Which Point of Entry Is
Right for You?
Explore our undergraduate program offerings below to
discover which option is right for you.
What Are Your Next Steps?
Note: Please refer to the catalog for your academic year. Visit the online Undergraduate Catalog, select the appropriate catalog year, choose the College of Nursing, and select Nursing Programs for more information.
Accelerated Second Degree
The Accelerated Second Degree pathway is designed for students who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree (in any field) and are interested in pursuing a second degree and a career in nursing. The curriculum is accelerated and completed in four consecutive semesters (including summers). The accelerated program is also highly competitive.
RN to BSN (Online)
This option allows students with a completed Associate of Science in Nursing and an RN license to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Also known as RN to BSN, this pathway bridges the content from an AS to a BSN. Students will complete 30 hours of nursing coursework, as well as any remaining general education and state-mandated requirements.
The Upper Division pathway is designed for students seeking a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is often referred to as a “traditional” program, intended for non-nurses without a prior bachelor’s degree. The program is five consecutive semesters (including summers), and admission is highly competitive.
Veteran to BSN (V-CARE)
The V-CARE pathway offers service members and veterans who have medical training experience as medics or corpsmen the opportunity to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program is typically completed in four consecutive semesters (including summers) with courses completed full-time on the Tampa campus, and admission is competitive.
Also referred to as the AS to BSN program, this is a special option within the RN to BSN pathway. It allows students to enroll in select RN to BSN courses at USF as a non-degree student while completing the AS at Hillsborough Community College. This program is by invitation only to students in the AS program at HCC.
Freshmen Nursing Pathway
The Freshmen Nursing Pathway (FNR) is an option for first time in college (FTIC) students to pursue a nursing degree. Students admitted into this pathway will follow progression criteria established by the College of Nursing to remain in the pathway.
Students with undergraduate degrees in nursing have a world of opportunities ahead of them. One option is to continue their education with an advanced degree from the USF College of Nursing. Programs of study include MSN (with six concentrations to choose from), DNP and PhD.