Nursing Degree Programs in Florida (O-Z)

This list of accredited nursing degrees in Florida is intended to be a tool for students who are looking for a degree program. The schools vary in size and in structure, and students should consider the advantages of small schools and larger universities. In addition, there is at least one non-denominational religious school on the list that requires students to take faith-based classes. Some of the degree options are online versions, but all require hands-on practicum. To see more accredited nursing degree programs in Florida, visit Nursing Degree Programs in Florida (A-N).

Palm Beach Atlantic University

School of Nursing

This university, founded in 1968 is ranked #57 among Regional Universities South by US News and World Reports. It is the only Christian university in Florida to have a nationally accredited nursing school. The semester-based school has an undergraduate student population of 2,887 and most classes have fewer than twenty people. Tuition for a four-year degree program is $25,232 and there is no in-state discount.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Students are guaranteed acceptance into the nursing program at PBAU, but mist apply to the upper class division after the first semester of their sophomore year. The student-to-teacher ratio for the School of Nursing is 13:1 and students have a 100$ pass rate on national exams. This degree program contains 123 credit hours. Of these, 67 are general education courses. Students begin taking clinical studies during the fall semester of their junior year. There are 53 nursing core credits and three credits of electives. Before beginning the clinical component of the degree, nursing students must take Introduction to Professional Nursing, Health Assessment and Lab and Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. Because this is a non-denominational Christian school, there are faith based classes included in the curriculum. At the end of the senior year students take a preceptorship, which a “one-on-one apprenticeship with a registered nurse in a clinical or community setting.”

Accreditation

  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • The Commission on Collegiate Schools of Nursing

Contact
School of Nursing
Palm Beach Atlantic University
1000 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4708
561-803-2825
http://www.pba.edu/school-of-nursing

Remington College

College of Nursing

Remington College is a national chain of 19 schools that offer traditional campus learning as well as online courses. The school is not ranked by US News and World Reports. Curriculum is career focused which means some extra classes are excluded. The school offers day or evening classes in select courses and boasts small class size. The College of Nursing is located north of Orlando on Lake Mary. It has 13 faculty members.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing- Accelerated BS to BSN Program

The nursing degree offered by Remington College is an accelerated program that allows students to convert a bachelor’s degree in any area to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX exam to become an RN. All applicants to the program must meet admission guidelines which include having earned a bachelor’s degree prior to admission at Remington. There are some science prerequisites which students must take, however the previous degree will probably contain the requisites in humanities and social sciences. The degree may be earned in 12 months, attending class four to five days a week and completing the clinical experience which involves working at clinics, hospitals or health care centers in the Orlando area. The program contains 75 quarter credit hours (each quarter credit hour equals one-and-a-half semester credits. Tuition for the program is $42,050.

Accreditation

  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Contact
College of Nursing
Remington College
660 Century Point
407-278-8510
Suite 1050
Lake Mary, FL 32746
http://www.remingtonnursing.com/about-program.php

Santa Fe College

Health Sciences

This large Florida school is a member of the 28-school Florida College system. There are 15,493 students exclusively two-year registered students. The school, chartered in 1965, is ranked first in graduation rate in Florida. The Aspen Institute ranks it in the Top Ten Community Colleges in the nation. There are eight campuses in the Gainesville area, all with small classes. Classes are traditional and online. In-state tuition is $1840 annually.

BS in Nursing: RN to BSN

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Santa Fe College is an accelerated degree path. Applicants must have earned an associate degree in nursing before applying to the program. The thirty credit hours of upper level nursing courses are mainly online, but one class has a required lab experience. Students are also expected to complete the 36 hours of general education required by other programs, including a foreign language class. There are also 90 required hours of practical experience. All classes are half-semester, seven week courses offered on a rotating schedule so that students may take them flexibly as they become available to their schedules ( except for one course at the beginning of the program and four at the end). The instate tuition for the degree is $3824.40.

