Bachelor's Programs

Veteran to Bachelor's (V-CARE)

Application Process & Deadline

Application Process

Admission to the Veteran to Bachelor's (V-CARE) program is a two-step process. Please follow the steps below to first successfully apply to the university and then separately to the V-CARE program. At this time, current USF students may skip step one. Please make sure you check the military/veteran status and select pre-Nursing as your major.

  1. Submit a USF Tampa Admissions Application

    Interested students who meet the minimum published criteria are encouraged to apply to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Submit a degree-seeking transfer application to Undergraduate Admissions. For questions regarding undergraduate admissions (including USF deadlines), please call (813) 974-3350 or check the websiteStudents must be admitted to The USF Tampa Campus.

    • Submit required documentation

      Submit official transcripts from every college or university attended, including any ACE and/or SMART transcripts directly to the USF Office of Undergraduate Admissions4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC1036, Tampa, FL 33620-6900. Transcripts will not be considered until they are received, unopened, and processed in the system by the Undergraduate Admissions office. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will decide what course work is transferable to the University.

  2. Submit a College of Nursing Application

    Once you have completed step 1, and have been admitted as an undergraduate pre-nursing student at USF, complete the on-line College of Nursing application at The SOAR application requires a university identification number (UID) to apply. All students receive their UID after admission to the university.

    Applicants do not have to have their pre-requisites completed by the time the SOAR application to the College of Nursing's V-CARE program closes, as they may be conditionally admitted with the contingency that all remaining pre-requisites are completed with a "B" or better by the start of the program in the Fall. Additionally, applicants who will not have their pre-requisites completed by that current Fall should still apply as they may be eligible for conditional admission to a later V-CARE program.

Application Deadlines:

The College of Nursing currently accepts students into the V-CARE program once a year, for the Fall semester. At this time the program does not admit students in the spring or summer semesters. All three steps in the application process must be completed by 5:00PM on the deadline for the application term.

Term SOAR Application Open Deadline to Apply
Fall 2018 December 1, 2017 March 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Spring 2019 September 3, 2018
November 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Fall 2019
January 4, 2019
March 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

 While the College of Nursing will do its best to match students to clinical sites by their geographical location, we cannot guarantee placement. Students may be placed at a clinical facility within 2 hours driving distance from The USF Tampa Campus, and are expected to have proper transportation to and from clinical sites.

Please be aware of the following:

  • We strongly recommend that students apply for general admission to USF Undergraduate Admissions at least three months before they plan to apply to the College of Nursing, as it can take Undergraduate Admissions up to eight weeks to determine admissions decisions to the University once an application is complete. 
  • Students must first be accepted to USF in order to apply to the College of Nursing. They will then be assigned a U-number which they will need to complete the SOAR application. 
  • Students should apply to the university ONLY for the semester they will begin taking classes at USF.

Orientation Dates:

All undergraduate students must participate in the mandatory College of Nursing and pre-immersion orientations. V-CARE students will complete the College of Nursing orientation online prior to their semester of entry, and will complete a pre-immersion orientation their first week of the semester. Students who do not participate in the orientations will forfeit their seat in the program.

Online Orientation Dates
Term Due Date
Spring 2019
December 7, 2018
Fall 2019 June 15, 2019