Undergraduate Programs

Accelerated Second Degree


Updated 12/17/2021 – NECP Applicants click here.

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.

Designed 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 practice. 

About This Degree

Like all our pre-licensure pathways, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through the Accelerated Second Degree Nursing provides graduates with the career opportunities of a registered nurse. Graduates of USF's Accelerated Second Degree program are ready to fill the high employment demand for nurses in the Tampa Bay region, throughout the state of Florida, and beyond. The program enables students to have the unique combination of their first bachelor’s program of study and the academic and clinical rigor of the BSN.

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.” Accelerated Second Degree graduates consistently exceed state and national averages in first-attempt pass rates on the NCLEX-RN nurse licensure examination. The degree also opens doors for the pursuit of graduate studies in nursing – MSN, DNP and PhD.

It is important to note that this is a USF College of Nursing program hosted on all three campuses: Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee. The program is accredited and approved through USF Tampa. Therefore, interested applicants MUST be admitted to USF Tampa to be eligible.

Learn more about the nursing program at St. Petersburg

Learn more about the nursing program at Sarasota-Manatee.

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  • Admission Requirements

    Prerequisites and More


    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

    • 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.
    • Admission to the University of South Florida (Tampa) as a degree-seeking undergraduate student; the student must be admitted by the USF Tampa Undergraduate Admissions office before submitting an application to the College of Nursing 
    • Application to the College of Nursing prior to the published deadline for the intended term of entry

    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.

    To view our competitive GPA and program statistics, please click here.

  • Curriculum

    For information about curriculum, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog.
  • 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 Accelerated Second Degree.

    1. Submit a USF Tampa Undergraduate Application through the USF Office of Admissions

    • Select “Bachelor’s Degree”
    • Select Nursing as your major
    • Select the Tampa campus and apply now
      • Applicants will select their nursing campus in the NursingCAS application
    • In the Academic Interest tab, select the following:
      • Undergraduate
      • Second Bachelor’s Degree Candidate
      • Your intended term of entry
      • Tampa campus
      • Nursing major
    • Submit all required documentation to the USF Office of Admissions   
      • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
      • Submit official AP, IB, CLEP, etc. test scores from CollegeBoard
      • Some applicants may be required to submit additional documents as needed by the USF Office of Admission

    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 admissions@usf.edu.


    If applying for Fall 2021 admission cycle (June 4 deadline), please follow the next step: 

    1. Submit a College of Nursing Application
      Once you have been admitted as an undergraduate student at USF, complete the online College of Nursing (SOAR) application. The application requires an active university identification number (UID) to apply.

    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: 

    1. Submit a NursingCAS Application
    • Begin working on your NursingCAS application after receiving a USF ID number (Example: U12345678)  from the USF Office of Admissions
    • Select your intended term of entry
    • Create a NursingCAS account and submit the application with fee.
    • Submit all official transcripts to NursingCAS
      • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
      • Submit official AP, IB, CLEP, etc. test scores from CollegeBoard
    • For technical questions regarding your NursingCAS account, please contact NursingCAS at 617-612-2880 or nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org.

    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.

  • Application Deadlines

    Deadlines & Orientation Dates

    Application Deadlines

    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)

  • Peace Corps

    Unique Opportunities Available

    The USF College of Nursing Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program offers students unique opportunities to serve their local community while pursuing their education goals. Click here to learn more.