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  • Nursing

    The junior/senior-level program is four semesters long and provides learning experiences in a variety of clinical settings, including community health agencies, clinics, hospitals and homes. The RN to BSN program prepares those current RN’s who have previously earned an associate degree.

    About This Major

    Overview

    Nursing courses include classroom and laboratory activities correlated with supervised clinical experiences. Students may be required to travel outside of Gainesville for selected clinical experiences. Students in the RN to BSN program follow a curriculum plan designed for previously educated Associate Degree nurses. This curriculum prepares licensed registered nurses to manage complex and changing healthcare environments for professional nursing practice.

    Courses in the first two semesters focus on various states of wellness and illness across the lifespan, including experiences with clients in community and hospital-based settings. Courses in nursing care management, health assessment, pharmacotherapeutics, pathophysiology and genetics provide theoretical content for the application of patient-centered care. Students have the opportunity to analyze a variety of issues in professional nursing practice and healthcare and they are introduced to the process of translating evidence into nursing practice.

    The last two semesters focus on nursing as the complexity and vulnerability of clients increases. Each conceptual course is accompanied by the clinical application across the lifespan in a variety of settings.

    The transition experience is the culminating clinical experience that provides for integration and synthesis of the professional role, including clinical judgment and leadership skills. A course on the foundations of healthcare policy, including the financial and regulatory environment, supports this transition to professional practice.

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    Progression

    Students must earn minimum grades of C in all required nursing courses and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA every semester while enrolled. Students may repeat only one required nursing course. Students earning less than a C in any required nursing course may repeat that course only once and on a space-available basis. Students who do not achieve a passing grade in their second attempt must withdraw from the nursing program. Students may withdraw only once from any required nursing course.

    Students who withdraw for non-academic reasons may petition for readmission on a space-available basis. The student's academic adviser and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs will assist in development of a revised curriculum plan for continued study.

    Students are expected to comply with college health policy requirements.

    Students in the health professions are held to standards of conduct that exceed those usually expected of university students. Consequently, nursing students are required to demonstrate safe practice in the care of patients and to exercise appropriate judgment as beginning-level professionals, including appropriate demeanor and appearance. Students must adhere to the standards of conduct outlined in the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics and the Florida Nurse Practice Act. Students can be removed from the nursing curriculum, and/or any college-sponsored programs or organizations, based on violation of professional conduct.

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    Bachelor of Science

    Critical Tracking

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

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

    The following recommended curriculum plan for semesters 1-4 enables students to satisfy university-wide general education requirements and required preprofessional courses. The plan includes the courses and academic standards (overall GPA and preprofessional GPA) required each semester for continuation in the pre-nursing program and application for admission to the nursing major.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 2 critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C: APK 2100C, APK 2105C, DEP 3053 or EDF 3110 (recommended), HUN 2201, MCB 2000/2000L, STA 2023, 3 credits of social and behavioral science (with PSY, SOP or SYG prefix), and 3 credits of physical or biological sciences (with BSC, CHM or PHY prefix)
    • 3.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 3.0 overall GPA on work from all institutions

    Semester 2

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C
    • 3.1 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 3.1 overall GPA on work from all institutions

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C
    • 3.2 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 3.2 overall GPA on work from all institutions

    Semester 4

    • Complete all critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C
    • Complete writing requirement
    • Complete all general education coursework with minimum grades of C
    • Complete a total of 60 credits
    • 3.3 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 3.3 overall GPA on work from all institutions

    Semesters 5-8

    Students cannot register for courses in semesters 5-8 before admission to the nursing major, which is competitive. The online application for admission must be submitted through the College of Nursing by March 1.

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    Recommended Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold and require minimum grades of C.

