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

    Admission to the Veteran to BSN (V-CARE) major is a two-step process. Please follow the steps below to first successfully apply to the university and then separately to the V-CARE major. At this time, current USF students may skip step 1. Please make sure you check the military/veteran status and select pre-nursing as your major.

    1. Submit a USF Tampa Admissions Application

      Interested students who meet the minimum published criteria are encouraged to apply to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 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 websiteStudents must be admitted to the USF Tampa Campus. Students should apply to the university ONLY for the semester they will begin taking classes at USF.

      Submit required documentation: Submit official transcripts from every college or university attended, including any ACE and/or SMART transcripts 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, unopened, 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.

    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.

      Applicants are not required to have their prerequisites completed by the time the SOAR application to the College of Nursing’s V-CARE major closes; they may be conditionally admitted with the contingency that all remaining prerequisites are completed with a B or better by the start of the program in the Fall. Additionally, applicants who will not have their prerequisites completed by that current Fall should still apply as they may be eligible for conditional admission to a future term.

    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.

  • 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.

    Orientation Dates
    All undergraduate students must participate in the mandatory College of Nursing and pre-immersion orientations. V-CARE students will complete the College of Nursing orientation online prior to their semester of entry and will complete a pre-immersion orientation their first week of the semester. Students who do not participate in the orientations will forfeit their seat in the program.

    Online Orientation Open
    Term Due Date
    Fall 2021  April 23, 2021 
     9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    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.