Skip to main content

This is your Donation message.

Academic Program Guide


Nursing


College: Nursing
Degree: BSN
Limited Access: Yes

Contact: Nikki Davis
Address: 103 Duxbury Hall, 98 Varsity Way Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: (850) 644-3296
Email:


Description of Major
Nurses with a baccalaureate degree in nursing are in high demand for a variety of positions within hospitals and other health care agencies in communities. These nurses advance rapidly into positions of increasing responsibility and leadership in nursing. The nursing program is an upper division major with required sequential course offerings and elective courses in nursing. The nursing courses are based on concepts and principles from liberal studies, the supporting biological and behavioral sciences and nursing theory. This theoretical base is used with the nursing process in the systematic development of care plans for providing nursing care to individuals and groups in a variety of health care settings.

The principal goal of nursing is to provide essential personal and social services to humans through the conscious selection of activities designed to assist in meeting client needs, while protecting legal rights and human dignity. For the professional nurse, this goal is accomplished through the application of the nursing process and facilitated through the use of research. Through utilization of the nursing process, enhanced by interdisciplinary collaboration, the professional nurse guides the individual, family and/or group toward achievement and maintenance of a state of optimal physical and psychosocial health. The graduate is committed to personal, intellectual and professional development and has the foundation for graduate study. Graduates qualify to take the licensing examination for professional nursing.

The College admits a limited number of upper-division and transfer students who have successfully completed the program prerequisites and have competitive GPAs. Upper-division and transfer applicants should note that in addition to the regular University application, they must also complete an online application for the College of Nursing, http://nursing.fsu.edu/Apply-to-FSU-Nursing. Please see “Admissions Requirements” below.


Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework:
The following courses or their equivalent must be completed prior to beginning major coursework in the junior year. 12 hours of these should be used to satisfy General Education requirements (6 hours Natural Sciences, 3 hours Social Sciences, 3 hours for the second mathematics course).

*All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the Spring semester prior to entering the program in the Fall.

BSC X085, X085L (3,1) Anatomy & Physiology I with lab, or acceptable alternative
BSC X086, X085L (3,1) Anatomy & Physiology II with lab, or acceptable alternative
CHM XXXX (3) Chemistry (CHM X045 General Chemistry preferred) or BSC X020 Biology for Science Majors or BSC XXXX or PHY XXXX or acceptable alternative. (*The Nursing program strongly recommends that applicants have BOTH Chemistry and Biology)
DEP X004 (3) Developmental Psychology or acceptable alternative
HUN X201 (3) Science of Nutrition or NUR X192
MCB X010C (4) Microbiology with lab or acceptable alternative
PSY XXXX (3) Psychology or SOP XXXX (3) Social Psychology or SYG XXXX (3) Sociology (*The Nursing program strongly recommends that applicants have BOTH a psychology and a sociology course)
STA X023 (3) Statistics or acceptable alternative

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of http://www.flvc.org .

As part of the admissions process, ALL applicants that meet the minimum criteria will be required to attend a face-to-face interview.

Students with questions about prerequisites should email the Nursing advisor at info@nursing.fsu.edu

*Please refer to nursing.fsu.edu for current and updated information.*

Transfer Admission Requirements to Major Program of Studies
The Florida State University College of Nursing admits students for the Fall semester only and requires a special application with a deadline of February 1 available online at http://nursing.fsu.edu/Apply-to-FSU-Nursing/BSN-Transfer-Application . Transfer students must also complete the University transfer application. Prior to submitting an application, half (6) of the prerequisite courses must be completed, including three (3) of the science courses. All prerequisites must be completed with a 'B' or higher prior to enrollment.

The College of Nursing admits students based on the quality of the applicant’s previous academic achievement and the number of students who can be accommodated in the program. Students will be admitted only during the fall semester. Students will be selected based on the following criteria:
1) Completion of genral education requirements and attainment of junior standing or completion of an AA degree from a Florida public community college or state university with minimum acceptable cumulative GPA of 3.4; and
2) completion of required prerequisites with a minimum 3.0 average in prerequisite science courses, and minimum of a grade of 'B' or better in each prerequisite.

Availability of clinical resources and will determine the number of students to be admitted. Students not accepted at the time of initial application may apply for the following fall. If admitted to the upper-level major, Nursing students are required to submit results of a health examination, immunization record, proof of health insurance, a two-year certification in CPR, criminal background check, and drug screening. For more information please visit: http://nursing.fsu.edu/Apply-to-FSU-Nursing .


Requirements

Major Program of Studies at FSU for the traditional program in Nursing (BSN): (60 hours)
Expenses (subject to change): uniforms, lab coat, shoes, stethoscope and other accessories - $250; standardized testing program - $400; textbooks - $700 per semester average; clinical laboratory fee per credit hour - $100. Nursing majors are responsible for transportation expenses related to clinical experiences. They are also required to carry University health and accident insurance. Students may have scheduled clinical experiences outside the Tallahassee area, either during the week or on weekends. If the agency is located far enough away to require overnight accommodations, the cost of these arrangements is the responsibility of the student, as is the travel to and from the agency.

Term I: Fall (15 hours)
NUR 3056 (3) Foundations of Nursing Practice
NUR 3056L (2) Foundations of Nursing Practice Lab
NUR 3065 (3) Health Assessment, Wellness and Prevention across the Lifespan
NUR 3065L (1) Health Assessment, Wellness and Prevention across the Lifespan Lab
NUR 3125 (4) Pathophysiological Concepts in Nursing
NUR 3145 (2) Pharmacological Concepts in Nursing

Term II: Spring (15 hours)
NUR 3225 (3) Nursing Care of Adults with Acute/Chronic Health Disorders
NUR 3225L (3) Nursing Care of Adults with Acute/Chronic Health Disorders Lab
NUR 3678 (4) Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations
NUR 3678 (3) Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations Lab
NUR 3816 (2) Professional Perspectives in Nursing

Term III: Fall (15 hours)
NUR 4445 (4) Nursing Care of Women, Children, and Families
NUR 4555L (2) Nursing Care of Women, Children, and Families Lab
NUR 4766 (4) Nursing Care of Adults and Populations with Complex Health Disorders
NUR 4766L (3) Nursing Care of Adults and Populations with Complex Health Disorders Lab
NUR 4169 (2) Evidence Based Nursing

Term IV: Spring (15 hours)
NUR 4828 (2) Transition to Nursing Practice
NUR 4888 (2) Nursing Leadership in Systems of Care
NUR 4888L (2) Nursing Leadership in Systems of Care Lab
NUR 4945 (6) Professional Nursing Internship
NUR/NSP XXXX (3) Nursing Elective

Computer Skills Competency: (0 hours beyond major)
NUR 4169 is an approved computer skills competency course.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary (Traditional Program)
Total Hrs. Required 120 (Generic Program)
General Education 36
Prerequisite Coursework 15 (beyond what may be counted toward General Education)
Major Coursework 60
Computer Skills 0 beyond major courses
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120


Mapping
Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/.


Remarks
1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. All major coursework in Nursing must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.


Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Staff Nurse, Team Leader, School Nurse, Head Nurse, Office Nurse, Private Duty Nurse. Public Health Nurse, Clinic Nurse, Emergency Room Nurse, Occupational Health Nurse, Community Mental Health Nurse.

Representative Employers: Medical Centers, Community Hospitals, Specialty Hospital, Nursing and Convalescent Homes, Armed Services, Extended Care Facilities, VISTA/Peace Corps, Visiting Nurse Associations, Public School Systems, Drug/Alcohol Rehabilitation.


View Nursing Academic Map