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Frequently Asked Questions

School of Nursing Undergraduate and Graduate Tracks

All prospective candidates for the School of Nursing are strongly encouraged to fully review all of the SON webpages and embedded links as well as the below lists of frequently asked questions (FAQs). Graduate candidates may also review the Graduate School's FAQs page.

Questions regarding application and admission to all of the undergraduate tracks and all graduate tracks except for the CRNA track may be directed to Nursing Admissions while questions regarding application and admission to the CRNA track may be directed to NAP Admissions.

Programmatic questions such as the layout, format, delivery, and other operational details for our different tracks may be directed to the related program directors as listed on our contact page; however, those individuals do not answer application- and admission-related questions.  Be sure to properly direct your email inquiry.  Also note that email is the preferred method of contact. Please include your full name and, when available, your UNF ID number (N#) in all messages to the School of Nursing.

*This page will update periodically as needed. The most recent updates were issued on Jan. 11, 2024.

  • What are the admission requirements for the program(s)?
    A full list of admission requirements for both tracks may be located under the Nursing Admissions page. Click on the name of the track to view the details. Note that both tracks require at least a 3.00 cumulative undergraduate GPA and at least a 3.20 in the same eight (8) prerequisite courses.  The only true difference is that a post-baccalaureate candidate must apply under the Accelerated Prelicensure BSN track and cannot apply for the Regular Prelicensure BSN track.
  • Are General Education &/or Florida Gordon Rule required for admission to the program(s)?

    General Education and Florida Gordon Rule must be completed by the time one matriculates in the Regular Prelicensure (RPL) B.S.N. track. Applicants for the Accelerated Prelicensure B.S.N. track are exempt from these requirements based on the completion of a previous baccalaureate degree by the start of the program.

    In order to meet the General Education and Florida Gordon Rule requirements for the RPL track, candidates may: 1) Possess a baccalaureate from an institution accredited by an acceptable institutional accreditor prior to program matriculation; 2) Possess an Associate of Arts (A.A.) from a Florida public institution prior to program matriculation; or, 3) Meet the requirements as listed in the undergraduate catalog on a course-by-course basis.

    Prospective RPL candidates who are currently enrolled at any other public institution in Florida should consult with an academic advisor at their home institutions to ensure that all proper paperwork is submitted to request an A.A. prior to transferring.

    Prospective RPL candidates who are currently enrolled at private or out-of-state institutions should consult with an academic advisor in the Brooks College of Health Advising Office after application. They may be reached at (904) 620-2812 or at cohadvis@unf.edu.

  • Do General Education and Florida Gordon Rule requirements need to be completed to make application to the program(s)?

    No; candidates may complete General Education &/or Florida Gordon Rule requirements while making application. However, for those seeking admission to a spring cohort, the requirements must be completed by the end of the fall term prior to entry.  Similarly, for those seeking admission to a summer cohort, requirements must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to entry just as those seeking admission to a fall cohort must complete the requirements by the end of the summer term prior to entry.

    Candidates who are extended an offer of admission must provide proof of completion of all requirements prior to starting courses in the program. Failure to complete all necessary requirements may result in the revocation of admission.

  • I've met the General Education &/or Florida Gordon Rule requirements as a student at another FL public university or college. Does this mean that I meet UNF's requirements?
    No; General Education and Florida Gordon Rule requirements may vary across the public universities, state colleges, and community colleges within Florida. Meeting the requirements at another Florida institution does not guarantee that the requirements for UNF have been satisfied. You should request an Associate of Arts (A.A.) from your home institution in order to ensure that you will meet the UNF requirements if you transfer.
  • May I make application to the program while I am still completing my Nursing prerequisites?

    Yes; however, the program does have a minimum number of prerequisites that must be done by at application to be considered a qualified applicant (see next paragraph), and all remaining prerequisites must be completed by the start of the program with a "C" or better in each.

    Minimum prerequisite course count policy: Applicants are required to have at least five (5) of the eight (8) nursing prerequisites completed at the time of the application deadline for the admission term sought, and of these courses, at least three (3) of the four (4) science prerequisites must be done (i.e., Microbiology, A&P I, A&P II, or Additional Science in any combination).

  • I have started in a BSN program elsewhere. May I apply to transfer into your BSN program with those nursing courses?

    Candidates who have completed Nursing courses at another institution that holds appropriate institutional accreditation as well as national accreditation for the BSN track may be considered as "In-Progress BSN Transfers" for admission to the program; however, the consideration process for such candidates differs slightly from that posted under the "Admissions" area of the SON webpage.

    First, such candidates should contact our Prelicensure Program Director, Dr. Judy Comeaux, at jcomeaux@unf.edu and identify themselves as students from another BSN program seeking an in-progress transfer with their nursing courses to our Regular or Accelerated Prelicensure BSN track.  These candidates will be required to provide unofficial copies of their BSN transcripts and syllabi for all completed and in-progress BSN coursework; all files should be clearly labeled and provided in PDF format directly to Dr. Comeaux.  These candidates should not apply to the university yet.  Each candidate's documentation will be reviewed by Dr. Comeaux with potential additional consultation made with other SON administrators; each candidate is handled on a case-by-case basis to determine if the coursework completed will fulfill any of our BSN requirements and if there is space in the courses the candidate still needs to complete the BSN.  Additionally, candidates must be able to complete no fewer than 30 semester hours at UNF in order for a BSN degree to be conferred by the university.  Finally, candidates may also be required to submit a Letter of Good Standing from the highest ranking administrator of their current/former program.

    If the candidate is found to be potentially eligible to transfer in previous Nursing courses, Dr. Comeaux will alert the candidate and Nursing Admissions as the candidate will then need to make application to UNF under an open application pool.  The SON admits for spring, summer, and fall, annually, for its BSN tracks.  The candidate will be required to meet the same basic admission requirements and deadlines for the program as any other candidate seeking to start new in the Nursing major.  Admission will be granted only after the candidate has fully applied and been confirmed to meet all minimum requirements.  Shortly after admission, Dr. Comeaux will provide the student, Nursing Admissions, and the advising team with the In-Progress BSN Transfer student's specialized enrollment plan.  The new transfer admit will be required to attend university and Nursing orientation sessions like any other new program admit.

