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Program Description

The UF College of Nursing BSN degree prepares graduates to 1) enter professional positions in a variety of care settings with clients of all ages from diverse populations, or 2) for advancement to a graduate degree program in nursing. Baccalaureate graduates are prepared to practice as a generalist across the lifespan and in a variety of settings.

Structure of Program

The program consists of lower division, (general education and required pre-professional courses), and upper division nursing courses. Lower division course work may be completed at the University of Florida, a community college, or another four-year institution. University of Florida pre-nursing students must meet tracking criteria to be considered for admission into the generic baccalaureate program. Students enroll in upper division nursing course work as juniors each fall semester.

The Generic BSN program is four semesters in length and provides learning experiences in a variety of clinical settings, including community health agencies, clinics, hospitals and homes. Nursing courses include classroom and laboratory activities correlated with supervised clinical practice experiences. Students have the opportunity to analyze a variety of issues in professional nursing practice and health care.

Students are also introduced to a basic understanding of how evidence is developed, including the research process and clinical judgment in nursing. Students will understand and respect variations in care and increased complexity across continuums of care. The transition course is the culminating clinical practice experience in the program and provides opportunity for integration and synthesis of previous concepts and professional role behaviors.

The College’s baccalaureate program is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on the Collegiate Nursing Education. The college is a member of the Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing of the Southern Regional Education Board and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.