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Office of the University Registrar

2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog


College: Nursing
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hours for the Degree: 124
Minor: No
Combined-Degree Program: No

The junior/senior-level program is five semesters long and provides learning experiences in a variety of clinical settings, including community health agencies, clinics, hospitals and homes. Nursing courses include classroom and laboratory activities correlated with supervised clinical experiences. Students may be required to travel outside of Gainesville for selected clinical experiences.

Courses in the first two semesters focus on various states of wellness and illness, including experiences with adult clients in hospital and community settings. Courses in nursing care management, health assessment, pharmacotherapeutics and pathophysiology provide theoretical content for the application of the nursing process. Students have the opportunity to analyze a variety of issues in professional nursing practice and health care. Students are also introduced to the research process in nursing.

The senior-year courses focus on nursing in the areas of women's health and childbearing, child health, mental health and family/community health. The conceptual courses for each area are accompanied by laboratory courses in a variety of clinical settings.

The final semester focuses on the nursing care management of complex health problems with clients across the life span. The practicum is the culminating laboratory experience in the program and provides opportunity for integration and synthesis of professional role behaviors. A course in the structure and finances of health care delivery systems supports the practicum.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all required nursing courses and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA every semester while enrolled. Students may repeat only one required nursing course. Students earning less than a C in any required nursing course may repeat that course only once and on a space-available basis. Students who do not achieve a passing grade in their second attempt at the course must withdraw from the nursing program.

Students who withdraw for non-academic reasons may petition for readmission on a space-available basis. The student's academic adviser, department chair, chair of the academic affairs committee and the associate dean for academic and student affairs will develop a revised curriculum plan.

Students are expected to comply with college health policy requirements.

Students in the health professions are held to standards of conduct that exceed those usually expected of university students. Consequently, nursing students are required to demonstrate safe practice in the care of patients and to exercise appropriate judgment as beginning-level professionals, including appropriate demeanor and appearance. Students must adhere to the standards of conduct outlined in the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics and the Florida Nurse Practice Act. Students can be removed from the nursing curriculum, and/or any college-sponsored programs or organizations, based on violation of professional conduct.

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

Critical Tracking and Recommended Semester Plan

The following recommended curriculum plan, semesters 1-4, enables students to satisfy universitywide general education requirements (refer to the academic advising section of the catalog) and required preprofessional courses. The plan includes the courses and academic standards (overall GPA and preprofessional GPA) required each semester for continuation in the nursing major.

Semester 1:

  • 3.0 overall GPA on work (from all institutions)
  • Complete 2 tracking courses with a grade of C or better: CHM 1030 and 1031 or CHM 2045/2045L, SYG 2000, PSY 2012, DEP 3053 or EDF 3110, APK 2100C,
    MCB 2000/2000L, APK 2105C, STA 2023, HUN 2201
  • 3.0 GPA on all critical-tracking courses

Semester 2:

  • 3.1 overall GPA on work (from all institutions)
  • Complete 2 additional tracking courses with a grade of C or better
  • 3.1 GPA on all critical-tracking courses

Semester 3:

  • 3.2 overall GPA on work (from all institutions)
  • Complete 3 additional tracking courses with a grade of C or better (3 of the 7 courses must be CHM 1030 or CHM 2045, PSY 2012 and APK 2100C)
  • 3.2 on all critical-tracking courses

Semester 4:

  • 3.3 overall GPA on work (from all institutions)
  • Complete all tracking courses with a grade of C or better
  • 3.3 on all critical-tracking courses
  • Complete Writing and Math requirements

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses require a grade of C or better.

Recommended semester plan

Semester 1Credits
CHM 1030 Basic Chemistry Concepts and Applications, Part 1 (GE-P)3
ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing (GE-C)3
PSY 2012 General Psychology (GE-S)3
Humanities (GE-H, N)3
Total 14
Semester 2Credits
CHM 1031 Basic Chemistry Concepts and Applications, Part 2 (GE-P)3
MGF 1106 Mathematics for Liberal Arts Majors 1 (GE-M)3
DEP 3053 Developmental Psychology or
EDF 3110 Human Growth and Development (GE-S)
Total 16
Semester 3Credits
APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy with Laboratory (GE-P)4
MCB 2000 and 2000L Microbiology and Laboratory (GE-B)4
HUN 2201 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (GE-B)3
Humanities (GE-H, N)3
Total 14
Semester 4Credits
APK 2105C Applied Human Physiology With Laboratory (GE-P)4
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M)3
SYG 2000 Sociology (GE-S)3
Total 16
Semester 5Credits
NUR 3067 Clinical Nursing: Fundamentals in Assessment and Skills4
NUR 3067L Clinical Nursing: Fundamentals of Nursing Care Management (S-U only)3
NUR 3129 Comprehensive Pathophysiology for Nursing3
NUR 3145 Pharmacology for Nursing3
NUR 3825 Introduction to Professional Nursing2
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
NUR 3225 Nursing Care Management: Adults6
NUR 3225L Clinical Nursing: Adult Health Care Application (S-U only)5
NUR 4165 Introduction to the Research Process in Nursing3
Total 14
Semester 7 or 8Credits
NUR 3355 Nursing Care Management: Children3
NUR 3355L Clinical Nursing: Child Health Care Application (S-U only)2
NUR 3455 Nursing Care Management: Women's Health and Childbearing3
NUR 3455L Clinical Nursing: Women's Health and Childbearing Health Care Application (S-U only)2
Total 10
Semester 7 or 8Credits
NUR 4535 Nursing Care Management: Mental Health Nursing3
NUR 4535L Clinical Nursing: Mental Health Care Application (S-U only)2
NUR 4635 Nursing Care Management: Community3
NUR 4635L Clinical Nursing: Community Health Care Application (S-U only)2
NUR 3826 Legal, Ethical and Cultural Issues in Professional Nursing Practice2
Total 12
Semester 9Credits
NUR 4767 Nursing Care Management: Complex Health Problems3
NUR 4767L Clinical Nursing: Health Care Application in Complex Health Problems (S-U only)2
NUR 4829 Principles of Leadership and Management for Professional Nursing Practice3
NUR 4945L Clinical Nursing Practicum (S-U only)5
Total 13

* NUR 3826 is required to be taken in semester 8 with clinical sequence courses.