HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY
Florida National University opened its first class on January 4th, 1988, in the city of Hialeah, Florida, as Florida International Institute under the administration of Dr. José Regueiro, Dr. María C. Regueiro and Mr. Omar Sánchez. It offered business, computer, dental, electronics, medical, paralegal, and travel programs. The institution soon became Florida International College and finally in September 1989, Florida National College. The second campus (Flagler Campus) was initiated in Miami on March 3, 1989 and the third campus was opened in Miami (Bird Road Campus) on March 5, 1990.
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. Florida National University offers a variety of programs from certificate programs through Master degrees.
PHYSICAL FACILITIES – Florida National University
The Hialeah Campus is located in the northwest area of Miami-Dade County in Hialeah, Florida. The main campus consists of two buildings, the main building and the Dr. José Regueiro (JR) Building. Between the two buildings is an outdoor covered plaza. The main building occupies approximately 56,000 square feet and includes a reception area, cafeteria, childcare facility, administrative offices, human resources, computer labs, classrooms, and several labs for medical programs. The building is equipped with elevators and wide aisles for accessibility by individuals with disabilities. There is wireless internet throughout the campus.
The JR Building occupies 125,741 square feet and is attached to the main building via a bridge and to the parking garage with elevator services. This building was inaugurated in June of 2018; it has a capacity of approximately 3,000 individuals. The classrooms and lab capacity are approximately for 1,700 individuals and there are approximately 21 offices with a seating capacity for approximately 70 people.
The first floor houses the lobby, a student lounge, offices, security counter, reception desk and storage rooms. There are vending machines a drinking fountain. The student lounge has a capacity for approximately 80 individuals.
The second floor houses the library, the auditorium, and a covered balcony. The auditorium can accommodate approximately 240 individuals. The library is approximately 10,000 square feet. doubling the size of the former library and accommodates approximately 380 students, a 300% increase from the former library.
The third floor has a capacity for approximately 624 students in 17 classrooms. There are also 6 offices, a faculty planning room, a computer lab, 4 storage rooms and mechanical rooms. The third floor also has an air-conditioned bridge that connects to the fourth floor of the former main classroom building providing the students access to both buildings without going outside.
The fourth floor has a capacity for approximately 573 students in 15 classrooms. There are also 8 offices, a crime lab, a 10-bed nursing lab with a maternity room, a pediatrics room, 2 SimMan simulation rooms and a classroom. The fourth floor also has 4 storage rooms and mechanical rooms.
The fifth floor has a capacity for approximately 519 students in 13 classrooms, a chemistry/biology lab, a physics/math lab, and a physical therapy lab with a classroom. There are also 8 offices, 3 storage rooms and mechanical rooms.
The sixth floor houses the student union and has the capacity for approximately 700 students. It also includes the Student Government office, a game room, and a cafeteria. There are also vending machines.
The South Campus is located in the west area of Miami-Dade County. The campus occupies approximately 24,900 square feet. and it includes a media resource room, medical and computer Labs, student lounge, reception area, and administrative offices. The campus is situated in a large shopping mall with ample lighted parking and surrounding services. There is an elevator and wide aisles for accessibility by individuals with disabilities.
The Training Center is located in the northwest area of Miami-Dade County. The campus occupies approximately 5,600 square feet and it includes a computer lab, classrooms and labs, a reception area, and administrative offices. There is lighted parking and the building is equipped with elevators and wide aisles for accessibility by individuals with disabilities.