Utica College ABSN Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Below are answers to the most common questions we receive about our ABSN program in Tampa Bay.

Our ABSN program in 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 program in Florida is not 100% online. It follows 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.

As part of the program’s in-person practicum, you can expect to be at these locations approximately three to four days per week.

Our ABSN program requires you to come to our program site in St. Petersburg on a regularly scheduled basis. Therefore, it is important to live within driving distance of our location.

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

Our full-time, 16-month accelerated nursing program in Tampa Bay follows 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 program in Tampa Bay.