UticaABSN Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Below are answers to the most common questions we receive about our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in Florida.

1. Why does Utica College’s ABSN program have site locations in Florida?

We expanded our Accelerated B.S. in Nursing program in Central and South Florida to address the state’s growing nursing shortage. With satellite locations in Miramar and St. Petersburg, we make our quality ABSN curriculum more accessible to more qualified students, therefore increasing the number of practice-ready nurses with the skills healthcare employers desire.

2. What advice can you offer someone who is interested in the UticaABSN program?

Our accelerated nursing students say it best.

3. How many ABSN program start dates are offered a year?

Each of our ABSN programs in Central and South Florida has three start dates a year, in January, May, and August.

4. What are the admissions requirements for the Florida-based ABSN program?

The UticaABSN program in Florida requires a minimum of 65 college credits in a non-nursing field, with a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale. You may also need to complete prerequisite courses before entering our accelerated nursing program. These prerequisites encompass general and natural science coursework. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in the general prerequisites and an overall 3.0 GPA or better in the natural science prerequisites.

5. Can I retake any of the prerequisites?

Yes, we allow one retake of any two prerequisite courses.

6. How can an online nursing program prepare me for the real world?

Our accelerated nursing programs in Florida are not 100% online. They follow an effective sequence of online coursework, hands-on learning, and real-world clinical experience that prepares students to sit for the NCLEX and graduate as sought-after nurses.

7. How many clinical hours must I complete?

Experiential learning is an important part of our ABSN curriculum. You can expect to complete 225 hours of skills and simulation labs at our program site and 588 hours of clinical practice in Tampa Bay or Miami-Fort Lauderdale (depending on your ABSN learning site).

8. How many days per week will I be at the program site and/or clinical rotation sites?

As part of the program’s in-person practicum, you can expect to be at our ABSN learning site in St. Petersburg or Miramar approximately three to four days per week.

9. I don’t live in the Tampa Bay or Fort Lauderdale areas, will I need to move?

Our ABSN programs require you to come to one of our program sites on a regularly scheduled basis. Therefore, it is important to at least live within driving distance of one of our locations. You can indicate your site preference upon inquiring about our ABSN programs.

10. Why is the program’s NCLEX pass rate so important?

The NCLEX is a national exam all nursing school graduates must take and pass to receive the appropriate nurse licensure that allows them to practice the profession. Our St. Petersburg graduates’ 2017 first-time UticaABSN NCLEX pass rate of 91% proves our curriculum focuses on successful student outcomes.

11. Can I work during the program?

Our full-time, 16-month accelerated nursing programs in Central and South Florida follow a rigorous, fast-paced format that requires a lot of time and energy. Some of our ABSN students work during the program, but many choose not to. Your admissions representative is a good resource to help you understand your options.

Contact us with additional questions about our ABSN programs.