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

Nursing, R.N. to B.S.N. Program (B.S.N.)

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College of Nursing
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Dean: Dr. Mary Lou Sole

Chair for Department of Nursing Systems, Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Endowed Chair in Nursing, Professor: Dr. Joellen Edwards

Director for RN to BSN and Concurrent ASN to BSN Post Licensure BSN Programs, Associate Lecturer: Dr. Stephen Heglund

BSN completion program for individuals who are licensed RNs. Students must complete all university-wide graduation requirements (general education, civic literacy, foreign language, Gordon Rule, etc.). All courses are available online and some courses may be offered face-to-face as well. For more information, see http://distrib.ucf.edu/home, and http://www.nursing.ucf.edu. Students must be licensed RNs to participate in this RN to BSN Program. Additional certification may be available in this field of study; however, this program does not lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. Out-of-state instructional limitations apply to this degree program. For more information, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-Nursing-Online-RN-to-BSN-June2020.pdf

Admission Requirements

  • Acceptance to the university does not constitute admission to the upper division nursing program. For application deadlines, please visit http://www.nursing.ucf.edu.
  • Admission to the University must be completed by the program application deadline.
  • All applicants must have graduated from an approved or accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program.
  • All applicants must have current Licensure as an RN.
  • All applicants must have completed the UCF General Education Program (GEP) requirements or completed an AA degree from a Florida College System or State University System institution or have no more than a total of 9 credit hours remaining to meet UCF General Education and/or Foreign Language graduation requirements.
  • At least seven (7) of the eight (8) Common Program Prerequisites must e completed by the program application deadline with at least a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in each course.
  • All applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.8.
  • 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 minors.
  • Students should consult with a college advisor or Florida College System A.A. transfer advisor regarding completion of General Education Program requirements.
  • Students should consult with an advisor in the College of Nursing Undergraduate Student Services Office for clarification or questions regarding Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) requirements.
  • The courses designated in sections 1 and 2 below may be taken at a Florida College System or State University System institution.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and a minimum 2.5 GPA in the nursing major are required for continuation in and graduation from the nursing program.
  • UCF Residency Requirement: 30 hours.
  • The courses designated in UCF General Education Program (GEP), civic literacy, and Foreign Language Requirements must be completed prior to enrolling in the third semester in the BSN program. Students may have no more than 9 hours of outstanding coursework in these two areas at the time of admission.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Select One: (3 Credit Hours)

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Select One: (3 Credit Hours)

1 One of these courses is required to meet General Education requirements.

Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

1Science Foundation is 6 credit hours for General Education Program. The BSC course is needed as a course prerequisite for Anatomy and Physiology and Health Microbiology. Chemistry is a prerequisite for Nutrition(HUN 3011 )

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (18 Credit Hours)

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

1 Also meets General Education Requirements; Applicants should see a UCF Nursing Advisor for possible course substitutions.

2 (or other approved Science)Also meets General Education Requirements; Applicants should see a UCF Nursing Advisor for possible course substitutions.

3 May take Anatomy and Physiology sequence (AP I & II) of eight total credits

Select One:

Select One:

Core Requirements: Basic Level

  • None

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (56 Credit Hours)

Restricted Electives (3 Credit Hours)

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

Capstone Requirements

  • None


  • variable to meet degree requirements

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 enrollment in third semester in the BSN program.


  • None

Additional Requirements

Progression Requirements:

  • A criminal background check and mandatory Drug Screening may be required prior to any clinical course and “on demand” for continuation in the program.
  • Complete all courses in major with at least a “C” (2.0).
  • Maintain a UCF GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • Maintain a College of Nursing GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • Prior to third semester in the BSN program: 1) complete general education requirements or A.A. from a Florida College System or State University System institution; and 2) complete foreign language admission requirement.


  • Selected courses may be offered at various Orlando and regional campuses.
  • All RN to BSN courses are available online. Some classes and labs are also available in person on select campuses. Clinical practice requirements are completed in the student’s home community. For more information visit http://www.nursing.ucf.edu.
  • A maximum of 6 upper division credit hours of Nursing courses may be transferred from another institution.
  • 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

  • Completion of all courses in major with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above
  • College of Nursing GPA of 2.5 or above
  • This program must be completed in no more than seven years from enrollment in the first BSN course within Core Requirements.

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

  • Contact Program Director or HIM Advisor

Related Programs


Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • Students are required to design an individual plan of study with an advisor. An example plan is noted below. Any changes to that plan must be made in consultation with the advisor. Failure to do so may result in a delay of program progression and/or graduation.

Transfer Notes

  • None

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • None

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Equipment Fees

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

Plan of Study (30 Credit Hours)

  • assuming general education, foreign language, and nursing prerequisites are complete

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