Discover student life at the UCF College of Nursing

In addition to nationally accredited and recognized undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the College of Nursing offers students innovative experiences both in and out of the classroom that contribute to a ‘golden’ collegiate culture.

 

Student Organizations


Group photo of pre-nursing students.

 

Association of Pre-Nursing Students

The Association of Pre-Nursing Students provides information, support and fellowship for students seeking admission into the UCF College of Nursing.

 

Student Nurses' Association member group photo

 

Student Nurses’ Association 

Connect with the community through volunteer activities, strengthen leadership skills, and network at state and national conventions with the SNA at UCF – recognized as a Stellar Chapter from the NSNA and five-time FNSA Diamond Chapter Award winner.

SNA Chapters are at the UCF Orlando, Cocoa and Daytona campuses.

 

Sigma: Theta Epsilon members at a Nursing Recognition Ceremony.

 

Sigma: Honor Society

UCF’s Theta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma, the international honor society for global nursing excellence, has more than 500 active members. The chapter fosters leadership, excellence, community service, and research scholarship.

 

Simsations 4 LIFE group photo

 

Simsations 4 LIFE

Open to undergraduate and graduate students, Simsations 4 Life is a unique, interdisciplinary club that fosters creativity through the coordination of simulation and community activities. It works in collaboration with the volunteer group, LIFE@UCF (Learning Institute for Elders), and other community members who participate as embedded patients in the college’s STIM Center.

 

Nursing students in graduate programs

 

Graduate Nursing Student Academy

Sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the GNSA is a collective voice for graduate nursing students. Their mission is to foster collaboration, innovation, and excellence in academic nursing and healthcare.

GNSA Liaison: Dr. Dawn Turnage, a faculty member, ’15DNP alumna and current Nursing PhD student.

 

Students at a computer

 

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Members of this organization are able to learn, network and connect with peers and experts, as well as participate in quality improvement research and events.

 

Academic Opportunities


Nursing student working in the Farmworker's Clinic in Apopka

 

Community Nursing Coalitions

Through 17 Community Nursing Coalitions, Knight nursing students make a big impact in our Central Florida community while, at the same time, gain valuable hands-on experience with service-learning. Learn more.

 

Honors in the Major nursing student standing in front of her research poster.

 

Honors Thesis Program

Undergraduate nursing students have the opportunity to participate in the prestigious Honors Undergraduate Thesis* program. A tradition of student research excellence since 1998 at the college, today the College of Nursing represents the highest proportion of students engaged in the program university-wide. Learn more.

*Formerly known as the Honors in the Major (HIM) program.

 

Knightro, dog and two grads on campus

 

Living Learning Community

Through Nursing @ Nike, UCF Nursing-Pending undergraduate students have an opportunity to live and learn together on-campus during their first year of college. Learn more about this unique opportunity.

 

Nursing students and faculty in Peru

 

Medical Service & Study Abroad Opportunities

Studying abroad or participating in global health medical service trips provide nursing students the opportunity for interdisciplinary teamwork while caring for medically underserved and culturally diverse communities. Learn more.

 

Nursing student presenting her poster presentation at UCF's Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE).

 

Showcases & Awards

College of Nursing students have the opportunity to network and showcase their work to UCF faculty, alumni and community representatives in several university-wide and national collegiate events, including:

 

 

VALOR nursing students

 

VALOR

Senior BSN students have the opportunity to apply to the national Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) program through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The competitive one-year residency provides students with a valuable learning opportunity where they gain hands-on clinical experience at the Orlando VA Medical Center in Lake Nona. The annual application cycle opens in January, and students are notified via their Knights email account.