Bachelor's Programs

Accelerated Second Degree

Admission Requirements

The Accelerated Second Bachelor's Degree Sequence (SBN) is for students who have a baccalaureate degree in another field and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00. Students with a Bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field and who have completed all the nursing pre-requisite courses may be considered for admission into the Accelerated Second Bachelor's Degree sequence; upon completion, students will earn a second bachelor's degree. This is a full-time limited access program, as mandated by the state, and is structured sequentially. Admission is competitive.

Undergraduate Admission to the College of Nursing is a limited access program and uses selective criteria for the admission of students. Any student who applies to the undergraduate program at the College of Nursing is initially coded as “pre-nursing” prior to official acceptance to the College of Nursing. Admissions are determined on the basis of availability of sufficient qualified faculty, laboratory and classroom facilities, and clinical teaching resources. Final admission to all nursing programs is conditional upon passing a Level 2 background check. See the Important Notification below for complete details. If offered admission, the background check must be completed at the applicant's expense by the established deadline in accordance with the College of Nursing policy and procedures on background checks and drug screening.

2018 Undergraduate Nursing Admission Statistics

Criteria for Accelerated Second Bachelor's Degree: (Effective 7/1/17)

  • Admission to the University of South Florida
  • Application to the College of Nursing prior to the published deadline for the intended term of entry
  • Completion of at least seven of the eight nursing pre-requisite courses by the published deadline for the intended term of entry (Note: Any outstanding nursing pre-requisites must be completed with a B or better by the program start date.)
  • Completion of first bachelor's degree, from a regionally accredited institution, by the program start date for the intended term of entry
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on all undergraduate work
  • Participation in a formal interview with College of Nursing faculty, if selected.

Students must be admitted by the USF Tampa Undergraduate admissions office before they can submit their application to the College of Nursing (Students must have the USF Tampa Campus as the home campus).

The state-mandated nursing common pre-requisites are required to be completed before the published application deadline for the intended term of entry. A grade of 'C' or better is required. USF course numbers are listed for planning purposes.

  • BSC 2085/L Human Anatomy & Physiology I or any Human Anatomy & Physiology I course with lab, 4 semester hours
  • BSC 2086/L Human Anatomy & Physiology II or any Human Anatomy & Physiology II course with lab, 4 semester hours
  • Any CHM, BSC, PHY, PCB, BCH Any Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Biochemistry course, 3 semester hours
  • DEP 2004 Human Growth & Development course (covering the life span), 3 semester hours
  • HUN 2201 Human Nutrition or any Human Nutrition course OR NUR 1192, 3 semester hours*
  • MCB 2000/L Microbiology or Any Microbiology course with lab, 4 semester hours
  • Any PSY, SYG, or SOP Any Psychology, Sociology, or Social Psychology course, 3 semester hours
  • STA 2122 or 2023 Statistics or any Statistics course, 3 semester hours

NOTE: Students will be considered only if all of the above criteria are met.

*Please Note: Special Topics Nutrition courses will not fulfill this requirement.


All admitted nursing students are required to complete a Background Check, Immunization Verification, and Drug Screening. Admitted students will be provided with the steps to complete this process.

Complete By:
Deadline established in admissions materials
MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Tdap Booster (Documentation), TB Skin Test, CPR Certification (American Heart Association), Flu Shot
Note: This requirement is not the same as the USF Student Health Services (USF Health Form) and cannot be submitted as a substitute.

USF Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Requirements

Proof of Bachelors will satisfy all general education FKL requirements at USF. Students are still responsible for completing all state mandated nursing requirements before the application deadline.

For More Information

The College of Nursing offers prospective students a number of ways to obtain more information about our programs:

All information contained is for informational purposes only and is superseded by the catalog for your intended term of entry.