BSN Programs in Florida

There are nearly 20 different nursing schools in Florida that are in our database and have Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing programs. In total, there are 19 universities that have a BSN program in the state of Florida.

Florida is a diverse place to live and learn. With many retirement communities, many nurses gravitate towards an adult practitioner or gerontology concentration. Many nurses earn their BSN or RN to BSN, then continue their education into an MSN or Nurse Practitioner program with one of those tracks.

Needless to say, there are many opportunities for nurses residing in Florida.

Below are some featured online BSN or BS of healthcare programs, which you can get in touch with directly by clicking the “MORE INFO” button. These programs are currently accepting applicants and are 100% online. Following our featured list is the entire list of all nursing schools in Florida.

Full List of BSN Programs in Florida

Featured BSN programs accepting Florida applicants
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Campus-based programs in Florida

Barry University
11300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores, FL 33161
The BSN pre-licensure program was first offered at Barry University in 1953 hence has over half a century in providing nurse training. The BSN is offered in two steps starting with a 2-year pre-nursing program for general education, support and prerequisites courses. First time students must have a high school GPA of 2.5 and must have completed high school Algebra, Biology and Chemistry with a grade of “C” or better.

SAT or ACT scores with minimums of 800 and 17 are also required for admission in the pre-nursing program. All prerequisites courses must be completed before an application is made for the nursing track which starts every fall semester. This second phase is designed to take 5 semesters: 4 regular and 1 summer session. There is also a Caribbean study abroad program. Motivated students can apply to get inducted in the Lambda Chi chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International.

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Bethune- Cookman College

640 Dr Mary Mc Leod Bethune Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

This Christian, private and historically black university has a traditional BSN program designed for beginning freshman or transfer students. It starts with a pre-nursing program whereby students complete lower division courses in Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology, Math, microbiology, General biology and psychology. To gain eligibility for the upper division nursing, students must attain an overall GPA of 2.8 on all lower division courses and a minimum of 2.5 on the above support courses. Admission into the school of nursing occurs twice annually during the fall and spring semesters after completion of the pre-nursing program.

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

334 W. Palmer Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32307

The undergraduate BS in nursing at FAMU is a 4 year program divided into 2 phases. The first phase is a 2-year pre-professional program meant for freshmen to complete liberal arts education and science foundation courses. High school graduates with a GPA of 2.7 and college preparatory science courses are the ideal candidates. Once accepted into the university, they may also choose to complete these courses at a junior college. Since phase 2/ professional nursing program is a limited access program, those who complete the pre-professional part are not automatically offered a spot. Requirements of this 2nd phase includes a minimum GPA of 2.7 on all prior coursework and a grade of “C” or better, 3 recommendation letters and an interview. There are two admission cycles for fall and spring semesters.

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Florida Atlantic University

777 Glade Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431

At the Boca Raton Main campus, FAU offers a traditional BSN program designed for students with no prior nursing experience. Applicants to the BSN may wish to start their career at FAU by completing 60 lower division courses or transfer any non-nursing courses from a state university system at the end of their sophomore year. Those wishing to start as freshmen at the university can apply for the fall, summer or spring admissions. In the next 2 years following admission, pre-nursing requirements mentioned above are completed. They must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or better with a grade of “C” or better. A second application is required for the 24 month upper division phase that starts in May. A TEAS V test with a score of 74% is required during selection for the professional phase. Motivated students can apply to be inducted in the Iota Xi chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International honor society.

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Florida Gulf Coast University

10501 FGCU Blvd, South Fort Meyers, FL 33965

The bachelor of nursing science is a limited access program meaning that students must first be admitted as freshmen pre-nursing students before being accepted into the professional program. The plan is for students to complete common prerequisites and the general education university courses program. To be eligible for admission in the school of nursing, students must have attained an average GPA of 3.0 on all prior coursework.  Any 2 natural science prerequisite courses are required while applying for the major while the rest can be completed before the actual program starts. Students must also complete the TEAS V prior to making the supplemental nursing application. Applications are accepted for two admission cycles: fall and spring. The major consists of 61 credit hours 34 of which must be completed at FGCU to be eligible for graduation and the NCLEX-RN exam.

