Nursing (B.S.N.)

College of Health Professions and Social Work
School of Nursing
(239) 590-7485

2014-2015 Catalog Year

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed to prepare graduates to excel in a diverse, rapidly changing, and technologically oriented society. Graduates are prepared to assume vital roles in the improvement of client health care outcomes. General education and state-mandated common prerequisites for nursing form the foundation of study for the major. The nursing curriculum is built upon the principles of critical thinking, communication, health promotion, cultural connectedness, and adherence to professional and ethical standards.

Program Accreditation

The baccalaureate nursing program at Florida Gulf Coast University is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing (4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #CO2, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3257, telephone number 850-488-0595) accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 (202)-887-6791. 

*Limited Access

Limited Access means that all students who meet minimum admission requirements may not be admitted due to space and other constraints. A competitive admissions process is conducted for this major. Students must be admitted to the University, and then submit a separate BSN supplemental application.

  • Students are admitted to the BSN program fall and spring terms. Application materials must be received by February 1 for fall admission and May 15 for spring admission.
  • Students who are currently enrolled in an accredited baccalaureate nursing program and have completed nursing courses may be admitted each fall or spring semester on a limited basis according to the number of open seats.
  • All students must meet all BSN Program Admission Requirements as follows.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Submit a FGCU Application for Admission and satisfy all applicable university admission requirements.
  • Submit a completed School of Nursing supplemental application form. This is a .PDF file.
  • Have and maintain, prior to full admission, a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.0 on all coursework attempted.  Please Note: If the FGCU Degree Works audit shows a transfer GPA, it may not include grades for all courses at all institutions during your academic career.  The School of Nursing calculates the transfer GPA for BSN admission purposes using all grades.
  • Complete common prerequisites for nursing, with a grade of C or higher. Students who have not completed all required coursework at the time of application must include a plan for completion of the course(s) as part of the supplemental application. A final transcript documenting successful completion of the course(s) must be submitted to Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Complete a minimum of two natural science common prerequisites prior to the application deadline (Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab is one of the two natural sciences required).
  • Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills Test (TEAS) prior to BSN supplemental application deadline, with scores calculated for BSN program applicants.
  • Applicants who have attended, but not completed, another BSN registered nursing program must provide a letter of good standing from the Dean of the School of Nursing (or designee) that addresses the following: potential for success in a BSN program, safety in providing nursing care, interpersonal communication skills, and other information the director deems important. BSN applicants from an accredited baccalaureate BSN program must also submit course syllabi and topical outlines for all nursing courses.

Program Requirements

  1. FGCU General Education Program (GEP) (36 hrs)
    Refer to the General Education Program for more information.
    1. Communication (6 hrs)
    2. Mathematics (6 hrs)
      1. Select STA 2023
    3. Humanities (9 hrs)
    4. Social Sciences (6 hrs)
      1. Select PSY 2012
      2. Select DEP 2004
    5. Natural Sciences (9 hrs)
      1. Select BSC 1085C
      2. Select BSC 1086C
      3. Select MCB 2010C

        Note: At least one Natural Sciences course must include a laboratory or field component. Courses meeting this requirement contain a “C” or “L” in their course numbers. Each combined lecture and laboratory course (marked with a C) is equivalent to taking the lecture and laboratory separately.

  2. Common Prerequisites
    • BSC 1085C Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (4)
    • BSC 1086C Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (4)
    • DEP 2004 Principles of Development (3)
    • HSC 2577 Nutrition Human Health and Wellness (3)
    • MCB 2010C Microbiology with Lab (4)
    • PSY 2012 General Psychology (3) or PSY XXXX, SOP XXXX, SYG XXXX
    • STA 2023 Statistical Methods (3)

  3. Requirements in the Nursing Major (61 hrs)
    • NUR 3065C Health Assessment (3)
    • NUR 3125 Pathophysiology in Nursing (3)
    • NUR 3145 Pharmacology for Nursing (3)
    • NUR 3226 Adult Health Nursing I (3)
    • NUR 3226L Adult Health Nursing I Clinical (4)
    • NUR 3286 Gerontological Nursing (2)
    • NUR 3286L Gerontological Nursing (1)
    • NUR 3355 Child Health Nursing (2)
    • NUR 3355L Child Health Nursing Clinical (1)
    • NUR 3535 Mental Health Nursing (2)
    • NUR 3535L Mental Health Nursing Clinical (1)
    • NUR 3825 Introduction to Professional Nursing (2)
    • NUR 3829C Foundation of Nursing Practice (4)
    • NUR 3833 Patient Care Management and Nursing (3)
    • NUR 4169 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice in Symptom Management (3)
    • NUR 4227 Adult Health Nursing II (3)
    • NUR 4227L Adult Health Nursing II Clinical (4)
    • NUR 4455 Reproductive Health Nursing (2)
    • NUR 4455L Reproductive Health Nursing Clinical (1)
    • NUR 4636 Community & Public Health Nursing (3)
    • NUR 4636L Community and Public Health Nursing Clinical (2)
    • NUR 4295C Critical Care Nursing (3)
    • NUR 4948L Senior Nursing Practicum (3)
    • IHS 4504 Research Methods in Health Care (3)

  4. University Requirements (3 hrs)
    • IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  5. Additional Electives (variable)

    Additional electives may be required to reach a minimum of 124 credit hours for the baccalaureate degree.


Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 124 credit hours, including 64 credit hours of upper division coursework.
  • Completion of all required nursing (NUR and IHS) courses with a minimum grade of C (61 credits).
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • At least 31 of the last 64 hours must be completed at FGCU.
  • Satisfy Communication and Computation Skills, and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy Service Learning requirement. See
  • Satisfy School of Nursing NCLEX-RN Success Plan requirements.

Progression Requirements

Students in this program must meet specific progression, clinical, and graduation requirements. See the B.S.N. Program Guidebook for details.

Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes

The following substitutions are acceptable for common prerequisites and must be completed with a grade of C or better:

  • BSC 1085C: may substitute BSC X085C (4) or BSC X085/X085L (4) BSC X093C (4) or BSC X093/X093L (4)
  • BSC 1086C: may substitute BSC X086C (4) or BSC X086/X086L (4) or BSC X094C (4) or BSC X094/X094L (4)
  • CHM XXXX: may substitute BCH XXXX (3) or BSC XXXX (3) or PCB XXXX (3) or PHY XXXX (3)
  • DEP 2004: may substitute DEP X004 (3) or DEP X054 (3) or DEP X000 (3) or DEP X414 (3)
  • HSC 2577: may substitute HUN X201 (3) or NUR X192 (3)
  • MCB 2010C: may substitute MCB X010C (4) or MCB X010/X010L (4) or MCB X013C (4) or MCB X013/X013L (4) or MCB X000/X000L (4) or MCB X004/X004L (4)
  • PSY 2012: may substitute PSY XXXX (3) or SOP XXXX (3) or SYG XXXX (3)
  • STA 2023: may substitute STA X014 (3) or STA X023 (3) or STA X122 (3) or STA X022 (3)

For All Majors: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

NOTE: Epidemiology (3 credits) is recommended but not required.

The information contained in this catalog excerpt is intended for informational purposes only. Every effort is made to provide this information as accurately as possible at the time of publication; however, the university reserves the right to revise any section or part without notice or obligation.
Printed on: 4/27/2015.