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Regular Prelicensure BSN

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This track is designed for students who are seeking their first baccalaureate degree and want to prepare for a career in nursing while earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Entry to this track begins at no earlier than 60 semester hours completed and is not meant for post-baccalaureate students seeking a second baccalaureate degree.  Upon graduation from the program, students will sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

The curriculum provides a strong scientific base of study with a diversity of clinical experiences and unique opportunities to work with vulnerable and underserved populations. The curriculum is community-based in that it supports engagement with the community throughout the nursing major by nurturing and building relationships with community agencies consistently over time through an innovative home-basing of students in a designated community for the entire length of their nursing program.  Furthermore, the curriculum also provides a strong foundation for graduate study in nursing.

The Regular Prelicensure (RPL) BSN track admits each semester (spring, summer, & fall) at the main campus in Jacksonville with up to 42 seats available in each of those cohorts.  The main campus is located at 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224.  Additionally, the RPL track is also offered in Palm Coast as an instructional site for the School of Nursing.  The instructional site is located at 145 City Place, Palm Coast, FL 32164.   The Palm Coast instructional site only admits for the fall term annually and can accommodate up to 21 students currently.

Two types of courses make up the nursing curriculum: professional courses and clinical/laboratory courses. Clinical/laboratory courses are distinguished by the C or L that follows the course number. The nursing curriculum is a full-time course of study and follows a specific sequence.

Please refer to the FAQ section below for an explanation of costs typically incurred for this degree track.

Program of Study

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Financial Aid

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  • Course Descriptions
    For course descriptions and course searches please view the UNF Course Catalog.
  • Academic Learning Compact
    Visit the Office of Institutional Effectiveness website to view the Nursing Academic Learning Compact.
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  • Accreditation

    The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice tracks at the University of North Florida are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

    The UNF Nurse Anesthesiology Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs, which may be reached at 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068 or at (847) 692-7050.

    The University of North Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of North Florida.

    Individual contact to the Commission on Colleges about the University of North Florida accreditation status should occur only if there is evidence that appears to support significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard.

  • Important Dates
    We encourage all students to view the Important Dates website. 
  • TEAS Exam

    The TEAS is the required entrance exam for FAN, Regular, & Accelerated Prelicensure B.S.N. applicants.  Candidates are fully responsible for the details provided in the FAQs section of the SON web pages.  This exam is required of all applicants to the Regular &/or Accelerated Prelicensure tracks as well as for those selected to interview for FAN program admission. The School of Nursing will accept TEAS versions V, VI, and VII (released on June 3, 2022) as the versions are all comparably scored.  Note that the entrance exam does not take the place of any other admission criteria in the selection process and that there are no substitutions or exemptions for this exam requirement.

    The exam is standardized, timed, multiple-choice, computer-based, and comprised of the following:

    Test Information
    Content Area Number of Test Items through June 2, 2022 Number of Test Items from June 3, 2022 Forward
    Reading 47 39
    Math 32 34
    Science 47 44
    English & Language Usage 24 33
    Total Questions 150 150

     

    Test items typically cover content from grades 10 - 12 in U.S. high schools. The TEAS composite score (based on the summation of the four section scores) will comprise one-half (1/2) of the points toward interview selection.

    Each TEAS test section is worth a maximum of 100 points (100%) for a total TEAS score a maximum of 400 points. The minimum score required on the exam is 315.00.  Our School of Nursing does not consider the "Total Score" listed on the score report.

    Study Materials

    Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI)

    ATI offers two products to help applicants prepare for the TEAS: The test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) Study Manual and the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) Online Practice Assessment. These products can be purchased exclusively at the ATI Online Store. For assistance with product ordering, you may contact ATI toll-free at (800) 667-7531.

    Testing Information

    Testing Periods

    There are no longer set testing periods for the TEAS from the School of Nursing at the University of North Florida; rather, candidates may test at any time up through the application deadline and may submit scores from the previous five (5) years for consideration. 

    Testing Location Options

    Candidates may test with ATI using the new remote proctoring service that was initiated in the Summer of 2020, with PSI, or at alternate locations. To use ATI's new remote proctoring service, please contact ATI directly for assistance.  To find a PSI testing location, please visit http://candidate.psiexams.com/. To find testing at another academic institution, please contact ATI directly at (800) 667-7531 for assistance. Each site will have its own proctoring fee, which is separate from ATI's exam fee of $55.  Many other institutions across Florida and the country now offer the TEAS, but note that some will only test their own students.  Locally, Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) has recently resumed offering the TEAS through their testing office; local testers who wish to use FSCJ's site should contact FSCJ directly.  The UNF School of Nursing is not involved with testing schedules or registration processes.

    Submitting TEAS Scores to the School of Nursing

    Each applicant to the Regular &/or Accelerated Prelicensure BSN tracks is required to submit all TEAS Individual Performance Profiles (IPPs) for the previous five (5) years as part of the application process.  Candidates for the Freshman Admit Nursing (FAN) track who are selected to interview must also supply all TEAS score reports for the previous five (5) years.  The proper submission method varies by applicant type; please refer to the FAQs for more details.  Only files formatted as the PDF downloadable report from the ATI portal will be accepted; screenshots of the scores from the ATI portal are not acceptable.  Scores must be correctly supplied by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline. The proper score report for each attempt is called the TEAS Individual Performance Profile, which is a vertically-oriented report that shows the four test section scores near the middle of the page.  The TEAS Transcript is not the correct report and will not be accepted.  Deadlines are posted on the Important Dates page. Late scores will not be considered.  

  • 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.

    Books for the two programs also comprise a large cost.  The total book cost for those admitted to Summer and Fall 2022 is approximately $1,430 for the APL program and $1,650 for the RPL program.  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 $1200 and is split into two (2) payments of $600 each.  They also purchase study skills from Lippincott for approximately $140.  Additionally, scrub uniforms for hospital experiences run about $70-85 per set; two (2) sets are strongly encouraged.  A community experience uniform is also required that includes khaki pants (prices vary) and a UNF Nursing polo shirt ($30-$35).  Also, students with visible arm tattoos must cover them with a UN 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.

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Contact the Program 

Dr. Beth A. Dibble

Assistant Director of Admissions: Nursing Programs
Email: nursingadmissions@unf.edu