USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) and the USF College of Nursing have an articulation agreement that enables students to take their first two years toward a B.S. degree in Nursing in the College of Science & Mathematics at USFSM and progress to completing the degree in the USF College of Nursing.  The A.A. in Pre-Nursing (PNS) is designed to ensure students are well prepared, taking the required state mandated prerequisites and introductory courses for the major while completing the general education curriculum. During the spring semester of the second year, students will have the opportunity to interview for admission to the College of Nursing the following fall.

Fulltime students who follow the curriculum plan earn credit in required prerequisite courses while earning an Associate in Arts (A.A.) certificate at USFSM within two years.  If they meet the GPA required of all USF students to pursue the nursing major, they are eligible to interview for admission into the upper-level curriculum in the College of Nursing, completing the degree in four years.

Students must meet all USFSM Associate in Arts minimum requirements in compliance with USFSM Lower-Level Core CurriculumUSF Regulation 3.019 Associate in Arts CertificateFlorida Statute 1007.25 General Education Courses; Common Prerequisites; Other Degree Requirements , and Florida Statute 1007.262 Foreign Language Competence.  Satisfactory completion of the USFSM Pre-Nursing curriculum in the first three semesters qualifies a student to interview for admission into the upper-level nursing program.  Students must meet the admission requirements of the program as specified in the USF Tampa Undergraduate Catalog, pertaining to the academic year they enter the program including minimum grades identified below.

GPA and Grading Requirement

The minimum admission requirements for entry to the College of Nursing include a minimum overall GPA of 3.20, and a minimum grade of C in state-mandated nursing prerequisites, all of which must be completed prior to entry into the College of Nursing in the fall of year three.

Curriculum Progression Plan
(60 credit hours)

It is strongly recommended that students begin this program in the fall semester.  Students who start in spring or summer may take general education, foreign language, or remedial courses as needed.

Year 1 – Fall  (13 credit hours)

Course Number  Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY) Minimum Grade Required
ENC 1101 Composition I 3 None 6ACM, SMCO
MAC 1105 College Algebra 3 PR: MAT 1033 SMMA
PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychological Science 3 None SMSS minimum grade of C (not a C-)
or
SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology 3 None SMSS minimum grade of C (not a C-)
General Studies – Natural Science* 3  None SMNS minimum grade of C (not a C-)
SLS 1107 Foundations of University Success  1 None  SMFS

*Recommended: Biochemistry for Health Professionals

Year 1 – Spring  (16 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY) Minimum Grade Required
STA 2023 Introductory Statistics 3 SMMA minimum grade of C (not a C-)
ENC 1102 Composition II 3 PR: ENC 1101 6ACM, SMCO
BSC 2093C Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 PR: Biochemistry for Health Professionals minimum grade of C (not a C-)
HUN 2210 Human Nutrition 3 minimum grade of C (not a C-)
DEP 2004 The Life Cycle 3 SMSS minimum grade of C (not a C-)

Year 1 – Summer (if credits are needed to bring total to 60)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY) Minimum Grade Required
General Elective

 

Year 2 – Fall  (16 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY) Minimum Grade Required
MCB 2000 Microbiology 3 None SMNS minimum grade of C (not a C-)
MCB 2000L Microbiology Lab 1 None SMNS minimum grade of C (not a C-)
BSC 2094C Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 PR: BSC 2093C minimum grade of C (not a C-)
General Eduation – Elective 3 SMEL
SLS 2122 Foundations of Professional Success 2 PR: SLS 1107 SMFS
General Education – Humanities 3 SMHU

Year 2 – Spring  (14 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY) Minimum Grade Required
NUR 3125 Pathophysiology 3 PR: BSC 2093C, BSC 2094C minimum grade of C (not a C-)
NUR 3825 Intro to the Profession of Nursing 2 minimum grade of C (not a C-)
NUR 4937 Nursing Seminar (Digital Health) 3 minimum grade of C (not a C-)
General Education Elective 3 SMEL
General Education – Humanities 3 SMHU

With successfully completing the Pre-Nursing A.A. Certificate and meeting departmental grade and GPA requirements, students will interview in the spring semester for entry and matriculation into the College of Nursing where they will complete the B.S. in Nursing degree.