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Florida Southern University

111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr Lakeland, FL 33801

The basic BSN program prepares beginning students to become entry level registered nurses. Interested students with a high school diploma, a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a SAT or ACT score of 1000 or 21 respectively are welcome to apply. The unique thing about the nursing program at FSU is that unlike many BSN programs there are two options. Students may not need to wait until the junior year to be admitted in the BSN. This happens in the 1st year a supplemental application is not always required. On the other hand students can chose to take a pre-professional phase and later on make a second application to the professional program if the required GPA of 2.5 has been met. At the end of the program, students will have completed 40 general education hours and 90 credit hours of nursing major courses.

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Florida State University

98 Varsity Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306

The baccalaureate nursing degree program is a competitive and limited admission program. To be considered for the program, students need to first be admitted in the university as freshmen before making another application to the college of nursing. High school graduates must have a minimum GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible for the freshman admission. High SAT and ACT scores of 1710 and 25 respectively are also required. If admitted, students complete 60 credit hours of liberal arts and nursing prerequisites. At junior level, a limited number of applicants will be selected to transition to the major. According to university statistics, only up-to 30% of applicants from the freshman pool are selected for the traditional BSN major.  Starting at freshman, the program is designed to take 4 years of full time study. The college of nursing has close to 20 scholarship opportunities for students admitted in the nursing program.

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Jacksonville University

2800 University Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32211

Jacksonville offers an opportunity to high school students to be accepted in the BS in nursing program when in their senior year. Freshman acceptance requires that students have high school biology, chemistry and math with a minimum grade of “B”. A high school GPA of 3.2 and SAT -1100 or ACT-24 scores are also minimum admission requirements. Pre-nursing courses are taken in the first 2 years including a few introductory nursing courses. At least 28 credits must be completed before making an application to the BSN. Such must have an average GPA of 2.5 or better for eligibility. Besides the GPA, an interview, essay and recommendation letters are used during selection. The university has a 4-year graduation guarantee for students admitted as freshmen. The honors program; open to academically talented students, comes with a number of benefits including scholarships and study abroad opportunities.

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Nova Southeastern University

3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314


For students seeking initial licensures as a registered nurse at NSU, the entry level BSN program serves the purpose. It is a dual admission program hence requires two applications steps: one for the university and another for the professional program. Admission to the university as a freshman is for high school graduates who have completed 2 years of science, 4 years and 3 years math. Applicants must have minimum SAT/ACT of 950/19 and GPA of 3.0 besides having recommendation letters. A pre-admission interview is also required for selected freshman applicants. The second application to the major is for students who have completed at least 36 prerequisite credit hours with an average GPA of 3.0 or better and a minimum grade “C”. If accepted in the major, students can complete courses at a number of campus locations including Miami Kendall, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Meyers.

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Pensacola Christian University

250 Brent Lane, Pensacola, FL

An undergraduate nursing bachelors program is offered to high school graduates who wish to become registered nurses. Applicants must submit SAT or ACT scores for evaluation during selection. The program starts at freshman where general education and pre-nursing support courses are offered. Included in this package are intensive surveys of the old and New Testament.  Clinical nursing courses start at sophomore level but there are also electives from biblical concepts and biblical background courses. As a Christian university, student can engage in the numerous spiritual activities besides the academics activities. By following stipulated sequence of courses, students are guaranteed to graduate in 4 years.

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South University-Tampa

4401 North Himes Ave, Tampa, FL 33614

The CCNE accredited BSN entry-level program at South University is designed to prepare students for the NLCEX-RN exam. The program is offered on a full time basis at the Tampa campus of the university. Students are admitted as freshmen to complete prerequisites courses including college algebra and two science courses in the period of 6 quarters. If this portion of the program is completed in good standing, a second application for the professional nursing program can be made. This on the other hand takes 7 quarters to complete.

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South University-West Palm Beach

9801 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33411

Taking the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the West Palm Beach campus of south University offers students the benefits of studying in a small campus. The program starts with liberal education for baccalaureate generalist for nurses prior to taking any nursing courses. Students who meet the requirements of the professional nursing program can then apply again for consideration in this second phase. This program is a replica to what the Tampa Campus of South University offers. It is also available in other states across the country including Nova-Michigan, Virginia Beach-Virginia, Alaska and South Carolina.

