RN-BSN Bridge Track
This program is for those who are already Registered Nurses (RNs) and who desire to further their nursing education and expand their career opportunities by completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). While the online track is open to applicants nationwide who hold active RN licensure in their states of residence, the on-campus track requires active RN licensure in the state of Florida. Today’s healthcare arena is increasingly complex with its high-tech focus in the hospital, its shift toward population-based health care management in the community, and the increasing influence of political and economic forces on all phases of healthcare. The broad knowledge base found in a B.S.N. provides the opportunity for RNs to gain the competencies necessary to excel in the current and future healthcare job market.
The faculty use web-enhanced technology combined with individualized attention to focus learning on the most current trends and competencies necessary for professional growth and advancement. The curriculum provides a strong scientific base of study with unique opportunities to work with vulnerable and under-served populations. A B.S.N. at UNF offers registered nurses a learning environment in which to:
- increase competency in health assessment across the lifespan.
- gain expertise necessary to the care of individuals within the context of family and community.
- expand professional and interpersonal communication skills.
- use critical thinking skills to evaluate nursing research for its application to practice.
- broaden leadership competencies needed for the 21st century.
The on-campus bridge is offered in a RN-designated cohort that allows RNs to complete the program in three (3) semesters (approximately one year). This delivery format is offered for those beginning in the traditional fall term each year. Classroom-based curriculum is scheduled one day per week (Wednesday), typically from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the three (3) semesters the student is enrolled in the program. Most of the classes for the on-campus cohort will be presented in hybrid (meeting 4-5 times instead of every week) or distance learning (online) formats.
While there are no formal hospital clinicals, those enrolled in the hybrid on-campus cohort will be required to complete organized group community hours at an agency arranged by the UNF faculty. Limited hours (one Tuesday or Thursday per month) in the second semester will be scheduled, while in the final semester, RNs will participate in the organized community experiences each Tuesday or Thursday of the semester. Additionally, in the last semester, RNs will spent time attending nursing conferences, professional nursing organization meetings, and civic meetings for the capstone course. These hours will be self-scheduled by the student. Nurses without hospital experience since passing the NCLEX will enroll for extra credit hours in this course in order to refresh clinical skills and to maintain current nursing practice.
The fully online program allows registered nurses to complete the program in the equivalent of three (3) traditional semesters (approximately one year). The online cohorts are an adjusted online format, which will include 8-week terms (two 8-week terms are the equivalent of one traditional 16-week term). This format is referred to as part-of-term (POT) enrollment. With this format, students will typically take two (2) courses per 8-week term. This format will admit a new cohort every eight (8) weeks. Coursework will be completely online.
The community experience provides an opportunity for students to gain experience and connect with professional nursing. Those enrolled in the online cohort will identify a community agency in their local vicinity at which to complete most of the community experience hours. Examples of agencies include homeless shelters, public or community health organizations, refugee resettlement programs, hospital case management, hospital outreach programs, home care agencies, health departments or clinics, and organizations or non-profits such as the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to gain experience in the professional field and integrate into the professional nursing community through attending self-scheduled nursing conferences, professional nursing organization meetings, and/or civic meetings.
Work experience as a RN is not required for enrollment in the online program.
Tuition and fees for distance learning programs may vary. The online RN-BSN Bridge program is a self-supporting tuition rate program. Tuition for this program differs from the standard (Florida resident/non-Florida resident) tuition rates. Refer to the UNF Tuition & Fees page for more detail. Students enrolled in market tuition rate or self-supporting tuition rate programs are not eligible to receive the State Employee Tuition Waiver. Students may also have limited ability to utilize other State approved waivers. For more information, please see our page on University accepted waivers.
Provided below are several tools and resources for distance learners to review:
Distance Learning Student Services
Additionally, information may be obtained at
or by phoning (855) 478-2013. This includes the tuition and fees for the POT semester format for the RN-BSN track.
Additional Program Details
*Note: each cohort must enroll a minimum of 25 registered nurses in order to “make.”
Two types of courses make up the nursing curriculum: professional courses and clinical/laboratory courses. Clinical/laboratory courses are distinguished by the C or L that follows the course number. The nursing curriculum is a full-time course of study and follows a specific sequence. The required program courses may not be fulfilled by transfer credit; all courses must be taken in the program.
