You have been accepted into the RN-BS program at the University of South Florida’s College of Nursing for the Spring 2014 semester. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance to the USF College of Nursing.
It is essential that you read the information below in its entirety. There are 10 steps required before you are allowed to register for classes, as well as additional information to prepare you for your first semester in the RN-BS program.
Spring classes begin on January 6, 2014.
- The RN-BS program is intended to be part-time (6 credits/semester). A formal request to go full-time (12 credits/semester Spring or Fall; 9 credits/semester Summer) must be sent to your advisor via e-mail to be approved by the RN-BS Program Director. Please include specific information as to why you should be granted an exception.
- Consecutive enrollment is expected in the RN-BS program (Spring, Summer, AND Fall semesters). Students who take more than one consecutive semester off will have to reapply and be readmitted into the program.
If you have any further questions regarding your acceptance, orientation, or this website, please contact your RN academic advisor:
We look forward to working with you!
USF College of Nursing - RN Admissions
10 Steps To Registration:
Please use this checklist to help you through the registration process.
Step 1: Accepting/Declining Admission
All new students are required to submit the Intent to Enroll Form (under Resources & Forms) via email or fax to confirm their seat in the RN-BS program by November 22 at 5pm.
Step 2: Agency Agreement/Practicum Form
The College of Nursing requires new RN-BS students complete an Agency Agreement/Practicum form (under Resources & Forms) and return it to the College of Nursing by November 22 at 5pm.
- The RN-BS curriculum is designed for application to nursing practice. Four core courses include a required practicum for service learning projects. RN to BSN student(s) may elect to complete the practicum in their agency of employment if it is agreeable with their employer. Students may also request to complete the practicum experience in an agency outside their current employment setting if they are interested in pursuing experiences that are not available in their employment setting or they are not approved to complete the practicum at their own agency.
- Typically, the Practicum hours begin in the first semester when you are enrolled in NUR 4895C the "Educational Role of the Nurse" course. The goal of the 15 hours of Service Learning Practicum is to develop an evidence-based teaching plan for a patient population. Ideally, you would work with an educator to identify a needed area. The next course will be NUR 4828C Foundations of Nursing Healthcare Leadership & Management where the project is focused on working with various managers and leaders to do an “organizational culture assessment”. In NUR 4169C Evidence-Based Practice, you will be identifying a patient outcome that needs to be improved, using evidence. Ultimately, you will develop a PICOT, synthesis of the literature, and a plan for rollout. You will work with multiple people for this project: a manager, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Leader, Infection control staff, and any other staff focused on improving patient outcomes. The final Service Learning Practicum is in NUR 4634 Population Heath where the student assesses a specific population within a community.
Step 3: Complete a Background Check, Drug Screening, & Immunization Verification for the College of Nursing
All new College of Nursing students are required to complete a Background Check, Immunization Verification, and Drug Screening for the College of Nursing via Certifiedbackground.com. This is not the same as the USF Health form from Student Health Services. The certified background immunization requirements are required for all RN-BS students, no matter your course schedule. Please see “step 9” regarding the USF Health Form that may also be required. Please note: The USF Health Form cannot be used in-lieu of completing the certified background immunization requirements.
Please review the Background Check and Immunization document under Resources & Forms for the code and an FAQ about this process. It is your responsibility to order your background check, immunization and drug screening package as well as monitor its status, by uploading the required documents and ensuring that they are processed and cleared. Any questions about the requirements, documents, or status must be directed to CertifiedBackground at 1-888-666-7788.
- You must start this process by November 22 in order to complete the requirements in time for registration.
- Once everything has been cleared by CertifiedBackground (background check, drug test, and immunization verification), please email Joylynn Williams, Undergraduate Admissions Advisor at: email@example.com. At that time, we will verify that ALL (background check, drug test, and immunization verification) of the CertifiedBackground requirements have been met. Once verified, the first of the two course registration holds on your account will be removed.
- The last day that we will verify that you have completed the requirements and remove holds is December 19.
