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Bacholor of Science in
(Direct Entry BSN)

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Combining innovative technology and hands-on clinical experiences with traditional classroom learning.

Through your hands-on, nursing clinical experiences you will learn the realities of working with individuals, families, communities, and other healthcare professions.

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida Southern College will give you the skills needed to provide the highest quality care in a variety of settings. Students explore the history and theoretical foundations of the nursing profession; gain in-depth knowledge of the biological and behavioral sciences; care for clients across the lifespan; explore health, illness, and disease in a global context.

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Florida Southern College's Nursing major is a direct-entry BSN program that it is only offered as a four-year curriculum. We do not accept transfer students into this program. Learn more about the requirements for this major 

Top Notch BSN Program

Better Outcomes

Nurses work hand in hand with other health care staff members to produce the best possible patient outcomes. Our labs, set up to simulate a clinical situation, allow you to practice determining the best course of action for the patient and then delegate tasks and communicate accordingly.

Not only do these activities let you demonstrate your skills in a contextual learning environment, but they also foster critical thinking and improved clinical judgment. Because of your extensive hands-on training, you’ll be highly sought after. 100% of our nursing majors are offered a job or are accepted into graduate school.

Selective Program

Applicants for the direct-admit BSN Program should apply for admission to Florida Southern College and select Nursing as their intended major; a separate application is not required but admission is competitive.

The BSN program selects students with the highest academic profiles who we feel will be most successful in our rigorous nursing curriculum. First-year nursing students average a 3.76 high school GPA, 26 ACT, and 1240 SAT.

Top Reasons to choose Nursing
(Direct Entry BSN) at florida southern college

Direct Entry

Unlike other schools, which make you wait until your junior year before starting your nursing program, you begin taking nursing classes in your first year and attend clinical and labs beginning in the fall of the second year.

CCNE Accredited

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Florida Southern College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Excellent NCLEX Pass Rates

Florida Southern graduates score well into the 90th percentile for first-time National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rate on a five year average.

State of the Art Facilities

Starting with your Nursing Fundamentals class, you'll use high fidelity simulators that can speak, and react physiologically — allowing you to practice complex nursing procedures in a safe, controlled environment.

Hands-On Experience

Students will complete their clinical experiences at some of the nation's busiest and most technologically advanced hospitals.

High Job Placement Rate

A BSN degree coupled with over 500 hours of clinical and simulation experiences make our graduates highly sought after.

Employment Outlook

Job outlook for registered nurses growing from 2.8 million jobs in 2015 to 3.3 million in 2023
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As a student at FSC, I held internships at the 5E Oncology/Hematology department of MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where I enhanced my skills in tracheostomy care, chemotherapy, blood products, traumatic / emergent care.

— Hannah Liebmann
Nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital

Meet our Mocs

Claire Winters

Claire Winters

I love my classmates and the faculty. I love that we get to start nursing classes first thing and get to start in the hospital sophomore year
Onosetale Jewere

Onosetale Ijewere

I chose FSC for the small classes, the exceptional nursing program that I’m so in love with, and encouraging students and teachers who are always extremely eager to lend a helping hand.
Hannah Liebmann

Hannah Liebmann

During my internship, there was a patient who ended up becoming septic, in which immediate intervention is necessary to decrease fatality. Due to the critical thinking skills I developed at FSC I was able to recognize this situation and act quickly to prevent a fatal complication.

Marissa Michaud

Florida Southern has an amazing nursing program with the best professors. The school feels like a community, everybody is so nice here. The campus is beautiful and I love the size of the campus as well.

Make a Difference Every Day

In NUR 3540 Community Health Nursing, you'll have the opportunity to apply concepts, theories, and practice from nursing and public health sciences to assess the health and healthcare delivery for culturally diverse and vulnerable populations.

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Schedule a campus tour or take our video tour of one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses. Participate in our daily online Admission Info Session or a MocTalk webinar to learn more about Florida Southern.

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Featured Nursing Faculty

Linda Comer, Ph.D., RN, CNE
- Dean of the Ann Blanton Edwards School of Nursing and Health Sciences

The foundation of my teaching philosophy is the value of human care and respect. I believe that all individuals are inherently worthy of respect, and strive to approach each interaction with students

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Clubs and More

You’ll find a chapter of the  Florida Students Nursing Association and Nursing Christian Fellowship (NCR) available for all nursing students to join. Florida Southern also hosts the Upsilon Omega chapter of Sigma (Nursing Honor Society) that upperclassmen are invited to join based academic performance.

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Featured Nursing Facilities

Advanced Simulation Labs

The Joe K. and Alberta Blanton nursing building is home to some of the world’s most advanced medical-simulation technology. Within our treatment laboratories are high-tech mannequins that can speak, hear, respond and even physiologically reproduce true-to-life scenarios. This advanced simulation technology allows you to master bedside care in a controlled environment.

Program Details

Available in: 

  • BS


All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:

  • A completed application form 
  • An official high school transcript
  • Students applying to the Nursing program are encouraged to submit test scores for direct entry BSN consideration. If ACT or SAT scores are not available, students may take the TEAS exam at home. If no standardized scores are submitted, student science GPA will be calculated and used in admission decisions.
  • Academic recommendation 


Florida Southern College does not accept nor consider transfer students for admission into our BSN Nursing program. Our BSN Nursing program is designed as a direct entry program for first year freshman only, entering FSC directly out of high school, with a sequenced 4 year curriculum. No exceptions are considered and no internal transfer is possible.

Nina B. Hollis Nursing Scholarships

To be considered, students must be admitted and enrolled in the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in nursing program, achieve academic excellence, and have a demonstrated financial need. Scholarships vary in amount and are renewable for each year of study.

No separate application is required, eligible candidates will be notified in the Admissions process.

Various Amounts