A Career Guide for the Nursing Major

Students graduating with a baccalaureate degree in nursing prepare to assume a beginning role in professional nursing services in a wide range of settings. Advanced graduate study provides nurses with opportunities for increased responsibility and leadership. Because the focus of the discipline of nursing is on people, the curriculum emphasizes humanistic values as well as scientific knowledge. The program prepares students to participate with members of other disciplines, to advance human understanding, and to enhance personal and communal living in a global environment.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

  • Comforting/helping the sick or injured
  • Working with broad/diverse populations
  • Working in health care environments
  • Promoting ethical health practices
  • Volunteering activities
  • Developing new interests
  • Taking responsibility
  • Attention to detail
  • Confidence
  • Courageousness
  • Sense of commitment
  • Physical stamina
  • Decisiveness
  • Self-controll
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Patience
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Follow written & oral instructions
  • Compassionate/caring
  • Objective
  • Able to maintain composure
  • Effective in emergencies


The Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing is a four-year degree for full-time students. In addition to completing the general education requirements of the University, students are required to take specific prerequisites in the preprofessional phase (prior to acceptance into the professional phase). Courses in the discipline of nursing and out-of-college upper division requirements are taken during the junior and senior years. The study of nursing includes both classroom and nursing practice courses in a variety of health care settings, such as hospices and hospitals. This program of study is a limited access program and admission is competitive.


The following are examples of positions often held by Nursing graduates; some roles require a graduate degree in nursing:

Registered Nurse
Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Instructor
School Nurse
Corporate Clinic Nurse
Cruise line Staff Nurse
Day-care Nurse
Health Care Administrator
Environmental Nurse
Industrial Nurse
Nurse Researcher
Psychiatric Nurse
Public Health Nurse
Wellness Clinic Staffer
Camp Director
Child Care Worker
Clinic Manager
Hospice Administrator
Infection Control Assistant
Insurance Claims Adjuster
Medical Hotline Representative
Medical Legal Analyst
Peace Corps/VISTA Volunteer
Professional Health Association
Quality Assurance Reviewer


For information about choosing a career, graduate/ professional school, internships or job descriptions, and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)

Davie Campus - Modular G

Jupiter Campus - SR 110

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Boca Raton Campus, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Building Room 102, (NU 102)

Treasure Coast Campus, Nursing Office (CO 219)
(772) 873-3381

The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.

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