Utica College ABSN 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.

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.

Our accelerated nursing students say it best.

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

Our ABSN 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 a “B-” or better in the natural science prerequisites.

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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’ 2016 first-time ABSN NCLEX pass rate of 94% proves our curriculum focuses on successful student outcomes.

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.