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, Mrs. María C. Regueiro and Mr. Omar Sánchez. It offered business, computer, dental, electronics (now discontinued), medical, paralegal, and travel programs. The institution soon became Florida International College and finally in September 1989,Florida National College. A second campus was initiated in Miami (Flagler Campus) on March 3, 1989; a 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 advance degree level. At the present time, FNU offers three Master Degrees, ten Baccalaureate Degree Programs, twenty-five Associate Degree programs, nine Diploma Programs, and eight Certificate Programs
Florida National University, Hialeah Campus, is located in the northwest area of Miami-Dade County. The campus occupies approximately 56,000 sq. ft. It includes a media center; dental, medical, language, X-ray, and computer Labs; reception area; cafeteria; child care facility, and administrative offices. There is adequate lighted parking, and the building is equipped with elevators—two of the three campuses are located on second floors of shopping centers— and wide aisles for accessibility by physically challenged persons. The main campus occupies its own 4 story building. FNU student records are housed at this campus.
The Dr. Jose Regueiro Classroom Building is adjacent to the main campus and 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, the auditorium holds approximately 240 individuals, the library approximately 220 individuals, the cafeteria capacity is approximately 700, and there are approximately 21 0ffices 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 and wireless access. 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 sq. ft. doubling the size of the former library and can accommodate approximately 220 students, a 300% increase from it 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 7 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 and wireless access.
On the ground floor, outdoor, there is a covered plaza between the two buildings with seating.
Florida National University, South Campus, is located in the west area of Miami-Dade County. The campus occupies approximately 24,900 sq. ft. 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 physically challenged persons.
Florida National University, Training Center, is located in the northwest area of Miami-Dade County. The campus occupies approximately 5,600 sq. ft. and it includes computer and medical Labs, reception area, and an administrative office. There is lighted parking and the building is equipped with elevators and wide aisles for accessibility by physically challenged persons.