College of Nursing

Pre-Nursing

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What Is Pre-Nursing?

Pre-Nursing is a major designation at USF designed for undergraduate students who plan to enroll in courses on a path to apply to one of the College of Nursing's undergraduate majors (Upper Division, Accelerated Second Degree, Veteran to Bachelor’s V-CARE or RN to Bachelor’s). Because Pre-Nursing is not a degree program, there are certain requirements that must be met in order to declare pre-nursing as an incoming student to the university or to change your major to Pre-Nursing once admitted or enrolled. 

Benefits to Pre-Nursing include dedicated academic advisors; access to our Pre-Nursing student organization (Stampede into Bull Nursing) and the Pre-Nursing Living Learning Community; priority registration in several of the state-mandated nursing prerequisite courses; and application and interview preparation workshops. 

Pre-Nursing does not prepare students to pursue and/or apply for other health care fields, such as medicine, pharmacy, and/or physician's assistant programs. If interested in these areas, please consult with the Division of Health Professions Advising

NOTE: Students do not need to be declared as Pre-Nursing to apply to the College of Nursing. Students can opt to continue progression in their current major while concurrently completing prerequisites to be eligible to apply to the College of Nursing's programs.

USF Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) and Enhanced General Education

The university has general education requirements for every program. More information on general education can be found in the undergraduate catalog.


  • Curriculum

    Example Program Plan

    Curriculum - Total Credit Hours 68 (Includes 720 clinical and simulation hours and 60 lab hours)


    Prior to Fall 2018

    Note: Courses in BOLD are prerequisites that must be completed prior to applying to the Upper Division Nursing Major.

    Freshman, Fall

    Course Number Course Name  Credit Hours
    ENC 1101 English Composition I 3
    MAC 1105 or MGF 1106 College Algebra or Finite Math 3
    PSY 2012 or SYG 2000 Intro to Psych Science or Intro to Sociology 3
    BSC 2085 & 2085L Anatomy & Physiology I for Health Professionals and Lab 4

    Freshman, Spring

    Course Number Course Name  Credit Hours
    ENC 1102 English Composition II 3
    DEP 2004 The Life Cycle 3
    STA 2122 or STA 2023 Social Science Statistics or Introductory Statistics I
    3
    BSC 2086 & BSC 2086L Anatomy & Physiology II for Health Professionals and Lab 4

    Sophomore, Fall

    Course Number Course Name  Credit Hours
    MCB 2000 & 2000L Microbiology for Nursing and Other Healthcare Professionals and Lab 4
    HUN 2201 Nutrition 3
    BCH, BSC, CHM, PCB, or PHY Any 3 credits in BCH, BSC, CHM, PCB, or PHY (Note: Only one course is required. BSC 2085/L, BSC 2086/L or equivalency cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.)
    3
    FKL Social & Behavioral Science 3

    Sophomore, Spring

    Course Number Course Name  Credit Hours
    FKL Human and Cultural Diversity in a Global Context 3
    FKL
    Humanities 3
    FKL Fine Arts 3
    GEN ED CORE Select from one of the following:
    ARH 2000, HUM 1020, LIT 2000, MUL 2010, PHI 2020 or THE 2000
    (Note: HUM 1020 will satisfy either the general education core or FKL fine arts, but not both.)
    3
    ELECTIVE Additional Hours 1
      Total Hours in Pre-Nursing 52

    Other University Requirements (can overlap above)

    Course Number Course Name  Credit Hours

    Foreign Language Entrance Requirement (FLENT)

    Two years of the same foreign language in high school; two
    semesters of the same foreign language in college; or CLEP
    8
    If not met by an FKL
    Human Historical Context and Process 3
    Summer Coursework at USF or SUS 4-year School If admitted to the Upper Division major, will be met Summer before Senior year with nursing curriculum
    9
    If not met by FKL Gordon Rule Communications
    (Note: If admitted to the Upper Division major, NUR 4635 (3) and NUR 4165 (3) will satisfy the requirements
    6
    FKL (optional) Natural Science: Physical Science (Optional)
    3
    AA Certificate (optional)
    Associate of Arts Certificate from a Florida Public Institution 60

     


    Beginning Fall 2018 Semester

    Note: Courses in BOLD are prerequisites that must be completed prior to applying to the Upper Division Nursing major.

