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    Feb 17, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Nursing: RN to Bachelor’s Sequence, B.S.N.

(CIP = 51.3801) (NRN) Track 1 of 2

The RN to BSN (NRN) major is for students currently licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse. The RN to BSN option allows an RN with a diploma or an associate’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited school to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with a major in Nursing.

Limited Access


The College of Nursing is a limited access program. 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 (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.
  • An overall GPA of 2.50 or higher on all undergraduate work (excluding Associate of Science Nursing courses).
  • Associate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution. Nursing diplomas will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Must reside in the state of Florida with evidence of a current Florida RN licensure in good standing.
  • Completion of the following pre-requisite courses by the application deadline for the intended term of entry with a minimum grade of “C” in each:
    • English Composition I (3) ENC 1101  
    • English Composition II (3) ENC 1102  

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

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 RN to Bachelor’s 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

FOR ALL MAJORS: Students are strongly encourage 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: 30

Major Electives (15 Credit Hours)

Students select one of three clusters during the second semester. The three clusters are Clinical Practice, Education, and Leadership. Students must complete at least two courses from the selected cluster. Remaining credits may be selected from any cluster. Please contact an academic advisor in Nursing for required cluster courses.

Cluster/Elective course availability will vary semester to semester and may include, and are not limited to:

GPA Requirements

Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA on all undergraduate coursework.

Grading Requirement

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

Other Requirements

All students must meet USF’s residency and degree 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: RN to Bachelor’s Faculty

Dean: V. Rich; Vice Dean, Research: U. Menon, M. Groer; Vice Dean, Clinical Scholarship & Integration: S. Perry; Vice Dean, Academic ProgramsUndergraduate & Global Programs: E. Jordan; Vice Dean Graduate Programs: D. Maguire; Associate Dean, Finance, Administration & HR: A. Phillips; Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program: E. Jordan; Associate Dean, PhD Program: T. Beckie; Associate Dean, DNP & Masters/CRNA Programs: C. Gaines-Ling; Associate Dean, Organizational Integration: O. Baliram Singh; Assistant Dean, Center for Experiential Learning: T. Gore; Assistant Dean, Research EnterpriseAssistant 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, I. Hernandez, H. Wang, D. Maguire, C. Rodriguez, C. Tofthagen, 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. Gordon, 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, M. Rosales, L. Lockett, J. Thayer, B. Tucker, T. Vivien, N. Zurcher, K. Cashman, M. Stroup, M. Heskett. 

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