Undergraduate Catalog 2014-15

College of Nursing

Location: MDC 22

http://health.usf.edu/nursing/index.htm

The College of Nursing encourages applications from qualified applicants of both sexes and from all cultural, racial, religious, ethnic, and age groups. 

Following are the undergraduate sequences offered by the College of Nursing:

1.  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.

2.  The Upper Division (NUR) sequence is for students who have completed all nursing pre-requisite courses and have a minimum GPA of 3.20. This is a full-time limited access program, as mandated by the state, and is structured sequentially. Admission is competitive.

3.  The Second Bachelor’s Degree (SBN) sequence is for students who have a baccalaureate degree in another field and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00. Students with an awarded bachelor’s degree and who have completed all the nursing pre-requisite courses may be considered for admission into the Second Bachelor’s Degree sequence; upon completion, students will earn a second bachelor’s degree. This is a full-time limited access program, as mandated by the state, and is structured sequentially. Admission is competitive.

4.  The RN to BS (NRN) sequence is for students currently licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse. The RN to BS 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 degree with a major in nursing.

5.  The VCARE sequence is for students who have U.S. Army Medic, U.S. Air Force Medic, or U.S. Navy Corpsman training and experience and minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. 

6.  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.

Accreditation

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: Advising for the College of Nursing is available in the USF Health Wellness, Education, Leading & Learning (W.E.L.L.) building (MDA) 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 is a limited access program and uses selective criteria for the admission of students.  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.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.