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.
Traditional BSN student Jamil George-Abdullah shares his journey to becoming a nurse through volunteering at a rural health clinic and receiving guidance from health care leaders.
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 the continuum of care. The transition course is the culminating clinical practice experience in the program and provides an opportunity to integrate and synthesize 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
- Estimated Student Expenses: Traditional and Accelerated BSN
- Visit the University of Florida Office for Student Financial Affairs website for up-to-date tuition cost information
- Scholarship opportunities are available for undergraduate degree students
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 the availability of clinical learning facilities and 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
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
Application process for Traditional BSN track
- All applicants must submit the NursingCAS application
- The NursingCAS application for the Fall 2022 Traditional BSN application will be available November 1, 2021.
- 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.
- The HESI A2 exam for the Fall 2022 Traditional BSN application will be available November 1, 2021.
- All applicants will be required to complete the HESI A2 by the examination deadline of March 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm. No scores will be accepted after the deadline.
- The HESI A2 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.