PBA At A Glance
Palm Beach Atlantic University is a comprehensive, interdenominational Christian university founded in 1968.
Main Campus Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Enrollment (Fall 2016)
- Total 3,764
- 2,227 traditional day (West Palm Beach)
- 252 evening adult (West Palm Beach, Orlando and online)
- 479 master's programs (West Palm Beach and Orlando)
- 296 full-time and 21 part-time professionals in pharmacy
- 65 professional in nursing practice
- 445 dual-enrolled students
- 1,221 residential students
- 15,900+ alumni
- Undergraduate student-faculty ratio: 12 to 1
- Average class size: 17
- 89 percent of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students
- 82 percent of full-time teaching faculty hold the highest degree in their field
- 174 full-time faculty
- 0 teaching assistants
West Palm Beach Academic Programs
- 50 undergraduate majors
- Evening undergraduate degrees in business administration, ministry, organizational management and psychology
- Graduate programs in accountancy, business administration (concentrations in accounting, finance, marketing, and generalist), mental health counseling (concentrations in addictions counseling or marriage, couple and family counseling), school counseling, general counseling studies generalist [nonlicensure], Christian studies, divinity, global development, and leadership (concentrations in corporate, non-profit and organizational leadership)
- Professional degree programs in health systems leadership, nursing practice (concentrations in executive leadership and family nurse practitioner) and pharmacy
- Degrees offered: B.A., B.G.S., B.S., B.Mus., B.S.N., D.N.P., M.A., M.Acc., M.B.A., M. Div., M.Div./M.B.A., M.S., M.S.N., Pharm.D., Pharm.D./M.B.A.
- 288,000+ library volumes (books and audiovisual material)
- International study available in Chile, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, India, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Uganda and United Kingdom
Orlando Academic Programs
- 50 undergraduate majors
- Evening undergraduate degrees in ministry, organizational management and psychology
- Master’s degrees in counselor education (specialization in marriage, couple and family counseling; mental health counseling and school guidance counseling) and leadership (specialization in corporate, non-profit and organizational leadership)
- Undergraduate degrees in ministry, organizational management, psychology and RN to BSN
- Master’s degree in leadership (specialization in organizational leadership)
- Campus-wide wireless Internet access and printing from personal devices
- Heightened focus on cybersecurity
- Sailfish TV campus cable system and digital signage network
- Undergraduate annual tuition: $28,100
- Evening undergraduate tuition: $430-$500 per credit hour
- Graduate tuition: $550-600 per credit hour
- Doctor of nursing practice tuition: $785 credit hour
- Pharmacy annual tuition: $35,976
- 97% of all degree-seeking undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid or 98% of all undergraduate day students
- $101 million operating budget
- $79.8 million endowment
- $395 million local economic impact
Palm Beach Atlantic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the following degrees: associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctor of pharmacy, and doctor of nursing practice. For questions about the accreditation of Palm Beach Atlantic University, contact the Commission on Colleges at:
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033-4097
(404) 679-4500 or www.sacscoc.org
Persons wishing to review documents related to the accreditation of Palm Beach Atlantic University should contact the Office of Accreditation, Assessment and Research at (561) 803-2050.
Palm Beach Atlantic University has received specialized accreditation, certification, or licensure from the following organizations:
- Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
- The Palm Beach Atlantic University Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603-4810; (312) 664-3575; FAX (312) 664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.
- Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
- As of March 22, 2016 the athletic training program was placed on probation by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101 relating to student outcomes. A plan is being implemented to bring the program into compliance.
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- o The Bachelor of Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice at Palm Beach Atlantic University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036; telephone (202) 887-6791.
- Florida Board of Nursing
- Florida Department of Education (FLDOE)
- International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
- Palm Beach Atlantic University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE: Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in: Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing.
- National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
- Palm Beach Atlantic University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music located at 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, Virginia 20190-5248. Telephone: (703) 437-0700, Facsimile: (703) 437-6312.
- National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
In addition, the following program accreditation is in process:
- Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Ministry Graduate Department an Associate Member of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). While associate membership is a non-accredited status, the school is in the process of seeking accreditation by Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools.
Workship: A Tradition of Service Since 1968
Workship is a distinctive community service program that responds to human needs with Christ-like action in the community and the world. Through community service, students can discern their vocation and develop a life-long habit of servant leadership. To date, Palm Beach Atlantic students have volunteered more than 3 million hours.
American Free Enterprise
Palm Beach Atlantic University confidently affirms the values and institutions that historically have informed American society—religious liberty; traditional Judeo-Christian morality; limited, constitutional government; the Rule of Law; personal and political accountability; and capitalism—the system of free enterprise. We believe that America is truly an exceptional nation, which was founded and has flourished under the guiding providential hand of God. We aim to develop in each of our students an appreciation for the unique American achievement in its many dimensions—social, political, economic, moral, legal, and religious.
Our general education curriculum, required of all students, includes a course entitled “Freedom in American Society,” which examines the meaning and significance of freedom in the American experience. Students explore such topics as the historical roots of American liberty, with special emphasis on the close link between liberty and Christianity, and the nature of freedom as understood by the chief architects of the American political order. They examine the interdependence between political and economic freedom, in particular, the significance of free-enterprise capitalism for the preservation of liberty. They learn about the structure of American constitutional democracy and the traditional meaning of justice and the Rule of Law.
These studies help students recognize the various threats to individual freedom, religious liberty, and other traditional American rights and values that have emerged over the past several centuries, as well as contemporary challenges to their preservation.
Cicero remarked of the declining Republic of his era: “Our age . . . inherited the Republic like some beautiful painting of bygone days, its colors already fading through great age; and not only has our time neglected to freshen the colors of the picture, but we have failed to preserve its form and outlines.” Palm Beach Atlantic University strives to ensure that a similar fate does not befall the noble American experiment in ordered liberty. We regard the transmission of the American cultural heritage to the rising generation as not only a profound joy, but also a profound duty.