SPC's Nursing B.S. Degree prepares you for jobs in demand

St. Petersburg College was the first to become a four-year institution in Florida and is a top provider of online education in the state. The college is home to a diverse body of students from a variety of geographic, ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds, and is committed to the highest academic standards in undergraduate education. Getting your Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from SPC's Walter L. Schafer, MD and Vivian B. Schafer, RN College of Nursing Baccalaureate Program gives you a solid foundation for advancing your career and improving your skills. If you're already a registered nurse, you can take our flexible program online or face-to-face.

Workforce Need for nurses with B.S.N. Degree

Nurses are returning to college to pursue their bachelor of science in nursing degree in record numbers. Increasingly, employers are requiring RNs to have attained a BSN before they are hired or within two years of their employment start date. Many research studies over the past 30 years have shown that patients cared for by RNs with bachelor’s degrees have better health outcomes. Successfully completing a BSN opens up a wealth of career opportunities for the registered nurse and lays the foundation for continuing on to graduate studies.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Registered Nurses

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2018 Employment

185,360

2028

225,070

Percent Change

21

Projected Job Openings

14310

Features of SPC's Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

  • Builds on your current R.N. credential, education and experience
  • Fits your schedule
  • Takes three 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.

Nursing Bachelor of Science

NURS-BS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2020 (580)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2020 (580), 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

Louisana Louis, DNP, RN
Dean, College of Nursing


Clare Owen, PhD, RN
Assistant Dean
owen.clare@spcollege.edu


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 delivered in either a face-to-face or online format. The program gives nurses a solid foundation for advancing their career or preparing for graduate nursing study. The program focuses on leadership and management, evidence-based practice, health promotion and risk reduction in communities, ethical issues, and healthcare needs of diverse populations.

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.

Florida CIP Code

1105138012: NURSING (BS)

Federal CIP Code

51.3801: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.


Admission Rules

Please review the Nursing B.S.N. Admission Guide.

The Admission Guide outlines the admission criteria specific to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale in all post-secondary coursework. Please review this information carefully to ensure you submit a complete application.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Admissions Checklist

Applicants must complete the online college application in MySPC, pay the non-refundable fee and submit documentation of an:

o Active, unrestricted, unencumbered (i.e. clear/active) RN license on admission and throughout the program.

o Official, unopened (sealed) high school transcript(s) or GED transcripts.

o Official transcript showing completion of an AS (or AAS) Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution (see https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx) 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 see http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm).

o Official transcripts from all accredited college(s) and universities currently or previously attended.

A health program advising request can be made here: https://web.spcollege.edu/survey/16998/

Graduation Rules

RN to BSN students must complete a total of 40 semester hours of upper-division coursework. Thirty-two (32) credit hours will consist of major core nursing courses and eight (8) credits will be completed via elective 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.

STATE MANDATED PREREQUISITES
Complete 15 credits. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

* BSC 2085 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
AND
BSC 2085L Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I 1
** BSC 2086 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
AND
BSC 2086L Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II 1
*** MCB 2010 Microbiology 3
AND
MCB 2010L Microbiology Laboratory 1
**** STA 2023 Elementary Statistics 3

AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Complete 27 credits.

COLLEGE LEVEL CREDITS
Complete 39 credits.

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Complete 32 credits.

NUR 3066 Health Assessment and Physical Appraisal 3
NUR 3125 Pathophysiology 3
NUR 3805 Professional Roles and Dimensions of Nursing Practice 3
NUR 3826 Legal & Ethical Aspects of Nursing 3
NUR 3874 Informatics and Clinical Reasoning 3
NUR 4169 Evidence-Based Research Utilization 3
NUR 4636 Community Health Nursing Theory 3
NUR 4636L Community Health Nursing Practicum 4
NUR 4835 Leadership Theory 3
NUR 4835L Leadership Practicum 4

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Complete 8 credits

NSP 3276 ECG Interpretation for Health Care Professionals 2
NSP 3289 Special Topics in Gerontological Nursin 2
NSP 3685 End-of-Life Care 2
NSP 3477 Communicable Disease Prevention and Control 2
NUR 3145 Pharmacology in Nursing Practice 2
NUR 3655 Nursing in a Multicultural Society 3
NUR 4606 Nursing of the Family 3
Any Upper Division Courses completed at SPC or another institution may be used to satisfy the 8 credit elective requirement.

* 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 Credits 121

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Accreditation

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.

Walter L. Schafer, MD and Vivian B. Schafer, RN College of Nursing Baccalaureate Program

This program is named in honor of Walter L. Schafer, MD and Vivian B. Schafer, RN in appreciation for their many efforts on behalf of St. Petersburg College.

Continue your education at SPC

SPC's associate degrees in nursing transfer to our Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion degree for RNs. These include:

To be admitted to our BSN program, you need an active, unrestricted, unencumbered RN license; an A.S. degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution; and to have completed certain prerequisite courses.

HEALTH CONTINUING EDUCATION

We also offer health and health continuing education through the Workforce Institute.

Nursing B.S. Degree

Program Admissions

Download Admission Guide

To be admitted to our BSN program, you need an active, unrestricted, unencumbered RN license; an A.S. degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution; and to have completed certain prerequisite courses.