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Brooks College of Health

School of Nursing


The School of Nursing offers a wide variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The program has a community-based, population-focused curriculum corresponding to changes in healthcare delivery trends. The curriculum helps students understand community environments as well as nurturing and building relationships with community agencies.  The programs offered by the School of Nursing are accredited; those details may be located here.  The School of Nursing is committed to providing opportunities for students to pursue their professional degrees in nursing. The program is designed to encompass both liberal arts and professional studies.

The primary goal of the program is to prepare nurses to practice effectively in a variety of settings and administer nursing care, which promotes, maintains, and restores health to individuals, families and communities. Leadership and a commitment to the profession through research are included in the competencies of the programs. Graduates are prepared to function not only as professional practitioners, but also as educated citizens capable of effecting and dealing with change in society.

Interested candidates should review the essential skills and technical standards that are necessary of all enrolled nursing students.


To educate nursing students at the beginning and advanced levels through excellence and innovation in teaching, scholarship, and service.


To be a center for excellence in nursing education; recognized for innovation, scholarship, and service in the preparation of professional nurses who advocate for health and who collaboratively care for individuals, families, communities, and populations throughout the life cycle in a variety of settings.


The School fosters a commitment to values, attitudes, and ethical dimensions, including integrity, respect, collaboration, cooperation, and social justice which are hallmarks of professional nursing. The School is committed to upholding and maintaining both professional nursing standards and a code of ethics for nursing.

COVID Notice 

Please know that the School of Nursing is NOT mandating that students receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Some students may also have requested and been approved for a medical or religious accommodation to certain vaccinations.  MyClinicalExchange (myCE) and CastleBranch Bridges are the websites/programs that our community facilities utilize for clinical experiences.  When completing your materials in myCE and CastleBranch Bridges for a clinical placement, you must either upload proof that you have been vaccinated or indicate that you have not been vaccinated. As a function of myCE and CastleBranch Bridges, you may upload an exemption if you have one.  If you are unvaccinated with an exemption and a facility has not invited you to a clinical experience, the SON will try to find a facility that will allow you inside; however, there are no guarantees and this may ultimately delay your graduation.  Once you have provided your vaccination status/evidence, the third-party facilities will let the SON know whether or not they will allow you to enter and train within the building.  As you may know, more and more facilities are requiring their employees, as well as our clinical students, to be vaccinated.  These are private entities that are not subject to the same rules as state-supported institutions such as UNF.  Should you have additional questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to the Director of the School of Nursing, Dr. Michelle Edmonds via email.



Equal Opportunity & Inclusion

The University of North Florida does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the University’s educational programs and activities, and the University is required by Title IX and its implementing federal regulations to not discriminate on that basis.  The requirement not to discriminate also extends to admissions and employment.  Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Education, or both.  UNF’s Title IX Coordinator, Marlynn Jones, may be contacted at 1 UNF Drive, Building 1, Suite 1200, Jacksonville, FL 32224,, 904-620-2507.  Please note that this office cannot answer questions about the program for prospective students.  Instead, please navigate to the "Contact" menu above to obtain the proper list of School of Nursing contacts.

Giving Back

Gifts to the School of Nursing provide critical funding for student scholarships and enhance existing programs far beyond what is possible using state allocations alone.

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