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.

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  • Curriculum

    For information about curriculum, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog.
  • Apply

    Application Process

    • 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. 

    • 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

     Program Start Campus Apply to USF by Submit all transcripts, test scores and required documents to USF by NursingCAS application opens NursingCAS application closes
    Fall 2022  USF St. Petersburg
    March 1, 2022
    May 2, 2022

    May 2, 2022

    June 10, 2022

    Spring 2022  USF Sarasota-Manatee  July 1, 2021 August 16, 2021  August 23, 2021  October 1, 2021
    Summer 2022  USF Tampa  December 1, 2021  January 10, 2022 January 10, 2022 March 4, 2022

    File Completion: All transcripts, scores, and required documents received by the Office of Admissions

    PLEASE NOTE: Please read the Application Process section carefully. Applicants will be deemed ineligible for admission to the nursing program if any portion of the process is not satisfied by the posted deadlines. Please contact USF Undergraduate Admissions regarding your university application. USF Undergraduate Admissions cannot expedite processing for any student for any reason. Applicants seeking admission to the St. Petersburg or Sarasota-Manatee campus MUST select “USF Tampa” as the Campus on the university application. The specific campus can be selected in the NursingCAS application.

    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. 

    Fall 2022 Admits (St. Petersburg)


    Spring 2022 Admits (Sarasota-Manatee)


    Summer 2022 Admits (Tampa)

  • 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.