Step 4: Complete Mandatory College of Nursing Online Orientation & Quiz
The College of Nursing requires new students complete a mandatory online orientation and quiz. Through this orientation, you learn how to set up your USF Health email account and become acquainted with program and college policies.
The online orientation is available at the following web address: http://health.usf.edu/nocms/nursing/Resources_for_Students/orientation.html.
Once we have verified that you have completed the online orientation/quiz AND have set up your USF Health email account, the second of the two course registration holds on your account will be removed.
Step 5: Create USF Health Email Address
All College of Nursing students are required to use a USF Health Email address for correspondence with their advisor, professors, and College of Nursing courses.
USF Health Email Account (@health.usf.edu)
- Register at NEW Account Request website: https://hsccf.hsc.usf.edu/healthAccount/accountRequest.cfc?method=view
- Select Your Role as Student
- Enter Your Date of Birth and U-number.
- Create your own password and security questions.
- An account will be created instantly. Note: Your email will be accessible in two days.
- Students must set this email as the official USF email address at: https://netid.usf.edu/una/
- Click “Login for more options”
- Then click, “Select your Official USF Email Address” (the health email option will appear 2 days after the account creation)
- NOTE: You cannot forward USF Health emails to a personal account.
For problems or questions contact USF Health Information Systems (IS) at: http://health.usf.edu/is/home.htm
Step 6: Obtain USF Photo ID Card
All new USF students are required to obtain a USF Photo ID. As a distance learning student, you will still need the USF Card. You can obtain your card on-campus or online. The cost is $10.00. To order your card online, use our convenient online form to apply for your card now!
- o OR to purchase your card on campus, (with cash or check, a photo ID, and your USF ID number) go to the Phyllis P. Marshall Center, Room 1505. Hours of operation are: Monday – Thursday: 9:00am -6:00pm and Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm. For more information: call 813-974-2357.
Step 7: Complete HIPAA Certification
RN-BS students are required to complete the HIPAA certification before January 6, 2014
- Access the website https://learn.health.usf.edu/
- Log in using your HSCNET/USF HEALTH ID and password.
- On the homepage, find the drop down box that says “Select Course Category”
- Within the drop down, select USF Health Training
- Click “USF Health Professional Integrity & Compliance – Required Training” to begin.
- You must complete the five modules:
- Professional Integrity at USF Health
- False Claims Acts and USF Health Standards
- Professional Compliance
- HIPAA Compliance
- Computer & Information Security
- After you have completed HIPAA training, be sure to print a copy of your certificate (USF health Required Training Completion Certificate) for your own records. We do not require a copy at the College of Nursing, but it must be furnished if requested.
NOTE: Please disable any pop-up blockers before attempting the modules. In addition, make sure to follow all on-screen instructions when exiting the modules. Incorrectly exiting the modules may result in not receiving full completion credit for your attempt. If you need help at any time, give USF HEALTH IT a call at 813.974.6288.
Step 8: Review personalized program plan in DegreeWorks
Your individual program plan and degree audit (showing outstanding FKL/State Mandated graduation requirements) can be accessed through USF’s online degree audit system, DegreeWorks. You can access DegreeWorks through OASIS (http://oasis.usf.edu/).
Items to note when reviewing DegreeWorks:
- The Planner tab in DegreeWorks will show a split screen; one screen showing the full degree audit (items in green are complete; items in red/orange are outstanding) and one screen showing your degree plan for your entire program. .
- USF Undergraduate Admissions has taken into consideration transfer credit received from your previous institutions. However, DegreeWorks sometimes requires manual application of those credits to the College of Nursing requirements, so please let us know if you see anything missing that you think you have taken. (In some cases, a syllabus from the class may be requested).
- Most USF FKL/General Education requirements that you may need can be taken at any time during your program and are not listed under specific semesters on your degree plan. The only exception is if you have any outstanding math requirements. Statistics (and its pre-requisites) must be taken before semester 3 and will be listed on your program plan.
