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Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN)

South Florida State College is now accepting applications for its new Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) to begin in fall 2014. Licensed Registered Nurses (RNs) can earn a BSN degree in only two years while attending classes at the SFSC Highlands Campus.

For information about the program and the enrollment process, consult the College Catalog or call the SFSC Advising and Counseling Center at 784-7131.

BSN Degree Checklist

BSN Degree Student Handbook

What’s the Value of a BSN?

As the demand for health care increases, so do the responsibilities of nurses. A BSN degree opens doors to higher paying nursing positions by expanding the types of nursing duties RNs can perform and qualifying them for positions in management and health education.

With a BSN degree in hand, you can:

  • Establish a career path in a specialty that interests you. The possibilities include, but aren’t limited to, medical/health services management, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency room nursing, critical care nursing, medical-surgical nursing, or mental health.
  • Begin your career in non-clinical areas, like teaching, consulting, or research.
  • Qualify for admission to a graduate degree nursing program.

What is the RN to BSN PROGRAM?

SFSC’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) program is a limited-access, two-year program for students who hold an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or its equivalent and a Registered Nursing (RN) license in Florida.

The program is based on the Quality Caring Model©, which was developed from the research of Dr. Joanne Duffy and Dr. Lois Hoskins, the first doctors to document the link between quality, compassionate nursing care and successful patient outcomes. Curriculum goes beyond teaching clinical skills and provides education in areas that prepare graduates for management positions, including:

  • Professionalism
  • Scope of practice
  • Legal and ethical considerations
  • Evidence-based research
  • Gerontology
  • Health care policy
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Advanced clinical care
  • Relationship-centered caring

Specialty Focus

Along with completing 27 credit hours of common core nursing courses, SFSC’s BSN students take three courses (6 credits hours) in the specialty focus of their choice, graduating with a total of 33 nursing credits. Specialty focus areas are:

  • Leadership/Management
  • Community Health
  • Critical Care

Unique Course Schedule

Many RNs say they’d like to get a BSN degree; they just don’t have the time to work and attend college classes. SFSC’s BSN program eliminates that obstacle by holding classes one full day per week.  Classes are held on Tuesdays for third-year students and Thursdays for fourth-year students. This maximizes the time students spend in class and frees up the rest of the week for working schedules and family life.

SFSC’s unique BSN program delivers courses using a hybrid format in which 30-79 percent of direct instruction is delivered through technology.

Basic Admission Criteria

You may be eligible for acceptance into the BSN program if you meet basic criteria:

  • You hold an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or its equivalent from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
  • You are an RN with a current unencumbered Florida registered nursing license.
  • You are certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider or higher through the American Heart Association.
  • Your minimum overall GPA is 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum grade of C in all common prerequisites.

Here’s How You Can Apply

  • Complete the SFSC's BSN Degree Checklist and an application to South Florida State College. (Note: acceptance to SFSC does not constitute acceptance to the RN to BSN Program.)
  • Make sure the SFSC Admissions Office receives your official transcripts. These include:
    • Transcripts from all colleges currently attending or previously attended. (Transcripts from international students must be evaluated by a recognized international transcript evaluation service).
    • Official high school transcripts, if required for documenting that you have met the state’s foreign language requirement by completing two years of high school instruction in a single foreign language or by completing 8 college-level credits on one foreign language.
  • Provide documentation showing that you are certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider or higher through the American Heart Association.
  • Submit all required health information on Nursing Department forms prior to enrolling in clinical courses.
  • Submit to a criminal background check and receive a satisfactory report prior to beginning clinical courses.
  • Receive a negative result from a 10-panel drug screening.
  • Maintain a valid, unencumbered Florida registered nursing license while you are enrolled in the RN to BSN program.

BSN Program Plan

Fall Term (Third Year)
Health Assessment, Wellness, and Prevention 3
Dimensions of Baccalaureate Nursing Practice 3
Introducing General Chemistry (G.E.) 3
Elementary Statistics or College Algebra 3
Spring Term (Third Year)  
Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice 3
Pharmacology for Nursing Practice 3
Foundations of Gerontology 3
Inquiry and Evidence in Nursing Practice 3
Fall Term (Fourth Year)  
Community Health Nursing 3
Foundations of Nursing Healthcare
Leadership Management 3
Freshman English II 3
Nursing Elective 3
Spring Term (Fourth Year)  
Nursing Capstone 3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Humanities Elective 3
Nursing Elective 3
Nursing Electives  
Leadership and Management Specialty Focus:  
Human Resource Management 3
Organizational Behavior 3
Critical Care Specialty Focus:
Introduction to Critical Care Nursing 3
Adult Critical Care 3
Community Health Specialty Focus: 3
Teaching and Learning for the Healthcare Professional 3
Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Healthcare 3
Total Hours 63

Applies to Three-Course Specialty Focus:
    *    Leadership Management
    **    Critical Care
    ***    Community Health