    Note that those who started their Nursing education in an Associate of Science in Nursing or Associate of Applied Science in Nursing track will need to apply as first-time Nursing students like any other candidate since Associate-level courses do not transfer into the Regular or Accelerated Prelicensure BSN tracks in the same manner as courses taken in a BSN track.

  • I have completed both Biology and Chemistry. Do each of those count for Additional Science?
    For the BSN prerequisite courses, there are eight (8) course requirements.  Additional Science is one (1) of the course requirements, and this requirement is fulfilled with one course from Biology (BSC), Biochemistry (BCH), Chemistry (CHM), Process Biology (PCB), or Physics (PHY).  Applicants who have multiple courses that will fulfill this category will not have the additional courses included in the BSN prerequisite course count policy.  That is, when the School of Nursing conducts an applicant's academic review, the best Additional Science (or similarly, Social Science) course will be used on the degree evaluation to count as one (1) of the eight (8) course requirements total.  Two (2) Additional Science courses will not count as two (2) different BSN prerequisite courses being met.  Please direct additional questions regarding this policy to Dr. Beth Dibble at nursingadmissions@unf.edu.
  • I was previously in the Freshman Admit Nursing (FAN) track, but I decided to leave it prior to completion. May I now apply for the Regular Prelicensure track?
    Unfortunately, those who begin the Freshman Admit Nursing (FAN) track and decide to not complete it or are otherwise exited from the track prior to completion may not apply under the Regular Prelicensure B.S.N. track at a later time.  This is due to the very limited number of seats in each track; a seat left open in the FAN track cannot typically otherwise be filled once students have matriculated.
  • Is there a limit regarding how old prerequisite courses may be?
    No; as long as the courses were taken at the undergraduate level through an institution accredited by an acceptable institutional accreditor, accelerated credit mechanisms like AP, CLEP, IB, etc., or via evaluated foreign equivalent enrollment then they will be considered.  The age of the course does not matter.
  • May I retake prerequisites? If I retake prerequisites, which attempt is considered?

    Yes; candidates are welcome to retake prerequisites to boost the competitiveness of their academic profiles. Candidates with multiple low grades (i.e., many "C" or "B-" grades) are strongly encouraged to retake prerequisites prior to applying to the program. Individuals seeking to retake prerequisites should consult directly with the institution at which they wish to retake such courses as some will have policies against retaking "passed" coursework. If a letter is required from the School of Nursing to confirm the need for retaking courses, please contact Dr. Dibble at nursingadmissions@unf.edu with all pertinent details and contact information for the other institution.

    We cannot consider a repeated course until the new grade is on file with UNF.

    Candidates who submit grades for repeated courses after they have been notified that their nursing audits (reviews) were completed should immediately contact Dr. Dibble at the above email address to report that the repeat is completed and to ensure that the new course grade is applied to the Degree Evaluation (DE). Failure to do so may impact the outcome of one's application.

    The School of Nursing, when calculating prerequisite GPAs, will use the best attempt of all credits that transfer to UNF. Usually, the second (2nd) attempt holds the transfer credit, but this should be confirmed directly with the UNF One-Stop Student Services at (904) 620-5555 on a case-by-case basis, if necessary.

  • Will I be permitted to take the prerequisites at another institution?
    Yes; as long as the institution is accredited by an acceptable institutional accreditor, candidates are welcome to take the courses at the institution of their choice.
  • What grades are considered toward my application?

    With respect to minimum eligibility and competitiveness, only undergraduate-level coursework will be considered for the overall undergraduate GPA and B.S.N. prerequisite GPA.  Candidates should ensure that all grades through the most recent term are on file at the time they submit the application.  If necessary, new grades may be added to the application profile after the application has been submitted and by the application deadline.  If offered admission, the program will reach out regarding how and by when to submit final grade &/or degree proof.

    All courses that are completed after the deadline and prior to program entry that are required to complete a candidate's General Education, Gordon Rule, &/or BSN prerequisites must be completed with a C or better if the candidate has been offered admission.

  • What if I am expecting a degree that is not yet reflected on my transcripts?
    It is highly common for program applicants to be pending Associate of Arts (A.A.) or baccalaureate degrees when application to the program(s) is made. If the degree will not be reflected on transcripts submitted to UNF by the application deadline then the applicant must email Dr. Dibble at nursingadmissions@unf.edu to report the expected degree (this will be outlined in the audit completion and reminder notices sent by the program). The email should include the applicant's name (as it appears in myWings), UNF ID (N#), degree awarding institution, expected completion date, and expected degree (i.e., A.A., B.S., M.P.H., etc.). This is due by the application deadline at the very latest; however, given the new rolling admission format, it would be best to submit this as soon as you apply.
  • What if I am offered admission and do not complete my degree by the start of the program as intended?
    Unfortunately, if you are expecting a baccalaureate degree for the Accelerated Prelicensure BSN track or an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree for the Regular Prelicensure BSN track and do not complete it by the time you matriculate in the program, you may not start the program.  That is, you will not have met the admission requirements as expected.  In such a case, you may work with the program to identify a possible future term for admission for once you address your incomplete degree and related issues.
  • How do I document my enrollment in missing coursework?

    Missing coursework may be documented through a copy of the student transcript (most institutions) or via student schedules and written enrollment plans. Transfer students as well as UNF students who receive permission for transient or concurrent enrollment elsewhere should supply transcripts showing the in progress (IP) courses when possible; these should go to the main university like any other transcript.  When transcripts are not available for such (for example, FSU and USF do not list IP courses on their transcripts at all), a .pdf copy of the student's schedule for the term will be accepted by Dr. Dibble in the School of Nursing at nursingadmissions@unf.edu.

    As with the degree plans, candidates should include their full name (as it appears in myWings), UNF ID (N#), and clearly note the term (spring, summer, or fall) and year to which they are applying (this is because submissions for the various terms tend to overlap at certain points of the year).

  • I was admitted with missing course requirements still in progress. How do I document the completion of those requirements and by when?

    For those who are offered admission conditional to completing missing degree requirements or General Education, Florida Gordon Rule, &/or BSN prerequisite courses prior to starting the program, information will be provided in our Canvas program onboarding course, Nursing Taking Flight, as well as sent to UNF student emails for those who owe any degree proof or proof of external grades.  Program administrators will be able to see official UNF grades for the term prior to students having access to the official grade postings.  Any posts/correspondence will outline how and by when to document your outstanding requirements as successfully completed.

