UCF is creating a 21st-century facility to address the nursing shortage, and foster innovation and collaboration.
The new, permanent home of UCF College of Nursing at UCF’s Academic Health Sciences Campus is bringing to life a longstanding vision, and needed now more than ever.
Space to Educate
UCF produces the most newly licensed RNs in the State University System of Florida, but that’s not enough.
The Florida Hospital Association projects a state shortage of 37,400 RNs by 2035. To address this shortage, an additional 2,300 RNs would need to enter the workforce in Florida each year. Fueling the challenge is a lack of nurse educators to teach and a lack of space to grow programs.
With 90,000-square-feet of permanent teaching space, double the amount of current leased space in Research Park, UCF can admit more qualified students into our BSN programs to educate more Knight nurses who are renowned for their compassion and clinical excellence.
Once the building opens, UCF will graduate an additional new Knight nurses annually. This will have a direct impact on communities in Central Florida and across the state as a majority — 85% — of UCF nursing graduates remain in Florida to live and work.
To support the success of students, and thanks to funding support, the college will add new faculty and staff members. In addition, UCF College of Nursing will increase the capacity of our graduate programs to create a pipeline of nursing faculty to educate future generations.
Potential to Innovate
Inside the new building will be flexible instructional space, space to study and collaborate, and innovative simulation and skills labs.
UCF College of Nursing will continue to be a global leader in simulation with nearly three times the lab and simulation space. This will include dedicated space for virtual reality education and structured clinical examination to prepare Knight nurses for practice.
In these expanded, state-of-the-art facilities our internationally recognized experts will continue to develop best practices in the emerging field of healthcare simulation and provide valuable evidence-based, hands-on simulation education experiences for students.
Opportunity to Collaborate
With the addition of the UCF College of Nursing building at the UCF Academic Health Sciences Center, UCF will fully realize it’s its bold vision to revolutionize health education, innovate research and advance patient care to benefit the health of our communities.
Located approximately 25 miles south of the main UCF Orlando campus, the 50-acre, state-of-the-art UCF Academic Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona is home to the UCF College of Medicine and Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences.
The UCF Academic Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona is located in Orlando’s Medical City, a hub of healthcare innovation. Our neighbors will include the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center, the University of Florida Pharmacy College, a Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a Nemours Children’s Hospital, Johnson & Johnson Performance Institute, and more.
*Renderings are conceptual in nature and subject to change.