UF Online’s RN to BSN program adds fall enrollment
To meet increased demand, UF Online is adding a fall start date for the RN to BSN program. Once exclusively available for spring admission, prospective nursing students now have the option to apply for the fall semester for the first time. In partnership with the College of Nursing, UF Online aims to increase access and opportunities for students by doubling the program’s enrollment capacity.
To combat the nursing shortage driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Florida is providing funding to the state’s top-ranked nursing program at the University of Florida. After estimating that the state will need an additional 60,000 nurses in the next 15 years, Florida lawmakers have devoted $125 million to nursing education. This annual funding, known as “Prepping Institutions, Programs, Employers and Learners through Incentives for Nursing Education” (PIPELINE), aims to ease the demand for degree-holding nurses and nurse practitioners.
Through increased online program capacity, the University of Florida is actively addressing the current nursing shortage in both the State of Florida and nationwide. This move will increase the number of working nurses who can advance their career in their desired specialty by earning a UF degree in nursing online. In addition to UF Online’s additional start date, the University of Florida has announced plans to recruit 20 new faculty members, increase enrollment at UF Health Jacksonville’s Accelerated BSN program by 50% in 2023, and increase Gainesville’s nursing program by 15% in 2023.
Offered through the UF College of Nursing, the flexible and affordable RN to BSN online program is designed to make it possible for working nurses to balance work and courses. This degree prepares nurses for various career paths and specializations, including ICU, hospice, surgical, pediatric, school, home, and obstetric nursing. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the B.S. in Nursing degree page to learn more.
UF Online graduates Erin and David Franklin decided to pursue their nursing degrees together as a married couple with three children. Graduating in August of 2022, they are now Gator Nurses advancing their careers in their desired specialties. You can read Erin and David’s full student story to hear more about their personal journey through UF Online’s nursing program.
The number of RNs earning their BSN degree continues to grow, and now is the time to advance your career with this credential. The RN to BSN program from the UF College of Nursing offered via UF Online now accepts new applicants every fall and spring semester. This fully-online program will help prepare you for leadership opportunities and career advancement in the nursing field. To learn more about UF Online’s nursing program, visit the degree page or attend an upcoming virtual information session.