    Freshman, Fall

    Course Number Course Name  Credit Hours
    ENC 1101 English Composition I 3
    MAC 1105 or MGF 1106 College Algebra or Finite Math 3
    PSY 2012 or SYG 2000 Intro to Psych Science or Intro to Sociology 3
    BSC 2085 & 2085L Anatomy & Physiology I for Health Professionals and Lab 4
    Total
    13

    Freshman, Spring

    Course Number Course Name  Credit Hours
    ENC 1102 English Composition II 3
    DEP 2004 The Life Cycle 3
    STA 2122 or STA 2023 Social Science Statistics or Introductory Statistics I
    3
    BSC 2086 & BSC 2086L Anatomy & Physiology II for Health Professionals and Lab 4
    Total
    13

    Sophomore, Fall

    Course Number Course Name  Credit Hours
    MCB 2000 & 2000L Microbiology for Nursing and Other Healthcare Professionals and Lab 4
    HUN 2201 Nutrition 3
    BCH, BSC, CHM, PCB, or PHY Any 3 credits in BCH, BSC, CHM, PCB, or PHY (Note: Only one course is required. BSC 2085/L, BSC 2086/L or equivalency cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.)
    3
    GEN ED KNOWLEDGE Select from one of the following: ARH 2000, HUM 1020, LIT 2000, MUL 2010, PHI 2020 or THE 2000 3
    Total
    13

    Sophomore, Spring

    Course Number Course Name  Credit Hours
    GEN ED**
    Creative Thinking 3
    GEN ED**
    Information and Data Literacy 3
    GEN ED** Human and Cultural Diversity 3
    Electives Additional Hours 4
    Total
    13
    Total Hours in Pre-Nursing 52

    ** For a list of USF’s approved general education courses, please click here.

    Other University Requirements (can overlap above)

    Course Number Course Name  Credit Hours

    Foreign Language Entrance Requirement (FLENT)

    Two years of the same foreign language in high school; two
    semesters of the same foreign language in college; or CLEP
    8
    GEN ED
    Ethical Reasoning & Civic Engagement (must be High-Impact Practice)
    If admitted to the Upper Division major, NUR 4635 will satisfy the requirement.   
    3
    GEN ED High-Impact Practice
    If admitted to the Upper Division major, NUR 4948L will satisfy the requirement.

    3
    Summer Coursework at USF or SUS 4-year Schools If admitted to the Upper Division major, will be met Summer before Senior year with nursing curriculum.
    9
    If not met by a GEN ED Gordon Rule Communications
    (Note: If admitted to the Upper Division major, NUR 4635 (3) and NUR 4165 (3) will satisfy the requirements

    6
    AA Certificate (optional)
    Associate of Arts Certificate from a Florida Public Institution 60

    This curriculum table is provided for informational purposes only. All Pre-Nursing students are provided a program plan upon entry to the university. Program plans and course requirements are superseded by the official university catalog for a student's term of enrollment. Please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.

  • Requirements

    Change of Major Process

    USF Applicants – Pre-Nursing

    Indicate the major code for nursing when submitting your application for admission to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of South Florida (if admitted, you will be admitted as “pre-nursing”). If you have already submitted your application and have not yet attended USF, and would like to change your major to pre-nursing, please complete the university's application update form.


    Please note that in addition to the university requirements, transfer applicants must meet an additional cumulative undergraduate GPA requirement:

    • Minimum 3.0 and a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Minimum 2.9 and qualifying experience as a military medic or corpsman, as evidence by an official JST/CCAF on-file with USF and reviewed by the College of Nursing
    • Minimum 2.5 and an Associate of Science (ASN) from a regionally accredited institution
    • Minimum 3.2 for all other applicants

    Current USF Students – How to Change Major to Pre-Nursing

    1. Attend a College of Nursing Information Session. Participation in an information session is mandatory to be considered for a change of major to Pre-Nursing. View the Information Session Schedule here. Those pursuing the Upper Division or Second Degree programs must select an in-person session (not webinar) to be eligible to change to Pre-Nursing.
    2. Complete at least 1 full-time semester (at least 12 credit hours) at USF.
    3. Achieve at least the following cumulative GPA when requesting the change.
      • Upper Division - 3.40+
      • Second Degree - 3.00+
      • VCARE - 2.90+
      • RN-BS - 2.50+
    4. Have at least 2 or more nursing prerequisite courses to register for or complete.
    5. If approved to change your major, meet with your new pre-nursing academic advisor to discuss your educational and career objectives.