Accreditation

  • The Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Florida Board of Nursing

Contact
Health Sciences Department
Santa Fe College
3000 Northwest 83 Street
Gainesville FL 32606
352-395-5650
sarah.anderson@sfcollege.edu
http://www.sfcollege.edu/healthsciences/packets/?section=rn_to_bsn

St. Petersburg College

College of Nursing

This two-year college is a member of the Florida College System. There are 26,755 undergraduate students enrolled at the school. St. Petersburg College was chartered in 1927 as a junior college. Today it ranks 11th in associate nursing degrees awarded in the nation. It is unranked by US News and World Reports Best Colleges.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing-RN to BSN

The focus of this program is management and leadership as well as research. The program is flexible and can be earned as you work. Students can complete the program in four semesters, and may choose the location for their practicum. All applicants must have an unrestricted, active RN license. IN addition, they must complete all general education courses required by the college including eight credits of foreign language (same language). The degree includes 121 total credits and all RN to BSN students must complete 40 semester hours of upper division nursing courses. Tuition for the program is $3,232.

Accreditation

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Contact
College of Nursing
St Petersburg College
6505 5th Avenue North
St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
727-341-3785
Briggs.Jeffry@spc.edu
http://www.spcollege.edu/bsn/

University of Central Florida

College of Nursing

This university was founded in 1963. It is one of the larger schools in this list of accredited nursing degree programs in Florida at 51,269 undergraduate students. The school is ranked by US News and World Reports as # 173 in National Universities. Most classes have between twenty and forty-nine students in them which translate to a student/faculty ratio of 31:1. The four-year graduation rate is 36 per cent. The College of Nursing was established in 1979 and its online graduate program is ranked #24 in the nation.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This degree is offered in several paths. The traditional BSN is tailored for students who have already completed their freshman and sophomore years at UCF and who do not have an RN license. The program begins in the fall on the Orlando campus and in the spring on the regional campuses. The program will also accommodate students who have an ASN degree who transfer into UCF with the equivalent of UCF’s general education requisites, or with a bachelor’s degree in another field. It is a five-semester lock-step program which means that the progression of classes is prescribed. There are 65 credits in the nursing program. The BSN is also offered as an ASN to BSN degree that is formatted as a seven-semester lock-step program and a second degree program that is four semesters long. The clinical requirements are held at low-service community areas and are service oriented. All classes in the BSN program are held in the daytime. Some of the clinical are on weekends or at night.

Accreditation

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Contact
College of Nursing
University of Central Florida
12201 Research Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32826
407-823-2744
ucfnurse@ucf.edu
http://www.nursing.ucf.edu/admissions/undergraduate-programs/traditional-bsn/index

University of Florida

College of Nursing

The University of Florida is a large school with nearly 50,000 students enrolled. There are 16 colleges and 150 research institutions in the university system. In 2013m the US News and World reports ranked this school as #14 of Top Public Universities. It also has one of the largest graduating classes of BSN students in the state. In-state tuition is $6,310. The College of Nursing was founded in 1956 and currently has more than 80 faculty members.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Generic BSN degree prepares a student for a career as a generalist nurse. Admission is limited and requires completion of the 60-credit-hour university minimum educational requirements as well as the prerequisites necessary to enroll in upper-level nursing classes. There is also a foreign language requisite. The enrollment in this program is kept low to ensure a favorable student-to-faculty ratio. The Generic BSN degree takes four semesters to complete and offers experience in hospitals, clinics, community health agencies and homes. The program culminates in a clinical practice experience in which students integrate classroom learning and actual practicum. The program is also offered as an accelerated Dual Degree program for those with a Bachelors’ degree in another field, and as an online RN-to-BSN program.

Accreditation

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Contact
College of Nursing
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL32611
352-273-6400
wanda@ufl.edu
http://admissions.nursing.ufl.edu/degrees/undergraduate/generic-bsn/program-description/

University of Miami

School of Nursing and Health Studies

This school was founded in 1925. The university is ranked by US News and World Reports as # 48 of National Universities. There are 11,380 undergraduate students enrolled, but most classes have fewer than 17 students. Tuition at the four year school is $44,350. The medical campus of the University of Miami is a 72-acre campus that includes three major hospitals, and the school of nursing has a new facility, the M. Christine Schwartz Center for Nursing and Health Studies.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

All graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam and students historically have a pass rate of 95.7 per cent. The traditional BSN has proficiency requirements in mathematics, writing, English and in general knowledge areas. The degree has 122 credit hours of which 106 are classroom instruction and 16 are clinical experience credits. There is a $1,040 nursing program fee in addition to the tuition and all students must have a laptop and purchase certain supplies and books. Admission to the program requires a 3.5 cumulative GPA. The Fast track BSN takes three semesters to complete and the tuition for it is $40,000 plus the nursing program fee. The Fast Track program contains 55 credits. There is also an RN-to-BSN program.

