UCF (University of Central Florida) has many nursing degree programs including two BSN programs that allows graduates to take the NCLEX-RN exam in order to become a registered nurse. The UCF BSN admissions process is know for one of the most challenging out there. However, the BSN degree from there is well known in the central Florida area, and many graduates find that they have an advantage over their associate degree competition.
There is a basic program as well as an accelerated program for second baccalaureate students. The basic BSN is at Orlando, Cocoa, and Daytona campuses. The accelerated second degree BSN is only available at Orlando.
Both BSN programs admit students in a cohort. Students are admitted together and will graduate together. The basic program takes five semesters to graduate. The accelerated 2nd degree program will take for semesters to graduate. The accelerated program only starts once a year during the summer term.
Prerequisite Courses for UCF BSN Program
The following courses are required prior to beginning the nursing program. Seven must be completed by the application deadline. Three of the seven must be science courses.
- General chemistry (or other approved physical or life science)
- Microbiology with lab
- Human Anatomy
- Human Physiology
The separate anatomy and physiology courses may be combined in a one year sequence of A&P.
Other courses required include:
- General Psychology or General Sociology
- Principles of Statistics
- Developmental Psychology or Assessing Human Development
- Human Nutrition
Applicants need to have a grade of “C” or better in all courses. Applicants also need an overall GPA of 3.0 as well. Meeting these minimum grade requirements is usually not sufficient to gain admissions. Meeting these minimums only means you’re eligible to submit an application.
TEAS Test Requirement for UCF Nursing
Students will also need to take the TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills). The minimum composite score is 74%. Admissions staff has mentioned that the TEAS is not weighted as much as the GPA. It is mostly used to make sure accepted students can score over the minimum requirement.
Tuition and Cost of the UCF BSN Program
The tuition for Fall residents is $167.35 per credit hour. Non-Florida residents will need to pay $683.33 per credit hour. Tuition is subject to periodic increase.
Admissions Criteria and GPA Statistics at UCF Nursing BSN
The most important thing is your GPA. Both overall and prerequisite GPA are considered. The grades you get in the anatomy and physiology course are especially critical. There is no consideration for other extracurricular activities such as volunteering. This makes UCF a good choice for students who have zero extracurricular activities.
The class of 2011 originally had over 800 applicants. For the class of 2012, the average GPA was 3.7. There are usually 120 seats available each year.