    Semester 1 Credits
    ​ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing (State Core GE-C) (WR) ​3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life (GE-H) 3
    Mathematics (State Core GE-M, pure math) 3
    Physical or Biological Science (BSC, CHM or PHY prefix) (State Core GE-B or P) 3
    Social and Behavioral Science (PSY 2012 General Psychology or SYG 2000 Principles of Psychology) (State Core GE-S) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    EDF 3110 Human Growth and Development (recommended) or
    DEP 3053 Developmental Psychology (prerequisite PSY 2012) (both GE-S)
    3
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M) 3
    Composition (GE-C) (WR)​ 3​​
    Elective * 3
    Elective 3
    Total 15
    Semester 3 Credits
    APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy with Laboratory (GE-B) 4
    MCB 2000 and 2000L Microbiology (3) and Microbiology Laboratory (1) (GE-B) 4
    Elective (WR) 3
    Humanities (State Core GE-H) 3
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    APK 2105C Applied Human Physiology with Laboratory (GE-B) 4
    HUN 2201 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (GE-B) 3
    Elective 3
    Elective * 3
    Elective (WR) 3
    Total 16
    Semester 5 Credits
    ​NUR 3069C Health Assessment and Communication 3
    ​NUR 3129 Comprehensive Pathophysiology for Nursing ​4
    NUR 3138 Systems of Care 1: Wellness Promotion and Illness Prevention 2
    NUR 3138C Clinical Practice 1: Wellness Promotion and Illness Prevention 4
    NUR 3825 Introduction to the Profession of Nursing 2
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    ​MCB 4939 Genetics and Genomics in Health Care ​2
    NUR 3145 Pharmacology for Nursing 3
    ​NUR 3169 Inquiry and Evidence in Professional Nursing Practice ​3
    NUR 3738 Systems of Care 2: Restoration of Wellness 3
    NUR 3738C Clinical Practice 2: Restoration of Wellness 5
    Total 16
    Semester 7 Credits
    ​NUR 3638 Population Focused Care ​2
    NUR 3826 Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing 2
    NUR 4739 Systems of Care 3: Restoration of Wellness 4
    NUR 4739L Clinical Practice 3: Restoration of Wellness 4
    Elective, 3000/4000 level 3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    NUR 4748 Systems of Care 4: Multi-system Care 3
    NUR 4748L Clinical Practice 4: Multi-system Care 3
    NUR 4829 Leadership and Management in Nursing 2
    ​NUR 4837 Healthcare Policy, Finance and Regulatory Environments ​2
    NUR 4944L Transition to Professional Practice 5
    Total 15
    Optional: Honors 3

    * Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements. This is often done concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

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    RN to BSN

    The College of Nursing offers a course of study for associate degree registered nurses (RN) 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. The baccalaureate prepared nurse is equipped to manage complex and changing healthcare environments of the future. Coursework focuses on development of problem solving that will broaden and strengthen the registered nurse student’s preparation for professional nursing practice. A current unencumbered Florida registered nurse license is required in addition to the criteria for enrollment in the college’s undergraduate nursing courses.

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    Admission

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

    Minimum Application Requirements

    • Associate of Science degree in nursing from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited program.
    • AA degree or completion of all general education requirements for the University of Florida.
    • Active, unencumbered Florida RN license.
    • An overall GPA of at least 2.8.
    • A grade of C or better in all required pre-professional courses.
    • Resume/curriculum vita.
    • Two professional reference from persons familiar with the applicant's recent work.
    • A statement of intent, not exceeding two typed (double-spaced) pages, that discusses the applicant's expectations of the BSN program and his or her career goals.
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    Recommended Semester Plan

    Degree Requirements for graduation from the RN to BSN program:

    • Completion of 121 credits, including 61 junior/senior-level credits
    • A minimum grade of C in each nursing course
    • RN to BSN students will be awarded 30 upper-level credit hours 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
      Semester 1 Credits
      NUR 3065C Comprehensive Health Assessment ​3
      ​NUR 3805 Professional Nursing in the Evolving Healthcare System 3
      Total 6
      Semester 2 Credits
      ​NUR 3123 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology ​4
      NUR 3826 Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing 2
      Total 6
      Semester 3 Credits
      NUR 3169 Inquiry and Evidence in Professional Nursing Practice ​3
      ​NUR 3197 Genetics and Genomics in Nursing Practice 2
      NUR 3816 Seminar in Professional Nursing 1
      Total 6
      Semester 4 Credits
      ​NUR XXXX Community Health Nursing ​4
      NUR 4837 Healthcare Policy, Finance and Regulatory Environments 2
      Total 6
      Semester 5 Credits
      NUR 4829 Principles of Leadership and Management in Nursing ​2
      NUR 4944L Transition to Professional Practice 5
      Total 7

      RN to BSN Credit Totals

      Upper Division Total Credits
      Total from Courses ​31
      Total from Portfolio 30
      Total
      61
      Lower Division Total Credits
      Associate Degree 60
      Total for Degree Credits
      Total 121
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majors: nursing