    Any missing General Education, Gordon Rule, &/or BSN prerequisite courses must be completed with a C or better to be considered successful attempts.

  • May I apply for both the Regular and Accelerated Prelicensure tracks at the same time?
    No; post-baccalaureate applicants should apply under the Accelerated Prelicensure track as that is the track designed for those seeking an additional undergraduate degree.  Post-baccalaureate candidates will not be considered for the Regular Prelicensure track as seats in the Regular Prelicensure track are meant for students (internal and transfers, alike) who are seeking their first baccalaureate degree.
  • How do I apply for the program?

    Transfer and post-baccalaureate degree-seeking candidates will select the UNF Undergraduate Admissions Application. From there, post-baccalaureate degree-seeking candidates will select the Post-Baccalaureate type, and transfers without a baccalaureate degree will select Transfer. Once candidates reach the Enrollment Plans page to select their major, freshman and transfers will see the Nursing: Regular Prelicensure as their only option; however, post-baccalaureate degree-seeking candidates will see Nursing: Accel Prelicensure.

    Those who are current UNF students will not use the university application form; instead, current students must supply a Change of Major request via Brooks College of Health (BCH) Advising during Nursing's window for accepting such submissions, which is generally after the registration-by-appointment week for the upcoming terms.  For the upcoming 2024 and 2025 admission periods, BCH Advising will accept a Change of Major from any internal UNF student during the following timeframes:  from Jan. 16, 2024, through Feb. 8, 2024, for Fall 2024; from May 20, 2024, through Sept. 1, 2024, for Spring 2025.  Dates have not yet been set for Summer 2025; that major change request window will be posted here by late Spring 2024 term.

    Note that if you are a UNF student who is enrolled in any coursework outside of the university when you go to submit your COM, a transcript showing the IP external coursework must be on file with the university (refer above on the FAQ list for how to document non-UNF IP courses properly) so that your COM eligibility may be properly assessed  by the advising team.

    Those who are seeking to become RNs should not select RN-BSN Bridge, BSN (online, 8 week) as this is a bridge track for those who are already RNs seeking to complete their BSN studies.  If you reach a step in the application where this is the only option that you see then you have made a mistake someplace.  It is recommended that the applicant contact the Office of Admissions for assistance at admissions@unf.edu or phone One-Stop Student Services at (904) 620-5555.

  • If seats fill before I am considered, is there a waiting list, or may I change application terms?

    Candidates who do not immediately meet admission requirements upon program consideration will be maintained on a pending list and emailed regarding what they need to supply to the program as well as how and by when.  Once those candidates submit all items necessary to meet minimum admission requirements, their statuses will be updated to either admitted or waitlisted depending on the availability of seats under the application term sought.

    The program will administer a waiting list for the Regular and Accelerated Prelicensure BSN tracks separately for qualified candidates after the available seats are full.  There is no limit as to the length of the waiting list, but rank is not revealed.

    Those who are pending to clear admission requirements or waitlisted may opt to update their applications to a later term; those candidates should contact the program for assistance with this and should not make any application updates at the university level without first discussing them with the program.

    Candidates who elect to move terms must meet the admission requirements at the time of consideration under the new term to be offered a seat or placed on the waiting list.  Keep in mind that grades that are submitted after consideration for one term may affect your overall &/or BSN PRQ GPA for a future term so be sure to strive for the strongest grades possible.  The program has witnessed GPAs drop when new grades posted to records after initial consideration.

  • Are graduate-level courses considered for admission or in my GPA calculations?
    No; graduate-level courses may not be used to influence GPA or to satisfy program prerequisites. This is because graduate courses do not transfer to the university for undergraduate-level programs. There are no exceptions to this policy.
  • I'm not sure if I'm eligible to apply yet and would like to discuss my potential application with someone. What should I do or who should I contact?

    General inquiries regarding the application process and admission requirements should be directed to Dr. Dibble at nursingadmissions@unf.edu. Note that transcripts cannot be reviewed or commented on prior to application and transfer evaluation with the Enrollment Services team at the university level.  To have transcripts officially reviewed, please begin the application process.

    Further, those with programmatic questions such as how the programs operate/function, and not those related to applying/getting in, should be directed to Dr. Judy Comeaux, Prelicensure Program Director, at jcomeaux@unf.edu

  • What transcripts do I need to supply?
    Transcripts from each individual institution at which any college credit was attempted must be supplied by the deadline to the One-Stop at UNF. This includes actual transcripts for AICE, IB, AP, DANTES, and CLEP courses as well as course-by-course evaluations for any coursework taken abroad. Note that if you enrolled transiently/concurrently or attended multiple colleges or universities, a transcript from each is required. UNF will not lift, consider, or otherwise review courses that are not from the actual institutions regardless of their presence on transcripts.
  • Does the School of Nursing issue early admission letters for ROTC, NCP, STA-21, NECP, MECP, or AECP/AMEDD candidates?

    Yes; for more information, please contact Dr. Dibble at nursingadmissions@unf.edu.

    Please note that we are not currently able to provide early admission letters under the Army's AECP track as our 2021 and 2022 overall NCLEX-RN pass rates for first-time testers were just below the Army's mandatory 90% pass rate requirement.  We will revisit our eligibility with the Army in the future.  Please contact Dr. Dibble with questions.

  • What is the NCLEX pass rate for the School of Nursing's first-time testers?
    The School of Nursing's pass rates for the last several years are as follow:  2018 - 95%; 2019 - 96%; 2020 - 95%; 2021 - 88%; 2022 - 88%; 2023 Q1 - 86%, Q2 - 98%, Q3 - 96%.
  • Is admission for the RPL and APL BSN tracks competitive or rolling?

    Prior to Summer 2023, admission to these BSN degree tracks was a competitive process; however, the School of Nursing made several changes to the admission requirements and selection process during the Spring 2023 and early Summer 2023 semesters for Fall 2023 and beyond.  Admission is now handled with a version of rolling admission offers; that is, candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be offered admission on a first come, first served basis until all track seats are full.  After the seats are full, the School of Nursing will implement a waiting list of qualified alternate candidates.

