Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Program Overview

Offered at our main campus in Tallahassee, Florida, our nationally accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program provides students with quality preparation to pursue nursing careers in all specialties and areas of nursing. The BSN program is a limited access/limited enrollment upper division major comprised of sequential course offerings and elective courses. Students are accepted each Fall, Spring, and Summer semester. 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 FOUR consecutive semesters in length (15-16 months) and provides learning experiences in various clinical settings, including community health agencies, clinics, hospitals, and homes.  Nursing courses include classroom and laboratory activities correlated with supervised clinical practice experiences. Students will develop skills in managing patients from various backgrounds and cultures. The program moves through the continuum of care and the spectrum of complexity in the clinical setting across the lifespan.

Program of Study (Sample)
 

Application and Admissions

The College of Nursing at Florida State University utilizes a holistic admissions process that assesses an applicant’s unique experiences alongside traditional measures of academic achievement. Community engagement and work experience are considered along with the overall grade point average and science prerequisite grade point average to select the most qualified applicants for entry into our program. This approach allows us to use multiple sources of information to get the fullest picture of each applicant’s potential and helps ensure the potential for success in both nursing school and later as a professional nurse. The entire application packet is evaluated by the Undergraduate Admissions Committee, which is composed of faculty from the undergraduate program.

Fall 2024 Admission

Applications are accepted 
January 5, 2024 to February 5, 2024

Spring 2025 Admission

Applications are accepted 
June 1, 2024 to July 1, 2024

 

Summer 2025 Admission

Applications are accepted 
October 1, 2024 to November 1, 2024

 

  • All application requirements for Fall 2024 Admission must be received by the February 5, 2024 application deadline to be eligible for admissions consideration.
  • All non-FSU students and transfer students must apply to the University as well as complete the College of Nursing application.

Please Note: The Admissions Committee uses a holistic assessment process that considers many factors, including student experiences and academic metrics. Due to clinical space limitations, not all qualified applicants can be admitted.

Program Prerequisites

Prerequisite requirements specific to nursing:

To be qualified for admissions, applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and earn a C or better in all prerequisite coursework. Please note, a C- (minus) is not accepted for prerequisite coursework. Courses must be retaken and successfully completed with a C or better to qualify for admissions.

Course Number Course or FSU Equivalent Credits
CHM 1045 General Chemistry I for Science Majors 3 semester credits
BSC 2010 General Biology for Science Majors 3 semester credits
HUN 1201 Science of Nutrition 3 semester credits
BSC 2085 & Lab Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab     4 semester credits
BSC 2086 & Lab Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab 4 semester credits
MCB 2004 & Lab Microbiology and Lab 4 semester credits
STA2XXX Statistics (Fundamental or Applied) 3 semester credits
FAD3220

Individual & Life Span Development

3 semester credits
PSY2012 or Sociology General Psychology or Any Sociology 3-6 semester credits
  Total: 30-33 Credits

NOTE: We strongly recommend that applicants complete both psychology and sociology courses.

  • CHM1032 or CHM1033 will be accepted in lieu of CHM1045.

PDF Version of Prerequisites Available Here

Minimally, the following criteria must be met:

Students are admitted through a competitive application process to the College of Nursing after they have completed the nursing prerequisites and a minimum of sixty (60) credit hours of courses that fulfill General Education / Graduation Requirements per the FSU catalog or an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from an accredited Florida public institution. To be qualified for admissions, applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and earn a C or better in all prerequisite coursework. Please note, a C- (minus) is not accepted for prerequisite coursework. Courses may be retaken and successfully completed with a C or better to qualify for admissions.

  • Students must complete all nursing prerequisites by the end of the semester in which they submit their application.
  • Students must complete all general education requirements by the end of the semester in which they submit their application.
  • Students must complete the following graduation requirements by the end of the semester in which they submit their application. Students must choose one of the following options:
    • Option A: 2 state-mandated writing, 1 civic literacy, 1 diversity, and 1 oral communication
    • Option B: 2 state-mandated writing, 1 civic literacy, and 2 diversities
  • Example: If the application is submitted in the Spring for Fall admission, all nursing prerequisites, general education requirements, and the listed graduation requirements must be completed by the end of the Spring semester.

