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

    Applicants who meet the admission requirements should complete the steps below to apply:

    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
      • Student Type: Freshman
      • Your intended term of entry
      • Tampa campus
      • Nursing program
    • 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 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 admissions@usf.edu

    2. 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

    Program Start  Campus/Program Apply to USF by Submit all transcripts, test scores and required documents to USF by Nursing CAS application opens NursingCAS application closes
     Fall 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.

    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 2022 Admits