- RN Nursing coursework is intended to be taken in the order listed in your program plan. If you register for a Nursing course outside of your program plan without pre-approval, you may be dropped from that course.
- The Capstone and Writing Intensive USF Exit Requirements are built in to your Nursing coursework and will be covered by core Nursing classes. A Portfolio requirement is built into your Nursing coursework and will be graded at the end of NUR4634C in your last semester.
Additional information on DegreeWorks can be found at: http://www.ugs.usf.edu/academicadvising/docs/DegreeWorks_Student_Training_Manual.pdf
Step 9: Determine if you need to complete and return the USF Health Form from Student Health Services (optional depending on schedule).
The USF Health Form from Student Health Services is not the same as the Certified Background immunization requirements and cannot be used in-lieu of completing the certified background immunization requirements. Please see "step 3" regarding the Certified Background Immunization requirements that all RN-BS students must complete.
The USF Health Form is required ONLY if you plan on attending on-campus courses for any required FKL, Foreign Language, or State Mandated requirements.
However, unless you complete the form, the hold for the USF health form will always show on your student account, so that if you start as an online student and later need to take an on campus courses, you will be prompted to complete the health form. If you choose to only take online courses, this hold should never prevent you from registering for your courses.
If you plan to take on-campus classes, the form must be completed by a licensed ARNP or Physician. Office stamps and/or additional attached documentation will not be accepted in lieu of a Provider's signature and license number. Immunization records, along with your signed USF Medical History form, can be scanned and submitted electronically on the Student Health Services website - http://www.shs.usf.edu/immunizations/immunization-compliance.aspx#form
Step 10: Review the Computer Requirements, Writing Expectations and Tips for Academic Success documents.
The RN-BS program courses are 100% online (not including the service learning hours) and require frequent access to the online classroom (Canvas) and email. Additionally, as a Baccalaureate program, the RN-BS program will expect a certain level of scholarly writing. Review the Computer Requirements, Writing Expectations and Tips for Academic Success documents to prepare for and understand the program's requirements.
Register for Classes:
The USF Registrar’s office assigns an “appointment time” to students each semester for registration purposes. The appointment time gives the day and time students can start registering for classes. However, for your first semester, once you have completed the above steps (and the holds on your account have been removed) you can register for your courses.
For a tutorial on how to register, please go to: http://www.ugs.usf.edu/academicadvising/index.htm.
RSVP for and attend STARS (Support and Technology Assistance for RN Students) Event (optional):
We hope that you will take the opportunity to join us December 17, 2013 at the USF College of Nursing for our STARS (Support and Technology Assistance for RN Students) event. Please see flyer (under Resources & Forms) for more details.
Textbooks for online classes may be purchased by contacting the USF Health Science Center Bookstore. The bookstore will ship your books via UPS on the same day you place your order IF you place the order before 10:00am.
Students may place textbook orders three different ways at the USF Health Bookstore:
- Come to the USF Health Sciences Bookstore on Campus
- Call (813) 974-4984 to place your order
- Go to the website – http://usfhsc.bncollege.com/
Instructions on how to identify your course textbooks for the College of Nursing:
- Go to our website: http://health.usf.edu/nursing/
- Find the tab: Resources for Students
- Select the link: Textbook Information (this will take you directly to the USF Health Bookstore)
- Click the “Shop Now” link, then enter your course information in the drop-down menu on the right, add your courses to a list, and View Textbook List on the left.
(If you do not know certain details of your course (number or section) use your registration info from OASIS).
*If no textbooks are listed, it may mean your instructor has not added them yet with the bookstore. Contact your instructor for more information.
Mandatory First Week Attendance (January 6 – 10):
Your courses have a mandatory check in online. If you do not log in to your courses by those deadlines, you will be dropped from them.
Log into your classes on the first day of the semester to verify your check in deadline and ensure there are no technical difficulties with your account. You have until Friday of the first week of the semester to make modifications to your schedule (add/drop) with no academic or financial penalty.