Jul 28, 2021  
2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

RN - B.S.N., Nursing [8019] ‡

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Bachelor of Science

(120 Credit Hours)

For more information about the program contact:

BSN Program Director

Cathy King, DNP, RN, CNE
941-363-7212 Lakewood Ranch
941-408-1300, ext. 67212 Venice

Program Description and Goal

The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to B.S.N.) Program is designed primarily as a 2+2 program for current Florida registered nurses (RN) who would like to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). This program incorporates prior nursing education and experience in nursing practice, theory and concepts. B.S.N. coursework addresses topics related to leadership and management, informatics, community and public health, nursing theory and research. This program is approved by the Florida State Department of Education and is accredited by ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. ACEN’s phone number is (404) 975-5000).

The RN to B.S.N. Program further expands the RN’s knowledge base, enhancing his or her professional and leadership skills, which will meet the future health care needs of the community.

Separate Application

‡ Degrees/programs will require a separate application and acceptance notification from the specific department before enrollment in the desired program.

Admission Requirements

  1. A 2.0 GPA on a scale of 4.0;
  2. A current, unencumbered, unrestricted Florida RN license or eligible for Florida RN licensure.
  3. Completion of at least 45 hours with at least 32 hours of prerequisite courses listed below (with a grade of C or better).

RN-B.S.N. Program Requirements

Prerequisite Courses: 39 - 41 Credit Hours

Completion of all or part of the academic courses required does not guarantee acceptance into the RN to B.S.N. Program.

Additional Academic Requirements: 9 Credit Hours

Courses from the prerequisites (+) count toward the 36 credit hours needed in general education requirements, Areas I - V .

To complete this requirement, students will need to complete the following courses:

BSN: 38 Credit Hours

BSN Electives: 6 Credit Hours

Minimum of two courses from this list:

Lower/Upper Level Electives: up to 4 Credit Hours to meet 120 Credit Hours graduation requirement

  • Any A.A. elective course

Validated Nursing Credits

Upon validation of an unrestricted, unencumbered Florida RN license up to 30 credit hours will be awarded at the completion of the upper division nursing core courses and application for B.S.N. graduation.

Licensure Requirement

Students must hold a current, unencumbered, unrestricted Florida RN license within the first five weeks of program admission and throughout their study in the RN to B.S.N. Program.

Graduation Requirements for Bachelor’s Degrees

The following general requirements for graduation from SCF must be met by all candidates for the Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science degrees. Additional requirements may exist for individual programs.

  1. Students must satisfactorily complete 120 credit hours. For residency purposes, a minimum of 30 credit hours required for graduation must be completed at SCF. All other specific degree requirements also must be met. Developmental education (formerly college preparatory) instruction may not be counted toward fulfilling the total number of credit hours required for residency purposes or graduation.
  2. For purposes of conferring the bachelor’s degree, students must complete at least 30 credit hours of courses numbered 3000 level or above. Of these, at least 15 credit hours must be taken at SCF.
  3. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4 .0 scale for all work completed at SCF and a 2.0 grade point average or higher for combined coursework with SCF that includes all transferable credits.
  4. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all upper division program requirements.
  5. Students must complete the general education requirements (36 credit hours) as defined in the Associate in Arts degree. Students who transfer to SCF with either an Associate in Arts degree or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are considered to have met the general education component of the degree. Courses will be reviewed for equivalency for students who transfer without an Associate in Arts or bachelor’s degree.
  6. Students must have completed Florida’s foreign language requirement prior to the completion of the bachelor’s degree. Students may meet this competency by:  A) successful completion of two years (four semesters) of the same foreign language officially documented on a high school transcript; or B) successful completion (grade C or better) of two semesters of the same foreign language at a college or university officially documented on a college/university transcript; or C) education completed outside the United States as documented on an official foreign high school transcript that reflects a primary language other than English; D) or Successful completion of two foreign language equivalents through Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), or UEXCEL exams.  One or more of these exams can be in combination with successful completion of college/university credit in the same foreign language subject area.  Official transcripts from a high school, college and/or university and/or official examination results must be submitted to the educational records office.
  7. For students wishing to pursue another bachelor’s degree, the student must complete a minimum of 15 additional credit hours beyond the first bachelor’s degree as well as any other degree requirements and graduation requirements listed above for the second program. 

SCF reserves the right to make changes in the regulations, offerings, requirements and any provisions announced in this Catalog at any time as circumstances require.


SARA Notification: Students enrolled in RN-BSN Nursing program who reside in a state other than Florida must contact the RN-BSN Nursing program coordinator for the RN-BSN Nursing program and identify their state of residence.  Depending on the specific state, either; SCF may provide information to the student  on whether, SCF will   determine whether the course or program meets the requirements for professional licensure in that state where the applicant or student resides; or,  that SCF cannot confirm whether the RN-BSN Nursing program  meets requirements for professional licensure in that state, and we will provide the student with current contact information the licensing board in that state and  advice the student to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where the student lives.


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