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Bachelor’s Degree Nursing (RN-BSN)

PROGRAM GOAL: The purpose of the RN-BSN program is to prepare Registered Nurses (RNs) with an Associate degree or Diploma for leadership positions and entry into graduate professional programs in Nursing.

The RN-BSN program is fully approved by the Florida Department of Education. Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) is seeking candidacy for accreditation of the RN to BSN program.  GCSC will have an accreditation site visit during the final semester of the first cohort of students. While it cannot be guaranteed that the RN to BSN program will receive accreditation, the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is currently accredited by the NLNAC and it is the intent of GCSC to maintain the same educational quality for the RN to BSN program.

Upon successful completion of the prescribed course of study, students will receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). This program will prepare the BSN graduate to enter upper level nursing programs at all universities in the State University System toward a Master’s or Doctoral degree.

Before beginning this program of study, students should obtain a program application packet from the Division of Health Sciences or from our website at: containing a current listing of admission and course requirements.


(The items below are listed only as a general guide. Students should obtain a current application packet for the complete listing of entry requirements.)

  1. Application to Gulf Coast State College must be completed prior to applying for the RN-BSN program. RNs who have graduated GCSC within the last five years likely will not have to repeat this step.
  2. Provide official high school, vocational school, and college transcripts. (Applicant must request that official transcripts from high school or GED [scores required] and all colleges attended be sent to GCSC Enrollment Services for evaluation. Recent graduates of GCSC may already have these on file.
  3. Submit the completed RN-BSN program application to Health Sciences Division.
  4. Submit all previous school transcripts (including high school/GED and all previous colleges) to the Office of Admission and Records for evaluation. (This may also not be necessary for GCSC graduates.)
  5. Provide documentation of current RN licensure with no restrictions. (The current license must be active in the state in which clinical rotations are to be completed.)
  6. Documentation of a grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher in all college credit courses and a “C” or higher in all prerequisite courses applicable to the RN-BSN program. (NOTE: All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to admission to the upper level Nursing core courses, i.e., 3000 & 4000 level courses.)

It should be understood that admission to the RN-BSN program is a selective process. The satisfaction of minimum requirements may not automatically guarantee admission. When space is limited, preference may be given to students within the college's assigned district.

Deadline for Selection: The deadline for the fall class is the last working day in May.

Requirements after Conditional Acceptance:

  1. Satisfactory fingerprint / criminal background check.

  2. Copy of Valid CPR certification. Either the American Heart Association Health Care Provider Life Support Course or the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer is acceptable.

  3. Completion of physical examination (with satisfactory results), including copy of immunization form.

  4. Proof of current training in HIPAA regulations, Medical Errors, Domestic Violence, & when applicable, HIV/AIDS.

  5. Satisfactory Drug Screening

Transfer Credit: Academic courses taken at other colleges are transferable provided credit and laboratory hours correspond with those required at GCSC. CLEP credits are acceptable for transfer according to college policy. The possibility of transferring nursing courses can be determined only after a review of the individual's transcript and course outlines. Advanced placement students are admitted on a space-available basis.

+* BSC 2085, Anatomy and Physiology I 3
* HUN 1201, Principles of Nutrition 3
* DEP 2004, Developmental Psychology 3
+* ENC 1101, English I 3
* PSY 2012, General Psychology 3
* SYG 2000, Sociology  
+ Humanities I Elective 3
  Humanities II Elective
  Humanities III Elective
GENERAL EDUCATION CO-REQUISITE COURSES: (May be taken while in the RN-BSN Program)
* STA 2023, Statistics 3
* CHM 1032, General, Organic Biochemistry 3
* POS 2041, American National Government 3
* ENC 1102, English Composition II 3
* EUH 1000 or 1001, Western Civilization I or II 3
* MAC 1105 or MGF 1106 or higher math course 3
+ Humanities I Elective Student must have one completed course for each level to graduate.
  Humanities II Elective
  Humanities III Elective
* NUR 3069, Advanced Health Assessment 3
* NUR 3119, Nursing Concepts & Theories 3
* NUR 3128, Pathophysiology 3
* NUR 3167, Research Process for Professional Nursing (STA 2023-pre-req for this course) 3
* NUR 3895, Teaching & Learning for the Healthcare Professional 3
* NUR 3636C, Community Health 4
* NUR 3925, Symposium I (co-req NUR 3167) 1
* NUR 4655, Multicultural Factors & Health 3
* NUR 4827, CLeadership and Management 4
* NUR 4925, Symposium II 1
* NUR 4837, Health Care Policy and Economics 3
* NUR 4847, Clinical Decision Making 3
* NUR 4945C, Nursing Capstone Practicum (pre-req NUR 4925) 2



* Minimum grade of "C" required.