Total credit requirements for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing are 60 credits. Of these 60 credits, 30 credits are the required nursing courses listed above; the remaining 30 credits are awarded based upon validation of previous nursing knowledge through the submission of proof that one holds a clear and active Florida registered nursing license. When the criteria have been satisfied, 30 credits will be placed in escrow until the semester of graduation. The student will then graduate with a total of 60 nursing credits.
Degree: BS in Nursing
Prerequisites (27 credits)
Attention Regular & Accelerated Prelicensure BSN applicants ONLY: In progress enrollment does not constitute completion/meeting your prerequisite requirements. You must successfully complete all required coursework to remain a viable School of Nursing applicant. You must maintain a 2.90 or higher prerequisite GPA for consideration at the time of the application deadline in addition to the minimum cumulative GPA required (2.90 for Regular Prelicensure; 3.20 for Accelerated Prelicensure). At least 5 of the 8 nursing-specific prerequisite courses, including no less than 3 of the 4 required science courses (MCB, A&P I w/lab, A&P II w/lab, & Additional Science), must be completed by the application deadline. Proof of enrollment in all remaining courses must be supplied to the School of Nursing Admissions Office by the deadline.
SELECT One social science course
Any PSYXXXX, SOPXXXX, or SYGXXXX is acceptable.
**PSY2012 is a required prerequisite to DEP3054 at UNF.
DEP3054 Lifespan Developmental Psych (3 Credits)
DEPX004, DEPX054, DEPX000, DEPX414, or any Human Growth and Development across the Life Span may be substituted for DEP3054.
STA2014 (GM)Elem Statistics-Health/SS (3 Credits)
STAX014, STAX023, STAX122, STAX022, or any Statistic course maybe be substituted for STA 2014.
HUN2201 Basic Prin Human Nutrition (3 Credits)
HUNX201, NURX192 or any Human Nutrition course may be substituted for HUN 2201.
MCB2010C Microbiology (4 Credits)
MCBX010C, MCBX010/X010L, MCBX013c, MCBX013/X013L, MCBX000/X000L, MCBX004/X004L, or any Microbiology with lab may be substituted for MCB 2010C.
**If taking MCB course at UNF, BSC1010c and CHM2045/2045L are required prerequisites.
BSC2085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 Credits)
BSCX085c, BSCX085/X085L, BSCX093c, BSCX093/X093L, or any Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Human Anatomy.
BSC2086C Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 Credits)
BSCX086c, BSCX086/X086L, BSCX094c, BSCX094/X094L, or any Human Anatomy and Physiology II or Human Physiology.
SELECT Additional science course
Any CHMXXXX, BCHXXXX, BSCXXXX, PCBXXXX, or PHYXXXX with a minimum of 3 credit hours is acceptable.
Major Requirements (30 credits)
Must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher
- A minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA is required for admission and enrollment in the RN-BSN track.
- Once the RN-BSN program is started, it must be completed within three years.
- All of RN-BSN major courses must be completed at UNF. BSN courses transferred do not substitute for major requirements.
NUR3065L Health Assessment (3 Credits)
NUR3166 Introduction to Nursing Sci (2-3 Credits)
RN-BSN curriculum requires 3 credits.
NUR3619 Family/Community Assessment (3-4 Credits)
RN-BSN curriculum requires 4 credits.
NUR3805 Soc to Prof Nsg (2 Credits)
NUR3082 Perspectives in Chronicity (3 Credits)
NUR3082L Perspectives in Chroncty: Prac (1 Credit)
NUR4826 Ethical-Legal Conc in Nsg Hlth (2 Credits)
NUR4827 Ldrshp Mgmt Concepts Nursing (3 Credits)
NUR4168 Research Translation (1 Credit)
NUR4636 Community Partnerships (3 Credits)
NUR4636L Community Nursing Practice (2 Credits)
NUR4945 Professional Nsg Integration (2 Credits)
NUR4945L Directed Clinical Study (1-4 Credits)
RN-BSN curriculum requires 1 credit.
NCLEX Validation Credit (30 credits)
Thirty hours of Nursing Validation Credits are awarded in the student's last semester of enrollment in the BSN. These 30 hours are awarded based upon validation of previous nursing knowledge through satisfactory completion of NCLEX examination.