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College of Nursing


University of South Florida / College of Nursing is located in Tampa, FL, in an urban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

(Post Master's Certificate) Nursing education (post master's)
(Graduate Certificate) Advanced pain management fellowship
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nurse anesthesia
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Nursing science
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nursing Adult-gerontology acute care nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nursing Family health nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nursing Pediatric health nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nursing Occupational health nursing/adult-gerontology primary care nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Nursing Adult-gerontology primary care nursing
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nursing Adult-gerontology primary care/occupational health nursing
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nursing Pediatric health nursing
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nursing Family health nursing
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nursing Adult-gerontology acute care nursing
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nursing Adult-gerontology primary care nursing
(Graduate Certificate) Integrative pain management

Degrees Awarded

DegreeNumber Awarded
Master's Degrees 301
Doctoral Degrees67

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available?Yes
Evening/weekend programs available?No
Distance learning programs available?No
Terminal master's degree available?No

Degree Requirements

Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE recommended but not required
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Optional
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test (recommended)
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required for some


Acceptance Rate


Application Fee - Domestic


applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

TypeDomesticInternationalPriority date
Fall deadline December 15th December 15th No
Spring deadline October 1st September 15th No

Entrance Requirements

Master's Degree ExamGRE recommended but not required
Master's Degree RequirementsBachelor's in nursing; current license as RN/APC; three letters of recommendation; resume or CV; interview; pre-reqs may be required
Doctoral Degree ExamGRE General Test (recommended)
Doctoral Degree RequirementsBS in nursing; CV; demonstrated commitment; evidence for leadership; three letters of recommendation; written statement; NursingCAS application and USF Application See catalog for more details. (

International Students

TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 79

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit:FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Graduate Assistantships
Tuition waivers for student who do not receive fellowships or assistantships

Student Body


Total Graduate Students

Not Reported

International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 15.8%
Black or African American 10.71%
White or Caucasian 59%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.1%
Asian 7.9%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.31%
Two or more races 2.6%
Unknown 3.33%



Full-time - 37

Part-time - 3


Focus of faculty research:Women's health, palliative and end-of-life care, cardiac rehabilitation, complementary therapies for chronic illness and cancer
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 2,823,504

Location & Contact

Address 12901 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, MDC Box 22
Tampa, FL  33612
United States

Contact Dr. Usha Menon
Dean, College of Nursing
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 813-9747597
Fax: 813-9745418

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Nursing Transfer Requirements

Transfer students are a core part of each BSN class, and admission is highly competitive. Here’s everything you need to know to prepare. Review carefully, as there’s a lot to learn! If you have more questions, please check our Nursing Transfer FAQ page.

Transfer BSN Programs: San Francisco and Sacramento

USF has two nursing programs for transfer applicants. One is based at our San Francisco Hilltop campus, and the other is at our Sacramento campus and focuses on caring for veterans. Learn more about both programs at the School of Nursing and Health Professions website.

You may apply to either program for the fall or spring semester, but you may not apply to both programs for the same term. Once enrolled at one campus, you must complete all required courses at that campus. It is not possible to transfer between campus locations.

San Francisco Program

Housed on our 55-acre main Hilltop campus, our San Francisco BSN program provides an outstanding nursing education in a classic college setting.

Fall Term: The fall cohort in San Francisco is our smallest, never exceeding 30 students. Students admitted in the fall for the San Francisco program should expect to be enrolled at the university for seven semesters. There is no way to accelerate the program. Clinical coursework will begin in the spring of that academic year.

Spring Term: The spring cohort in San Francisco is a larger BSN group, typically ranging from 60-80 students. Students admitted in the spring for the San Francisco program should expect to be enrolled at the university for six semesters. There is no way to accelerate the program. Clinical coursework will begin in the same spring term that you enter.

Sacramento Program

Earn your BSN in the heart of Sacramento while focusing on care for veterans with the Veteran Affairs Northern California Health Care System.

Fall and Spring Terms: The Sacramento program is a partnership with the Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System, taught on our Sacramento campus. In both spring and fall, the program enrolls approximately 20 students. This is a two-year program with students taking courses full-time over summer and winter breaks. Clinical coursework will begin at the term of entry.

Please see the "Dates and Deadlines" chart at the bottom of this page to know when to apply and when you’ll hear an admission decision.

