Veterans BSN Program



The Veteran's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) program provides medics, corpsmen, and non-medical veterans access to our undergraduate nursing education programs as a full-time, campus-based student. There are two degree options that lead to the BSN for eligible veterans - the Traditional BSN or the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program.

All Veterans are eligible for admission to the traditional two-year program. Veterans who served as corpsman or medics are eligible for admission to the 3 semester Accelerated BSN program.

Unique support will be provided to assist former service members with the educational process and their transition to a career in nursing. Graduates of our BSN programs are well-prepared for the national licensure exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse (RN) and have the foundation necessary to pursue graduate degrees if desired.

Students are admitted into the nursing program after they have completed an interview process, personal essay statement, their nursing prerequisites, Liberal Studies/General Education requirements and have earned an Associates of Arts degree from a Florida public institution. Students with degrees and/or course work from other educational institutions / military training will receive a course by course evaluation to determine if they have satisfied all requirements for admission into the FSU nursing program.


Program Requirements

Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Military (DD-214).

Traditional BSN applicants are required to have a minimum overall GPA of a 3.0, a science GPA of 3.0, and a grade of B - or higher in all prerequisite courses.

Accelerated BSN applicants are required to have a minimum overall GPA of a 3.0, a science GPA of 3.0, and a grade of a B - or higher in all prerequisite courses (Only corpsman or medics can opt for this option, with an Associates in Arts or Bachelor’s Degree).



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.

Click here to apply to the Florida State 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
Traditional BSN:  December 15th - February 1st 
Accelerated BSN:  May 15th – July 15th 

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?
4. Transcripts

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 the deadlines. NO EXCEPTIONS. 

5. Interviews

As part of the application process the College of Nursing will be conducting face to face group interviews. From the pool of eligible candidates a select group will be required to participate in the interview process. Candidates will be notified by e-mail of their assigned place/time for the interview. There will not be any exceptions to the interview process (no Skype, phone, etc.)

 6. Decisions

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.
*Army, Air Force, Navy & Marine Corps Nursing Commissioning Programs application to the College of Nursing are not currently accepted.

Veterans wanting to apply to the Veterans BSN program and have additional questions are asked to contact Student Services at 850.644.3296 or or .


Additional Information

Veterans BSN Program Requirements

Student Veterans Center

College of Nursing Student Policies



Please contact the FSU College of Nursing Office of Student Services.

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