The  Four-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing is designed for students without nursing college credit. High school graduates and transfer students first apply to the University by using the regular UT undergraduate admissions application. Students formally apply to the nursing department once all requirements have been met or nearly met. Students need 125 credit hours (60 in general education courses and 65 in nursing courses) to graduate.

UT is ranked a #1 nursing program in Florida and the U.S.

In six out of the past seven years, UT nursing students recieved an impressive 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN on the first try. UT is one of the few Florida schools to acheive this distinction. The 2018 national average of passage for first-time exam takers was about 83 percent. In Florida, the rate was about 73 percent.

Tour the state-of-the-art clinical nursing facilities within the Graduate and Health Studies building at the University of Tampa.

UT nursing student checks the pulse of a patient in the Dominican Republic with her stethoscope. UT's nursing programs prepare students to respond to diverse health care needs. Opportunities in a variety of settings position the well-prepared nurse to enhance access to excellent health care for all. One such opportunity is the valuable hands-on lessons during annual travel courses to destinations like the Dominican Republic (shown in the photo). Recently, UT nursing students collaborated with physicians in Guana as part of another annual travel course.

Admission to Four-Year BSN Program¬† Learn the admission criteria for the BSN program. more » close »

  • Admission is very competitive. Students are encouraged to apply early.  
  • Pre-Nursing applications to the University are evaluated for fall, spring and summer entry on a rolling basis until classes are full.
  • Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the nursing department.  
  • Students formally apply to the nursing department once the following prerequisite requirements have been met or nearly met.
    • BIO 183 Microbiology for Allied Health Sciences
    • CHE 150 Chemistry for Healthcare Professionals
    • AWR 101 Writing and Inquiry
    • AWR 201 Writing and Research
    • HSC 230 and 231 Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
    • HSC 234 and 235 Anatomy and Physiology II with lab
    • MAT 160 College Algebra or higher
    • PSY 200 General Psychology
    • PSY 210 Child Psychology or SOC 240 Childhood Socialization
    • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • Nursing Department applications are evaluated once per year, for admission to the spring term only. Transfers and post baccalaureate students who have met or nearly met all pre-nursing requirements may apply to the University and the nursing program at the same time.
  • The application deadline for entrance to the nursing program is Oct. 15 of each year.
  • A minimum of 3.25 cumulative GPA in all previous college coursework is required as well as a grade of C or better in all prerequisites. 
  • Campus visits are strongly recommended, but personal interviews are not required.

Pre-Nursing Application to the University¬† See the application requirements for pre-nursing. more » close »

Students are encouraged to apply early. Please submit:

  • Completed UT undergraduate application
  • Nonrefundable $40 application fee
  • Official high school or secondary school transcripts or GED results (not required if an associate's degree has been earned)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • SAT and/or ACT scores without the writing test (not required if graduated from high school more than two years ago or 17 or more credit hours have been earned)
  • Essay (freshmen only)
  • Guidance counselor or teacher recommendation (not required if graduated from high school more than two years ago or 17 or more credit hours have been earned)
  • International students should submit TOEFL scores (non-native speakers) and proof of financial support 

Application to Nursing Program Review the requirements for applying to the BSN program. more » close »

Applicants to the nursing program must already be admitted to the University (as pre-nursing) or must have a pre-nursing application to the University pending before submitting the nursing application documents listed below.

TEAS Exam Register to take the TEAS exam. more » close »

Register for TEAS at PSI. This link will allow you to find locations where the exam will be administered and the fees associated with the exam.

  • Register for the TEAS exam. Please ensure that you have registered for all four sections: Reading, Mathematics, Science and English/Language. Please select The University of Tampa as the institution to receive the TEAS scores.
  • There is no minimum required score for admission. However, to be considered competitive, a composite score of 72 or greater is recommended.
  • The most current version of the TEAS exam may be attempted two times only.

Program Requirements Review the core performance stands and clinical requirements. more » close »

Core Performance Standards

  • Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment and cognitive skills to acquire, assimilate, integrate and apply information.
  • Ability to communicate in English effectively/therapeutically with others in both verbal and written form.
  • Interpersonal skills sufficient to interact effectively with others from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
  • Sufficient mobility to move from room to room, maneuver in small spaces and move freely and quickly to respond to emergencies and to perform physically taxing, repetitive tasks.
  • Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
  • Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for safe effective nursing care.
  • Tactile ability sufficient for accurate physical assessment.
  • Mental/emotional stability to tolerate stressful experiential situations, adapt to changes, respond to the unexpected, maintain objectivity and recognize personal strengths and limitations.

Clinical Requirements

(prior to starting nursing coursework include, but are not limited to):

  • Physical examination
  • Immunizations
  • Urine drug screen
  • Liability insurance
  • Background check
  • BLS (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers) Certification from an American Heart Association approved BLS course (adult and infant)


The department will supply information on these items following acceptance to the program. There are fees associated with these requirements. Additional expenses will be incurred for uniforms, equipment, licensure preparation materials, and other educational items.

Contact Information Contact the undergraduate nursing admission team. more » close »

Undergraduate Nursing Admissions
University of Tampa
401 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33606 USA

Phone: (813) 253-6211
Toll free: 888-MINARET (646-2738)
Fax: (813) 258-7398