    The TEAS will no longer be required for Spring 2024 candidates and beyond.

    Questions should be directed to Dr. Beth Dibble at nursingadmissions@unf.edu. Please allow up to two (2) business days for a reply unless an automatic out-of-office reply is received or your message is sent within one (1) week of an application deadline (prior and after, alike).  Your patience is appreciated in advance.

  • Generally, what do the schedules for the Regular and Accelerated Prelicensure tracks look like?

    For the Accelerated Prelicensure BSN track, students typically have three (3) days of class throughout the first semester along with and one (1) 8-hour clinical for Fundamental Nursing Concepts in the last six (6) weeks. In their second semester, these students usually have three (3) days of class, 12-hour clinicals one (1) day per week for Med/Surg, and 10-hour clinicals one (1) day per week for eight (8) weeks (four [4] shifts for Chronic/Rehab and four [4] shifts for Psychiatric Mental Health). During the third semester, Accelerated students have three (3) days of class and two (2) 12-hour clinical days each week for Complex Nursing Concepts, Women's Health, and Pediatrics (Women's Health and Pediatrics are half-term courses that switch at midterm). In the final semester, these students have two (2) days of class and two (2) 12-hour clinical days per week for six (6) weeks.

    For the Regular Prelicensure BSN track, students typically have three (3) days of class throughout the first semester along with one (1) 8-hour clinical for Fundamental Nursing Concepts in the last six (6) weeks. In their second semester, these students usually have two (2) days of class and 10-hour clinicals on day per week for eight (8) weeks (four [4] shifts for Chronic/Rehab and four [4] shifts for Psychiatric mental Health. Similarly, in the third semester, these students will typically have two (2) days of class; however, they will also have one (1) 12-hour clinical per week for Med/Surg and then four (4) 12-hour days for Women's Health. These students then complete one (1) 12-hour clinical per week for Complex Nursing Concepts and then four (4) 12-hour days for Pediatrics. In the final semester, these students have one (1) day of class and two (2) 12-hour clinical days per week for the six (6) weeks. 

    For more information about how the Accelerated or Regular Prelicensure BSN tracks operate (not admission questions), please contact Dr. Judy Comeaux, Prelicensure Program Director, at jcomeaux@unf.edu

    Note that clinicals may be held from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for the 12-hour shifts and could be any day of the week or weekend.

  • What are the costs related to the Regular and Accelerated Prelicensure BSN programs?

    The largest expense in the Regular (RPL) and Accelerated (APL) Prelicensure BSN programs is related to tuition and fees.  These are set annually by the university and published for review at www.unf.edu/tuition/.  To roughly estimate your tuition and fees costs, multiple the current rate (in-state versus out-of-state residency status) by 52 credits for the APL program or by 60 credits for the RPL program.  Lab courses will also incur a $15 lab/materials fee.  Additionally, all students are expected to have access to and use of a reliable laptop computer and printer/scanner.  Prices will vary by brand and model.  Note that Chromebooks and netbooks are strongly discouraged for use in place of a laptop as they do not interface well with necessary software platforms.

    Books for the two BSN tracks also comprise a large cost at approximately $1443 as of Fall 2023.  Books for the program are mostly purchased through two (2) e-book bundles via the UNF Bookstore.  As of Summer 2023, new admits are automatically charged on their student bills for the e-book bundles.  For Summer and Fall 2023, the first e-book bundle cost was ~$591 for those entering their first semester.  The second e-book bundle is charged ahead of the second semester of the program and is ~$422.  Additional program books that aren't covered in the book bundles sum to ~$430; some of this cost is incurred in the second semester, while the remainder is incurred in the term when student take Pediatrics.  Several of the books may be used throughout the program.  The program does strive to keep book costs at a minimum where possible.  Another large cost for both tracks is related to the equipment used in labs and clinicals; the nursing skills kit is a one-time purchase for $350 that includes various materials for skills lab as well as a stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, pen light, and bandage scissors.

    In addition to tuition and book costs, the program requires special uniforms and study resources.  Students will utilize HESI assessment materials throughout the program; this package is approximately $650.  They also purchase study skills from Lippincott for approximately $140.  Additionally, scrub uniforms for hospital experiences run about $50-60 per set; two (2) sets are required.  A community experience uniform is also required that includes khaki pants (prices vary) and a UNF Nursing polo shirt ($35).  Also, students with visible arm tattoos must cover them with a UNF long-sleeved shirt while in hospital or community engagement settings; this shirt is $20.  An optional scrub jacket is also available that may be worn in the clinical area outside of patient care experiences and is currently about $35.  Appropriate footwear for each uniform will vary by store and brand.  Students are required to obtain a UNF Nursing ID badge for $8.  For those who also need a new UNF student ID, which also serves as an access card for the library, gym, and sporting events, the total cost is $15.  Also, a virtual UNF parking decal will be required; annual decal rates range from $95-$280 depending on parking preferences.

    Additionally, background checks, fingerprints, drug screens, health histories, immunization records, and CPR certification are required for program enrollment and are documented through centralized systems. The background check, fingerprinting, and drug screens take place through CastleBranch for an initial fee of $140; additional updates to the background check and drug screens are due part way through the program for an additional $75 fee.  Health histories and immunization records are required for entry to clinical and community sites; myClinical Exchange is used for this record maintenance with a $80 fee for two years.  The costs associated with obtaining an updated physical and immunizations/titer proof will vary by provider and insurance coverage.  CPR certification course prices will vary by organization/agency, but tend to range from $40-$55 for a two-year certification.

    Finally, success by the programs' graduates on NCLEX-RN is of the utmost importance.  To enhance the HESI resources and learning experiences in the program, students entering their final semester of BSN study are strongly encouraged to purchase study resources for the NCLEX.  Several resources are available and range in cost from $250-$500.

    Costs associated with the program are subject to change without notice.  A full list of updated costs is provided in the welcome letter upon program admission. This is normally sent via e-mail shortly after the School of Nursing's RSVP window.  Questions regarding financial aid and scholarships should be directed to fa@unf.edu.

  • Will my financial aid cover the starting costs for the Prelicensure B.S.N. tracks?
    While financial aid may cover items billed to your student account by the university such as tuition and fees as well as your e-book bundles, other costs related to starting the Prelicensure Nursing tracks are upfront costs that must be paid before aid refunds are released.  Candidates should take this into consideration when planning for future program enrollment.  Items such as the HESI, immunization requirements. CastleBranch, myClinicalExchange, skills kit, and uniforms are incurred costs ahead of the program.
  • Do I need a car for the Prelicensure Nursing tracks? How does campus housing work?

    All students enrolled in any of the School of Nursing's Prelicensure tracks must have access to reliable transportation; while this does not mean that students must own a vehicle, candidates for the program should consider their options.  Most students have vehicles while those who do not learn to navigate Jacksonville's public transit system (JTA) or arrange to carpool with other students.  Classes may be held at the FSCJ Deerwood MexNexus simulation center while clinicals and community engagement hours take place weekly off campus around the greater Jacksonville metropolitan area.

    While campus housing is available, it is limited and likely fills quickly each year.  Candidates who are considering on-campus housing should consult directly with Housing & Residence Life.

  • How is the FAN class schedule different from that of the RPL track? For example, how does it work to take nursing courses with program prerequisites?

    The Freshman Admit Nursing (FAN) concentration is one (1) of two (2) concentrations of the Regular Prelicensure (RPL) B.S.N. track.  The FAN track allows First Time in College (FTIC) students to enroll in the actual nursing program in their very first fall semester and take one (1) non-clinical nursing course alongside general university requirements and program prerequisites each semester for the first four (4) semesters.  Then, in the spring term of their sophomore year, FAN students will take their first nursing lab and clinical content alongside those other requirements before a summer break.  When the FAN students return from the summer break, they will progress through the remainder of their nursing courses while filling any gaps in full-time enrollment with remaining university requirements &/or elective content.  Those who do not need to enroll full-time those semesters for insurance &/or financial aid purposes will be able to carry a slightly lighter credit load if electives are not desired and graduation hours will be satisfied.

    The FAN concentration differs from the upper-level concentration of the RPL program with regard to course schedule in that the RPL students take all university requirements and program prerequisites prior to program matriculation and then take only nursing classes during their final two (2) undergraduate years.

    Assuming successful, on-time progression in each college semester of either track, total enrollment is expected to be four (4) years.  For FAN students, the enrollment is from day one to degree completion; for RPL students, the first two years are generally for the Associate of Arts and the final two years are for nursing program courses.

  • Can I graduate from the university in less than four (4) years if I am admitted into the FAN program and come in with college hours from high school?

    The FAN concentration of the RPL B.S.N. track is a cohort-based delivery with courses that must be taken in a set order.  Graduation from the program cannot be expedited; rather, students who enter the program with hours earned in high school through dual enrollment or accelerated mechanisms such as AICE, AP, &/or IB will be permitted to take fewer courses in certain semesters or fill those spots on the schedule with elective hours.  In those cases, earning a minor is strongly encouraged.

    Assuming successful, on-time progression per semester, the program should be completed in no more than four (4) years.

  • If I earned college credits in high school, will I need to retake the courses at UNF? May I do a minor if I have fulfilled requirements on my degree evaluation already with transfer credits?

    The FAN concentration will accept students with less than 30 college credits earned in high school through dual enrollment and other accelerated mechanisms such as AICE, AP, &/or IB scores.  Those courses with passing grades/scores will be honored toward the B.S.N. program of study and do not need to be retaken.

    Minors are encouraged in these circumstances to fill in the degree plan, especially if full-time enrollment is necessary for insurance &/or financial aid purposes.  Minors offered by the university may be found at in the undergraduate catalog.  Current FAN students have selected minors such as Psychology, Public Health, Global Health, Leadership, and American Sign Language.

  • I matriculated in the Freshman Admit Nursing (FAN) track, but I did not complete it. May I apply to be considered under the Regular Prelicensure track instead?
    Unfortunately, those who begin the Freshman Admit Nursing (FAN) track and decide to not complete it or are otherwise exited from the track prior to completion may not apply under the Regular Prelicensure B.S.N. track at a later time.  This is due to the very limited number of seats in each track; a seat left open in the FAN track cannot typically otherwise be filled once students have matriculated.
  • I earned more than 30 credits or an Associate of Arts (A.A.) while in high school. Am I eligible for FAN?

    Students entering UNF from high school with more than 30 credit hours are discouraged from the FAN program due to their advanced college standing.  Instead, they are encouraged to enroll as pre-nursing for one (1) year (roughly 30 semester hours; less if more hours are transferred into UNF) and then try for upper-level RPL admission.  In those cases, the advanced hours standing will allow the students to graduate in less than four (4) years at UNF. 

    Students entering UNF from high school with an Associate of Arts (A.A.) earned at another FL public institution are not eligible for FAN as they are already college juniors by credit hour.  Instead, those individuals should contact Dr. Beth Dibble, Assistant Director for Admissions: Nursing Programs, at nursingadmissions@unf.edu to ensure that they are considered for fall admission under the upper-level RPL track if they will meet that concentration's admission requirements/policies on time.  If additional prerequisites are needed, those candidates are encourage to change to another major and then change back once ready.  Such candidates also stand to graduate from UNF in less than the traditional four (4) years.

  • Will I be permitted to take prerequisites at another institution?
    University requirements and program prerequisites may be fulfilled prior to program enrollment with transfer hours earned through high school dual enrollment and accelerated mechanisms such as AICE, AP, &/or IB.  Once matriculated in the program, however, only Microbiology may be taken outside of UNF and only with program/advisor approval.
  • Is summer enrollment required?
    Summer enrollment between the freshman and sophomore years of the FAN track is required.  Courses during the summer semester are typically offered in the Summer C session (12 weeks; May through August).  FAN students may use the following summers in the program to satisfy any remaining courses for the university's General Education, Florida Gordon Rule, &/or Civic Literacy requirements.
  • Will I be a Pre-Nursing major or a Nursing major if I am admitted to the FAN program?
    Those admitted to the FAN concentration of the RPL B.S.N. track are considered actual Nursing majors, not Pre-Nursing majors, upon matriculation at UNF.  Those who are not selected for FAN are still welcome to maintain their FTIC admission to UNF and enroll as a Pre-Nursing major to complete university requirements and program prerequisites during their freshman and sophomore years and compete for admission to the upper-level RPL concentration to begin junior year.  Note that shortly after being admitted, all Pre-Nursing students are updated to Pre-Health with a Nursing intention/focus.  Pre-Nursing students are not actually matriculated in the program until Nursing courses start upon program admission.
  • What does the university consider when looking at FAN candidates? Is a resume or volunteer experience required?

    There is currently no method by which to apply to the FAN concentration; rather, candidates for the FAN concentration are selected from the university's fall FTIC Pre-Nursing admission list and must meet the FAN criteria, which is above and beyond the requirements for Pre-Nursing admission.  There is no separate method or form by which to indicate you are interested in the FAN concentration.

    Beginning with the FAN 2024 cohort, there are no longer required admission interviews for FAN at this time.  Also, for FAN 2024, the university team will now handle FAN admissions processing and offers.  The first batch of offers will be released by the university on or about Nov. 15, 2023 with rolling offers after that date.

    Questions may be directed to admissions@unf.edu

  • What happens if I am waitlisted or denied for the FAN program?

    Those who are waitlisted or denied for the FAN track will still be afforded university admission as Pre-Nursing students.  Again, the university admissions team will handle this process.  Those who are waitlisted and not called up as well as those who were denied after interview are welcome to later try for the upper-level RPL concentration during sophomore year for junior year program admission.  Questions may be directed to admissions@unf.edu

  • Do I still have to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) for the university if I am admitted to the FAN program? Does the program have separate orientation?

    As a new student entering from high school, NSO is required even with FAN admission.  

    The program will onboard new FAN students to the School of Nursing through the use of standing courses in Canvas.  Invitations to join the courses will be issued to UNF email accounts upon FAN program admission.

  • Who do I contact with questions about FAN?

    Questions regarding your university-level FTIC and FAN admission statuses should be directed to admissions@unf.edu or One-Stop Student Services at (904) 620-5555.

    Questions regarding your degree plan for the FAN concentration should be directed to Brooks College of Health Advising at cohadvis@unf.edu or (904) 620-2812. 

    Questions regarding other aspects of enrollment in the FAN program, its policies, and its expectations may be directed to Prelicensure Program Director, Dr. Judy Comeaux, at jcomeaux@unf.edu.

  • What are the admission requirements for the program?

    A full list of admission requirements for both tracks may be located through the Nursing Admissions area. From there, click on the name of the track to view the details. Note that there are online and on-campus options for enrollment when you submit the university application form.  RN licensure (or NCLEX-RN appointment proof) must be submitted as an application checklist item. This may be done through the application portal as a self-upload to the application checklist; for assistance with the application checklist document upload process, please contact UNF Online at unfonline@unf.edu or (904) 620-3577.

    Acceptable documents for RN licensure or NCLEX-RN appointment proof include a copy of the RN licensure wallet card, a screenshot of the state licensure verification system, or an email from Pearson showing the date, time, and location of the NCLEX-RN testing appointment.  Note that for those who submit testing appointment proof, admission cannot be granted without proof of passing the exam (generally available approximately two days after testing).

  • Is foreign language required for admission to the program? How can I meet this requirement?

    While completion of a foreign language is not required for admission to the RN-BSN Bridge, it must be completed prior to a certain point to continue with program enrollment. Prior to admission, the Coordinator for Online Nursing will work with applicants on developing an approved plan for completion of this requirement. For the on-campus cohorts, the language requirement must be fulfilled by the end of the second (2nd) semester; for the online cohorts, it must be completed before the final full term in the program. Those who wish to complete the foreign language requirement alongside program enrollment may do so at UNF or with another regionally accredited institution. 

    For those who are missing foreign language and plan to complete the language requirement while enrolled in the RN-BSN program, all of the UNF General Education & Gordon Rule, Florida Civic Literacy, and BSN prerequisite course requirements must be completed prior to admission--the maximum deficiency allowance of six (6) semester hours will not apply.

    Those entering the RN-BSN track without a previous baccalaureate degree may satisfy the language requirement in one (1) of three (3) ways:

    1. With two (2) consecutive years of a single foreign language (or American Sign Language) in high school with passing grades in all grading periods (submit HS transcripts to One Stop in this case);
    2. With eight (8) passing credit hours of a single college-level foreign or American sign language; or,
    3. Receive certification as a bi- or multilingual student (done after admission) via UNF's language department.
  • Are General Education and Florida Gordon Rule required for program admission?

    The program does not necessarily require General Education and Florida Gordon Rule to be met to enroll in the program; however, those requirements must be met by a certain point in program enrollment as determined by the RN-BSN Program Director and tracked by the Coordinator for Online Nursing.  Prior to admission, the Coordinator for Online Nursing will work with applicants on developing an approved plan for completion of this requirement. Note that those who wish to complete an Associate of Arts (A.A.) at UNF or with another Florida public institution may do so alongside RN-BSN program courses for both the on-campus and online formats. A maximum deficiency of six (6) total semester hours is allowed for admission with the exception of those who are missing foreign language.

    Final transcripts for courses taken at all institutions outside of UNF must be submitted to the One-Stop. Admission under this policy is handled on a case-by-case scenario. Note that candidates must still have enough credit hours (60 semester hours) to matriculate in the program. Additional details regarding this policy and practice may be obtained from Online Nursing

    Candidate who received an Associate of Arts (A.A.) from a Florida public institution or a baccalaureate from an institution accredited by an acceptable institutional accreditor will be exempt from General Education and Gordon Rule requirements.

  • How will I know if I am missing required coursework?
    After you have applied with all required materials for the application checklist in myWings, your transcripts will be evaluated first by the university's enrollment team. Those applicants who meet the minimum GPA and credit hour requirements for the RN-BSN Bridge will then be referred to the School of Nursing for program review. At that time, the Assistant Director for Nursing Admissions will evaluate the applicant's coursework for missing requirements such as program prerequisites, General Education, Florida Gordon Rule, Civic Literacy, and foreign language. Those applicants who fully meet requirements will be admitted and will receive a welcome notice from the Coordinator for Online Nursing Programs. Those applicants who are missing coursework will be referred to the coordinator for follow-up regarding those requirements, and the coordinator will contact the applicant to discuss a potential plan for completion. A maximum deficiency of six (6) total semester hours is allowed for admission with the exception of those who are missing foreign language. Questions about this may be directed to Online Nursing.
  • How do I know if my nursing program was nationally accredited?

    If you are not sure if your nursing program was nationally accredited, you should check directly with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN; formerly NLNAC) before applying. They have a search function for program status.

    While more rare, you may also check with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

  • I'm not sure if I should apply yet and would like additional information. Who should I contact?
    General questions regarding the application and enrollment process may be directed to UNF Online at (904) 620-3577 or unfonline@unf.edu.  Information may also be obtained from https://onlinedegree.unf.edu.
  • What transcripts do I need to supply? How is my GPA calculated for admission?

    Transcripts from each individual institution at which any college credit was attempted must be supplied by the deadline to One-Stop Student Services at UNF. Note that this includes actual transcripts for AICE, IB, AP, DANTES, and CLEP courses as well as course-by-course evaluations for any coursework taken abroad. Note that if you enrolled transiently/concurrently or attended multiple colleges or universities, a transcript from each is required. UNF will not lift, consider, or otherwise review courses that are not from the actual institutions regardless of their presence on transcripts.

    Consideration for the RN-BSN Bridge requires no less than a 2.80 overall undergraduate GPA based on the courses that transfer for credit. When transcripts are submitted as part of the application process, they are evaluated for transfer by Enrollment Services. Hours from ASN program enrollment do not generally transfer to the university. This usually applies to ASN degrees completed at community or state colleges; in some cases, ASN courses completed at universities will transfer for credit. 

    Courses taken at institutions accredited by acceptable institutional accreditors in preparation for nursing enrollment such as prerequisites and General Education courses typically comprise the overall GPA. Candidates are encouraged to review where their overall GPAs stand with their ASN hours excluded in the event that those hours do not transfer.

    Graduate courses will not be considered toward the GPA or course requirements for the program.

  • Is work experience required for enrollment in the RN-BSN Bridge?
    Work experience is no longer required to enroll in the program.
  • What programs do you offer at the graduate level?

    As detailed under our graduate programs area, the UNF School of Nursing currently offers DNP studies for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse Anesthesiology (CRNA), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and the generic post-MSN DNP track. Currently, the generic post-MSN DNP and PMHNP tracks are offered online, and the generic post-MSN DNP track offers courses in the traditional-semester length (this option is ending in Fall 2021 with a final cohort) and in the accelerated, 8-week length formats (must choose format upon application; this format will continue past Fall 2021).  The School of Nursing also introduced the PMHNP Certificate track for those who wish to obtain certification as a PMHNP yet do not desire a clinical doctorate.  The first cohort began in Fall 2021.  Further, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program was reactivated with two new tracks in Fall 2021.  Those tracks include Nursing Education as well as Nursing Leadership & Administration, and both are fully online programs with full-time enrollment only.

    With the exception of the CRNA and PMHNP tracks, which make competitive selections post-deadline, admission is offered on a rolling basis to the advertised start terms annually.  That is, the School of Nursing renders decisions on files as they are completed for consideration rather than queuing decisions until after the deadlines have passed.

  • I applied for the PMHNP DNP or Certificate track. What is the process for candidate selection?

    Beginning with the Spring 2024 pool, the PMHNP tracks moved from rolling to competitive admission with the introduction of proctored essay and interview phases.  Candidates must apply through the UNF Graduate School and submit all supplemental materials by the application deadline through the online application portal with the university.  This track does NOT utilize NursingCAS.  

    The UNF Graduate School receives and processes the applications and materials prior to referring a file in the application portal to the School of Nursing for consideration and review.  Dr. Dibble enters required data to an Excel workbook that is shared with PMHNP program leadership after the application pool has closed.  Program leadership then determines who is invited to participate in the proctored essay and interview phases.  Those invitations are sent out via email with links to access those phases; deadlines for those phases are also noted in the communication.  Once the essay and interview phases are closed, program leadership will individually rate the candidates on those items.  The scores will be recorded and combined by leadership with candidates identified to whom to offer admission or waiting list spots as well as to whom to nofify of denial.  Leadership then relays that data back to Dr. Dibble who will release the decisions.  Those who are offered admission must RSVP to enroll.

    The program aims to have all decisions out shortly into the fall semester each year to allow new admits time to make arrangements for spring enrollment.  Dates may vary and change slightly based on program needs.

  • Am I able to pursue two different graduate Nursing tracks at the same time?

    Unfortunately, students may not have dual concentrations in the same major.  For example, the major is Nursing for the new MSN program, and the concentrations are Education or Leadership & Administration.  Candidates must decide what track to which they wish to be enrolled before applying.  The same applies at the doctorate level.  Also, students may not dually enroll in the generic post-MSN DNP track and the post-MSN PMHNP Certificate track; instead, candidates should complete one program before applying to and enrolling in the next one.

    If students enroll in one graduate track and later wish to change mid-program, this may be done with program director and advisor approval one (1) time and must align with the application period associated with the track into which the students wish to change.  The School of Nursing does not typically allow the submission of graduate-level major changes.

  • If I am not able to complete two MSN or two DNP tracks at the same time, may I complete one, graduate from it, and then return to complete another track of the same degree?
    No; if you complete a MSN, you may not return to UNF to complete another MSN.  Similarly, if you complete a DNP, you may not return to UNF to complete another DNP.  However, if you complete a MSN, you may apply to the DNP or certificate tracks that are offered by the School of Nursing if you otherwise meet the admission requirements for the track sought. Similarly, if you complete the DNP, you may apply to the certificate track offered by the School of Nursing if you otherwise meet the admission requirements for it.
  • Are entrance exam scores required to apply?

    The GRE is required for all DNP-CRNA applicants.  Effective for Fall 2021, the entrance exam requirements for the DNP-FNP track have been discontinued.  Additionally, entrance exam scores are not required for the PMHNP DNP, PMHNP Certificate, generic post-MSN DNP, and MSN tracks.

    For those from whom scores are required, all score reports are due to the Graduate School by the deadline. The testing companies will generally only archive scores for a five-year period. There are no extensions to the application deadlines. Candidates may take the entrance exam as many times as is desired, but the School of Nursing will not combine test sections from different attempts (known as super-scoring).

