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    Jun 14, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing: Upper Division Sequence, B.S.N.

(CIP = 51.3801) (NUR)

Certified Global Pathway Program

The Upper Division major (NUR) is for traditional Baccalaureate nursing major for students who have completed all nursing prerequisite courses and university general education requirements.

This program has been certified as a Global Pathway. A Global Pathway is an undergraduate major or degree program that has significant global content and align with the goals of USF’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the Global Citizens Project. Global Pathways provide students with the opportunity to practice and apply global competencies through the major or degree program. Students in Global Pathway programs are well positioned to earn the Global Citizen Award and become eligible to apply for a study abroad scholarship offered by the Global Citizens Project.

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 at the College of Nursing is initially coded as “Pre-Nursing” prior to official acceptance to the College of Nursing.

C.A.R.E. (Creating Access to RN Education) Pathway sequence is a special pathway developed for the first time in college (FTIC) students. Requirements for consideration are a minimum 3.8 cumulative weighted high school grade point average and a combined score of at least 1360 on the SAT or a composite score of at least a 29 on the ACT. To maintain C.A.R.E. status pre-nursing students must maintain a 3.60 GPA and a minimum grade of C (3.0 GPA) in all state mandated prerequisite courses.

Admissions Requirements:

  • Admission to the University of South Florida, as a degree seeking undergraduate student.
  • Completed application to the College of Nursing prior to the published deadline for the intended term of entry.
  • Minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA on all undergraduate work.
  • Completion of at least seven of the eight nursing pre-requisites course by published application deadline for the intended term of entry
    • Note: Any outstanding Nursing prerequisites must be completed by the program start date, with a C or better, while maintaining a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than 3.0. 
  • Completion of English Composition I, English Composition II, and State General Education Mathematics requirement by 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 requirement by the intended term of entry.

If a student receives a grade less than a 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 to the mandated requirement of changing the major. In addition, if a student does not meet the minimum GPA requirement 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.

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 Upper Division 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 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: 68

Major Core (68 Credit Hours)

GPA Requirements

Minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA on all undergraduate work. Required prerequisite course grades may be weighted.

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: Upper Division 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; Associate Dean, 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. Chasman, M. Stroup, M. Heskett.

Plan of Study

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