University of Tampa Nursing School Review

The University of Tampa (UT) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The University of Tampa has origins in 1933 when Tampa Junior College became a university to serve graduates of local high schools. The campus in Plant Hall was transformed from the Tampa Bay Hotel, which was visited by some of the most famous people of the 20th century including the Queen of England, Theodore Roosevelt and Babe Ruth. The University of Tampa serves over 6,500 students.

Nursing Degree Programs

Nursing programs at the University of Tampa are approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Undergraduate Nursing Programs

BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Degree Program

The BSN program is ideal for students without nursing education seeking to earn a BSN. In this program, students first apply to the University of Tampa and then to the nursing department when pre-requisites are near completion. This program accepts upper division University of Tampa students as well as transfer students. Admission requirements for the program include the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) and a letter of recommendation. The program is four years total (including pre-nursing) and requires 125 credits to complete.

RN to BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

The RN to BSN program is for nursing graduates from ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) and diploma programs that hold an RN license and would like to obtain a BSN. Requirements for admission including an essay outlining goals for BSN program 2 letters of recommendation, and a 2.75 GPA in previous college coursework that is transferred into the program. One-hundred twenty-four (124) credits total are required for the RN to BSN qualification, though the final number of credits earned may vary slightly by student due to the number of credits transferred in. Transfer credits that are 10 years or older may not be accepted.

Graduate Nursing Programs

MSN (Master of Science in Nursing)

MSN programs at the University of Tampa are available in two specializations, FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) and AHNP (Adult Health Nurse Practitioner). Upon completion of the program, students receive an MSN and are eligible to take the national certification exam in their specialty area. Admission to the program is highly competitive. Minimum requirements for admission to the MSN program include a 3.0 GPA from an accredited BSN program, a GRE score of 1,000 or higher or a course in Scholarly and Professional Communication in Nursing (NUR 600). Students who have a bachelor’s degree in a different field than nursing, but hold an RN license are eligible to apply and be accepted to the program as pre-MSN students. Pre-MSN students should pass the 3 required pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better. The program can be completed in 8 or 9 semesters depending on the specialization.

RN to MSN (Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing)

The RN to MSN program allows RNs with an ADN to complete the BSN and MSN degrees in a combined program which requires less time than completing the programs separately. Upon completing the BSN requirements, students are awarded the BSN, and take the GRE (minimum score of 1,000) to qualify for entrance in to the MSN program. Students must also maintain a 3.2 GPA in all post-secondary coursework to maintain enrollment in the RN to MSN program. Upon completion of the program students will earn a BSN, MSN and are eligible to take the national certification exam in their field of study.

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Tampa, FL 33606

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