Traditional BSN

The UF College of Nursing BSN degree prepares graduates to enter professional positions in a variety of care settings with clients of all ages from diverse populations, or for advancement to a graduate degree program in nursing. Baccalaureate graduates are prepared to practice as a generalist across the lifespan and in a variety of settings.

Track Description

The program consists of lower division (general education and required pre-professional courses) and upper division nursing courses.

The Traditional BSN program is four semesters in length and provides learning experiences in a variety of clinical settings, including community health agencies, clinics, hospitals and homes. 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.

Students are also introduced to a basic understanding of how evidence is developed, including the research process and clinical judgment in nursing. Students will understand and respect variations in care and increased complexity across continuum of care. The transition course is the culminating clinical practice experience in the program and provides opportunity for integration and synthesis of previous concepts and professional role behaviors.

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


Please Note: The Admission 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.


Enrollment is limited due to availability of clinical learning facilities and the availability of qualified faculty to maintain appropriate faculty-to-student ratios in all clinical practice settings. Due to this limited enrollment and a large volume of applications, 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.

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.

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
  • 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
  • Epidemiology (Recommended, not Required)

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

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.
  • 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

Ready to Apply

Beginning with the Fall 2019 application cycle the University of Florida College of Nursing will require all applicants to complete the HESI A2 examination as part of the application process for the Traditional BSN program. More information on this application requirement is listed below. The University of Florida College of Nursing NursingCAS application for Fall 2020 will open up November 1st, 2019.


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 traditional BSN track

  • Submit a 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.
    • General information on the A2 examination Required examination areas include: Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Grammar, Math, Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Learning and Personality Style.
    • All applicants will be required to complete the HESI A2 examination anytime between (dates TBA) at a Prometrix testing center.
    • Should applicants have any questions or need assistance please contact the following:
      • Elsevier Support at (800) 222-9570: Questions related to setting up an Elsevier account
      • Prometrics at (800) 853-6769: Questions related to scheduling the HESI A2 exam
  • Applicants may be requested by the College of Nursing to complete an Online Assessment as part of the application process.
    • The College of Nursing will notify those applicants who need to complete the Online Assessment sometime after the March 1st, 2020 application deadline.
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.