University of West Florida Nursing School Review

The University of West Florida (UWF) was founded in 1965 to serve students in Northwest Florida. It was the 6th college founded in the State University System of Florida. The university has very unique resources; it manages 24 historical sites and owns a private beach available for academic and recreational use. The university serves over 11,000 students and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Nursing Degree Programs

Nursing programs are housed under the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences. Nursing programs at the University of West Florida are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program is unique in that only 40 students are accepted each year. The university strives to keep student numbers and cohort sizes small, so that personal support and resources are available to all students.

UWF Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Two undergraduate programs are available for students at the University of West Florida, an RN to BSN completion program and a traditional BSN option.

BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

The BSN degree program prepares nurse generalists at the bachelor’s degree level. Students interested in this program are not admitted upon being accepted to the university. After completing program pre-requisites, nurses should complete an application specifically to the nursing program. Admission requirements include completing general education requirements for the University of West Florida or the equivalent, such as an Associate of Arts Degree (AA) from a community college. Students should have a 3.0 GPA in college coursework and take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills). Students must earn a “C” or better grade in all courses to graduate. The program can be completed in approximately 2 years, at which time students will receive a BSN and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN certification exam to become a RN.

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

The RN to BSN program is designed for working RNs to complete their education requirements to obtain better nursing positions and lay the groundwork for graduate education. The program is offered online to accommodate the schedule of working RNs. The program requires 124 credit hours total to earn the BSN qualification with 32 of those hours being completed at the University of West Florida.

UWF Graduate Nursing Programs

MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) Degree Program

The MSN program at the University of West Florida is available online and offers two tracks, Nursing Administration (NA) and Nursing Education (NE). Admission criteria for the program includes GRE scores a minimum 3.0 GPA in master’s coursework and a personal statement regarding why you are pursuing the MSN. The program can be completed in approximately 2 years.

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in Nursing Program (In collaboration with the North Florida PhD Consortium)

The PhD in Nursing Science Program is offered to students at the University of West Florida through the North Florida PhD in Nursing Consortium. This program prepares nurses for doctoral study using a hybrid method involving two-way interactive video in which students can see and interact with their professors and classes on campus of participating institution. The PhD in Nursing Science degree will be awarded through the University of Florida, and therefore students must apply and enroll for the program through the University of Florida and meet their admission requirements. The PhD in Nursing Science Program is ideal for nurses with scholarly interest, as the program seeks to train nurses as researchers who contribute to the growing body of academic knowledge in the field of nursing.

University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, Florida 32514

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