Keiser University was founded in 1977 by Arthur and Evelyn Keiser, a mother-son team committed to preparing Florida students for careers in business and healthcare. Originally called the Keiser School, the organization slowly added programs and degrees and expanded the student population it served. It first began offering online degree programs in 2001 and officially became Keiser University in 2006.
According to their website, "Keiser University is a regionally accredited private career university that provides educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels for a diverse student body in traditional, nontraditional and online delivery formats. The main campus is located in Fort Lauderdale, with campuses located throughout the State of Florida and internationally. Through quality teaching, learning, and research, the university is committed to provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for successful employment. Committed to a 'students first' philosophy, Keiser University prepares graduates for careers in business, criminal justice, health care, technology, hospitality, education, and career-focused general studies. Inherent in the Mission is service to the community. This service includes community partnerships, involvement with various constituencies and various continuing education programs."
Keiser is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). For program-specific accreditations, please check Keiser University's website.
The school also boasts a wide variety of association memberships including:
- American Culinary Federation
- Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
- American Institute of Graphic Arts
- American Nurses/Florida Nurse Association
- National League for Nursing
- American Society of Radiologists
- Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Science
- National Association of Health Career Schools
- Florida Police Chiefs Association
- Human Resource Association of Tallahassee
- National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.
- National Science Teachers Association
Though these and other memberships and involvement with a variety of constituencies, Keiser University strives to "train career-minded individuals by offering an education that produces an employable, skilled, responsible and accountable person."
Today, Keiser offers 33 associate degrees, 30 bachelor's degrees, 19 master's degrees, 2 education specialist programs and 9 doctoral degrees. In addition to the main campus in Ft. Lauderdale, Keiser has 16 international satellite locations in Florida, China and Nicaragua. The majority of their students, however, are enrolled in online degree programs. This enables Keiser to bring its students first mission to fulfillment with students around the country and even the world.
Community College Week ranked Keiser University second nationally among colleges with associate degree programs in health professions and related programs. It was also ranked fifth nationally for colleges with associate degree programs in nursing, a category including registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research and clinical nursing. Keiser also ranks highly in the categories of computer and information sciences, criminal justice and corrections and protective services.
In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Keiser University 14th in the United States South Region of Regional Colleges Best for Veterans. The institution demonstrates this commitment via its active participation in a variety of associations including:
- Broward County Veterans Council
- Council of Colleges and Military Educators
- Florida Advisory Council on Military Education
- Florida Association of Veterans Education Specialists
- Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) Consortium
- National Association of Veteran's Program Administrators (NAVPA)
In addition to its institutional accreditation, Keiser has also earned specialized accreditation for some of its professional programs. This means these programs are well-regarded by professionals and certifying bodies within their field or discipline. Keiser's specialized accreditations include:
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
- Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
- National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Cost to attend
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the typical tuition and required fees for full-time students in academic year 2014-2015 was as follows:
- $16,936 for undergraduate students
- $22,200 for graduate students
Because Keiser University is regionally accredited, qualified students may be eligible for federal loans and grant programs including:
- Federal Pell Grants
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
- TEACH Grants
- Federal Direct Loans
- Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans
- Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans
Students may also be eligible for state-based aid in their state of residence. Additionally, Keiser offers a variety of scholarships who meet school criteria ranging from academic merit to financial need. Additionally, information on external scholarship opportunities is available upon request. Keiser has a financial aid office for each of its campuses, including the e-campus. Students are encouraged to make an appointment to discuss their situation.
International students may have resources at their disposal as well. It is also important to remember that many Keiser online students are full-time professionals in addition to being graduate students. As a result, they do not experience the loss of income that many full-time students at traditional universities do while pursuing their degrees.
The financial aid is only available for those who qualify.
Today, Keiser University offers many online degree programs. Online degree programs include:
- 10 doctoral degrees
- 29 master's degrees
- 47 bachelor's degrees
- 35 associate degrees
Keiser also offers some of its online degrees in Spanish. Just like traditional in-person students, online students can take advantage of a "one class at a time" model. In this system, students take one class a month rather than having to split their focus and attention between numerous subjects. Career services are also available for online students.
Nursing, BS (RN to BSN, Nursing Bridge)
Because Community College Week ranked Keiser University fifth nationally for colleges with associate degree programs in nursing, a category including registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research and clinical nursing, Keiser's BSN is one of the highlights of their online curricula.
Keiser's Bachelor of Science in nursing offers coursework in pathophysiology, crisis intervention, ethics, risk management, community nursing and leadership and management.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This makes it a potentially attractive option for registered nurses (RN) whose goal is to further their education and qualify themselves for professional advancement in their chosen field.
AS in Information Technology
Keiser's Associate of Science degree in Information Technology prepares students for entry-level positions in network administration. The degree emphasis is on security support. Courses prepare students to sit for industry-accepted competency examinations.
The AS degree requires 72 credit hours, of which 24 are lower division general education courses and 48 of which are information technology major courses. Examples of major courses include computer service and support, multi-user operating systems, essentials of networking, application support and designing a secure infrastructure. Such coursework is aimed at helping prepare students for positions as technical support specialists, help-desk technicians, systems administrators or computer security professionals.
The AS is considered by the institution to be a terminal associate degree. However, students who have completed this degree or who are already working professionals in the field of information technology may be interested in Keiser's online bachelor's degrees in cyber forensics/information security or information technology management.
Student life data
According to 2014-2015 academic year data from the IPEDS database, Keiser's student population demographics break down as follows:
Grand total men
Grand total women
Broken down by race/ethnicity:
Black or African-American
Two or more races
American Indian or Alaska Native
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Broken down by age, Keiser's students fall into the following categories:
Age 24 and under
Age 25 and over
If you'd like to find out more about Keiser University in general, or a specific program you're interested in, scroll back up top and click the "Request Info" button below the school logo.
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