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Veteran to BS in Nursing

V-CARE is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing sequence created for veterans who have completed training as Army or Air Force medics and Navy corpsmen. V-CARE is a student-centered program that is tailored to each veteran, acknowledging and recognizing the training and experience that each one brings. V-CARE shortens the time to degree completion while maintaining the academic rigor, clinical quality, and high NCLEX pass rates that the USF College of Nursing (CON) is known for.


  • USF ranked fourth most veteran-friendly school by Military Times Edge in 2012
  • USF has an established Office of Veterans Services and Veteran Achievement
  • Center for students
  • USF CON has National top-tier, pass rates on licensure and certification exams
  • CON ranked 24th in National Institutes of Health Funding for 2012
  • World class faculty - many with military experience
  • Clinical training at level I trauma centers and VA healthcare centers


  • Conditionally accepted into the nursing program while completing prerequisites anywhere in the country
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA to be accepted
  • Military training and education credits awarded
  • V-CARE baccalaureate nursing sequence is designed for completion in 4 semesters
  • Dedicated on site V-CARE academic advisor
  • Veteran affairs advisor to facilitate use of education benefits

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