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Veteran to BS
FAQs


  • Q1: What are the Pre-requisite courses needed to apply?

    A: The courses below are to be completed before admission to the V-CARE program:

    • English Composition I and II (6) ENC 1101 and ENC 1102
    • Gordon Rule Math (Algebra or Finite Math preferred) (3) - MAC 1105 or MGF 1106
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4) BSC 2085/L
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4) BSC 2086/L
    • Any three credit class in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, or Physics (3) - (CHMXXXX, BCHXXXX, BSCXXXX, PHYXXXX, or PCBXXXX)
    • Life Span (Human Growth and Development) (3) - DEP 2004
    • Human Nutrition (3) - HUN 2201
    • Microbiology with lab (4) - MCB 2000/L
    • Statistics (3) STA 2122
    • Psychology (3) (PSYXXXX, SYGXXXX, or SOPXXXX)

    USF also requires other courses, called Foundations of Knowledge and learning (FKLs), to be complete to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Some pre-req courses may also meet the USF FKL requirements.

    • Fine Arts (3 Credit Hours)
    • Humanities (6 Credit Hours)
    • Human and Cultural Diversity in a Global Context (3 Credit Hours)
    • English Composition (6 Credit Hours)
    • Natural Science (6 Credit Hours)
    • Social and Behavioral Science (6 Credit Hours)

    Six credits of the above coursework must be completed in Human and Historical Context and Process Courses. All students are required to meet the university requirements for foreign language. Please consult the catalog for specific requirements.

  • Q2: Application Deadlines, when should I apply?

    A: There is a two-step application process for the V-CARE program; first applying to the university through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (must be admitted to USF Tampa campus first) and then a secondary application to the College of Nursing (V-CARE program), through SOAR, after admission to the university. Please plan in advance as the admission process to the university can last 6-8 weeks. You will want to apply for general admission to USF through Undergraduate Admissions about two months before the College of Nursing application opens, see deadlines below.

    Be sure you apply early to the university itself so there is plenty of time to complete any missing pre-requisite course work needed to apply to the V-CARE program.

    Step 1: Applying to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions: Application Deadlines (admit each semester: Fall, Spring, Summer):

    Desired Term of Entry Application Deadline File Completion Deadline
    Fall June 1 July 15
    Spring October 1 November 15
    Summer March 1 April 15

    See admissions website for more details: www.usf.edu/admissions

    Step 2: Applying to the V-CARE Sequence: Application Deadlines (admit Fall semester only):

    Term SOAR Application Open Deadline to Apply
    Fall 2014 February 21, 2014 April 7, 2014

    You can review more details about the V-CARE sequence at http://health.usf.edu/nursing/academics/vcare/index.htm

  • Q3: What is your admissions class size?

    A: Up to 24

  • Q4: GI Bill and Benefits?

    A: Please contact Evan Itle at the Office of Veteran Services at eitle@usf.edu for any additional help or questions. View the Office of Veteran Services website for additional information and services available.

  • Q5: What credit will transfer in from my military/ACE/SMART transcript?

    A: 4 credits will be awarded towards pre-requisite coursework and 12 credits awarded for nursing coursework based on military training.

  • Q6: Tuition, fees and nursing expenses?

    A: Nursing program Expenses:

    • USF Nursing Scrubs: $49.95 top, $49.95 pants, $79.95 lab coat
    • Lab Kit: $97- $117
    • Nursing Software: $139
    • Stethoscope: $70 - $150
    • CPR Certification: $66
    • Background Check, Drug Test, Immunization Tracking: $150
    • Textbooks/Skills Videos: $500 initial cost 1st semester (most materials will be used for 3 semesters)
    • NCLEX: $250.00 (cost after graduation)

    Please see the tuition and fees website for up to date tuition information.

  • Q7: I am applying to USF and it asks if I am a lower level or upper level transfer, what should I choose?

    A: Students are lower level transfers if they have less than 60 transferrable credit hours and an upper level student has 60 plus (or an AA degree) transferable credit hours (as evaluated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions). Lower level transfers must submit their high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores to be considered.

    If you do not have SAT or ACT scores, you should earn 60 credit hours of college/university coursework and then transfer as an Upper Level student. Upper Level students do not have to submit SAT or ACT scores. See the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website for more information.

  • Q8: Can I meet with an advisor before I apply?

    A: If possible, please consider attending an information session as we do not have any advisors available to personally assist prospective students with general questions. These sessions allow prospective students to get detailed information about the USF bachelor’s degrees in nursing. We offer info sessions live in Tampa several times each semester to try and accommodate everyone’s busy schedule. The list of upcoming information sessions can be found at: http://health.usf.edu/nursing/advising

    In addition to our information sessions, the USF College of Nursing website is a great resource for information about the program. There are tabs that detail the admission requirements, application process and deadlines, and curriculum.

  • Q9: Can someone review my transcripts before I apply?

    A: The first opportunity for evaluation of transcripts, (for ACE/SMART transcripts see FAQ above) is when a student applies for general admission through the USF Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Unfortunately, there are no prescreening services that will identify what is transferable before applying to USF. Once admitted, a pre-nursing academic advisor will review how USF Undergraduate Admissions has evaluated any applicable transfer credit and how they fit into the Nursing curriculum, during USF on campus orientation.

  • Q10: Will I need the TEAS, HESI, GRE, letters of recommendation, resume, or volunteer experience to apply?

    A: The College of Nursing does not accept or consider any of the above supporting documents in the admission evaluation. Volunteer experience is not specifically required as part of the admission process. You may however, include any relevant experience in the required writing sample.

  • Q11: How is admission determined?

    A: Admission is based on a combination of factors, including cumulative GPA, grades on the first attempt in the prerequisites, and a writing sample identifying student’s motivations for nursing, plans for academic success, and relevant leadership, and volunteer and/or work experience to healthcare.