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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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    Susan BakerDean, College of NursingHealth Education CenterBaker.Susan@spcollege.edu(727) 341-3640
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    The Institute of Medicine recommends that by 2020, 80% of nurses should have a bachelor’s degree to meet the expanding health care needs of Americans. Job prospects are better for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree. Overall, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26% through 2020, faster than average.

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    The baccalaureate program at St. Petersburg College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

    St. Petersburg College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award selected bachelor's degrees in science and bachelor's degrees in applied science; associate degrees in arts, associate degrees in science, and associate degrees in applied science; as well as certificates and applied technology diplomas.

  • BSN icon An increasingly complex health care system requires better educated nurses. Getting your Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SPC gives you a solid foundation for advancing your career and improving your skills. Many employers now require nurses be adept in critical thinking, quality improvement, systems thinking and team leadership. If you are an R.N., our program delivers that and more in a flexible, online format.


    • Builds on your current R.N. credential, education and experience
    • Fits your schedule
    • Takes four semesters to complete attending full time
    • Opportunity to take courses one at a time or up to four courses each semester in Fall and Spring
    • Option to take your classes online or in the classroom
    • Ability to complete your practicum hours at approved agencies in your community
    • Focuses on leadership, management, theory, research and community and public health
    • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. St. Petersburg College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award selected bachelor's degrees in science and bachelor's degrees in applied science; associate degrees in arts, associate degrees in science, and associate degrees in applied science; as well as certificates and applied technology diplomas. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of St. Petersburg College.

    See the College of Nursing mission statement, and goals and program outcomes for the BSN degree program.

  • Nursing
    Bachelor of Science


    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2014 (490)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2014 (490), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

    Program Leadership Information

    Dr. Susan Baker, Dean, (727) 341-3640

    Program Summary

    The RN to BSN Program at St. Petersburg College affords registered nurses the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. The program gives nurses a solid foundation for advancing their career or preparing for graduate nursing study. The program focuses on leadership, management, theory, research, and community and public health. Courses are delivered in either a face-to-face or online format.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

    Admission Rules

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing Admissions Checklist

    To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you must complete the online college application in MySPC and submit documentation of:

    o A clear/active, unrestricted, unencumbered RN license. (This will need to be kept current for the duration of the program.)

    o Official transcripts showing completion of an A.S. degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution listed at http://www.collegesource.org/idxsearch.asp or a Diploma in Nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing/ACEN (formerly, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission/NLNAC) listed at: http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

    o Official transcripts from all college(s) currently or previously attended. Transcripts from schools outside the U.S must be evaluated by a NACES approved agency.

    o Official transcripts from high school(s) (or GED). Students who have submitted transcripts documenting an associate, bachelor's or higher degrees from regionally accredited schools are not required to submit high school transcripts unless they document completion of two consecutive years of one foreign language.

    o Completion of all AA degree general education requirements and foreign language requirements.

    o Completion of the state -mandated prerequisites with a grade of "C" or better (see below for specific courses).

    o Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.00 scale in all post-secondary coursework.

    Graduation Rules

    If you have not completed two consecutive years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before entering the B.S. program.

    RN to BSN students must complete 40 semester hours of upper-division nursing coursework. Ten (10) semester hours may be met by transfer from another institution. RN to BSN students must complete each NUR/NSP upper division course with a grade of "C" or better in order to receive credit and progress in the program.

    All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

    *BSC 2085Human Anatomy & Physiology I3
    BSC 2085LHuman Anatomy & Physiology Lab I1
    **BSC 2086Human Anatomy & Physiology II3
    BSC 2086LHuman Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II1
    ***MCB 2010Microbiology3
    MCB 2010LMicrobiology Laboratory1
    ****STA 2023Elementary Statistics3

    Complete 27 credits

    Lower Division Nursing by Transfer


    NUR 3066Health Assessment and Physical Appraisal3
    NUR 3125Pathophysiology3
    NUR 3655Nursing in a Multicultural Society3
    NUR 3805Professional Roles and Dimensions of Nursing Practice3
    NUR 3826Legal & Ethical Aspects of Nursing3
    NUR 3874Informatics and Clinical Reasoning3
    NUR 4169Evidence-Based Research Utilization3
    NUR 4606Nursing of the Family3
    NUR 4636Community Health Nursing Theory3
    NUR 4636LCommunity Health Nursing Practicum4
    NUR 4835Leadership Theory3
    NUR 4835LLeadership Practicum4
    NUR/NSP 3XXX - Nursing Elective - upper division course2

    * Acceptable substitutes: BSCXO93C or BSC XO93/XO93L
    ** Acceptable substitutes: BSCX094C or BSC XO94/XO94L
    *** Acceptable substitutes: MCBX013C, MCBX013/L, MCB X000/X000L, OR MCB X004/X004L
    **** Acceptable substitutes: STAX014, STAX122, or STAX022

    Total Credits121