2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 07, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Nursing (B.S.N.)

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College of Nursing
University Tower (UTWR), 300 (Third Floor)


Dean: Dr. Mary Lou Sole

Chair for Department of Nursing Practice, Associate Professor: Dr. Maureen Covelli 

Director of Traditional BSN and Second Degree BSN Programs, Clinical Associate Professor: Dr. Kelly Allred

For individuals who are not Registered Nurses. The College of Nursing has a demanding curriculum. The classes are work-intensive and courses include clinical practice in a variety of settings. Due to this, it is strongly recommended that students be at least one-year post-high school prior to applying to the basic nursing program. Students with concerns or questions should contact the College of Nursing Undergraduate Student Services Office for an appointment with an academic advisor. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing. The Nursing (B.S.N.) program will meet the educational eligibility criteria for the National Council for Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for obtaining a license to practice as a registered nurse in Florida. Out-of-state instructional limitations apply to this degree program. For more information on this and how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-Nursing-BSN-June2020.pdf

Admission Requirements

  • Acceptance to the university does not constitute admission to the upper division nursing program
  • Separate application to the limited access program must be made directly to the College of Nursing by the posted deadline. For application deadlines, please visit http://www.nursing.ucf.edu.
  • Admission to the University must also be completed by the program application deadline.
  • All general education, foreign language, and program prerequisite requirements must be completed prior to the start of the program. Students who transfer with an AA degree and will be pursuing a BS degree must meet the University foreign language admission requirements and civic literacy requirements for graduation.
  • All applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • A standardized test and predetermined cutoff score will be required for acceptance to the College of Nursing. Information regarding this test can be found at http://www.nursing.ucf.edu.
  • All applicants are encouraged to attend an information session, prior to submitting the application.
  • Criminal background checks including fingerprints are required for conditional admission to the undergraduate nursing program. The results are reviewed as part of the admission process and may be grounds for denying a student admission to the College of Nursing.
  • At least seven (7) of the eight (8) Common Program Prerequisites must be completed by the program application deadline with at least a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in each course.
  • All 8 prerequisite courses must be completed before program begins.

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog year, including any minors
  • Students should consult with a college advisor or Florida College System A.A. transfer advisor regarding completion of General Education requirements and the Common Program Prerequisites
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and a minimum 2.5 GPA in the nursing major are required for continuation and graduation from the Nursing Program
  • UCF Residency Requirement: 30 hours

General Education Program (GEP) (37 Credit Hours)

  • Note: Certain courses must be selected in the GEP for this major, bringing the total GEP hours to more than 36.The courses designated in sections 1 and 2 below may be taken at a Florida College System or State University System institution, and should be completed in the first 60 hours.

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Mathematics (3 Credit Hours)

You may substitute a higher level math with appropriate scores on the Math Placement Test.

Statistics (3 Credit Hours)

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Economics/Political Science (3 Credit Hours)

Social Sciences (3 Credit Hours)

Science Foundations (7 Credit Hours)

Physical Sciences (3 Credit Hours)

Life Sciences (4 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (18 Credit Hours)

See “Common Prerequisites ” in the Transfer and Transitions Services section for more information and possible substitutions.

Some of these courses have prerequisites that must be taken first.

Students should consult with an advisor in the College of Nursing for clarification of questions regarding prerequisite requirements.

Any variation from the stated prerequisites must be approved in writing by the College of Nursing. Petition forms are available on the College of Nursing website at http://www.nursing.ucf.edu.

1 or other approved Science

Select One: (3 Credit Hours)

Select One: (3 Credit Hours)

Core Requirements: Basic Level

  • None

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (62 Credit Hours)

Any variation from the following must be approved in advance by the College of Nursing.

Restricted Electives (3 Credit Hours)

Nursing Electives

  • One College of Nursing elective. A list of approved restricted elective courses is found in the myKnight audit.

Capstone Requirements

  • None


  • None

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Two years of one foreign language in high school, or one year of one foreign language in college (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation.


  • None

Additional Requirements

  • Students pursuing a BS degree must meet the University foreign language admission requirements before admission.
  • Mandatory Drug Screening is required prior to admission and “on demand” for continuation in the program.

Students must:

  • Complete all courses in major with at least a “C” (2.0) or “S” grade when appropriate.
  • Maintain a UCF GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • Maintain a College of Nursing GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • All students admitted to a BSN program will be responsible for a subscription to the LEAP*RN student information database and repository.

Required Minors

  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements

  • All courses in major must be “C” (2.0) or better.
  • The UCF GPA must be 2.5 or above.
  • The College of Nursing GPA must be 2.5 or above.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Additional Information

Honors In Major

Honors Option Requires:

  • Open to students with a minimum 3.5 GPA in Nursing.
  • Completion of a three credit directed readings course.
  • Completion of a three credit thesis course.
  • Must earn a minimum cumulative UCF 3.2 GPA.
  • Completion of 60 semester hours of college credit, including 12 graded upper division hours at UCF.

Related Programs


Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • None

Transfer Notes

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Nursing courses and prerequisite courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit and approved by the College of Nursing. The student must provide all supporting information.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • The following substitutions for Common Program Prerequisites may be acceptable if taken prior to transferring to UCF. Courses must be petitioned to the College of Nursing if not automatically approved.
    • CHM 1032 : May substitute a college Chemistry course or approved Science course. Credit Hours: 3
    • DEP 2004C: May substitute a Human Growth & Development across Life Span Credit Hours: 3
    • HUN 3011 : May substitute a Human Nutrition course Credit Hours: 3
    • MCB 2004C : May substitute a General Microbiology course which has a lab. Credit Hours: 4
    • PCB 3703C : May take an Anatomy and Physiology sequence (AP I & II). Credit Hours: 4
    • PSY 2012 : May substitute a General Psychology course. Credit Hours: 3
    • STA 2014 : May substitute a Statistics course. Credit Hours: 3
    • SYG 2000 : May substitute an Introductory Sociology course. Credit Hours: 3
    • ZOO 3733C : May take an Anatomy and Physiology sequence (AP I & II). Credit Hours: 4

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Equipment Fees

  • Part-Time Student: $25 per term
  • Full-Time Student: $50 per term

Plan of Study

Freshman Year - Fall (13 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Spring (12 Credit Hours)

Freshman Year - Summer (4 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Fall (13 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Summer (6 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

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