Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

College of Nursing

Location: MDC 22


  • The C.A.R.E. (Creating Access to RN Education) program is a special program designed for the first time in college (FTIC) students. Requirements for consideration are a minimum 3.6 cumulative weighted high school grade point average and a combined score of at least 1200 on the SAT or a composite score of at least 28 on the ACT. To maintain C.A.R.E. status pre-nursing students must maintain a 3.5 GPA and a B average in all state mandated courses.
  • The RN to MS sequence is for students currently licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse. The RN to MS option allows an RN with an Associate's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited school to earn a Master of Science degree with selected specialty concentrations in Nursing. Upon completion of the RN to MS program, a student who has fulfilled the University's foreign language requirement may also apply for the awarding of the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing. For more information regarding admission to the RN-MS program please see the Graduate School catalog.


The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One DuPont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036, (202) 887-6791, and approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing. Graduates of the Upper Division and Second Degree sequences are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) Registered Nurse qualifying exam. Graduates may apply for licensure in Florida or other states. Successful undergraduates have the educational background necessary for graduate study in nursing.

Advising Information

Location and Phone Number: The College of Nursing (MDN) building is located near Bruce B. Downs Blvd. and west Holly Drive on the northwest corner of campus. The mailing address is: 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MDC 22, Tampa, FL 33612-4766. The College telephone number is: (813) 974-2191.

Student Affairs offices: To schedule an advising appointment call the College of Nursing's Office of Student Affairs at (813) 974-2191 or consult the website at http://health.usf.edu/nocms/nursing. Advising appointments may also be scheduled using E-Scheduler at http://usfweb3.usf.edu/appointments/StudentSignon.asp
Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Admissions Requirements

The College of Nursing encourages applications from qualified applicants of both sexes and from all cultural, racial, religious, ethnic, and age groups. The College of Nursing uses selective criteria for the admission of students. Admissions are determined on the basis of availability of sufficient qualified faculty, laboratory and classroom facilities, and clinical teaching resources. Final admission to all nursing programs is conditional upon passing a Level 2 background check. The background check must be completed at the applicant's expense in accordance with the College of Nursing policy and procedures on background checks and drug screening.