Program Description

Second Degree BSN

The accelerated second degree Bachelor of Science (BSN) program is designed for students who already have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree or higher and now aim to become nurses.

As a full-time, “lock-step” program, it takes four consecutive semesters to complete. Students are admitted as a “cohort” (or class). The cohort progresses through the program together and will graduate together. Admission is limited and occurs each summer on UCF’s Orlando campus. Applicants to this program are also eligible to apply for a competitive Helene Fuld Health Trust Scholarship.

The program curriculum is very demanding with a strong emphasis on the sciences. It also includes service-learning courses with clinical rotations in culturally diverse, medically underserved communities, as well as clinical rotations in long-term care facilities, hospitals and other health care agencies. All nursing courses are offered during the day, while some clinical rotations may take place at night or on the weekends.

The program provides a strong foundation for entry-level nursing practice and advancement into leadership positions and graduate studies. A baccalaureate-prepared nurse is prepared to provide comprehensive care in a variety of acute, community and rehabilitative settings. 

Obtaining the RN License to Practice—NCLEX-RN®

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is accredited nationally by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education and meets the educational eligibility criteria for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the state of Florida. Graduates of UCF’s Traditional and Second Degree BSN programs are eligible to sit for the National Council for Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to obtain their license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Florida.

When comparing equivalent baccalaureate programs in Florida, UCF College of Nursing has some of the highest pass rates in the state—and routinely exceeds the state and national averages of all first-time NCLEX-RN candidates. 

Due to varying requirements, UCF is unable to confirm the RN licensure requirements of other states, territories, or foreign entities. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its eligibility criteria.

You are welcome to contact your respective program director with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.  

Please note: students who are enrolled in a Concurrent ASN-BSN program will take the NCLEX-RN after successfully completing the ASN portion of their program (and prior to enrolling in their final BSN courses at UCF).