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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

College of Nursing

Dean: Judith McFetridge-Durdle

The College of Nursing has been educating men and women for the practice of professional nursing since 1950. The College offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). For further information on graduate programs, see the Graduate Bulletin.

The undergraduate programs are approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The mission of the College of Nursing is to educate nurse clinicians, leaders, scholars, and advanced practitioners who will transform health care through collaboration in multi-faceted health care settings while enhancing the quality of life for people of all cultures, economic levels and geographic locations.

At the completion of the program, the student will have met all major requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The traditional graduate of the nursing program also will have met the academic eligibility requirements for taking the national licensing examination for registered nurses (NCLEX).

The program is an upper-division limited access major with required sequential course offerings and elective courses in nursing. The nursing courses are based on concepts and principles from liberal studies, the supporting biological and behavioral sciences, and nursing theory. This theoretical base is used with the nursing process in the systematic development of nursing care for individuals and groups in a variety of health care settings.

The program outcomes of Florida State University's College of Nursing undergraduate program are to educate students who will be able to:

  1. integrate knowledge, skills, and values from liberal studies with nursing science to provide safe, effective nursing care;
  2. use basic organizational and leadership skills to facilitate high quality nursing care;
  3. demonstrate beginning scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based nursing practice;
  4. use healthcare technology to provide safe and effective patient care;
  5. identify the impact of healthcare policy, economics, and regulatory environments on the delivery of patient care and nursing practice;
  6. use communication and collaboration skills across disciplines and settings to optimize patient outcomes;
  7. apply knowledge of disease prevention and health promotion for all populations across the life span;
  8. demonstrate professionalism; and
  9. demonstrate compassionate nursing care based on equity and cultural sensitivity.

The traditional BSN program is an upper-division major with required prerequisites and a sequential ordering of courses in semesters I - IV. The accelerated BSN (ABSN) program is an upper-division major with required prerequisites and a sequential ordering of courses for students having a bachelor's degree or higher in another discipline. The BSN for veterans (VBSN) is an upper division major for the military veterans who have been honorably discharged from military service.


A variety of clinical laboratory settings are utilized for meaningful learning experiences. The College of Nursing Simulation Laboratories, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Capital Regional Medical Center, Florida State Hospital, Archbold Medical Center Thomasville, GA, county health departments, and other agencies in Leon and surrounding counties are used for the clinical component of the program. In addition, Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida is used for pediatric clinicals. Internship clinical sites are available in partnership with acute care facilities. All experiences are under the direction of the faculty of Florida State University's College of Nursing.


The College of Nursing offers honors coursework in the baccalaureate program. For requirements and other information, see the "University Honors Office and Honor Societies" chapter of this General Bulletin.


Students requiring financial assistance should file an application with the Office of Financial Aid or confer with an academic advisor at the College of Nursing. Numerous scholarships and loans from federal, state, private, and College of Nursing sources are available.

State of Florida Common Program Prerequisites

The state of Florida has identified common program prerequisites for this University degree program. Specific prerequisites are required for admission into the upper-division program and must be completed by the student at either a community college or a state university prior to being admitted to this program. Students may be admitted into the University without completing the prerequisites, but may not be admitted into the program.

At the time this document was published, some common program prerequisites were being reviewed by the state of Florida and may have been revised. Please visit for a current list of state-approved prerequisites.

The following lists the common program prerequisites or their substitutions, necessary for admission into this upper-division degree program:

  1. BSC X085C or BSC X085/X085L or BSC X093C or BSC X093/X093L
  2. BSC X086C or BSC X086/X086L or BSC X094C or BSC X094/X094L
  4. DEP X004 or DEP X054 or DEP X000 or DEP X414
  5. HUN X201 or NUR X192
  6. MCB X010C or MCB X010/X010L or MCB X013C or MCB X013/X013L or MCB X000/X000L or MCB X004/X004L
  8. STA X014 or STA X023 or STA X122 or STA X022

BSN Program Requirements

Students desiring to enter the nursing profession should indicate their major preference on the University application and seek guidance from an academic advisor in the College of Nursing. A separate application to the College of Nursing is required for upper division admission to the nursing program. The College of Nursing reserves the right to interview applicants at its discretion. Application deadline for the Traditional Program is February 1st and the application deadline for the Accelerated Program is July 15th.

