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Veteran to VBSN (V-CARE)

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The V-CARE nursing pathway is designed for military medics and corpsmen to earn a baccalaureate nursing degree and enter the workforce as registered nurses.  

About This Degree

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 the 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.  

Like all our pre-licensure pathways, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through the V-CARE 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.

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  • Admission Requirements

    Prerequisites and More

     

    The V-CARE nursing pathway is 5 consecutive semesters and is meant for students who have completed nursing prerequisite courses and university general education requirements. This is a full-time, limited-access nursing pathway and is structured sequentially. Admission is competitive. Admissions are determined on the basis of the availability of sufficient qualified faculty, laboratory and classroom facilities, and clinical teaching resources. To view our competitive undergraduate nursing pathway statistics, please click here.  

    Criteria for Admissions:

    • Admission to the University of South Florida by March 1st. 
      • Apply directly to the semester you plan to begin classes at the university. Students who do not enroll in classes during the term they were admitted will have their admission to USF canceled for non-enrollment by the Office of Admissions.  
      • Choose Nursing as your major and select Tampa as your campus as a degree-seeking student if you are applying directly to the fall semester when the V-CARE nursing pathway begins.  
    • U.S. Army Medic, U.S. Air Force Medic, or U.S. Navy Corpsman training and experience. 
      • Please submit your joint service transcript or Community College of the Air Force transcript directly to USF Admissions after submitting the university application to be evaluated for eligibility based on your training and experience. 
      • All V-CARE nursing students are awarded credit for NUR 3225L Complex Health Nursing Clinical I (1 credit), NUR 4227L Complex Health Nursing Clinical II (1 credit), and NUR 4635L Public health Nursing Clinical (2 credits). Some students may receive additional credit for BSC 2085 and BSC 2085L Anatomy and Physiology I w/ Lab (4 credits) based on recommended credits in the military transcripts. 
      • First degree seeking applicants that do not meet the military medic or corpsman experience requirement are encouraged to apply for the Upper Division nursing pathway. Students that have completed a bachelor’s degree can apply for the Accelerated Second Degree nursing pathway.
    • “Verified” NursingCAS application by February 15th.   
      • Please use this guide to understand each status in NursingCAS and how to become verified. 
    • 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA. 
    • Submission of a professional resume through NursingCAS. 
      • Elaborate on medic/corpsman experiences, include any additional medical training received, and highlight any leadership or civilian positions held. 
    • Completion of the 8 state-mandated nursing prerequisites with a C grade or better.  
      • Students are encouraged to complete the nursing prerequisites before applying to the V-CARE nursing pathway, however, conditional admission can be offered to students who have outstanding nursing prerequisites past the admission deadline. Priority admission will be given to students who have more coursework complete before the application closes.  
      • Applicants with coursework outstanding will be required to earn a B grade or better before the nursing program begins. Students who earn a B- or below in the outstanding nursing prerequisite coursework will not meet the conditions of their admission and have their admission rescinded. Conditionally admitted students must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA. 
    • Completion of the university’s foreign language entrance requirement (FLENT)general education requirements, and Civics Literacy exam before the intended term of entry. 
      • Transfer applicants who have obtained an Associate of Arts degree (AA) from the Florida College System or a conferred bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution automatically meet the general education requirements. FLENT and the Civics Literacy exam are not satisfied by the FL AA degree and must be completed separately. A bachelor’s degree will satisfy FLENT, general education requirements, but not the Civics Literacy exam requirement. 
    • Complete the Bull Nurse Virtual Interview Assessment.      
      • Once a student reaches the “verified” status in NursingCAS, the College of Nursing admissions team will evaluate the application for eligibility.
      • Students that meet all minimum admission requirements at that time will be invited to participate in a live virtual interview using Microsoft Teams.
      • All eligible applicants will be contacted to schedule a 20 minute interview and answer randomized questions presented by College of Nursing faculty.
      • Detailed instructions and interview resources will be sent to students once they reach the “verified” application status in NursingCAS and have been evaluated by the College of Nursing.
      • Students who do not reach the “verified” status in NursingCAS by the deadline will not have the opportunity to interview or be considered eligible for the current cycle.

    Visit the online Undergraduate Catalog, select the appropriate catalog year, choose the College of Nursing, and select Admissions Requirements for more information.

    Important Notifications:

    All admitted nursing students are required to complete a background check, immunization verification, drug screening, and more. Additionally, students will be required to provide proof of current health insurance. Admitted students will be provided with the steps to complete this process. It is important to note that most states require a social security number to take the NCLEX and/or to be issued a registered nurse license.  

    Applicants who have attended, but not completed, another registered nursing program must provide a letter of good standing from the Dean of Nursing, or their appointed designee, that addresses the potential for success in a BSN program, safety in providing nursing care, interpersonal communication skills, and other information the campus director deems important. This letter should be uploaded to the NursingCAS application before submitting. Prior enrollment in another nursing program and/or nursing course failures may impact your admission decision.  

