Undergraduate Programs



The one-of-a-kind Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing pathway is developed for today’s registered nurse. It allows practicing nurses the opportunity to build a degree based on the nurse’s career needs. The USF nurse can focus on ambulatory care nursing, leadership/management, patient/staff education and/or clinical excellence.

The program is web-based with options of completion in five part-time semesters or three full-time semesters (with program director approval). USF nursing students have required experiential learning hours, which must be completed in the state of Florida, allowing them to apply the knowledge and skills to clinical practice. Students must be a resident of the state of Florida with evidence of a current Florida RN licensure in good standing. Note: Due to restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Nursing has temporarily moved experiential learning hours online; however, in-person hours in the state of Florida may be required in the program, which will be dependent upon the evolving dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

About This Degree

The RN to BSN program prepares current registered nurses, educated through an associate degree in nursing, to maximize effective patient care, to provide career mobility and advancement, and to provide the foundation for potential advanced education. Guided by the Institute of Medicine’s Report on The Future of Nursing (2013), many hospitals are increasing the emphasis and/or placing full emphasis on hiring baccalaureate prepared nurses. The RN to BSN option at the USF College of Nursing provides a high-quality online education for nurses to advance their practice within clinical areas, nursing management, and beyond. The degree also opens doors for the pursuit of graduate studies in nursing – MSN, DNP and PhD.

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  • Admission Requirements

    Prerequisites and More


    The RN to BSN program is for students currently licensed to practice as registered nurses. The RN to BSN option allows an RN with a diploma or an associate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited school to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

    Applicants must meet the following requirements before applying for this program:
    • Acceptance at USF (Tampa) as a degree-seeking undergraduate student
    • Application to the College of Nursing prior to the published deadline for the intended term of entry 

    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 USF Tampa campus as their home campus). 

    To learn more about admissions requirements and prerequisites, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

    Important Notification:

    All admitted nursing students are required to complete a background check, immunization verification, and drug screening. Additionally, students will be required to provide proof of current health insurance. Admitted students will be provided with the steps to complete this process.

    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 Admissions Requirements for more information.

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  • Curriculum

    The College of Nursing offers a BSN for registered nurses. This degree consists of 30 hours of coursework.

    For information about curriculum, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

    This program of studies has been organized into four clusters: Leadership/Management OR Patient/Staff Education OR Clinical Excellence OR Ambulatory Care.

    Be sure to contact your advisor to declare a cluster and get a listing of electives. 

    Sample cluster courses include:

    Course Number Course Name
    NSP 4880 Foundation of Healthcare Quality Improvement/Patient Safety
    NSP 4850 Fundamental of Health Care Finance for RNs
    Patient/Staff Education
    NSP 4148 Simulation for Nursing Practice
    Clinical Excellence
    NUR 4069 Health Assessment
    NUR 4128 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology Update for RNs
    NUR 3678 Vulnerable Populations
    NSP 4545 Substance Abuse across the Life Span (Writing Intensive)
    NUR 3286 Ethical/Legal
    NUR 4825 Healthy Aging
    Ambulatory Care
    NSP 3875 Digital Health
    NUR 4690 Ambulatory Care Nursing
    NUR 4888  Coordination of Care in Nursing

    Experiential Learning Hours

    The RN to BSN curriculum is designed to integrate new practice related knowledge and skills to function in the professional role as a baccalaureate-prepared nurse. Experiential Learning is a required element in three of the core courses.  Students in NUR 4828C complete their Experiential Learning hours at their place of employment if the facility approves; experiential learning hours must be completed in the state of Florida. It is the expectation that the student would have an opportunity in this situation to gain a broader and deeper perspective of his or her own organization, as well as for the employer to have the opportunity to provide a forum for professional growth within the organization for the employee.  Additional hours are incorporated in NUR 4169C and NUR 4634C to meet student learning outcomes in Evidence Based Practice and Population Health through faculty guided experiences.

    An appropriate practicum facility allows students to complete the following tasks:
    • Organizational cultural assessment
    • Patient education project 
    • Evidence-based practice project
    • Assessment of a specific patient population using health care issues and community resources
  • Apply

    Application Process

    Interested students who meet the minimum published criteria are encouraged to apply by deadline for each term. Follow the steps below to successfully apply for the RN to BSN program (current USF students may skip step 1):

    Step 1 Submit a USF Admissions Application

    Submit a degree-seeking application to Undergraduate Admissions. For questions regarding undergraduate admissions (including USF deadlines), please call (813) 974-3350 or check the website.

    Required documentation: Submit official transcripts from every college or university attended directly to the USF Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC1036, Tampa, FL 33620-6900. Transcripts will not be considered until they are received, opened, and processed in the system by the Undergraduate Admissions office. Please request a hard copy of your ASN transcripts to be sent to USF Undergraduate Admissions. Sending the transcript electronically may delay your admission to USF.

    Step 2 Submit a College of Nursing Application

    Once you have completed step 1, and have been admitted as an undergraduate pre-nursing student at USF, complete the College of Nursing application (SOAR). The application requires a university identification number (UID) to apply.

    Please note the following: If you are still completing your prerequisite coursework, have not yet graduated with your ASN degree, or have not yet received your RN license, please wait to apply through SOAR. The College of Nursing can only consider applicants who meet all the minimum criteria.

    We strongly recommend that students apply for general admission to USF Undergraduate Admissions (step 1) about two to three months before you plan to apply to the College of Nursing (step 2). It can take Undergraduate Admissions up to eight weeks to determine admission decisions. You must be accepted to USF first in order to apply directly to the College of Nursing.

    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.

  • Application Deadlines

    Deadlines & Orientation Dates


    All steps in the application process must be completed by 5 p.m. on the deadline for the application term.

    Term SOAR Application Open Deadline to Apply
     Spring 2021 September 4, 2020  November 6, 2020 @ 5 p.m. 
    Summer 2021   February 5, 2021 April 2, 2021 @ 5 p.m. 
     Fall 2021  May 30, 2021 July 2, 2021 @ 5 p.m. 

    Important: The RN to BSN curriculum is designed to integrate new practice related knowledge and skills in the student’s professional role as a baccalaureate prepared nurse. Core courses include required Experiential Learning hours, which take place in the state of Florida, and students admitted to the RN to BSN major are expected to complete their practicums at their place of employment. Students must be a resident of the state of Florida with evidence of a current Florida RN licensure in good standing for the duration of the program.

    A student who is not employed as an RN has two options to choose from:
    1. Complete a practicum at a site in the Tampa Bay region assigned by the College of Nursing. 
    2. Self-identify an appropriate venue (with agreement by the College of Nursing). USF will attempt to secure an Affiliation Agreement with that identified site; however, if this agreement cannot be procured, the student will not be able to register for classes. 


     Summer 2021 RN - BS Orientation

     April 30, 2021

     9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.