Florida National University (FNU) is a proprietary university that offers technical and professional master, baccalaureate and associate degrees, diplomas and certificate programs. The University has evolved considerably since its inception in 1982. In 1983, the institution was accredited by what today is known as the Council on Occupational Education (COE). This accreditation was reaffirmed in 1990, and again in 1994.
Florida National University is a commuter university that educates approximately three thousand students a year. The University is comprised of three physical campuses in the Miami-Dade County area and one online learning department which is housed in the main campus. The Main campus is located in Hialeah, while branch campuses are located in the south west area of Miami and Hialeah. Each campus is no further than one to fifteen miles from any other campus location. Each campus has a Dean who is responsible to the College administration. In addition, deans preside over the day-to-day operation of his/her respective campus.
In 1987, Mr. Jose Regueiro, Mrs. Maria C. Regueiro, and Mr. Omar Sanchez obtained ownership of the College; that same year, the University changed its name to Florida International Institute. In 1988, the name was changed to Florida International College, and in 1989 “Florida National College” became the school’s official title.
On March 17th, 1989, Florida National College received a temporary license. This was followed by a provisional license, thus allowing FNC to function as a Level I Institution (as according to the statutes of the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities). The College’s license was upgraded in 1991 from provisional to regular. The college enrolled its first student in the associate of science degree program in 1989. In December of 1990, FNC awarded its first Associate of Science degrees, and the institution continues to award this degree to qualified graduates.
In January of 1993, the college received initial candidacy based on the Commission on College’s first visiting report. A second Commission on Colleges’ Visiting Committee team evaluated the institution in 1995. Finally, in January of 1997, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) granted Florida National College its accreditation status and was reaffirmed in January 2002. In December of 2008, the Commission accredited the institution at a more advanced degree level (II) to award baccalaureate degrees. The institution successfully went through its reaffirmation visit in September of 2011.
Florida National College officially changed its name to Florida National University March 24, 2012, after receiving approval by its accrediting agency to offer programs at a more advanced degree level.
In September of 2012, Florida National University went through a substantive change visit at which point the Commission accredited the institution at a more advanced degree level (III) to award master degree programs.
At the present time, FNU offers three Master Degrees, nine Baccalaureate, twenty-four Associates, nine Diplomas, and eight Certificate Programs.