Sep 25, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing: Accelerated Second Bachelor’s Degree Sequence B.S.N.


The Accelerated Second Bachelor’s Degree (SBN) major is for students who have a baccalaureate degree in another field and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00. Students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and who have completed all the Nursing prerequisite courses may be considered for admission into the Accelerated Second Bachelor’s Degree major; upon completion, students will earn a second bachelor’s degree. 

Limited Access


This is a full-time, limited access program, as mandated by the State, and is structured sequentially. Admission is competitive. Any student who applies to the undergraduate program in the College of Nursing is initially coded as “Pre-Nursing” prior to official acceptance to the College of Nursing.

Admissions Requirements:

  • Admission to the University of South Florida, as a degree seeking undergraduate student.
  • Application to the College of Nursing prior to the published deadline for the intended term of entry.
  • Completed of the first bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by either the Higher Learning Commission, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the New England Commission of Higher Education, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, or the WASC Senior College and University Commission by the program start date for the term of entry.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on all undergraduate work.
  • Completion of at least seven of the eight Nursing prerequisite courses by the published deadline for the intended term of entry
    • Note: Any outstanding Nursing prerequisites must be completed by the program state date, with a minimum grade of C or better, while maintaining a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.0.
  • Participation in a formal interview with College of Nursing faculty, if selected.

If a student receives a grade of less than C in any two prerequisite courses while declared as pre-Nursing, the student will be required to select another major at the University of South Florida. Grade forgiveness will not apply the mandated requirement of changing the major. In addition, if a student does not meet the minimum GPA to be eligible to apply for admission following 60 completed hours and all prerequisite courses attempted, the student will be required to select another major at the University of South Florida. 

University Admissions

Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

The State Mandated Nursing common prerequisites are required to be completed before the published application deadline for the intended term of entry. A grade of “C” or better is required while maintaining a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than 3.0.

All courses not approved by the Florida State Course Numbering System (includes all Florida public colleges, universities, and College System institutions) used to satisfy these prerequisite requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

  • BSC X085C or (BSC X085 and BSC X085L) or BSC X093C or (BSC X093 and BSC X093L) - 4 credit hours
  • BSC X086C or (BSC X086 and BSC X086L) or BSC X094C or (BSC X094 and BSC X094L) - 4 credit hours
  • CHM XXXX or BCH XXXX or BSC XXXX or PCB XXXX or PHY XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • DEP X004 or DEP X054 or DEP X000 - 3 credit hours
  • HUN X201 - 3 credit hours
  • MCB X0101C or (MCB X010 and MCB X010L) or MCB X013C or (MCB X000 and MCB X000L) or (MCB X004 and MCB X004L) - 4 credit hours
  • PSY XXXX or SOP XXXX or SYG XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • STA X014 or STA X023 or STA X122 - 3 credit hours

FOR ALL MAJORS: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

NOTE: Epidemiology (3 credits) is recommended but not required.

Total Major Hours: 62

GPA Requirements

Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on all undergraduate work.

Residency Requirement

Grading Requirement

All Nursing courses must be passed with a C or better in didactic and an S in clinical.

Please refer to the USF College of Nursing Student Handbook for grade and progression requirements.

Accelerated Second Bachelor’s Degree major students who receive a grade below a C in didactic or an S in clinical of any required nursing course will not be permitted to continue in the accelerated major. If allowed to continue in the program, the student must progress through the Upper Division major, providing space and appropriate clinical placement is available.

Course Grade Requirement

All Nursing courses must be passed with a C or better in didactic and an S in clinical.

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

4 Year Plan of Study - Nursing: Accelerated Second Bachelor’s Degree B.S.N.



Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Intensive Care Nurse
  • Neonatal Nurse
  • Medical Surg Nurse
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Emergency Department Nurse
  • Staff nurse other areas

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$41,000 - $79,000

Year 1

Year 2

Semester 3 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 18

Semester 4 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 14