Undergraduate Programs

Upper Division


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Designed for first-time in college and transfer students, the Upper Division sequence is the traditional baccalaureate nursing pathway for students who do not have a prior bachelor’s degree.

About This Degree

Like all our pre-licensure pathways, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through the Upper Division Nursing pathway provides graduates with the career opportunities of a registered nurse. The degree enables graduates to take the NCLEX-RN nurse licensure examination, and graduates of our program consistently exceed state and national averages in first-attempt pass rates. Our graduates are making an impact in hospitals in the Tampa Bay region, throughout the state of Florida, and beyond.

In addition to the hospital setting, career opportunities also exist in research, education, community and public health, government service, international health, and more. The degree also opens doors for the pursuit of graduate studies in nursing – MSN, DNP and PhD.

This program has been certified as a Global Pathway. A Global Pathway is an undergraduate pathway or degree program that has significant global content and aligns with the goals of USF’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the Global Citizens Project. Global Pathways provide students with the opportunity to practice and apply global competencies through the pathway or degree program. Students in Global Pathway programs are well positioned to earn the Global Citizen Award and become eligible to apply for a study abroad scholarship offered by the Global Citizens Project.

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  • Admission Requirements

    Prerequisites and More


    The Upper Division program is our traditional baccalaureate nursing pathway for students who have completed nursing prerequisite courses and university general education requirements. This is a full-time limited-access program, as mandated by the state, and is structured sequentially. Admission is competitive. Admissions are determined on the basis of availability of sufficient qualified faculty, laboratory and classroom facilities, and clinical teaching resources.

    Criteria for Upper Division
    • Admission to the USF Tampa as a degree-seeking undergraduate student
    • Completed application to the College of Nursing prior to the published deadline for the intended term of entry; students who are transferring to USF should be aware of the separate GPA requirements for admission to USF

    Consult the Undergraduate Catalog for more information.

    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

    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 Upper Division. At this time current USF students may skip step 1.

      Step 1 Submit a USF Admissions Application

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

      Required documentation: Submit official transcripts from every college or university attended, as well as official AP, IB, CLEP, and other test scores (if applicable), 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. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will decide what course work is transferable to the university.

      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.

      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.

    1. Application Deadlines

      Deadlines & Orientation Dates

      Campus/Program Program Start Apply to USF File Completion SOAR App Deadlines
       USF Tampa Fall 2021 By December 1, 2020 January 11, 2021

      Open: February 8, 2021

      Close: March 5, 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.

      Nursing Mandatory Orientation Dates

      All undergraduate students must attend the mandatory College of Nursing Orientation & Pre-Immersion Orientation. Please keep these dates in mind and plan activities accordingly. Students who cannot attend the orientations will forfeit their seat in the program.

       Fall 2021 Admits

       April 23, 2021 

       9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.