Accreditation

  • Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education

Contact
School of Nursing and Health Studies
University of Miami
5030 Brunson Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33124
305-284-3666
nursingbsn@miami.edu
http://www.miami.edu/sonhs/index.php/bsn/

University of North Florida

School of Nursing

The University of North Florida is ranked by US News and World Reports as #51 of Best regional Colleges and one of the best for veterans. The Princeton Review named it a Best Value College for 2014. There are 10,308 undergraduate students enrolled and the in-state tuition is $6,386.Of the accredited nursing degree programs in Florida this school is ranked # 193 by US News and World reports. It is the first Flagship Program at the University of Northern Florida.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Regular Pre-Licensure program is for first-time nursing students (college juniors or seniors). Graduates will be allowed to sit for the NCLEX exams. The school admits 45 cohorts to the regular program each summer and another 45 each fall. These students progress through the clinical program in groups of nine. The program consists of professional classroom courses and clinical/laboratory courses, following a specified sequence. There are 27 credits of prerequisites and 63 credits of nursing core. The fifth semester of the program includes the clinicals. The other options for BSB programs at the University of North Florida are an Accelerated BSN for those who already have a Bachelors’ degree in another area and want a career in nursing, and an RN-to-BSN program for those who have an RN license. The programs take 3 ½ semesters and one year respectively.

Accreditation

  • Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education

Contact
School of Nursing
University of North Florida
1 University of North Florida Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224
904-620-2684
fadams62714@unf.edu
http://www.unf.edu/brooks/nursing/undergraduate_programs.aspx

University of South Florida

College of Nursing

Between the carouses of this university (Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota=Manatee) there are almost 48,000 students. This school has been rated by US News and World Reports as #5 for being veteran friendly and #161 among national Universities. Most classes have fewer than 49 students; the student-to-faculty ratio is 24:1. In-state tuition is $6,410. The College of Nursing collaborates with more than 15 health care facilities, hospitals and health systems for the student clinicals.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This degree is a bachelor of science degree with a nursing major, earned through upper level division classes. The degree takes six consecutive semesters to complete. The upper division segment is limited access and there is a lot of competition to enter the program. The prerequisites must be completed before the date of admission. There are 36 credits in prerequisites, plus 30 credits of foundational knowledge, 62 hours of core nursing and a 6 hour clinical experiential. The degree is also available in a second degree path for those who already have a bachelors’ degree in another area but want a career in nursing and as an RN-to-BSN program for those who have an RN license. The last BSN program offered by the University of South Florida is a Veteran-to-BSN which is a program for veterans who have been trained as corpsmen or medics.

Accreditation

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Contact
College of Nursing
University of South Florida
4204 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620
813-974-2197
Email through the website
http://health.usf.edu/nursing/academics/upper-division/admissions.html

University of West Florida

College of Science, Engineering and Health

This school began in 1963. The University of West Florida is ranked by the US News and World Reports as a second tier National University. The Princeton Review ranked it as a Best Southeast College. The undergraduate student population is 10,158 with most classes being less than 50 students. In-state tuition is $8,942 annually, plus fees.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This program is limited access which means that students who are admitted to the university do not automatically qualify for admission to the nursing program. They must apply separately after completing the university requirements in general education and completing all nursing prerequisites. All applicants to the program must have an associate of arts degree or the equivalent, a minimum GPA pf 3.0 and a score of at least 73 per cent on the TEAS exam. The program also has a foreign language requirement. This degree contains 124 credit hours and all students must pass the ATI exam to graduate and to be allowed to sit for the NCLEX exams. The degree is also available as an RN-to-BSN program and as an online degree.

Accreditation

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Contact
College of Science, Engineering and Health
University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514
850-473-7765
cbennett@uwf.edu
http://catalog.uwf.edu/undergraduate/nursingbsn/

Students who have found a degree program in which they are interested should visit the school website to investigate the program further. All of these programs are upper-level sequences, which means they assume educational foundations have been gained in associate degrees or their equivalent. Students can check into the prerequisites needed and into the GPA requirements for admission by studying this list of accredited nursing degrees in Florida.