Through academic partnerships with South Florida institutions of higher learning, The Baptist Health Nurse Scholars Program offers funding, faculty, classroom space and clinical sites for select nursing student programs. Students may apply for monetary incentives (scholarships) towards their tuition in return for work commitments at Baptist Health.

Students accepted into the Scholars Program will participate in 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.

Nurse Scholars are provided a financial incentive (scholarship) towards school tuition. This amount is paid directly to the school, and students are responsible for the balance of their tuition and fees. At the completion of their training program, eligible students are offered employment opportunities at Baptist Health and a work commitment agreement.

Eligible Programs

  • Associate of Science in Nursing from The College of the Florida Keys
  • Associate of Science in Nursing from Miami-Dade College**
  • RN to BSN from Miami-Dade College***
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Barry University*
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida International University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nova Southeastern University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St Thomas University

Accelerated programs are offered at the following locations:

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Barry University*
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida International University
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nova Southeastern University

*Students accepted from these programs participate in didactic (classroom) education at Baptist Health facilities.
**Applicants for the MDC ASN program are awarded scholarship for the ASN and the RN-BSN (which will be completed after the residency program). Therefore, all applicants must meet the MDC pre-requisite requirements for the RN-BSN to be considered for the ASN Scholar Program.
***MDC RN-BSN program is for employees only

Melissa Abreu, MSN-Ed, RN

Program Manager

Melissa Abreu, MSN-Ed, RN

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
  • Acceptance letter from a Nursing program of a Baptist Health partner school
  • Eligible to work in the United States and eligible to work at Baptist Health. Note, current Baptist Health employees not in good standing, or former Baptist Health employees who are ineligible for rehire are ineligible to participate in the Nurse Scholars Program.
  • Competitive GPA
  • Active RN license (for RN-to-BSN program only)
  • Must not have started nursing program


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
Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Application Timeline

  • Where do applicants go to apply?


  • 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

Internal (Currently Employed at Baptist Health)

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External (Not a current Baptist Health Employee)

  • 5,000+

    Program participants since 2001
  • $63 million

    In student incentives paid since program inception
  • 92%

    2023 NCLEX-RN Pass Rate

Learn about Shireen's journey in becoming a Critical Care nurse through the Nurse Scholars program.

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