The College of Nursing program is an upper division limited access major accepting students in the junior year. Admission is competitively based on previous academic performance. The Florida Board of Nursing and several state and/or private agencies require the disclosure of conviction records for misdemeanors and/or felonies; therefore, this information will be required at the time of admission. Legislation aimed at protecting the public has made it necessary to require a Level II criminal background check (this includes FDLE, FBI, and American Data Bank) for all students admitted to the College of Nursing. The Level II report must be on file at the College of Nursing before students can enroll. If the background check reveals violations resulting in students being denied admission to a clinical agency and/or access to patients in the agency, and if a comparable assignment cannot be made to meet course objectives, the student will be unable to progress and complete the program in the College of Nursing. Completion of the curriculum does not guarantee the Florida Board of Nursing (or any other licensing body) will allow students with criminal records to take the licensing examination to become a registered nurse. The cost for these background checks must be paid by the student. The background check will include the following: Patriot Act, Social Security Alert, Nationwide Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Scan, Sex Offender Index, local criminal check, residence history, and employment verification. Students will be required to submit a notarized Affidavit of Good Moral Character on an annual basis following the initial background check. Additional background checks may be required during the program based on clinical agency requirements. Drug screening will be required upon admission, and additional screening may be required throughout the program.

Students enrolled in the nursing program are expected to exhibit behavior that conforms to the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Florida. The College of Nursing reserves the right to refuse or discontinue enrollment of any student if the student violates the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Florida or in the judgment of the faculty the student does not meet the College's standards.

A drug math requirement is included in specified nursing clinical courses. A student must achieve one hundred percent accuracy to meet the drug math requirement of each clinical course. If a student fails to achieve one hundred percent on a third, repeat testing, the student fails the specified lab course.

To support the clinical competence of each student and promote patient safety, the College of Nursing has adopted a requirement of mid-curricular clinical assessment at the end of the 2nd semester. Each student is required to successfully complete the mid-curricular clinical assessment. A student who fails to perform the testing correctly and safely is permitted one repeat testing. A student who is still unable to demonstrate safe, competent care in a simulated clinical environment will be placed on a corrective action and will meet with the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs prior to beginning NUR 4766L and NUR 4555L.

A student who is passing a nursing course but has not completed all the required work for the course at the end of the term may, with the permission of the instructor, be assigned a grade of "I", or incomplete. Students may not carry an incomplete grade in a prerequisite course through the next term. If the incomplete grade is not changed to a passing grade by the end of the drop/add period at the beginning of the next term, the student will be dropped from the continuing course(s).

A student must achieve a grade of "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher in each nursing theory and a "S" (Satisfactory) in clinical (both elective and required) course. Any course in which a grade below "C" is earned must be repeated before the student will be allowed to progress. Students who earn two final course grades below "C" (including a grade of "U") in theory and/or clinical courses, whether repeated or not, will not be permitted to continue in the College of Nursing. Students may repeat a nursing course only one time. Students will not be permitted to repeat a clinical course in the same semester in which the course was originally taken. Students are not permitted to take two different level clinical or theory courses at the same time.

Nursing majors are responsible for transportation expenses related to clinical experiences. They are required to carry health and accident insurance. To safeguard the health of clients, nursing students are required to submit proof of health examination and immunizations thirty days prior to the first day of orientation. Failure to comply will result in rescinding the seat in the program. Students must maintain proof of American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider certification, personal health insurance, and annual tuberculin skin testing throughout enrollment in the College of Nursing. Additional requirements may be imposed by individual clinical facilities/agencies.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in the undergraduate nursing program must comply with University regulations governing baccalaureate degrees and must complete the following:

  1. All University undergraduate degree requirements, including specific prerequisites as outlined above
  2. Required nursing courses
  3. Required standardized testing throughout the program (a fee, subject to change without notice, must be paid)