Program Description

Traditional BSN

The traditional Bachelor of Science (BSN) program is designed for individuals who have completed the freshman and sophomore year at UCF, students with an AA degree from a Florida public institution, transfer students who have completed the equivalent to UCF’s General Education Program, and/or students with a Bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field.

Students generally apply to this program just prior to their junior year in college. As a full-time, “lock-step” program, it takes five 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 fall on three campuses (UCF’s main campus in Orlando and on two regional campuses in Cocoa and Daytona Beach). The College of Nursing shares resources and faculty expertise across all three campus sites.

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-educated 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).