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Direct Entry Nursing (BSN)

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

Through your hands-on, clinical experiences you will learn the realities of working with patients, their families, and other medical professionals.

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How to Apply

Our Students Excel on the NCLEX

Florida Southern graduates boast a 100% first-time National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rate.

Top Reasons

The integration of theoretical knowledge with clinical practice is a vital aspect of your nursing education at Florida Southern.

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CCNE Accredited

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

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Start Faster

Unlike other schools, which make you wait until your junior year before starting your nursing program, you begin the nursing program in your first year.

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Be Prepared

Graduating from the BSN program prepares you to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses.

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Engaged Learning

Complete your clinical experience at some of the nation's busiest, most technologically advanced hospitals.

View the Direct Entry Nursing (BSN) Brochure

Admission to the BSN Program

Applicants for the direct-admit BSN Program should apply for admission to the 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. Fall 2018 first-year nursing students averaged a 3.76 high school GPA, 26 ACT, and 1240 SAT.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the requirements for entry into the BSN program? What are the academic requirements to remain in the nursing program?

The BSN program at FSC is competitive and selects students with the highest academic profiles who we feel will be most successful in our rigorous nursing curriculum. Fall 2018 first-year nursing students have an average 3.76 high school GPA, 26 ACT, and 1240 SAT.

An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for progression in the major. Students must achieve a grade of C or higher in all required coursework for the nursing major. Standardized testing is used to monitor student progress throughout the program, and students must pass a final exit examination to meet BSN major graduation requirements.

If I didn’t enter Florida Southern College as a nursing student, can I join the program?

Occasionally, there are opportunities for students who are already enrolled at Florida Southern to apply to the program. They must follow the procedures outlined in the current FSC catalog, part of which require a written essay and a meeting with the nursing program director during the November month of their first semester. To be considered, students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and completion of prerequisite coursework.

Are transfer students eligible to apply?

Due to the direct-entry nature of the program, which fills all available slots at the beginning of freshman year, generally, there is no opportunity for transfer students in the nursing program.

Can I apply to the nursing program if I come in with college credit or an A.A. degree?

The nursing program curriculum is designed for direct entry, with nursing courses beginning in the first year and continuing sequentially for four years. Students entering Florida Southern with substantial college credits are encouraged to select a minor to enhance their education over the four years.

I was not admitted the direct-entry nursing program. Is there another option for enrollment at FSC?

We strongly encourage you to consider joining the Florida Southern College community with a different intended major. FSC offers several options for students who have an interest in working in the healthcare industry. A degree in healthcare administration combines business concepts with healthcare management practices to provide graduates the skills to take advantage of the growing demand for health care administrators. Graduates of our Exercise Science program are prepared to move on to graduate programs in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Exercise Physiology or enter directly into the workforce through the strength and conditioning concentration. If you plan to enroll at Florida Southern College, please speak with your Admission Counselor about changing your intended major. Your Admissions Counselor can be reached at the Office of Admissions at 863.274.4131.

Advanced Facilities

Our Joe K. and Alberta Blanton Nursing Building is a state-of-the-art facility, which houses wireless classrooms, a technologically advanced nursing skills lab, and a treatment simulation laboratory.

Program Contact

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