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Eligibility and Prerequisites

Admission to USF’s BSN programs is highly selective. To be considered for admission, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be seeking your first bachelor’s degree (students who already have a bachelor’s degree should apply to USF’s Master's Entry - Master of Science in Nursing (ME-MSN) program)
  2. Have completed at least 30 semester or 45 quarter units of college coursework
  3. Have earned a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0 for our Sacramento program and 3.3 for our San Francisco program.
  4. Be in good academic and disciplinary standing
  5. Have the following courses completed or in progress with a grade of B or better within the past seven years:
    • Microbiology with lab
    • Anatomy with lab*
    • Physiology with lab*
    • General or Introductory Psychology*
    • Introduction to Statistics (applies only to Sacramento applicants applying for fall 2022 and beyond)
    • Introduction to Sociology (applies only to Sacramento applicants applying for fall 2022 and beyond)
  6. Spring San Francisco applicants and ALL Sacramento applicants: Have completed at least seven Core Curriculum classes by the time you apply (they can be listed as “in progress” on your transcript).

*For the anatomy and physiology course requirements, if your college teaches the course as a sequence, we expect that you will have completed the entire two-semester sequence, for example, Anatomy and Physiology I + Anatomy and Physiology II. For the General or Introductory Psychology requirement, USF will accept an AP exam score of 4 or higher within the last seven years instead of a graded college course.

By the time you apply to USF, you should have these prerequisite courses completed or in progress (i.e., listed as "in progress" on your transcript). If you are admitted while these courses are in progress, your offer of admission is conditional upon completing these courses with a grade of B or better.

Remember, meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee your admission; it just makes you eligible for consideration to the program.

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How to Apply

If you meet eligibility, you’re ready to apply! USF uses a single application for the transfer nursing process. For both programs and both terms, applicants should:

  1. Submit a transfer student application (select "Undergraduate Transfer" when starting the application) with the non-refundable application fee by the application deadline. We do not accept the Common App for the transfer BSN program.
  2. In the application, select your program: “Nursing” for San Francisco or “Nursing (Veterans Affairs Partnership Program)” for Sacramento
  3. Thoroughly answer the required personal statement and short answer questions.
  4. Submit separate transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended, whether course credit was awarded or not. These records should be sent directly from the registrar's office to our Office of Admission.
  5. If you intend to apply for need-based financial aid, you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

We do not require or review the TEAs test. Letters of recommendation are not accepted.

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What We Look For & Admission Statistics

We're honored that you're interested in being part of the USF nursing community. Although there is no precise formula for the ideal application, there are a few components that we'll explain below.

We want your application to showcase your academic achievement and your potential to be a compassionate nurse. USF students are out to change the world from here, and it starts with knowing who you are and what you stand for.

Academic Excellence

Nursing is an intense course of study, requiring heavy focus. While our minimum eligibility GPA is 3.3, we’re typically looking for students who have excelled beyond the minimum requirements.

Our ideal candidate will have exceptional academic performance in all of their college courses. Additionally, they will have completed all four prerequisite nursing courses (Anatomy with Lab, Physiology with Lab, Microbiology with Lab, and Intro or General Psychology) with the highest possible grade on the first attempt. You are welcome to retake prerequisites for a higher grade, but we will take note of the re-attempts. We prefer students who earn grades of B or better in the first attempt of these pre-requisite courses.

Our BSN program is designed for students seeking their first bachelor’s degree, with a preference for students who have most recently attended a community college. If you already have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in nursing at USF, you should consider our Master's Entry - Master of Science in Nursing (ME-MSN) program instead.

Care for Others

There’s no one-size-fits-all pathway to being called to nursing. We ask for a personal statement and a nursing short answer question. For the Sacramento program, we ask additional specific questions regarding your interest in working with veterans. The required written responses are your opportunity to speak to us in your voice and share details that grades and scores cannot. You should demonstrate how you’re a good match with our program and the nursing profession. These essays factor heavily into our selection process.

We also allow you to upload a resume optionally. Submitting a resume in your application will enable you to share anything else you want us to know about, be that volunteering, work experience, or personal involvement. There are no set expectations for volunteer hours or expertise, but we do want to get a sense of you as a person outside of the classroom.


As a highly selective program, we have far more applicants than spaces available each term, and there’s no formula to gaining admission. Here are admission statistics from past years:

Spring 202144411926.8%3.85
Fall 20203848221%3.82
Spring 20203468725.1%3.71
Spring 20211522717.7%3.63
Fall 20201422918.4%3.61
Spring 20201092419.8%3.54

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Dates and Deadlines

The application opens in August each year. We review all applications at the deadline. You do not get priority for submitting early, so we recommend carefully working through your application rather than rushing. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed but will be offered consideration for the following term.

