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Attention—Admission Requirements Revision: Starting with the Summer 2021 admission cycle, anyone applying to the Accelerated Second Degree will be required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to the SOAR application deadline. This means transcript with proof of degree must have been received and processed by the Office of Admission.
for students who already have a bachelor’s degree, USF’s Accelerated Second Degree pathway offers a nursing degree through a four-semester/16-month program. For those who
have the right balance of intellectual ability, time management skills and
emotional fortitude, the Accelerated Second Degree can be the ideal entry into
The Accelerated Second Bachelor's Degree is designed for students who have a baccalaureate degree in another field and wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This is a full-time limited-access program, as mandated by the state, and is structured sequentially. Admission is competitive.
Criteria for Accelerated Second Bachelor's Degree
To learn more about admissions requirements and prerequisites, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.
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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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 Accelerated Second Degree.
Submit a USF Tampa Undergraduate Application through the USF Office of Admissions
Note: The College of Nursing will evaluate prerequisite coursework after the USF Office of Admissions has determined course transferability to the university and posted the official results in DegreeWorks, which requires all official transcripts to be processed by the USF Office of Admissions. For questions regarding the status of your university application and transcript processing please call (813) 974-3350 or email at email@example.com.
If applying for Fall 2021 admission cycle (June 4 deadline), please follow the next step:
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.
If applying for Spring 2022 admission cycle (Oct. 1 deadline), please follow the next step:
Note: To be considered for admission to the desired nursing pathway, applicants must meet all minimum admission criteria, be officially admitted to USF for the correct term of entry, and have a Verified NursingCAS application, by the nursing application deadline. Any deviation from the posted criteria will cause the applicant to be ineligible for admission.
|Campus||Program Start||Apply to USF||File Completion||SOAR App Deadlines||NursingCAS App Deadlines|
|USF Sarasota-Manatee||Spring 2022||By July 1, 2021||August 16, 2021||
Open: Aug. 23, 2021
Close: Oct. 1, 2021
|USF Tampa||Summer 2021||By December 1, 2020||January 11, 2021||
Open: Feb. 8, 2021
Close: March 5, 2021
|USF St. Petersburg||Fall 2021||By March 1, 2021||April 12, 2021||
Open: May 10, 2021
Close: June 4, 2021
File Completion: All transcripts, scores, and required documents received by the Office of Admissions
PLEASE NOTE: USF Undergraduate Admissions cannot guarantee your admission to USF prior to the nursing SOAR application deadline if you do not meet the deadlines listed above. The College of Nursing cannot request expedited processing from Undergraduate Admissions for any student for any reason. Please contact USF Undergraduate Admissions directly if you have questions regarding your university application.
SOAR may take 24-48 hours to recognize your admission to the university before allowing you access to the nursing application. All written communication regarding your nursing application must be sent through the SOAR discussion board once your nursing application has been submitted. The SOAR application will become available at 8 a.m. on opening day and close at 5 p.m. on the last day. All admission requirements must be satisfied prior to submitting the SOAR application. Applicants will be denied and deemed ineligible if the nursing admission requirements are not met by the SOAR deadline.
For USFSP or USFSM campus hosted programs: applicants MUST be admitted to USF Tampa to be eligible for the Accelerated Second Degree program.
Due to federal reporting regulations, international students on an I-20/F-1 visa are not eligible for the Accelerated Second Degree program at St. Petersburg.
Nursing Mandatory Orientation Dates
All undergraduate students must attend the mandatory College of Nursing orientation and pre-immersion orientation. Please note the orientation dates and plan activities accordingly. Students who cannot attend the orientation will forfeit their seat in the program.
|Summer 2021 (Tampa)
April 9, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
|Fall 2021 Admits (St. Petersburg)
July 9, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
|Spring 2022 Admits (Sarasota-Manatee)
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