University of South Florida (USF) has a second degree BSN for those who have a bachelor’s degree in another field. The program is typically completed within four completed semesters of full time study. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become a registered nurse.
The classes are in the USF’s College of Nursing, which is located at the Tampa, Florida campus.
Prerequisite Course Requirements for USF Accelerated BSN
Unlike most other nursing schools, USF requires that ALL prerequisite courses are completed prior to application. The following courses are required:
- Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
- Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
- Life Span (Human Growth and Development)
- Human Nutrition
- Microbiology with lab
In order to be considered for admissions, all courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. You will also need an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Graduate work or graduate GPA does not count.
There is no nursing entrance exam requirement.
You will need to submit a resume (emphasis on healthcare experience and volunteerism is helpful) as well as an academic writing sample.
The cost to attend is $170.80 per credit for a Florida resident. The cost for a non-resident student is $531.11 per credit. These are prices for the Tampa campus, which is where the College of Nursing is located at.
USF Accelerated BSN Admissions Criteria and Statistics
The scores are weighted as follows:
- Cumulative GPA on all undergraduate work (Spring 2010 range was from 3.1 to 4.0)
- Grades on the first attempt for A&P 1, A&P 2, statistics, and microbiology
- Resume (most credit given to paid or volunteer work in a healthcare setting)
- Academic writing sample
Point values are assigned to each student and then the whole pool of applicants is ranked. In 2009, there were about 500 applicants (only 200 meet the minimum requirements). The top 24-36 are accepted into the program. The most important factor is your grade in the science prerequisite courses since they predict how student ultimately perform in the program.
Typical students have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 to 3.6.
A student with a 3.5 overall undergraduate GPA and 3.6 prerequisite GPA without experience in the medical field was able to get in.