Designed for first-time in college and transfer students, the Upper Division sequence is the traditional baccalaureate nursing major for students who do not have a prior bachelor’s degree.
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The Upper Division program is our traditional baccalaureate nursing major 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
NOTE: Students will be considered only if all of the above criteria are met.
*Please note: Special Topics Nutrition courses will not fulfill this requirement.
All admitted nursing students are required to complete a background check, immunization verification, and drug screening. Admitted students will be provided with the steps to complete this process.
|Complete By:||First week of class|
|Required Immunizations:||MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Tdap Booster (Documentation), TB Skin Test, CPR Certification (American Heart Association), Flu Shot|
Note: This requirement is not the same as the USF Student Health Services (USF Health Form) and cannot be submitted as a substitute.
USF Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) and Enhanced General Education Requirements
The university has general education requirements for every program. Learn more from the academic catalog.
These requirement listings are for informational purposes only and are superseded by the academic catalog for your intended term of entry. Be sure to reference the catalog for more information.
Courses listed are published for information purposes only.
Total Credit Hours 68: includes 720 clinical and simulation hours, as well as 60 lab hours
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|Level I||Fall Semester|
|NUR 3825||Introduction to the Professions of Nursing
|NUR 3066||Health Assessment, Wellness & Prevention Across the Life Span||2|
|NUR 3066L||Health Assessment, Wellness & Prevention Across the Life Span Lab
|NUR 3026||Patient Centered Care: Essentials of Nursing Practice
|NUR 3026L||Patient Centered Care: Essentials of Nursing Practice Clinical||2|
|NUR 3027L||Patient Centered Care: Essentials of Nursing Practice Lab||1|
|Level II||Spring Semester|
|NUR 3145||Pharmacology in Nursing Practice||3|
|NUR 3225||Complex Health Nursing I||3|
|NUR 3225L||Complex Health Nursing Clinical I||4|
|NUR 4467||Nursing Care of Women, Children and Families||4|
|NUR 4467L||Nursing Care of Women, Children and Families Clinical||3|
|Level II||Summer Semester|
|NUR 4535||Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing||3|
|NUR 4535L||Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Clinical||2|
|NUR 4165||Evidence Based Practice||3|
|NUR 4285||Healthy Aging: Nursing Care of Older Adults||2|
|Level III||Fall Semester|
|NUR 4227||Complex Health Nursing II
|NUR 4227L||Complex Health Nursing Clinical II
|NUR 4937||Nursing Seminar
|NUR 4888||Coordination of Care in Nursing
|Level IV||Spring Semester|
|NUR 4635||Public Health Nursing||3|
|NUR 4635L||Public Health Nursing Clinical||3|
|NUR 4827||Role Transition and Leadership in Nursing||2|
Approved by Faculty Council on 10/21/16 Curriculum update.
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.
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.
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. All students receive their UID after admission to the university.
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.
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|
|Fall 2020||January 3, 2020||March 6, 2020 @ 5 p.m.|
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 2020 Admits|
|April 17, 2020||Nursing Student Orientation 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
(1) I am a high school student and interested in nursing. What is my best route to apply?
The USF College of Nursing is now offering a Freshmen Entry Pathway. Admission of new undergraduate students to the USF System is selective within the curricular, space and fiscal limitations of the USF System. The selection process includes the review of credentials such as grades and grade trends, test scores, pattern and rigor of courses completed, class rank, educational objectives, past conduct, school recommendations, personal recommendations and personal records. Eligibility for admission does not guarantee admission to the requested degree program. Preference for admission is given to those applicants whose credentials indicate the greatest potential for academic success.
Those students who are offered admissions into the Freshmen Entry Pathway will follow an outlined progression plan.
Those students not admitted directly into the Freshmen Entry Pathway may work towards the nursing program in another major. Once requirements are met as outlined for the Upper Division Major, you may then apply into the nursing program.
(2) I am a transfer student and interested in nursing. What is my best route to apply?
Students transferring to USF have the opportunity to apply to one of our nursing programs.
Students are required to meet the transfer requirement posted by the USF Office of Admissions. Once students have been admitted to USF, they may either apply directly to the nursing program of choice for the intended term of entry or work on remaining prerequisite requirements. Students do not need to be coded as nursing to apply into our program after requirements have been completed.
(3) Does nursing prepare me to apply to other health fields?
The undergraduate nursing programs do NOT prepare students to pursue and/or apply for other health care fields, such as medicine, pharmacy, and/or physician's assistant programs. If interested in these areas, please consult with the Division of Health Professions Advising.
(4) What is the Military Commissioning Programs institution/program’s eligibility?
Upper Division, Accelerated Second Degree, and V-CARE are currently all eligible under the NECP guidelines. Please speak with your commissioning program recruiter for more information on institution/program eligibility.
Applicant decisions are made by the end of March, which ensures time to meet NECP board deadlines. Admitted students will receive an acceptance letter, a projected degree completion plan, and a summary of estimated tuition and fees which they will submit as part of their applications to the NECP. Applicants should apply directly to the term they wish to begin the nursing program.
(3) What courses are required for
There are specific courses you would enroll in to meet all state-mandated prerequisites for the College of Nursing. The course numbers listed are the equivalent courses offered here at USF.
(4) What GPA do I need to apply? How competitive is admission?
The College of Nursing requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.20 to be eligible for the Upper Division program, but the average GPA of students chosen for admission falls around a 3.8 overall GPA. Admission is highly competitive and is based on a combination of factors, including overall GPA, grades on the first attempt in the prerequisite courses, and an interview identifying student’s motivations for nursing and professional approach to potential clinical scenarios.
These statistics are provided for information purposes only and are intended to assist prospective students in understanding the competitive admissions processes for some of our programs. The undergraduate program is designated as limited access by the state of Florida.
(5) Where do students complete clinical experiences?
The USF College of Nursing partners with hospitals and health care agencies across the Tampa Bay area to place students in clinical experiences throughout the program. Some of these partnerships include Tampa General Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Florida Hospital Tampa, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Lakeland Regional Health, James A. Haley VA Hospital, Morton Plant Mease Health Care, and St. Anthony’s Hospital. Students also have community-based experiences and the opportunity to participate in global experiences in Panama, Scotland, and St. Croix.
Important note regarding clinicals: We cannot provide guarantees on any one specific clinical location. Transportation for clinical experience is the responsibility of the student, and some locations may be as much as two hours from the USF Tampa Campus. All of our clinical partners provide excellent opportunities to our students.