This program is being phased out. Students who are interested in enrolling in nursing programs at USF St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campuses are encouraged to explore the Accelerated Second Degree major.
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The Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Pathway is a student-centered program that provides access to an accelerated degree pathway for registered nurse education in the USF System. This is a full-time limited access program, as mandated by the state, and is structured sequentially. Admission is competitive.
Information sessions are conducted at USFSP and USFSM throughout the year, with the application process taking place in Fall of the sophomore year.
Undergraduate admission to the College of Nursing is a limited-access program and uses selective criteria for the admission of students. Admissions are determined on the basis of availability of sufficient qualified faculty, laboratory and classroom facilities, and clinical teaching resources.Admission Requirements
Please note: Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission, as admission is competitive for limited-access programs.Progression Requirements
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.
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|Required Immunizations:||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.
For more information about this program, contact your biology advisor at USF St. Petersburg or USF Sarasota-Manatee.
USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) has one entry point and USF St. Petersburg (USFSP) has two entry points into the Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Pathway program. The curriculum for both institutions is listed below. Please refer to the curriculum for your respective institution or contact your academic adviser.
College of Nursing Progression Program Plan: Courses listed are published for information purposes and may be subject to change, dependent on catalog year. Upon acceptance into the program, a program plan is provided to each student.
Total Nursing Credit Hours 62: includes 690 clinical and simulation hours, as well as 60 lab hours
Total Biology Credit Hours 120: additional prerequisite courses may be required
Interested students who meet the minimum published criteria are encouraged to apply by deadline for each year. Follow the steps below to successfully apply for the Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Pathway.
If accepted to the Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Pathway, complete the College of Nursing Student Online Application Request (SOAR) in your semester of graduation. This application requires an active university identification number (UID) to apply. All students receive their UID after admission to the university.
Apple users, please note: The SOAR
application is not compatible with the Safari internet browser; please use
Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as an alternative.
All steps in the application process must be completed by 5 p.m. on the deadline for the application term.
Biology Majors (Graduating after Fall 2017)
Timeline for biology majors at USFSP and USFSM who will follow the SNAP Program plan of study
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We are excited to formally announce this innovative partnership, applications opened the Fall 2017 semester. Advisors from USF St. Petersburg or USF Sarasota-Manatee will begin sharing information about the program during new student orientations and academic advising sessions this summer. The USF College of Nursing will be holding information sessions on campus at USFSP and USFSM to provide more information about the pathway and application process for interested students. Be sure to talk with your USFSP or USFSM advisor about this new program, and look for us on campus in the fall semester. Additional details and communication will be shared through the website and the biology departments.
The Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Pathway creates an opportunity for students from USF St. Petersburg or USF Sarasota-Manatee to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology from their respective institutions, followed by a seamless transition to USF College of Nursing’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing program. The two USF degrees can be completed in five years.
This joint effort by the USF System institutions will enable students to have the unique combination of a science-focused background in the STEM discipline of biology and the academic and clinical rigor of the baccalaureate nursing degree. While in the accelerated nursing program, students will be provided clinical opportunities in their local community (Pinellas, Sarasota or Manatee counties) and will also have the opportunity to engage in nursing research and global nursing experiences. Graduates of USF's Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Pathway will be ready to fill the high employment demand for nurses and will also be prepared for graduate or doctoral education.
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2013), “graduates of accelerated programs are prized by nurse employers who value the many layers of skill and education these graduates bring to the workplace. Employers report that these graduates are more mature, possess strong clinical skills, and are quick studies on the job.”
Students in the USF Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Pathway will be provided specific programming opportunities only afforded to those participating in the program. This may include undergraduate research, specialized programming, early connections with USF Nursing faculty, sessions held on campus at USFSP or USFSM, and collaborative academic advising from USFSP/USFSM and USF Nursing.
The undergraduate program in the USF College of Nursing is designated as "limited access " because we have a limited number of seats available due to clinical placement, faculty-to-student ratios, and classroom/lab space. Because we have far more qualified applicants than seats available, admission to the program is highly competitive and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
The unique nature of this partnership is that you will remain an active, degree-seeking student at your home institution until graduation with the bachelor's degree in biology. While not a USF Tampa student until graduation, you are eligible to take USF Tampa courses. In particular, the USF College of Nursing offers online sections of Human Anatomy & Physiology (both I and II), Microbiology, and Nutrition each semester. These courses are state-mandated nursing prerequisites that must be completed as a part of your program of study.
Students will have academic advising available to them from both USFSP or USFSM and USF Nursing. Your primary academic advisor is your biology advisor at USFSP or USFSM. Your number one goal is developing a plan to set you on the right track to earn the bachelor's degree in biology, and he/she will be the best resource for you. Advisors at the USF College of Nursing will work collaboratively with you as a student, and the academic advisors at the USF system institutions, to ensure a seamless transition from the biology degree to the accelerated nursing program.
Be sure to review the Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Pathway curriculum. This program of study outlines all requirements for the BS in biology from USFSP/USFSM and the BS in nursing from USF Tampa. If you are bringing in credits (AP, IB, CLEP, dual enrollment/transfer, etc), you can work with your academic advisor on what credits will meet these requirements.
As you can see from the curriculum plan, this is an intensive program of study, designed to complete two bachelor's degrees in just 5 years. You will want to work with your academic advisor to develop a plan of study that will ensure your success and keep you on track for the Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Pathway. If you are bringing in AP, IP, CLEP and/or dual enrollment credit it could help to lighten the course load for you. Remember that, currently, the Accelerated Nursing program has only a spring start. Accelerating your timeline to complete the biology degree does not necessarily mean that you would accelerate your start in the nursing program.
Students in the Suncoast Accelerated Nursing Pathway must follow the program plan and meet progression requirements to continue into the USF nursing program. This means that the bachelor's degree in biology must be earned from USFSP or USFSM to be eligible to progress on the accelerated pathway. Students who transfer prior to degree completion will no longer be eligible and would need to follow the application process and deadlines for the Upper Division nursing major.
If the progression requirements are not met, you will not be able to continue on the pathway into nursing. You would work with your academic advisor at USFSP or USFSM to identify other avenues to achieve your goal, which could possibly include applying to the USF College of Nursing after graduation and/or looking at applying to other nursing programs in the area.
You can visit your respective institutions scholarship website page for information: