All prospective candidates for the School of Nursing are
encouraged to fully review all of the SON webpages and embedded links as well as the below lists of frequently asked questions.
Questions regarding application and admission to all of the undergraduate tracks and all graduate tracks except for the CRNA track may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions regarding application and admission to the CRNA track may be directed to email@example.com.
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. 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. Your patience is appreciated.
While foreign language is not required for admission to the Regular and Accelerated Prelicensure BSN tracks, it is required for graduation from the Regular Prelicensure BSN track. Those who possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution will be exempt from the language requirement.
Those entering the Regular Prelicensure 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.
General Education and Gordon Rule must be completed by the time one matriculates in the Regular Prelicensure (RPL) BSN track. Applicants for the Accelerated Prelicensure BSN track are exempt from these requirements based on the completion of a previous baccalaureate degree.
In order to meet the General Education and Gordon Rule requirements for the RPL track, candidates may: 1) Possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to program matriculation; 2) Possess an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a Florida public institution prior to program matriculation; or, 3) Meet the requirements as listed in the undergraduate catalog course-by-course.
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 AA 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes; however, the program does have a minimum number of prerequisites that must be done by the application deadline for the admission term sought (see next paragraph) and all prerequisites must be completed by the start of the program with a "C" or better in each.
Minimum prerequisite course count policy: Effective beginning in Summer 2012, 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).
Yes; candidates are welcome to retake prerequisites to boost the competitiveness of their academic profiles. Those applicants with multiple low grades (i.e., many "C" or "B-" grades) are strongly encouraged to retake prerequisites. 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 us at email@example.com with all pertinent details and contact information for the other institution.
Due to application deadlines, courses repeated through the fall term will be considered for summer admission, while courses repeated through the spring term will be considered for fall admission. 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 the Nursing Admissions Office 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 competitive ranking for interview consideration as once a course is marked as "met" on the DE, the program will not be looking for better attempts unless directed by the applicant.
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 Center at 904.620.5555 on a case-by-case basis, if necessary.
With respect to minimum eligibility and competitiveness, spring grades are not considered for summer admission. For example, for Summer 2018 admission consideration, Spring 2018 grades will not be available at the January 15th application deadline to impact the candidate's program eligibility or competitiveness. Grades earned through Fall 2017 and filed properly with the university will be used to determine this.
Similarly, for Fall 2018 admission consideration, Summer 2018 grades will not be available at the May 1st application deadline to impact eligibility and competitiveness. Grades earned through Spring 2018 and filed properly with the university will be used to determine this.
See the next FAQ re: what to do if your school (non-UNF) will not have Spring grades posted by the May 1 deadline and you are considering Fall admission.
For any applicant to a Fall cohort who is taking any Spring courses outside of UNF and whose institution will not have grades posted to the online student portal by the May 1st deadline, there is a form for documenting grades. The Spring Grade Report Form (SGRF) will be required to me for each course. This form should not be sent any earlier than one week prior to the deadline, should be in .pdf format, and must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Confirmation of receipt will be made via email when the form is accessed and downloaded. After the deadline, once grades are posted to unofficial transcripts in student portals, those who submitted the SGRFs should send the entire unofficial to the above email the day that grades are released AND have the institution send an official transcript update to the One Stop Center.
If any candidate has an issue with the form or reporting spring grades, notice should be sent to the above email immediately.
Missing coursework may be documented through student schedules and written enrollment plans. Student schedules should be formatted as .pdf files while enrollment plans should be sent in the body of a new email; all materials should be sent to email@example.com.
Note that for Summer applicants, grades from courses through the Fall semester are due to UNF by the January 15th application deadline, and spring enrollment proof/plans are due to the School of Nursing by then. For Fall applicants, grades from courses through the Spring semester are due to UNF by the May 1st application deadline, and summer enrollment proof/plans are due to the School of Nursing by then.
As with the degree plans, candidates should include their full name (as it appears in myWings), UNF ID (N#), and clearly note the term (Summer or Fall) and year to which they are applying (this is because submissions for Summer and Fall tend to overlap).
Only one (1) university-level application (or Change of Major) is required each admission period (this is not the same as the program application). Those who meet the eligibility requirements for both tracks will be considered for both internally and should not submit more than one university-level application as it only leads to confusion and delays processing. Candidates with complete applications who are eligible for both tracks will be reviewed for the Accelerated track and ranked overall for one of the 160 interview slots. Final admission will be based on rank post-interview; the interview list is ranked and then the 36 Accelerated students are identified first by rank. Next, the remaining candidates are ranked for the 36 Regular seats. Roughly 30-35 remaining candidates will be ranked as a waiting list. The remaining candidates, if any, will be denied.
If a candidate is eligible for the Accelerated track, but does not desire it, the candidate may report this on interview day to the program.
General inquiries regarding the application process and admission requirements should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that transcripts cannot be reviewed or commented on prior to application and transfer evaluation with the Enrollment Services team at the university level.
Additionally, outside of email inquiries, the School of Nursing offers five (5) pre-admission workshops annually called "So You Wanna Be a Nurse?" Details are located here. There are typically two (2) workshops each spring, one (1) each summer, and two (2) each fall.
Further, those with programmatic questions such as how the programs operate/function, and not those related to applying/getting in, should be directed to the identified Program Directors on our contact page.
Finally, the Brooks College of Health Advising Office accepts walk-ins and appointments from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. Monday through Friday during non-peak times. During Drop/Add and registration weeks, they accept walk-ins only. It is strongly recommended that individuals phone in advance to ensure that advisors will be available; they may be reached at 904.620.2812 and are located in Building 39, Room 2031.
The answer to this question depends upon one's status with respect to UNF. Let me elaborate:
1. Candidates who are currently attending another institution are considered transfer students and will need to make application to UNF using the main undergraduate application that is available through our steps here. A $30 application fee for the university is required; the One-Stop Center can address whether or not a returning applicant needs to submit a new fee. They are available at 904.620.5555. Transfer applicants will not be admitted to UNF ahead of the Nursing program's decision unless such candidates submit other applications to enroll at UNF under another program; that is, unlike other institutions, for Nursing, you are not admitted to UNF and then to the program. Your decision comes entirely from the School of Nursing. These candidates are required to submit the supplemental program application and all TEAS score reports along with any degree plans &/or enrollment proof to email@example.com by the application deadline. Transfer applicants must apply to UNF and to the program each time consideration for the Nursing program is sought.
2. Candidates who are former UNF students, but who are not currently matriculated at UNF, will need to reapply to UNF at the university level using the same directions as those in #1.
3. Candidates who are enrolled at UNF but under other majors must see an academic advisor in the Brooks College of Health Advising Office (39/2031) prior to the program's application deadline to submit a Change of Major request. This is considered your university-level application. These candidates do not need to submit an application fee; however, as noted above in #1 and #2, a Change of Major is required each time admission consideration is desired, and TEAS scores and the supplemental application form are due each time.
4. Candidates who are currently enrolled at UNF as pre-nursing students (less than 60 hours) do not need to submit a Change of Major or university application to be considered. Rather, such candidates will be automatically considered once they are projected to reach the 60-credit hour threshold. Sometimes this projection will occur before the student is truly ready to be considered. Pre-nursing students still need to supply the supplemental application form and TEAS scores to be considered. Automatic consideration will only take place one (1) time.
Yes; the School of Nursing may extend up to two (2) early admission letters for such candidates per admission period with no more than one (1) of those letters being for the Accelerated track. For details regarding the admission requirements for such a decision, which differ from those of the general applicant pool, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*All four (4) letters for the 2018 admission period have been issued as of late May 2017. Individuals may now seek to become qualified alternate candidates, but actual early admission letters are currently not available at this time.
Selection to interview is based equally on the candidates' TEAS scores and prerequisite GPAs as long as the candidates meet minimum requirements and have submitted all requested items for review. For each application period, the School of Nursing will invite ~160 candidates to interview for admission. The behavioral interviews are conducted in groups of 4-6 candidates with a 3-person panel consisting of School of Nursing faculty members and nursing leaders from the greater Jacksonville area. Questions are non-medical, non-academic in nature. Professional attire is expected; recommendations, essays, and resumes are neither required nor desired. Final admission is based 50% on the interview process, 35% on the TEAS, and 14% on the prerequisite GPA.
Since the decision process for the Summer 2010 cohorts, those offered interviews and program admission have averaged 3.67-3.82 for their prerequisite GPAs and 335-345 points on the TEAS.
Those needing to take the TEAS should refer to the TEAS-devoted webpage for the School of Nursing here.
The TEAS was offered for the final time at UNF's Office of Academic Testing (OAT) on June 7, 2017.
Note that staff members in UNF's OAT are working actively with staff at ATI and Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) to obtain approval of FSCJ as a local testing site. Details will be posted as they emerge as this is currently underway and expected to be completed in Summer 2017.
Candidates may take the exam at any open testing center of their choice.
Currently, the School of Nursing accepts TEAS version V and VI. For now, those two versions are comparably scaled and scored. This practice will remain as such through the Fall 2017 application deadline. We expect, however, that beginning in Fall 2017 (so this would impact our 2018 applicants), the new scaling and scoring methods used by ATI will render future versions incomparable. We will update our candidates as information regarding this change comes from ATI as an exact date for this shift is not yet available; again this is expected to impact 2018 and future application terms and not 2017 application pools.
For now, the School of Nursing will honor TEAS version V and VI scores from no more than five (5) year prior to the admission term or the new version Once the scaling method changes in Fall 2017, this FAQ will be updated with new policies, and candidates will be notified in their reminder email notices of any policy changes as they occur.
Candidates for the Summer cohorts should take the TEAS for the first time prior to Thanksgiving in order to permit time for retesting, if necessary. Candidates for the Fall cohorts should take the TEAS for the first time prior to Spring Break in order to permit time for retesting, if necessary.
To find your score for TEAS version V: 1) review your Individual Performance Profile (IPP) and locate the column of data called "Adjusted Individual Score"; 2) remove the % sign and keep the decimal places; and, 3) sum your four (4) bold section scores (do not round up or down). This is your score for our program's admission process. We do not use the composite score in the top right-hand corner of the report as it does not calculate from the four sections equally; instead, it places greater emphasis on certain sections and is not used by our program.
To find your score for TEAS version VI: 1) review your Individual Performance Profile and locate the central left section of the page where the four section scores are reported; 2) remove the % sign and keep the decimal places; and, 3) sum your four (4) section scores (do not round up or down). This is your score for our program's admission process. We do not use the composite score (i.e., "Total Score") reported just above the section scores as it does not calculate from the four sections equally; instead, it places greater emphasis on certain sections and is not used by our program.
Note that you are welcome to take the TEAS as many times as you desire; while all score reports are due to the School of Nursing via email by the application deadline (and are due each time you wish to be considered), we do not and will not combine sections from different attempts. This is considered super-scoring and is not a practice honored by the School of Nursing. You must have at least a 300.00 on the TEAS in one overall attempt to be considered for an interview.
Provided here are examples of the incorrect TEAS report (TEAS Transcript) and correct report (IPP).
All candidates should personally submit their scores via email with the supplemental application form to email@example.com. However, candidates are welcome to order their score reports to be sent to the program by ATI (fees apply per score set). The proper score report is called the Individual Performance Profile. Examples are provided in our FAQs and on our TEAS webpage.
Regardless of where a candidate tests, it is his/her responsibility to ensure that the School of Nursing has received all score reports for the previous five (5) years prior to the deadline. Do not assume that your scores arrived; if you personally send them via email as directed, you will receive a reply via email once they are downloaded by the program.
While language is not required for admission to the RN-BSN Bridge, it must be completed prior to a certain point in program enrollment. 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 by the end of the fourth (4th) part-of-term enrollment period. Those who wish to complete language outside of UNF at another accredited institution may do so alongside the RN-BSN program courses for the on-campus or online formats; however, those who desire the online format and wish to complete language at UNF must do so prior to enrollment in the program due to the way that students are coded for the online program.
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.
The program does not necessarily require General Education and Gordon Rule to be met to enroll in the program; however, those requirements must be met by a certain point in program enrollment. As with the language requirement, those who enroll in the on-campus cohorts must complete all General Education and Gordon Rule requirements by the end of the second (2nd) semester and those in the online cohorts by the end of the fourth (4th) part-of-term enrollment period. Note that those who wish to complete an Associate of Arts (A.A.) from another Florida public institution may do so alongside RN-BSN program courses for the on-campus and online formats; however, due to the method by which students are coded for the online cohorts, those who wish to complete General Education, Gordon Rule, or language requirements at UNF must do so prior to program enrollment.
Final transcripts for all courses outside of UNF will be due to the One Stop Center. Admission under this policy is handled on a case-by-case scenario. 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 OnlineBSN@unf.edu.
Candidate who possess an Associate of Arts (AA) from a Florida public institution or a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution will be exempt from General Education and Gordon Rule requirements.
If you are not sure if your nursing program was nationally accredited, you may check with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN; formerly NLNAC). They have a search function for program status here.
While more rare, you may also check with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Their search function may be checked here.
Entrance exam requirements vary by the different DNP tracks as noted under our admissions area. The GRE is required for all CRNA applicants, while the GRE or MAT is accepted for FNP applicants. For FNP applicants with any graduate level degree from a regionally accredited institution, entrance exam scores are waived by the program; however, it is up to such candidates to notify the Graduate School of this case upon application. Additionally, entrance exam scores are not required for the PMHNP or generic post-MSN DNP 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).
There are three general prerequisites to these tracks; however, there is no age limit on those.
Instead, applicants must have had Health Assessment, Statistics, and
Research with no less than a grade of “B” in each course. Candidates with questions regarding the
acceptability of their coursework should contact the appropriate program director through our contact page.
Generally, those admitted may be approved to transfer in six (6) credits. Additional questions regarding the transfer or waiving of
graduate-level credits should be directed to the appropriate program director list on our contact page.
For the FNP and CRNA 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
Dr. Michele Bednarzyk at firstname.lastname@example.org for the FNP track or to email@example.com for the CRNA track.
This question does not apply to the PMHNP or generic post-MSN DNP tracks as they require a MSN and national certification for application.
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
For the FNP track:
Applications and supporting documentation will be reviewed by the Assistant Director of Admissions: Nursing Programs and presented to the Graduate Admission, Progression, & Graduation Committee of the School of Nursing in mid-April, annually. Based upon the information submitted, applicants will either be selected or denied for admission. This track does not currently require an interview for admission. Candidates whose applications fully meet requirements will be considered first. If space is still available after those candidates have been selected, other candidates may be considered for part-time or provisional admission. If necessary, the program will administer a waiting list.
For the CRNA track:
Applications and supporting documentation will
be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. All application materials must be
submitted by April 1 (prior to the targeted spring semester for starting the
program). Based upon the information submitted, applicants will be either
selected or not selected for interview. If selected for interview,
applicants will be informed by letter or email and asked to choose one of the
options for available interview dates. There will be a limited number of
interviews conducted on each day and the openings will be filled in the order
of the received requests. Applicants not selected for interview will receive a
letter to that effect, and their application process will be concluded for the
year. A waiting list is generally kept after interviews in the event that an offer of admission is declined by a candidate.
CRNA programs across the nation tend to be highly competitive, and applicant profiles across programs are similar. Applicants are highly motivated, typically have several years of critical care experience (currently averaging 6 years of experience), enjoy strong GPAs and GRE scores, and some have taken additional courses in advance sciences such as physiology, organic chemistry, or biochemistry. Traditionally, the majority of nurse anesthetists come from intensive care units, particularly surgical intensive care. Acute care nursing skills and experience gained in ICU nursing are not re-taught as part of the Nurse Anesthetist curriculum. Applicants whose critical care experience is other than ICU will be considered on an individual basis, but opportunity for admission may be limited when competing against a larger pool of applicants with traditional ICU backgrounds.
Part-time enrollment is available in all of the School of Nursing's graduate tracks except for the Nurse Anesthetist program. That program is full-time only.
Please indicate your desire for full- or part-time enrollment on the DNP Enrollment Selection Form that is now required as part of the application process for all non-CRNA DNP tracks at UNF (effective as of October 19, 2016). Your selection will be reported to the program director &/or admissions committee, as necessary.
Yes, the generic post-MSN DNP track is offered online in two (2) different formats. The first format consists of traditionally-formatted semesters that follow the standard UNF academic calendar. The second format consists of part-of-term (POT) formatted semesters that loosely follow the UNF academic calendar. Under the POT format, courses are taught in seven-week segments and then enjoy a one-week grading period before the next set of courses begin. Under this format, new students may only begin in the first half of what would be a traditional semester (referred to as 1H).
While the content is the same across the two
tracks, some students may find the accelerated options in the POTs track very
intense. Candidates are encouraged to
present any programmatic questions and concerns to the DNP Program Director,
Dr. Jerry Hogan, at
prior to making
application as changing between the two options is generally not an option at
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