    Per USF’s Degree Progression Policy, if declaring a major extends the student’s graduation date  or causes the student to incur Excess Hours Credit Surcharge (ECHS) the change of major will not be approved.  Note: A student does not have to be Pre-Nursing to apply to a nursing program.

    Current USF Students – How to Change Major from Pre-Nursing to Another Major

    Please contact an academic advisor in your chosen major/department/college to facilitate the change of major process. The process for declaring a major depends on the college where the major is housed. Information on changing majors can be found here.

    If you are uncertain about a change, you can meet with a counselor in Career Services to explore majors and occupations that may be a good fit with your values and interests.

    If you are interested in pursuing a career in the health care field, you can schedule an appointment with Becky Cooperman, a Pre-Nursing academic advisor, for a health professions career conversation to discuss potential health care careers of interest, review common prerequisites and consider competitiveness of the various health professions programs.  Appointments can be made via eScheduler. Please note that major declarations, course planning, and degree requirements will need to be discussed with the academic advisor in the major in which the student intends to pursue.

    View the College of Nursing Pre-Nursing Progression Policy



  • FAQs

    (1) What are the steps to successfully apply to the College of Nursing?

    The nursing major is limited-access at USF.  Therefore, it requires a two-step application process.  Please one of the following programs for step-by-step instructions on how to apply:
    • Upper Division
    • Accelerated Second Degree  
    • V-CARE
    • RN-BS
    (2) Does the application require the TEAS/HESI/Letter of Recommendation/Resume?

    The College of Nursing does not require, nor accept, TEAS or HESI exam scores of letters of recommendation.  The V-CARE major requires a resume; other applications currently do not.  

    (3) How do I get a permit to register for a course?

    Only colleges that are teaching the course may issue students a permit.  The following links may be useful in requesting a permit:
                
    (4) How do I schedule an appointment with an academic advisor?

    Current USF Pre-nursing students (USF Pre-nursing majors currently taking classes) can schedule an appointment with their academic advisor through eScheduler
    Prospective students (including current USF students who are not in the pre-nursing major and non-USF students) can attend an information session/walk-in advising.

    (5) What are the admissions requirements and prerequisites?


    Admissions requirements vary by major. Please ensure to check the Undergraduate Admissions Statistics and admissions requirements and prerequisites for the major you are applying:
    • Upper Division
    • Accelerated Second Degree
    • V-CARE
    • RN-BS
    (6) Do I have to be a pre-nursing major in order to apply to the nursing program?

    No.  Students must be active or admitted USF students in order to apply to the nursing program, but the major does not have to be pre-nursing.

    (7) I have a “hold” on my registration. What does this mean and how do I get it removed?

    You can view your holds in your myUSF: OASIS, Student, Student Records, View Holds.  If you have a hold, OASIS will also include the hold type, as well as the office that placed the hold and their contact information.
      
    (8) What if I need to drop or withdraw from a class?

    Please consult with your academic advisor before dropping or withdrawing from a class.

    A student may drop a course(s) during the drop/add periods (first five days of classes) and no entry of the course(s) will appear on any permanent academic records. No tuition or fees will be assessed for course(s) dropped within that period.

    A student may withdraw from a course(s) between the second and tenth week of the semester (except for Summer sessions - see the Summer Schedule of Classes for dates). However tuition and fees will be assessed for any course(s) withdrawn by the student after the first week. The student's academic record will reflect a "W" grade for any course(s) withdrawal between the second and tenth week of the semester. Under specific conditions, refund of tuition and fees may be requested in writing from the Office of Purchasing and Financial Services. See "Refund of Fees" under Financial Information for complete details.

    Students who withdraw may not continue to attend classes.

    Effective Fall 2011, all undergraduate students will be limited to a total of five course withdrawals while enrolled as a degree-seeking or a non-degree seeking undergraduate student at USF. The five course withdrawals will be limited to three course withdrawals for students with less than 60 semester credit hours, and two course withdrawals for students with more than or equal to 60 semester credit hours. Only in extenuating circumstances will approval be granted for more than five course withdrawals. Appeals for additional course withdrawals due to extenuating circumstances must be submitted to the Academic Regulations Committee in the college of the student's academic major.