Due to the limited availability of clinical learning facilities enrollment is limited to 150 seats per admission cycle. All applicants must meet admissions requirements by the end of the semester that they apply to be considered for admission. Any questions regarding course equivalency for use towards any prerequisites will require a detailed course syllabus to determine content if it is not listed on the Accepted Prerequisites from Other Colleges document.


Additionally, all admitted nursing students, must provide proof of current health insurance prior to enrollment into Florida State University. Upon offer of admission into the program, students will be given the steps to complete this process and the option to purchase individual health insurance through the University. For further information regarding health insurance, please visit https://studentinsurance.fsu.edu.

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Ready to Apply?

  • The application deadline for Fall 2024 is February 5, 2024
  • All application requirements must be received by the February 5, 2024 application deadline to be eligible for admissions consideration.

Please Note: The Admissions Committee uses a holistic assessment process that considers many factors, including student experiences and academic metrics. Due to clinical space limitations, not all qualified applicants can be admitted.


  • Submit the NursingCAS application.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are submitted with the NursingCAS application.
    • Please refer to the NursingCAS website for more information.
  • All transfer and non-FSU applicants must ALSO submit the Florida State University Transfer application.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and any necessary test scores must be sent to Florida State University in addition to the Transfer Application.
    • Please refer to the Florida State University Office of Admissions website for more information.
    • Transferring can be a little confusing so if you have questions, our academic advisors have the answers. They work with students just like yourself every day! They also understand every situation is different. You can contact them at info@nursing.fsu.edu for help on your application process!

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BSN Expected Program Costs

Program Clearance Costs
CastleBranch Background Check & Drug Screen $135.24
CPR Certification* $150.00
EXXAT Clinical Clearance Subscription $197.00
Uniform and Shoes* $200.00
Medical Examination & Vaccines* $300.00
Total $982.24
 
Semester 1 In-State  Out of State
Book Package $404.23 $404.23
Equipment Fee $310.00 $310.00
HESI $256.58 $256.58
Tuition $3,448.80 $11,537.60
Lab & Supply Fees $183.00 $183.00
MedAffinityEHR $320.00 $320.00
Total $4,922.61 $11,827.24
Semester 2 In-State  Out of State
Book Package $383.16 $383.16
Equipment Fee $310.00 $310.00
HESI $256.58 $256.58
Tuition $3,233.25 $10,816.50
Lab & Supply Fees $61.00 $61.00
Total $4,243.99 $11,827.24
Semester 3 In-State  Out of State
Book Package $309.00 $309.00
Drug Screen Renewal $39.99 $39.99
Equipment Fee $310.00 $310.00
HESI $256.58 $256.58
Tuition $3,448.80 $11,537.60
Lab & Supply Fees $122.00 $122.00
myClinicalExchange Subscription $39.50 $39.50
Total $4,525.87 $12,614.67
Semester 4 In-State  Out of State
Equipment Fee $310.00 $310.00
HESI $256.58 $256.58
Tuition $3,192.15 $9,764.30
Licensure Exam Fees (i.e. $200 NCLEX fee, $110 license fee**) $400.00 $400.00
Total $4,158.73 $10,730.88

* Approximate amounts

**Varies by state of licensure. 

Please note that all costs are estimates only. 

Am I required to pay online Fees during semester 4?

Yes, each online course is charged approximately $30.00/credit hour in online fees.  NUR4837/Nursing Leadership in Systems of Care (3 credit hours) and NUR 4667/Population Health in Nursing (1 credit hour) are both online; therefore, an additional 4 semester hours of online fees will be due for an approximate total amount of $120.00.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from all clinicals. 

  • During semester 2, students may be required to travel to surrounding counties for community clinicals. Students are responsible for their own transportation.
  • During semester 3, students attend clinicals at Wolfson's Children's Hospital in Jacksonville for one 3-day weekend. Students are responsible for transportation and lodging.
  • During semester 4, students may be placed outside of Tallahassee for their internship. Every effort will be made to accommodate students' request for placement. Students are responsible for all transportation and living costs.
  • This cost breakdown is an estimate only. Please refer to the university website for more information on tuition costs.