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Graduate Program

Graduate Program FAQs

  • No, you could be offered a conditional admission without an RN license, contingent upon obtaining your RN license for the MSN and BSN to DNP programs. The terms of the conditional admission will vary depending on when you earned your prior nursing degree. A Florida RN license is required prior to the start of any clinical course for all programs.

    If you have already graduated with your BSN, or will graduate at least 2 terms before matriculation (e.g., a student who will graduate in Spring 2016 and enter the DNP program in Fall 2016), then you will be required to obtain your Florida RN license prior to matriculation. If you will graduate the term prior to matriculation (e.g., graduate in Summer 2016 and matriculate in Fall 2016), then you will need to wait for the following admission cycle as the CRNA, MSN and DNP programs require a current license as a registered nurse.

  • You could submit an additional recommendation from one of the other populations (clinical supervisor or other appropriate nursing professional; if possible, that professional should have attained a level of education equal to if not greater than the level to which you aspire). It is to your benefit if you are able to submit recommendations from all 3 populations, so the faculty will be able to consider your application based on your academic and professional abilities.

  • No, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing is required for our graduate programs with the exception of the PhD program.

  • Applications are eligible for review when they are complete and in verified status in the NursingCAS application system by the priority deadline. Graduate programs do not have rolling admission, but applications can be reviewed and interviews can be conducted prior to the priority deadline. Decisions may be issued as early as the priority deadline. All communication will be sent to the applicant’s email address provided with the NursingCAS application.

  • You may apply to only one concentration/specialty for a given term.

    It is highly recommended to apply to only one degree program (e.g., MSN or DNP) for a given term.

    Applicants should fully understand the scope of practice for the degree level and concentration to which they apply. Applying to multiple degree programs is often an indicator that an applicant does not fully understand the scope of practice, academic objectives or professional goals. Take time to review employment information, labor market research, and geographic work preferences, including AACN resources. Also, speak with nurse practitioners, nurse educators or our concentration directors to help guide you through your career options and reach a decision that is right for you.

  • Competitive scores would be a total of 297 or better (combination of Verbal and Quantitative sections), and a 3.5 or better for the Analytical Writing. These are limited-access programs, so meeting the minimum standards does not in any way guarantee admission. For the DNP program, the GRE is recommended, but not required. If you're applying for the DNP program, and have already taken the GRE, we encourage you to submit your scores. If you have not taken the GRE, you may choose to do so depending on the time remaining before the priority deadline has passed.

  • Only the CRNA and PhD programs require a personal statement with the application. When you reach this area of the NursingCAS application, you will download a document which provides specific questions to answer in your personal statement. Any formatting or word count instructions will be explained on the document, if applicable. Generally, your personal statement is your opportunity to tell the faculty how you plan to use the graduate degree in your career. Before writing your statement, you should become familiar with the USF College of Nursing and your concentration/specialty of interest, so that you clearly indicate how you are well-suited for the program.

  • The transfer credit policy is listed on the Graduate School website. Credits from other institutions are considered and evaluated after admission. We do not provide any pre-admission transfer credit evaluation.

    Note: The Nurse Anesthesia program follows a lockstep curriculum and does not allow transfer credits.

  • Students sit for different exams, see your program/concentration of interest for details.