Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

College of Nursing

Location: MDC 22


Transforming Healthcare, transforming lives. Creating the nursing leaders of tomorrow and the research that improves health.

USF College of Nursing will be nationally recognized for cutting-edge educational programs and innovative research in partnership with communities and interprofessional colleagues.

Respect, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence, Innovation, Partnership.

The College of Nursing is a limited access college and uses selective criteria for the admission of students. 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. Final admission to all Nursing programs is conditional upon passing a Level 2 background check.

Following are the undergraduate program's sequences offered by the College of Nursing:

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

  • Nursing: Accelerated Second Bachelor's Degree Sequence (SBN)
  • Nursing: RN to Bachelor's Sequence (NRN)
  • Nursing: Upper Division Sequence (NUR)
  • Nursing: VCARE (VCA)


The baccalaureate program at the University of South Florida is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-887-6791. The program is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing. Graduates of the Upper Division and Accelerated Second Bachelor's 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

Advising for the College of Nursing is available for Pre-Nursing and admitted nursing students at the USF Health Wellness, Engagement, Leadership & Learning (W.E.L.L.) building (MDA) located at 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MDC 22, Tampa, FL 33612-4766. The College of Nursing Student Affairs Office is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM weekdays and closed on University holidays. You may schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor by scheduling online via http://usfweb3.usf.edu/appointments/StudentSignon.asp or by contacting The Student Affairs Office at (813) 974-2191. During peak registration times walk-in advising may be offered, check with your advisor for availability of walk-in advising.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to University admission requirements (please see catalog for admission requirements to the University), the College of Nursing has additional admission requirements for each sequence. Please review admission requirements for the specific sequence to which you are applying.

Background Checks, Fingerprinting, Drug Testing and Immunizations

All students who are admitted to the College of Nursing are required to complete a Background Check, Immunization Verification, and Drug Screening for the College of Nursing via CertifiedProfile.com.

  • The requirements are as follows: MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Documentation of a Tdap booster, TB skin test, CPR certification from the American Heart Association, and a flu shot.
  • All requirements must be completed by the first week of class.
  • The CertifiedProfile account must be created with a USF Health email address, which is only available to students who have been admitted to the College of Nursing.
  • Final admission to all Nursing sequences is conditional upon passing a Level 2 background check. Students who do not pass the level 2 background check will not be refunded the cost by either the college or CertifiedProfile

For CertifiedProfile.com questions please contact the CertifiedProfile Service Desk at (888) 914-7279 or cpservicedesk@certifiedprofile.com.

College Requirements

Grading & Progression Policy

In addition to the University's policies on progression, The College of Nursing holds a progression policy for all students within the nursing undergraduate program. Students admitted to all nursing sequences at The College of Nursing are required to earn a minimum grade of C in didactic courses and an S in lab/clinical courses. Progression in the sequences is based on GPA, course content and overall performance in lab/clinical. Failure to meet the grade minimum may result in dismissal from the College.

For further information on progression and grading policies please visit the College of Nursing Handbook: http://health.usf.edu/nocms/nursing/pdfs/Baccalaureate_Handbook.pdf.