Deadline to applyMarch 1
All transcripts must be received byMarch 1
Decision notification beginsEarly April
Reply/deposit datewithin two weeks of offer*

All students will receive an update on their admission status in early April. We will continue to make offers to candidates until we have reached our capacity.

Same dates apply for both the San Francisco and Sacramento programs.

Deadline to applyNovember 1
All transcripts must be received byNovember 1
Decision notification beginsEarly December
Reply/deposit datewithin two weeks of offer*

All students will receive an update on their admission status in mid-December. We will continue to make offers to candidates until we have reached our capacity.

*You may be asked to respond to your offer in an abbreviated timeframe to ensure successful completion of all next steps for your enrollment. Your admit letter will clearly outline your deadline to accept your offer.

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Accelerated Second Degree

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

Attention—Admission Requirements Revision: Starting with the Summer 2021 admission cycle, anyone applying to the Accelerated Second Degree will be required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to the SOAR application deadline. This means transcript with proof of degree must have been received and processed by the Office of Admission.

Designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree, USF’s Accelerated Second Degree pathway offers a nursing degree through a four-semester/16-month program. For those who have the right balance of intellectual ability, time management skills and emotional fortitude, the Accelerated Second Degree can be the ideal entry into practice. 

About This Degree

Like all our pre-licensure pathways, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through the Accelerated Second Degree Nursing provides graduates with the career opportunities of a registered nurse. Graduates of USF's Accelerated Second Degree program are ready to fill the high employment demand for nurses in the Tampa Bay region, throughout the state of Florida, and beyond. The program enables students to have the unique combination of their first bachelor’s program of study and the academic and clinical rigor of the BSN.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2013), “graduates of accelerated programs are prized by nurse employers who value the many layers of skill and education these graduates bring to the workplace. Employers report that these graduates are more mature, possess strong clinical skills, and are quick studies on the job.” Accelerated Second Degree graduates 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, DNPand PhD.

It is important to note that this is a USF College of Nursing program hosted on all three campuses: Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee. The program is accredited and approved through USF Tampa. Therefore, interested applicants MUST be admitted to USF Tampa to be eligible.

Learn more about the nursing program at St. Petersburg. 

Learn more about the nursing program at Sarasota-Manatee.

Accreditations - Visit our Accreditation page to learn more.


  • The Accelerated Second Bachelor's Degree is designed for students who have a baccalaureate degree in another field and wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This is a full-time limited-access program, as mandated by the state, and is structured sequentially. Admission is competitive.

    Criteria for Accelerated Second Bachelor's Degree

    • Attention—Admission Requirements Revision: Starting with the Summer 2021 admission cycle, anyone applying to the Accelerated Second Degree will be required to have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
    • Admission to the University of South Florida (Tampa) as a degree-seeking undergraduate student; the student must be admitted by the USF Tampa Undergraduate Admissions office before submitting an application to the College of Nursing 
    • Application to the College of Nursing prior to the published deadline for the intended term of entry

    To learn more about admissions requirements and prerequisites, 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.

    To view our competitive GPA and program statistics, please click here.

  • For information about curriculum, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

    • 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
      • Second Bachelor’s Degree Candidate
      • Your intended term of entry
      • Tampa campus
      • Nursing major
    • 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 Admission

    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 [email protected] 

    • 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 [email protected]

    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

     Program StartCampusApply to USF bySubmit all transcripts, test scores and required documents to USF byNursingCAS application opensNursingCAS application closes
    Fall 2022 USF St. Petersburg
    March 1, 2022
    May 2, 2022

    May 2, 2022

    June 10, 2022

    Spring 2022 USF Sarasota-Manatee July 1, 2021August 16, 2021 August 23, 2021 October 1, 2021
    Summer 2022 USF Tampa December 1, 2021 January 10, 2022January 10, 2022March 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.

    Due to federal reporting regulations, international students on an I-20/F-1 visa are not eligible for the Accelerated Second Degree program at St. Petersburg.

    Nursing Mandatory Orientation Dates

    All undergraduate students must attend the mandatory College of Nursing orientation and pre-immersion orientation. Please note the orientation dates and plan activities accordingly. Students who cannot attend the orientation will forfeit their seat in the program. 

    Fall 2022 Admits (St. Petersburg)


    Spring 2022 Admits (Sarasota-Manatee)


    Summer 2022 Admits (Tampa)


  • The USF College of Nursing Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program offers students unique opportunities to serve their local community while pursuing their education goals. Click here to learn more.

USF nursing students graduate from accelerated program

Is USF nursing program competitive?