  • What are the prerequisite course requirements for the MSN, FNP, or CRNA tracks?
    There are no specific prerequisite courses required for entry to the BSN-MSN and BSN-DNP tracks; rather, those with baccalaureate nursing degrees from nationally accredited programs at regionally accredited institutions should find that they have the necessary foundations in nursing to continue into graduate studies.
  • May I transfer in graduate-level work from another institution or have course requirements waived?

    Generally, those admitted to the School of Nursing's MSN and DNP tracks may be approved to waive up to 12 credits based on previous successful completion at the graduate level through a nationally accredited program at a regionally accredited institution.  Credits cannot be waived in the PMHNP Certificate track.  Upon admission to a graduate Nursing track, candidates will be added to program "homepages" in Canvas.  The waiver request form is available in Canvas to all admitted candidates and should be submitted prior to enrolling; if this is not possible, the form may be submitted within the first term of the program.  Directions are included on the form.

    The School of Nursing developed a list of courses that may not be waived; these courses must be taken through the UNF School of Nursing toward the prescribed degree plan:  NGR6740 Role Development; NGR5003C Health Assessment; NGR5810 Research Methods; NGR7843 Statistics; NGR7850 Evidence-Based Practice I; NGR7851 Evidence-Based Practice II; NGR7946 Residency; NGR7974 Project; any clinical courses identified with a "C" at the end of the course number.

    Admits for the generic post-MSN DNP who hold active national certification as a CRNA or admits who have at least five (5) years of experience in an advanced nursing role may receive three (3) credits of Residency waived for the experience.  No additional credits of Residency may be waived by any students.  However, if these students wish to waive other courses instead, they are welcome to do so and will then take all nine (9) credits of Residency.  The automatic Residency waiver is first identified upon admission, but it may be re-evaluated mid-program if a student gains the necessary experience prior to the final Residency enrollment.  Additionally, those who hold active national certification as a CRNA will also have Advanced Pharmacology waived for three (3) credits, which leaves six (6) other credits that may be waived excluding additional Residency credits and the above list of courses that must be taken in the program.

  • Where are the clinical sites located for the FNP track?
    Clinical sites for the FNP track are located in the northeast region of Florida due to contractual requirements between the university and the off-campus sites.
  • My BSN is from a program that is not nationally accredited by the CCNE or ACEN &/or doesn't meet the AACN's Essentials of Baccalaureate Education. May I still apply?

    For the BSN-MSN and BSN-DNP tracks, the UNF School of Nursing recognizes that there are baccalaureate nursing programs that may not be CCNE or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited. In some instances, schools may hold such accreditation now but did not when the candidate was enrolled. Questions may be directed to the program directors listed on the Contact Us page. 

    This question does not apply to the PMHNP or generic post-MSN DNP tracks as they require a MSN and national certification for application.

  • For the Nurse Anesthesiology DNP track, what is considered a critical care setting?

    The Council on Accreditation (COA) defines critical care: 

    Critical care experience must be obtained in a critical care area within the United States, its territories or a U.S. Military hospital outside of the United States. During this experience, the registered professional nurse has developed critical decision making and psychomotor skills, competency in patient assessment, and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. A critical care area is defined as one where, on a routine basis, the registered professional nurse manages one or more of the following: invasive hemodynamic monitors (such as a pulmonary artery catheter, CVP, arterial); cardiac assist devices; mechanical ventilation; and vasoactive infusions. Examples of critical care units may include but are not limited to: Surgical Intensive Care, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care, Coronary Intensive Care, Medical Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care, and Neonatal Intensive Care. Those who have experiences in other areas may be considered provided they can demonstrate competence with managing unstable patients, invasive monitoring, ventilators, and critical care pharmacology.

  • May I attend part-time?

    Part-time enrollment is available in the School of Nursing's graduate tracks for post-MSN DNP, BSN-DNP FNP, and PMHNP DNP.  Full-time enrollment is required for the Nurse Anesthetist DNP track and the PMHNP Certificate track as well as for both MSN tracks.

    For the tracks that allow for part-time enrollment, you will be able to indicate your enrollment preference on the application, but the program will notify you of your enrollment offer upon admission.

  • How often is admission offered for the graduate tracks?

    Admission periods vary by the graduate track. The MSN, FNP, PMHNP, and traditionally-formatted generic post-MSN DNP tracks and the PMHNP Certificate track each only admit for the Fall semester annually, while the CRNA track only admits for the Spring semester annually. The accelerated, 8-week semester format of the generic post-MSN DNP track offers admission to new students at the first half of each semester for summer, fall, and spring.

    Note that space in each track is limited per admission period.  First, the FNP track is able to admit up to 15 full-time and 15 part-time students each fall on a first come, first served basis before implementing a waiting list.  Similarly, the PMHNP DNP and Certificate tracks are able to admit up to 20 students (may be either full- or part-time) combined each fall; the same is true of the two new MSN tracks.  The PMHNP and MSN tracks also admits on a first come, first served basis.  Further, the number of seats available in the CRNA track may vary slightly each year so applicants for this track are encouraged to contact napadmissions@unf.edu to determine how many applicants will be admitted in an upcoming admission period.  Finally, limits have not been needed recently for the generic post-MSN DNP tracks.

  • I do not possess the necessary national certification in a specialty area. May I still apply for the PMHNP or generic post-MSN tracks?

    Generally, no; all admission requirements must be met and documented with appropriate forms by the application deadline. However, the PMHNP DNP and Certificate tracks will allow applicants who are not nurse practitioners, but who are licensed as APRNs and nationally certified (must be active) in one of the following roles:  CRNA, CNM, and CNS.  These applicants must have graduate-level coursework already in assessment, advanced pathophysiology, and pharmacology with a B or better.

    Additionally, the post-MSN DNP degree program will allow non-certified MSNs apply under the administrative track, but to apply under the practice track, the applicant must be licensed as an APRN and nationally certified (must be active) in one of the following roles:  CRNA, NP, CNS, or CNM.

  • Is financial aid available for enrollment in the graduate nursing programs?

    Financial aid is generally available for those enrolled in the MSN and DNP tracks.  Financial aid eligibility and borrowing limits may apply.  Questions regarding aid should be directed to Financial Aid. 

    Since the PMHNP Certificate is not a degree program, financial aid is not available for this track.  This should be taken into consideration when deciding between the PMHNP Certificate and DNP tracks.