fall 2023 admissions


The NursingCAS application and the HESI A2 exam registration for the Fall 2023 Traditional BSN track are now available!

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About the Traditional BSN Program

The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is to prepare graduates as generalist nurses to provide holistic, personalized care that addresses the health care needs of diverse individuals, families, communities and populations across the lifespan

Track Description

Three overarching concepts that comprise our college motto underpin the BSN curriculum: CARE, LEAD, INSPIRE. Care is the understanding and capability to provide what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of patients and patient/family/population systems and is the basis for personalized nursing care and nurses’ clinical judgment. Lead embodies the actions, skills, and competencies the professional nurse employs to deliver care in the increasingly complex healthcare system. Inspire encompasses the nurses’ creative energy directed toward innovations that transform practice through the use of self and others.

The curriculum is logically organized from simple to complex so that students acquire the cognitive, affective, and technical competencies of a professional nurse. Courses in the first two semesters focus on foundational knowledge and principles of personalized nursing care. Students gain an understanding of the context of contemporary nursing practice, the meaning of professionalism, ethical and legal guidelines, professional values, and standards of professional nursing practice. Course content and concepts are aligned with clinical experiences to develop beginning clinical reasoning. Students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to provide evidence-based, safe, cost-effective quality care to achieve optimal health outcomes.

Courses in the final two semesters build upon prior learning and are characterized by increased complexity in content and outcomes. Students enhance clinical reasoning and critical thinking through nursing practice in a variety of settings for individuals across the lifespan, families and other groups, and communities. Learning experiences are designed to enable students to demonstrate leadership, interprofessional collaboration, and advocacy skills that improve the health of diverse individuals and populations. In the final semester, students participate in a project to develop an innovative solution for a problem or issue relevant to professional nursing.

Please Note: Students who have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a subject unrelated to nursing are only eligible for the Accelerated BSN program, not the Traditional BSN.

Curriculum and Coursework

Nursing courses include classroom and laboratory activities alongside 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.

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Sample Curriculum Plan

View an example traditional BSN curriculum plan here.

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Tuition and Costs

Estimated Student Expenses


Admission Criteria


Ready to Apply?

The Fall 2023 NursingCAS is now available!


Program Prerequisites

Pre-professional requirements specific to the nursing major include:

  • 3 credits of social and behavioral science with prefix of PSY, SOP or SYG
  • 3 credits of physical or biological sciences with prefix of BSC, CHM or PHY
  • 4 credits of Anatomy & Physiology 1 (including a lab component)
  • 4 credits of Anatomy & Physiology 2 (including a lab component)
  • 4 credits of Microbiology (including a lab component)
  • 3 credits of Statistics
  • 3 credits of Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology
  • 3 credits of Human Nutrition

Minimally, the following criteria must be met:

  • Completion of two sequential courses of foreign language in secondary school or 8-10 semester hours at the post-secondary level, or documentation of an equivalent level of proficiency.
    • OR 8-10 semester hours at the post-secondary level
    • OR documentation of an equivalent level of proficiency
  • An overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 in all required pre-professional courses
  • A grade of C or better in all required pre-professional courses
  • Satisfactory completion of communication and computation requirements

Due to the availability of clinical learning facilities and qualified faculty to maintain appropriate faculty-to-student ratios in all clinical practice settings, enrollment is limited. All applicants must meet admissions requirements by the end of the spring semester prior to the fall term they intend to apply to be considered for admission. 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. The College of Nursing follows CDC guidelines and adheres to the safety regulations of our clinical partners. 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 Fall 2023 Traditional BSN NursingCAS application is now available!

  • The application deadline for Fall 2023 is February 1, 2023.
  • All application requirements must be received by the February 1, 2023 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.

  • Submit a NursingCAS application
    • Essay that responds to questions 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.
  • All transfer applicants must submit the University of Florida Transfer 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 Transfer Application.
    • Please refer to the University of Florida Office of Admissions website for more information.
  • Complete the HESI A2 examination.
    • All applicants will be required to complete the HESI A2 by the examination deadline of February 1, 2023 at 7 p.m. No scores will be accepted after the deadline.
    • Applicants may only complete the HESI A2 for the University of Florida once.
    • The HESI AS Entrance Exam is used by Nursing Programs nationwide as a tool to help 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.
    • The HESI A2 exam must be completed in a single session. Please ensure that you have adequate time to complete the exam prior to starting.
    • 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 (855) 772-8678

Questions? Contact Us 

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