Accelerated BSN

The College of Nursing offers an accelerated course of study for students with a baccalaureate degree or higher in another field to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The Accelerated BSN program is offered at the Gainesville campus and also at the UF Health Jacksonville campus.

Nursing students at UF have excellent and challenging opportunities to explore nursing research and science, be professionally involved with student and professional governance and have access to clinical experiences with patients across the life and cultural span.

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Track Description

The Accelerated BSN track builds on previous learning experiences and transitions individuals with undergraduate and graduate degrees in other fields into nursing. Courses and course sequencing in the accelerated baccalaureate option parallel the existing baccalaureate curriculum. The accelerated baccalaureate curriculum begins each summer beginning in May and is completed in four consecutive semesters of full-time study finishing the following August.

Curriculum and Coursework

Nursing courses include classroom and laboratory activities correlated with supervised clinical practice experiences. Students have the opportunity to analyze a variety of issues in professional nursing practice and health care. They are introduced to a basic understanding of how evidence is developed, the research process and clinical reasoning. Students will develop skills in managing patients from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. The program moves through the continuum of care and the spectrum of complexity in the clinical setting.

Tuition and Costs

Admission Criteria

Applicants are required to show evidence of the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in a field other than nursing.
    • If you attended an international institution all documents must be accompanied by certified, literal (exact) English translations for documents not originally issued in English along with a credential evaluation for a course-by-course evaluation with grade point average calculation.
  • GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, calculated on the most recent 60 credits taken toward the bachelor’s degree or cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale on masters or doctoral degree.
  • The University of Florida requires proficiency in spoken and written English. This helps ensure that students who speak English as a second language are able to participate fully in university life, both in and out of class. Applicants from countries, including Puerto Rico, where English is not the official language must submit language testing scores compliant with university expectations.
    • International students whose primary language is not English will have to demonstrate a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, or 80 on the web-based version of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

Program Prerequisites

The six prerequisite courses need to have been completed within the past seven years with at least a C grade or better. These courses may have been completed at the University or Community College level. All courses must be completed by the end of the Spring semester prior to the Summer term you are applying for. These courses should meet the following guidelines:

  • Anatomy & Physiology One: 4 Credits (including a lab component)
  • Anatomy & Physiology Two: 4 Credits (including a lab component)
  • Microbiology: 4 Credits (including a lab component)
  • Statistics: 3 Credits
  • Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology: 3 Credits
  • Human Nutrition: 3 Credits

Any specific questions regarding course equivalency for use towards any of the prerequisites will require a detailed courses syllabus for use in determining content.

Important Notification: All admitted nursing students, regardless of campus status, are required to complete a background check, mandatory immunization verification (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Influenza, Tetanus, Tuberculosis), finger printing and drug screening. Additionally, all students will be required to provide proof of current health insurance. Upon admission into the program, students will be provided with the steps to complete this process.

Ready to Apply

The NursingCAS application For the Summer 2022 Accelerated BSN application cycle is now available. The HESI A2 Exam registration will be available very soon, please check back for updates.   

  • The application deadline for Summer 2022 is December 1, 2021.
  • All application requirements must be received by the December 1, 2021 application deadline in order to be eligible for admissions consideration.

Please Note: The Admissions Committee uses a holistic assessment process that considers a broad range of factors including student experiences, attributes, and academic metrics. Due to classroom and clinical space limitations, not all qualified applicants are admitted.


Application process for the Accelerated BSN track

  • Submit the University of Florida Post Baccalaureate Application.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and any necessary test scores must be sent to the University of Florida in addition to the University of Florida Post Baccalaureate Application.
    • Please refer to the University of Florida Office of Admissions website for more information.
  • Submit a NursingCAS application
    • Essay that responds to questions specified on the NursingCAS site, 1 academic letter of reference and 1 personal letter of reference, a CV or resume must be submitted with the NursingCAS application.
    • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are submitted with the NursingCAS application.
    • Please refer to the NursingCAS website for more information.
  • Complete the HESI A2 examination.
    • All applicants will be required to complete the HESI A2 by the examination deadline of December 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm. No scores will be accepted after the deadline.
    • The HESI AS Entrance Exam is used by Nursing Programs nationwide as a tool to help them screen applicants. The HESI A2 consists of both an academic portion and a personality portion. The required examination areas for the University of Florida College of Nursing include: Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Grammar, Math, Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Learning and Personality Style.
    • Specific instructions to register or the HESI A2 are available here: Register for the HESI A2 with ProctorU
    • Should applicants have any questions or need assistance please contact the following:
      • Elsevier Support at (800) 222-9570 for questions related to setting up an Elsevier account
      • Please direct questions about ProctorU to (800) 853-6769

The baccalaureate program at the University of Florida College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

The baccalaureate program at the University of Florida College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.