The nursing program has an acceptance rate of 2% for incoming freshmen. Although around 3,000 people applied for a spot this year, the university only admitted 51 freshmen and 11 transfers. In 2017-2018, 95% of UCLA nursing students passed the NCLEX. Nursing programs tend to be competitive.

Does USF have a RN program?

Welcome to the University of South Florida’s premier nursing program, the USF Health College of Nursing.

Are RN to BSN programs competitive?

BSN programs provide opportunities for networking during the clinical experience, and they often provide job placement assistance for graduates. After graduation, nurses with a bachelor’s degree qualify for advanced positions and are more competitive than nurses with an associate degree.

How do I get into USF nursing school?

Criteria for Admission:

  1. Admission to the University of South Florida’s (Tampa Campus) Honors College as a Nursing student.
  2. Minimum SAT score of 1360 or a combined ACT of 29.
  3. Minimum 3.8+ weighted high school GPA, as calculated by USF Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

How much does USF nursing program cost?

Estimated Costs The current estimated tuition costs based on the 2021-22 academic year rate is $1,510 per unit for doctoral programs and Master’s programs in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. You can expect to pay about $2,000 more in books and fees over the course of the program.

How much does a semester at USF cost?

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Florida Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,280
Florida Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,723
Non-Florida Resident Tuition Per Semester$7,736
Non-Florida Resident Total Cost Per Semester$17,180

How much is the tuition at Berkeley?

Local tuition 14,253 USD, Domestic tuition 44,007 USD (2019 – 20)

How much is a semester at USF?

2020-21 Students Living On Campus

Full-Time Tuition & Fees*Books & Supplies
Florida Resident$7,840$900
Non-Florida Resident$15,864$900

How hard is it to get into USF?

The school has a 48% acceptance rate ranking it #13 in Florida for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 17,618 out of 36,986 applicants were admitted making USF Main Campus a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.

How much is tuition at FAU per year?

Local tuition 4,879 USD, Domestic tuition 17,324 USD (2019 – 20)

How much is a 3 credit class at FAU?

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Price Per Credit3 Credit Class
Florida Residents$203$609
Out of State Residents$722$2,166

Is FAU cheaper than FIU?

FIU has more expensive tuition & fees ($18,963) than FAU ($17,324). FIU has a higher submitted SAT score (1,160) than FAU (1,160). FIU has higher submitted ACT score (24) than FAU (24). FIU has more students with 57,942 students while FAU has 29,772 students.

Is FAU safe?

On-Campus Crime Stats: 310 Incidents Reported Florida Atlantic University reported 310 safety-related incidents involving students while on campus in 2019. Of the 3,990 colleges and universities that reported crime and safety data, 3,747 of them reported fewer incidents than this.

Is FAU an easy school?

Fau use to be thought to be an “easy” school. However, they have raised their standards and it is beoming a harder school to get into. It is a good school for people considering being in the health, law, business, and fine arts ares.

What is FAU known for academically?

Academic Excellence

Is FAU a bad school?

However, there is some evidence supporting why students associate FAU with being a bad school. As previously stated, FAU is ranked among 230th in the nation, Florida’s other public universities such as Florida State and University of Florida both rank at 70th and 35th, respectively, nationwide.

Is FAU test optional for 2021?

FAU doesn’t require any SAT/ACT scores for any applicant. If you are planning to enter FAU in the summer or fall of 2020 you can still request your official SAT/ACT scores to be sent to FAU to the college-board. You need to receive official scores before enrolling yourself.

When can you start applying to FAU?


ApplicantsDeadline Dates
Freshman*May 1February 15
TransferJuly 1April 15
Returning FAU StudentsJuly 1April 15
International StudentsApril 1February 15

How much does it cost to apply to FAU?

The $30 non-refundable application fee can be paid online when you submit your application. Online payment can be made only by credit card. Click on the button below to pay by credit card or visit

How long is a semester at FAU?


Can you still apply for FAU?

Application Deadlines Summer & Fall 2021 applicants: While FAU is required to have an ACT/SAT score to make an admissions decision, we will continue to accept applications and make admissions decisions once a student can submit their score, and re-evaluate as new academic information is added to student files.

How much does a credit cost at FAU?

Tuition Breakdown 2019 – 2020

Fees Per Credit HourUndergrad – Resident
Fees Per Credit Hour TuitionUndergrad – Resident *$105.07
Fees Per Credit Hour Non Resident feeUndergrad – Resident $0.00
Fees Per Credit Hour Tuition DifferentialUndergrad – Resident $40.13

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