Undergraduate Programs

Veteran to VBSN (V-CARE)


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

The USF College of Nursing created the Veteran to BSN (V-CARE) pathway for service members and veterans who have completed training as Army and Air Force medics and Navy corpsmen. V-CARE is a student-centered program tailored to each veteran, acknowledging and recognizing the education and training that each student brings. V-CARE shortens the time to degree completion while maintaining the academic rigor, clinical quality, and high NCLEX pass rates for which USF College of Nursing is known.

This pathway was created in 2013 with Veterans to Bachelor's grant support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). V-CARE fills the need for those veterans who wish to pursue BSN coursework and continue their health care careers as nurses.

About This Degree

Like all our pre-licensure pathways, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through V-CARE provides graduates with the career opportunities of a registered nurse. Graduates of the program are ready to fill the high employment demand for nurses in the Tampa Bay region, throughout the state of Florida, and beyond. V-CARE graduates are well-poised to achieve career success in both the military and civilian sectors and 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.

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  • Admission Requirements

    Prerequisites and More


    The Veteran to BSN (V-CARE) pathway is typically completed in five consecutive semesters (after prerequisites, foreign language, and general education requirements). Graduates may then take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to earn their RN license. Prerequisites can be completed at any regionally accredited college/university with completion of nursing coursework at the Tampa campus.

    The V-CARE pathway is designated limited access by the state of Florida and is structured sequentially. Admission is competitive.

    Criteria for Admissions:
    • Admission to the University of South Florida (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 

    For more information, 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

    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 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: 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.

    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