Frequently Asked Questions about USCB Pre-licensure BSN Nursing Program/Advisement
What do I do if I am already an RN and want to get my BSN degree?
How do I know what courses to take to enter the nursing major?
a) Students should follow the “Recommended Program of Study for Full-Time Pre-Licensure BSN Students”.
b) Students should take at least 2 sciences for at least one semester (i.e. during the 2nd semester of Freshman Year, students should take A & P II and Chemistry)
c) Students should take courses in sequence whenever possible.
- For example, A & P I should be taken before A & P II;
- Introduction to Psychology (PSYC B101) should be taken before Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology (PSYC B209 or PSYC B321);
- English Composition (ENGL B101) should be taken before English Comp./Literature (ENGL B102).
- College Algebra (MATH B111) should be taken before Chemistry (CHEM B109) and Statistics (STAT B201)
d) Spanish is the recommended language. Students should be advised to complete Spanish I and II during the summer semester of their first and second year.
e) Students should carefully watch their GPA within the first few semesters – a GPA of under 3.0 is not conducive to applying to the nursing major.
How competitive is USCB's Nursing program?
USCB’s Nursing Program is highly competitive. We typically receive 100 applications each year for up to 48 spaces.
2013 Statistics for applicants accepted into the major:
- Average cumulative overall GPA: 3.48
- Average cumulative science GPA: 3.33
Are there any time limits on the prerequisite courses for the nursing program?
No. However, it is recommended that any science course that is a pre-requisite be taken within 7 years.
Can I repeat courses for higher grades? Is there a limit to the number of times I can repeat them?
There is a rule concerning science and Nursing courses. Students must complete all science and Nursing courses with a “C” grade or above with a maximum of one science or one Nursing course repeated once to earn a minimum grade of “C”. There is no limit to the number of times students can retake other classes for higher grades. We will use the most recent grade for prerequisite GPA calculation.
How do I apply to the USCB nursing program?
Is an interview required for admission?
No, an admission interview is not used in the admission process.
How many students do you admit to each admission term? And what is the acceptance rate for ABSN program?
Each admission term the program is limited to forty eight (48) students. The average acceptance rate is 37%.
When does the nursing program begin?
The program begins once a year in the spring semester.
What do I need to complete to apply to the program?
a) Complete at least 43 prerequisite credits, including all science courses, by the end of the fall semester before entry into the spring BSN major.
c) Complete all science and Nursing courses with a “C” grade or above with a maximum of one science or one Nursing course repeated once to earn a minimum grade of “C”.
d) Acceptable scores (benchmarks may change, check current standards) on the Kaplan Admissions test.
Background checks, drug screening and health requirements are required on incoming students to ensure the safety of the patients treated by students in the clinical education program. Clinical agencies do have the right to refuse student clinical placement based on criminal background and health requirements. A student will not be allowed into clinical settings if the background check or the health clearance is inadequate. Students must complete the clinical portion of courses to pass the nursing courses. Therefore, students who cannot pass a background check or drug screen will not be admitted to the USCB Nursing program. If a student does not pass the background check or drug screen, they are ineligible to perform the clinical portion of their courses for all agencies and progression in the USCB Nursing program will be stopped. Students must successfully complete the clinical component of a course to receive a passing grade in the course.
What do I do if I have another degree or want to transfer into the nursing program?
We cannot evaluate unofficial transcripts for potential students so the best route is for the student to first go through admissions and apply. Once accepted, their credits are evaluated. Then, the advisors can go through and tell them what is left that they need to take. If students are interested in applying to USCB for a Nursing program, contact the Admissions office.
Last Revised on: April 29, 2014