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The University of Tampa

401 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606

To be eligible for the undergraduate bachelor of nursing degree, students must first apply for a regular admission at Tampa. This; also known as the pre-nursing application, can be done in summer, fall and spring admission dates. This general admission does not guarantee entry into the nursing department. Once students complete or near completing pre-nursing courses with a GPA of 3.5 or better, a second application to the nursing department can be done. Along with the second application must be TEAS scores and a personal statement. Admission into the major is very competitive and selection is done once annually for the spring semester. The university runs an interdisciplinary honors program for highly motivated students and student nurses can also apply to be inducted in the Delta Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

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University of Central Florida

12201 Research Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32826

UCF offers a Basic BSN degree at three campuses namely Daytona, Cocoa and Orlando. It is an upper division program designed for students who have already completed all required nursing prerequisites courses. Students should apply to the program just before completing the sophomore year prior to the junior year. There is special provisional admission for entry in the nursing program for Military Enlisted Commission Program students. Admissions occur twice annually: fall at the Orlando Campus and spring at the Cocoa and Daytona campuses. Students should expect to stay in campus for 5 semesters as freshmen for pre-nursing courses; 4 regular and 1summer and 5 semesters for upper division; 4 regular and 1 summer semesters.

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University of Florida

201 Criser Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611

As a flagship research university of the state, bachelor nursing students enjoy state-of-the-art health research facilities for nurse training. This track is designed for students who have completed at least 60 credits of general university and pre-professional nursing courses. These courses can be taken the university or other accredited 4-year colleges and community colleges. Among the courses required include anatomy and physiology I and II, human nutrition, growth and development, social and behavioral course and statistics. To be considered for the generic BSN track, students must have completed the above mentioned courses with a minimum GPA of 2.8. Admission is once annually for classes starting fall semester.

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University of Miami

5030 Brunson Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Unlike many other programs in the country, the traditional BSN program admits students directly into the BSN ie no need for a second application. High school candidates with a minimum GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale are the ideal candidates. All freshmen are guaranteed admission into the professional phase provided they complete the university courses and nursing prerequisites courses with an average GPA of 3.0 and 3.3 respectively. The entire program is 122 credits designed for 4 full time academic years. Student nurses enjoy extensive clinical exposure at the UHealth clinical sites including the Sylvester Cancer Center, Miller School of medicine, University of Miami Hospital and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

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University of North Florida

1 UNF Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32224

The CCNE accredited school of nursing was given flagship status due to its faculty scholarly distinction and nurses training. It offers an upper division pre-licensure BSN curriculum designed for entry level nurses. Students interested in this limited access track must take the TEAS test prior to making an application to the school of nursing. To be eligible for the 5-semester upper division courses, students must have completed 27 prerequisite credits in courses such as anatomy and physiology, microbiology, human nutrition, elementary statistics and social science. Admissions are done twice annually for classes starting fall and summer semesters. Some nursing major courses can be completed in either fall, summer or spring semesters while others are reserved for regular semesters only. By following the stipulated course sequences, students can finish in 9 terms and 3 summers. 

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University of South Florida

12901 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612

An upper division BSN pre-licensure curriculum prepares students for first time licensure as registered nurses. Application to this track is meant for students who have completed prerequisites courses after acceptance into the university as a pre-nursing student. All undergraduate work must have an overall GPA of 3.2 or better to be eligible for the upper division nursing courses. It is a limited access and competitive program where selection is based on a number of things including first attempt grades on prerequisites, overall GPA on college work, personal statement, volunteer history and relevant healthcare work experience. New students are accepted twice annually for fall and summer starting dates. Academically motivated students can become inducted in the Delta Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

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University of West Florida

11000 University Pkwy, Pensacola, FL 32514

The BS in nursing is a very competitive limited access program designed for students who have completed all pre-nursing courses. Only about 40 students are accepted in this program in the only August annual admission schedule. Candidates interested in this track must first be admitted in the university to take general studies requirements or have a general associate degree or equivalent from a community college of university. A minimum of 73% on TEAS V test is required in addition to an overall GPA of 3.0 or better on all prior college work. Applicants with health care volunteer experience have a plus during the selection process. At least 62 credit hours including foreign language must be completed before applying. There is a university honors program and a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International honor society both for academically motivated students.