    Do you still have questions? Please attend an information session to learn more about the V-CARE nursing pathway or sign up for a nursing admissions advising session with one of our nursing admissions advisors! 

  • Curriculum

    The V-CARE nursing pathway is 5 consecutive semesters and admits once a year to the fall semester only. 

    For information about curriculum, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

    Please review the College of Nursing Student Handbook for details on progression, policies, and standards for admitted nursing students. 

  • Apply

    Application Process

    Please follow these steps to be considered for the V-CARE nursing pathway. Applicants that do not meet all admission requirements and deadlines will not be considered.   

    Transfer Applicants Only: 

    • 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. 
      • Apply directly to the term you plan to start classes at USF. 
    • Submit all official transcripts to USF 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 Admission. 
      • Submit an official joint service transcript and/or Community College of the Air Force transcript with qualifying medic or corpsman experience. 

    All Applicants:  

    • Submit a NursingCAS Application 
      • Students must have their USF ID number (Example: U12345678) before starting the NursingCAS application.
      • 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.

    For technical questions regarding your NursingCAS account, please contact NursingCAS at 617-612-2880 or nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org. Please refer to the Application Deadlines tab for reference if you do not see your desired term of entry in NursingCAS.

    Military Commissioning Program Applicants:

    • Air Force Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program (NECP) 
      • V-CARE is currently eligible under the NECP guidelines.  
      • Students will receive an official letter of admission after a formal decision has been made by the College of Nursing. A signed program plan, tuition and fees statement, and signed Form 48 will be created for applicants once they have been admitted to USF through the Office of Admissions and reach the verified status in NursingCAS. 
    • Navy Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECP) 
      • V-CARE is currently eligible under MECP guidelines.  
      • Students interested in submitting a packet to MECP should apply for the V-CARE nursing pathway a year in advance. Students who go through the formal admission process and are selected will receive a deferred admission decision for the following fall or spring semester. This will allow applicants to receive all required documentation necessary to complete the MECP packet before the military deadlines.  
    • Army Medical Department Enlisted Commissioning Program (AECP) 
      • The USF College of Nursing does not currently meet the online course requirements for this commissioning program. V-CARE has 5 courses coded as online in the curriculum. Please connect with your AECP representative to inquire about the possibility of a waiver for this requirement. Students must apply for the pathway a year in advance if a waiver is awarded by AECP. 

    Note: The V-CARE nursing pathway is a limited-access program and requires both admission to the university and an application to the College of Nursing through NursingCAS. Admission to the university is not a guaranteed admission to the College of Nursing. 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 to be considered for admission to the desired nursing pathway. Any deviation from the posted criteria will cause the applicant to be ineligible for admission.  

    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.   

    DegreeWorks can be found by logging into your OASIS account and clicking the link under the “Student” tab. Access DegreeWorks using your activated USF NetID. If you do not have a NetID, you will first need to activate it. Please view the Online Tutorial for Activating Your USF Net ID.  

    Do you still have questions? Please attend an information session to learn more about the V-CARE nursing pathway or sign up for a nursing admissions advising session with one of our nursing admissions advisors! 

  • Application Deadlines

    Deadlines & Orientation Dates

    Admission Deadlines

    September 1 USF application becomes available
    December 1 USF application priority deadline
    December 1 NursingCAS application opens
    January 10 Official transript submission priority deadline*
    February 1 NursingCAS application closes
    February 1 USF transfer application completion deadline
    February 15 NursingCAS application “verified” status deadline
    March 1 Bull Nurse Virtual Interview Assessment deadline
    March 1 Admission to USF deadline
    TBA Nursing Orientation
     

    *Transcripts submitted to USF Admissions after this date are not guaranteed to be processed before the nursing application deadline passes. This may cause ineligibility.   

    Nursing orientation is mandatory for all undergraduate students. Students who do not complete orientation will forfeit their seat in the program.  

    Note: Please read the Admission Requirements and Application Process sections carefully. Applicants will be deemed ineligible for admission to the V-CARE nursing pathway if any portion of the process is not satisfied by the posted deadlines. Admission to the College of Nursing is not rolling at the undergraduate level. Once the nursing application deadline passes all eligible applicants will be evaluated. Please contact USF Undergraduate Admissions regarding your university application. USF Office of Admissions cannot expedite processing for any student for any reason. We encourage military applicants to connect with the USF Office of Veteran Success. They can provide additional resources related to admissions, veterans benefits, and other support services.  

    Do you still have questions? Please attend an information session to learn more about the V-CARE nursing pathway or sign up for a nursing admissions advising session with one of our nursing admissions advisors!