The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is a limited access/limited enrollment upper division major comprised of sequential course offerings and elective courses. Nursing courses are based on concepts and principles from liberal studies, biological and behavioral sciences, and nursing theory. This theoretical base is combined with the nursing process to provide evidence-based nursing care to individuals and groups in a variety of health care settings. Graduates of the BSN program are well-prepared for the national licensure exam to become a registered nurse (RN), and have the foundation necessary to pursue higher education. The BSN program is a 2-year course of study. Students are admitted through a competitive application process to the College of Nursing program after they have completed the nursing prerequisites. In addition it is important that all Liberal Studies/General Education requirements and a minimum 52 FSU semester hours be complete, or have earned an Associates of Arts degree from a Florida public institution. Students with degrees or course work from Florida private or out-of-state institutions will receive a course by course evaluation to determine if they have satisfied these requirements. The College of Nursing is located in Duxbury Hall, a modern four-story facility with technology enhanced classrooms and lecture halls. Our patient simulators, clinical labs, research tools, and study areas provide students with an exceptional learning environment. Clinical experiences are planned in the College's simulation center and throughout a variety of regional health care agencies. The Florida State University College of Nursing BSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). A limited number of students will be admitted to the BSN program on a space available basis. Applications will be accepted from December 1st through February 1st.
How to Apply
To apply for admission as an upper division transfer student to the College of Nursing you must follow the steps listed below.
1. Apply to Florida State University
Current FSU Students are not required to reapply to FSU.
Applicants who have not taken courses at FSU for three (3) consecutive semesters will be required to reapply to the University.
or use the mail address as follows:
The Florida State University
Office of Admissions
A2500 University Center
Tallahassee, FL 32306
2. Apply to the College of Nursing
Applications are accepted December 15 through February 1.
While we receive many qualified applications, all candidates are required to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.4 and a grade of B- or better in all prerequisite courses with a minimum 3.0 nursing and science prerequisite GPA to be eligible to apply.
3. Personal Essay Statement
Upload a typed essay using 12-point font, New Times Roman, and no more than 500-words to the electronic BSN application answering the following questions:
What experience(s) has led to your decision to pursue a baccalaureate in nursing?
What personal characteristics do you possess that are compatible with nursing?
How will your desire for a career in nursing reflect the mission of the Florida State University College of Nursing?
Official transcripts must be sent to the FSU Admissions Office and the College of Nursing, Student Services office, with application submission.
Attn: Brittany Stover
College of Nursing, Duxbury Hall
98 Varsity Way, Suite 103
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4310
Note: All transcripts must be received by the College of Nursing, Office of Student Services by February 1st deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS. Current FSU students do not need to submit transcripts as long as their FSU records are up to date. FSU students are encouraged to check my.fsu.edu to ensure that all college level courses are listed on their FSU transcripts.
As part of the BSN application process the College of Nursing will be conducting face to face group interviews on February 22, 2019. From the pool of eligible BSN candidates a select group will be required to participate in the interview process. Candidates will be notified by e-mail on February 8, 2019 of their assigned place/time for the interview. There will not be any exceptions to the interview process (no Skype, phone, etc.)
Admissions decisions are emailed out approximately six (6) weeks after the deadline date. All admitted students are required to complete a certified clinical clearance process and mandatory College of Nursing orientation prior to beginning the BSN program.
BSN Program Prerequisites (pdf 238.09 kB)
College of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook (pdf 2.97 MB)