Fall 2024 Admissions

Fall 2024 Applications Have Closed

The application for the Fall 2025 Traditional BSN program and the HESI A2 exam will open in September 2024.

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About the Traditional BSN Program

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

Track Description

Our college motto underpins the BSN curriculum’s three overarching concepts: 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 toward innovations that transform practice by using self and others.

The curriculum is logically organized from simple to complex so that students acquire a professional nurse’s cognitive, affective, and technical competencies. Courses in the first two semesters focus on foundational knowledge and principles of personalized nursing care. Students understand 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 various settings for individuals across the lifespan, families, 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 can analyze various 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 various 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

Admission Criteria

Fall 2024 Admissions

Fall 2024 Applications Have Closed

The application for the Fall 2025 Traditional BSN program and the HESI A2 exam will open in September 2024.


Program Prerequisites

Pre-professional requirements specific to the nursing major include:

  • 3 credits of social and behavioral science with a prefix of PSY, SOP, or SYG
  • 3 credits of physical or biological sciences with a 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 in Statistics
  • 3 credits of Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology
  • 3 credits of Human Nutrition

Minimally, the following criteria must be met:

  • 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
  • Completion of two sequential courses of foreign language in secondary school or 8-10 semester hours at the post-secondary level or documentation of equivalent proficiency.

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 before the fall term they intend to apply to be considered for admission. Any questions regarding course equivalency for use towards any prerequisites will require a detailed course syllabus to determine content.

Important notification: All admitted nursing students, regardless of campus status, must complete a background check, mandatory immunization verification (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Influenza, Tetanus, Tuberculosis), fingerprinting and drug screening. The College of Nursing follows CDC guidelines and adheres to the safety regulations of our clinical partners. Additionally, all students must provide proof of current health insurance. Upon admission into the program, students will be given the steps to complete this process.

Ready to Apply?

The Fall 2025 Traditional BSN application and the HESI A2 exam will open in September 2024.

Information on the NursingCAS application, the HESI AS exam, and the application deadline will be available then.

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

  • Submit the NursingCAS application.
    • Essays that respond 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 must complete the HESI A2 by the application 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 Styles.
    • The HESI A2 exam must be completed in a single session. Please ensure that you have adequate time to complete the exam before starting.
    • Should applicants have any questions or need assistance, please get in touch with 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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