaction of all requirements does not automatically lead to admission to the professional level.  


Our focus will be on educating quality individual practitioners rather than quantities of students.
Our focus will be on educating quality individual practitioners rather than quantities of students.

Nursing Careers

Registered nurses work in various medical and community settings, as well as management, research, policy, and educational arenas. Registered Nurses can work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare Providers’ Offices
  • Community Centers
  • Public Health
  • Home Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Nursing Care Facilities
  • Researcher
  • Health Policy
  • Case Management
  • School Health
  • Nursing Schools


Meeting the challenges and needs of future generations.
Meeting the challenges and needs of future generations.

Nursing Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Qs)

Q: Is nursing a difficult job?
A: There are many nursing fields, and some nursing jobs may be easier than others. Some nurses may think nursing is difficult, while others do not. Usually, every new job may be difficult until all aspects of the job are learned.

Q: What are the working hours?
A: RN's working hours vary depending on the location of employment. Working in the hospital, you should expect to work usually 12-hour shifts (7 AM - 7 PM or 7 PM - 7 AM). Meanwhile, if you work in a clinic or provider's office, you may work 8 hours (8 AM - 5 PM).

Q: Is nursing enjoyable?
A: There is a self-gratification of caring for people and being a part of their healing process. Educating patients, families, or students and seeing the excitement about their desire to learn is also rewarding.


Are you thinking about pursuing a career in nursing? Our program prepares students to become highly-trained nurses.

If you are thinking of majoring in nursing, consider what some of our own Rattlers had to say about FAMU's pre-nursing program, what inspired them, and why they chose nursing as a career.

Jordyn Broadwater
Nursing Student

If I had been asked five years ago what I wanted to be in life, my response would have never been anything related to the medical field. That response later changed after I volunteered at the VA Tallahassee Outpatient Clinic. I soon realized that helping others was the career path I wanted to encounter on. As a pre-nursing scholar getting ready to apply for FAMU’s BSN program, I can assure anyone that I will continue to grow, learn, and eventually apply my skills to help others.   

India Fitz
AGPCNP Student

Initially, my interest in becoming a nurse was for financial stability. After graduating from high school with a CNA license, I shortly became a Licensed Practical Nurse, where I gained compassion and understanding for the art of nursing. Seeking more Leadership roles, I became a Registered Nurse, by obtaining an Associated Degree in nursing. To continue a legacy with my mother’s Alma mater, I decided to pursue my Bachelor Degree in Nursing at FAMU. FAMU RN- BSN program allowed me the flexibility to work and be a full-time student. The curriculum contained rigorous practicums that allowed me to gain a better understanding of the nursing profession.


Program Faculty

Name Email Phone
Mr. Willie Hankins
Advisor, Last Names (A - J) 850-561-2943
Mr. Willie Graham
Advisor, Last Names (K- Z) 850-412-5597
Ms. Tarolyn Waymon
Program Assistant


Mrs. Yvette Tellis
Director 850-412-7067