Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale

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Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale was established as Keiser School in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keiser and his mother Evelyn to provide career-oriented education in business and healthcare. As its mission expanded in 1982 to include computer programs, the name changed to Keiser Institute of Technology. Over two decades later, Keiser was sold to Everglades College Inc., a nonprofit organization. Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale now stands as an accredited private, nonprofit ICUF member with nearly 20,000 students. Its main urban campus is positioned off Interstate 95 in the "Venice of America." In addition to its Online Division, Keiser has 20+ Florida locations from Tallahassee and Jacksonville to Miami and Orlando.

According to the U.S. News, Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale is the South's 23rd best regional college and 11th top value school. The Online Education Database (OEDb) ranked Keiser as the 11th best online university in America. On Niche, Keiser University is honored as the 30th "Best Online College" and 272nd "College with the Best Academics." Keiser was crowned Florida's 17th most affordable university by Best Value Schools. In Community College Week, Keiser was declared the United States' #2 best producer of associate degrees in allied health professions. Best Choice Schools also deemed Keiser University's Center for Culinary Arts the 18th best nationwide.

Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale Accreditation Details

At Level VI, Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale is regionally accredited under the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) without sanctions. Keiser is approved by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) through the next reaffirmation in 2017. Specific divisions have also pursued approval from:

• Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

• Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

• Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

• Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

• National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)

• Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

• Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC)

• Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM)

Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale Application Requirements

Getting into Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale isn't as easy as most career schools with the "selective" acceptance rate of 49 percent. Freshmen seeking associate or bachelor's degrees must verify graduation from a licensed high school. Completion of the GED certificate with a minimum 450 score is also acceptable. Most Keiser Seahawks have ranked in the top 50 percentile of their class. Minimum grades aren't reported, but freshmen have an average GPA of 3.3. Competitive first-year applicants should also score at least 1580 on the SAT (out of 2400) or 22 on the ACT.

Transfers can forego the freshmen criteria by finishing at least 24 non-remedial credits at other regionally accredited institutions. Incoming transfers to Keiser University are held to a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and no transferred grades below "C-." Individuals whose native language isn't English must achieve a minimum 500 (paper) or 61 (Internet) score on the TOEFL. The Graduate School has varying requirements by program, but an accredited bachelor's degree is essential. For instance, the M.S. in Physician Assistance requires a cumulative "natural" science GPA of 3.0. The Doctor of Business Admission mandates two full-time years of managerial experience. The PhD Counselor Education program requires CACREP-accredited training with a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Online applications are accepted at Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale on a rolling basis with a $55 non-refundable fee paid by credit card, check, or money order. At least one month before your program's start date, submit the following:

• Official transcripts from every school

• Satisfactory college entrance exams

• Two letters of recommendation

• Test of English as Foreign Language (if applicable)

• One-page personal statement of intent

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduates attending Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale are charged $8,028 per semester or $16,056 annually. Students will pay the one-time $145 registration fee as well as the $440 education fee each semester. Part-time students are charged $770 per credit. The exception is the Associate of Science in Baking and Pastry Arts or Culinary Arts, which charges $1,440 per credit. Only Keiser students residing on the West Palm Beach campus are responsible for the $8,352 annual room and board. Graduate students pay an average full-time tuition of $21,620 each year. Doctoral dissertation students only pay $2,563 per semester.

The NCES reports that 93 percent of full-time Keiser students are assisted. The average financial aid package is valued at $4,295. Scholars can cautiously borrow William D. Ford Federal Direct, Grad PLUS, and Perkins loans with interest rates around 5 percent. The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program is available in Fort Lauderdale for a maximum of 20 hours weekly. Free assistance is granted through the Pell, FSEOG, and TEACH programs. Sunshine State residents could obtain the First Generation Matching Grant, Bright Futures Scholarship, Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG), and more. Military benefits are applied under the Yellow Ribbon Program. Keiser University also funds its own Scholarship Program.

Keiser Degrees Available in Fort Lauderdale

Keiser's Fort Lauderdale campus features a six-storey learning complex with spacious, Internet-enable classrooms and on-site parking from Commercial Blvd. Commuters can select from 18 associate, 17 bachelor's, and 10 graduate programs for face-to-face learning. Since Keiser's "students come first," courses are conveniently scheduled Monday through Saturday in daytime and evening hours. The Online Division also features hybrid options for added flexibility in campus-based education. Keiser University boasts an 83 percent retention rate for noteworthy degrees like:

Financial Crime Investigation B.A.

The ACBSP-accredited School of Business offers a Financial Crime Investigation B.A. in Fort Lauderdale for Keiser students pursuing the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. Students are trained to collect and analyze financial records suspiciously as evidence in criminal cases of fraud and white-collar crime. Completing the 122-credit curriculum includes studying accounting, criminal justice, financial management, business law, banking, auditing, cyber forensics, and more.

Family Nurse Practitioner M.S.N.

Aligned with AACN guidelines, the Family Nurse Practitioner M.S.N. program prepares RNs to pursue advanced practice certification for the treatment of acute and chronic illnesses across the lifespan. Consisting of 56 credits, the CCNE-accredited curriculum covers pathophysiology, health promotion, disease prevention, patient safety, and diagnosis reasoning. At least 630 precepted clinical hours are required in approved primary healthcare facilities.

Other unique offerings at Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale include the Video Game Design A.S., Crime Scene Technology A.S., Biomedical Sciences B.S., Sports Medicine and Fitness Technology B.S., Marketing M.B.A., and Career College Administration M.S.Ed. programs.