May 29, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing: V-Care, B.S.N.

(CIP = 51.3801) (VCA)

The Veteran to bachelor’s (V-CARE) program allows service members and veterans with medical training experience as medics and corpsmen the opportunity to receive a Bachelor’s of science degree with a major in nursing. The V-CARE program is typically completed in four consecutive semesters (after prerequisites, Foreign Language, and General Education requirements. Graduates may then take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to earn their RN license. Prerequisites can be completed at any regionally accredited college/university with completion of nursing coursework at the Tampa campus.

Limited Access


This is a full-time limited access program, as mandated by the state, and is structured sequentially. Admission is competitive.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to the University of South Florida, Tampa campus, as a degree seeking undergraduate student.
  • Completed application to the College of Nursing prior to the published deadline for the intended term of entry.
  • Applicants must have U.S. Army Medic, U.S. Air Force Medic, or U.S. Navy Corpsman training and experience to be a candidate for the V-CARE major.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on all undergraduate coursework.
  • Completion of the Nursing prerequisite courses by the published application deadline for the intended term of entry.
    • Students who do not have all prerequisite courses completed by the intended term of entry may be eligible for conditional admission.
    • Note: Any outstanding Nursing prerequisite courses must be completed by the program start date, with a C or better, while maintaining a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.0.  
  • Completion of English Composition I, English Composition II and State General Education Mathematics requirement by the published application deadline.
  • If selected, a formal interview with College of Nursing faculty.
  • Completion of the University’s foreign language entrance requirement (FLENT) and University General Education requirements.
  • Submission of a professional resume.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

The state-mandated nursing common pre-requisites 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.

The University’s Enhanced General Education requirements and College of Nursing’s prerequisite/support courses may be completed through the A.A. degree from a Florida College System institution. If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. The A.A. degree satisfies admission requirements only if courses are carefully selected and include the required major prerequisite/support courses.

The College of Nursing requires certain courses within the Enhanced General Education requirement for the natural, social and behavioral sciences, and mathematics. Students must complete the prerequisite courses listed below prior to being admitted to the VCARE major. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

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 086C 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 SYB XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • STA X014 or STA X023 or STA X122 - 3 credit hours

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

Total Major Hours: 68

Course Grade Requirement

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

Grading Requirement

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

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students 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 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDS 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Nursing: V-Care Faculty

Dean: V. Rich; Vice Dean, Research: U. Menon; Vice Dean, Clinical Scholarship & Integration: S. Perry; Vice Dean, Undergraduate & Global Programs: E. Jordan; Vice Dean Graduate Programs: D. Maguire; Associate Dean, Finance, Administration & HR: A. Phillips; Associate Dean, PhD Program: T. Beckie; Organizational Integration: O. Baliram Singh; Assistant Dean, Center for Experiential Learning: T. Gore; Assistant Dean of Undergraduate & Global Programs: S. McGhee; Professors: C. Burns, M. Groer, N. Hall, M. Ji, C. Lengacher, J. Maye, B. Redding, M. Rowe, L. Szalacha; Visiting Professors: P. Kaufmann, B. Smith; Associate Professors: P. Athilingam, A. Berarducci, M. Brewer, H. Buck, H. Wang, C. Rodriguez, C. Visovsky, K. Wofford, C. Zambroski; Assistant Professors: C. Bricker, A. Bugajski, P. Cairns, M. Canale, A. Duffy, A. Efre, B. Gilmore, J. Gordon, T. Gwartney, B. Hay, I. Hernandez, M. Johannson, K. Katz, S. Kennel, R. Lutz, K. Maldonado, V. Marshall, D. Passmore, E. Rauch, E. Rawson, E. Remo, A. Rossiter, S. Smith, L. Todd, J. Roman; Instructor II: B. Chabalowski, L. Lockett, P. O’Donnell, J. Perl; Instructor I: D. Beasley, O. Bernard, S. Czerwinski, A. Davis, S. Gower, S. McGhee, M. Rosales, B. Tucker, T. Vivien, N. Zurcher, K. Cashman, M. Heskett, M. Stroup.

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