Each year, a large number of students apply for entry into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, and there are often many more qualified applicants than the number of seats available in the program. The seats for this track are limited by student-to-faculty ratio guidelines for clinical education settings. Minimum standards for safety are set by the Florida Legislature, and additional determinations for safe practice are made by the program with direction and recommendation from the hospitals, the community of interest, and our partners. We currently offer approximately 30 FAN seats each fall (August).
Because grades are a predictor of success in the program as well as on the national licensing exam, they play an important role in the admissions process. One's weighted high school cumulative GPA is used as part of the admission process as a pre-nursing student at UNF. The pre-nursing designation now requires a 4.20 weighted high school cumulative GPA to be admitted. For FAN consideration above and beyond standard pre-nursing admission, one's high school science GPA as well as ACT &/or ACT scores are used to qualify candidates for a potential admission interview. Overall high school GPA, high school science GPA, and TEAS scores will be considered for final selection along with interview scores. Additionally, applicants may be asked to submit documentation beyond the minimum requirements in order to assist in the selection process. Letters of recommendation and resumes are neither requested nor encouraged. If selected for an interview, applicants must be available during a designated window--typically a Saturday morning in mid-February.
Please note, students who begin the FAN track cannot then apply for admission into the Regular Prelicensure (RPL) BSN track at a later date. If an applicant is earning more than 30 college credits while enrolled in high school, consider applying for the RPL BSN track. Those coming into UNF from high school with an Associate of Arts (A.A.) earned through dual enrollment at a Florida public institution should request consideration for the RPL BSN track instead, too.
Freshman admission requirements for the university are located at this web page Freshman admission requirements. Invitations to interview are based on performance in high school and SAT &/or ACT scores as noted in the above details.
- Admission to UNF by January 1st of the year of entry as pre-nursing major (requires 4.20 weighted high school GPA) for the fall semester;
- Combined ACT scores greater than 24 or combined SAT greater than 1100;
- High school science GPA greater than 4.00 (weighted); and,
- If selected for interview, applicant must take Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) version V or VI prior to the interview and by the deadline established by the School of Nursing
*Completion of admission requirements does not guarantee an interview or admission to the program.
Items Required if Admitted
If admitted to the FAN BSN track, there will be several things required prior to beginning the first clinical course in the program, which will be fully addressed ahead of that enrollment for sophomore year:
- Proof of current CPR certificate for adult, child, infant, and 2-person;
- TB skin test or chest x-ray (negative for active disease) within the previous 12 months;
- Immunization (with titer proof) against Hepatitis B;
- Positive Varicella (chicken pox) titer (vaccine, then titer if necessary);
- Tetanus/Diphtheria: Tetanus/Diphtheria (TD) booster within the previous 2 years OR Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) within the preceding 10 years;
- Health report indicating that there is no health condition present that would prohibit providing patient care;
- Background check (fingerprinting required as part of this); and,
- 12 panel drug screen
*All nursing student are required to receive seasonal influenza vaccinations while enrolled in clinical coursework.
Additionally, there are specific technology requirements for the program. Please review the link located on the right-hand menu of the School of Nursing homepage for the most up-to-date university technology requirements.