Nursing | RN to BSN

major | UF Online

The College of Nursing's RN to BSN program enables current RNs who have previously earned an associate degree to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The program is designed for working nurses and can be completed in 5 semesters of primarily online part-time study. 

About this Program

Department Information

The nursing education programs offered at UF address gaps in the health care system, as do the college’s innovations in technological resources and initiatives linking students to diverse and international populations. The College of Nursing has a history of pioneering leadership in nursing education, having offered Florida’s first nurse practitioner programs and first PhD in Nursing Science program.


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The baccalaureate-prepared nurse is equipped to manage complex and changing healthcare environments. Coursework focuses on development of problem solving that will broaden and strengthen the registered nurse student’s preparation for professional nursing practice.


Students must be accepted into the RN to BSN program, which is competitive. The online application for admission must be submitted by the posted deadline.

Minimum Application Requirements

  • Associate of Science degree in nursing from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited program
  • Active, unencumbered Florida RN license
  • An overall GPA of at least 2.8
  • A minimum grade of C in all required preprofessional courses
  • Resume/curriculum vita
  • Two professional reference from persons familiar with the applicant's recent work
  • A statement of intent, not to exceed two typed double-spaced pages, which discusses the applicant's expectations of the BSN program and the student's career goals

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of 120 credits, including 60 junior/senior-level credits
  • A minimum grade of C in each nursing course
  • RN to BSN students will be awarded 30 upper-level credits based upon current RN licensure and by satisfying the professional portfolio
  • Adherence to the standards of acceptable conduct as outlined in the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics, the Florida Nurse Practice Act, the University's Student Guide and the undergraduate catalog
Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
NUR 3066C Clinical Reasoning: Health Assessment (Critical Tracking) 3
NUR 3805 Professional Nursing in the Evolving Healthcare System 3
Semester Two
NUR 3123 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (Critical Tracking) 4
NUR 3826 Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing 2
Semester Three
NUR 3169 Inquiry and Evidence in Professional Nursing Practice (Critical Tracking) 3
NUR 3197 Genetics and Genomics in Health Care 2
NUR 3816 Seminar in Professional Nursing 1
Semester Four
NUR 4108 Lead and Inspire 3: Policy and Change in Nursing Practice 3
NUR 4636C Clinical Reasoning and Personalized Nursing Care: Population Health (Critical Tracking) 4
Semester Five
NUR 4815 Professional Nursing Transformation (Critical Tracking) 3
NUR 4827 Lead and Inspire 4: Leadership and Innovation in Nursing Practice 2
 Total Credits30

RN to BSN Credit Totals

Upper Division Total
Total from courses30
Total from portfolio30
Lower Division Total
Associate Degree60
Total for Degree120

The major in Nursing prepares graduates as generalists to provide holistic care that addresses the healthcare needs of diverse individuals, families, communities, and populations across the lifespan. Nursing practice is built on nursing knowledge, theory, and research. Graduates will translate, integrate, and apply knowledge that leads to improvements in patient outcomes.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Achieve a rating of satisfactory in all courses, graded according to College of Nursing rubric.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes | SLOs


  1. Integrate knowledge, skills, and values derived from a solid base in liberal education to deliver quality care to individuals and groups across the lifespan and across healthcare environments.

Critical Thinking

  1. Provide leadership in the delivery of safe, high-quality healthcare to diverse individuals and groups across the lifespan and across healthcare environments.
  2. Utilize current evidence to improve healthcare outcomes for clients.
  3. Utilize information management and healthcare technology to improve the quality of care.
  4. Analyze processes through which healthcare policies are developed and changed to influence professional nursing practice and healthcare systems.
  5. Utilize wellness promotion and illness prevention strategies with individuals and groups to improve population health outcomes across the lifespan.
  6. Integrate professional values in the delivery of safe, culturally-sensitive care to clients across the lifespan.


  1. Communicate and collaborate as members of interprofessional teams to deliver safe, high-quality healthcare.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4 SLO 5 SLO 6 SLO 7 SLO 8
NUR 3138 I I
NUR 3138C I I
NUR 3638 R
NUR 3738C R I I R R
NUR 3825 I
NUR 3826 R
NUR 4739L R R R R R
NUR 4748L R, A I, A R, A R, A A R, A A R
NUR 4837 I
NUR 4944L R, A R, A R, A R, A R, A R, A R, A R, A

Assessment Types

  • Faculty evaluation
  • Educational Benchmarking Assessment, Inc. (EBI) exit survey score of 5.0 or above