Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (RN-BSN)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Program Highlights:

  • Flexible schedule, ideal for working RNs.
  • Core courses available 100% online.
  • Affordable tuition.
  • Open enrollment, no deadline to apply.

Many hospital employers prefer a BSN degree.

Program Mission:

The mission of the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota baccalaureate nursing program is to educate students to be leaders in the art and science of nursing.

Tammy Sawmelle, Ph.D, MSN, RN
Chief Nurse Administrator
Dean of Nursing

On March 17, 2009, the State Board of Education approved SCF's (then MCC's) proposal to deliver a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree to Manatee and Sarasota counties. In July 2009, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) approved SCF for granting baccalaureate-level degrees.

SCF's B.S.N. program was developed in response to requests from local hospitals and healthcare providers. The program started in January 2010, on both the Bradenton and Venice campuses, and provides current registered nurses (RN) with the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
To provide additional access to education for working RNs approval to offer the RN-BSN program in an online format was secured and coursework began in the 2011-12 academic year. B.S.N. coursework will address topics related to leadership and management, informatics, community and public health, nursing theory and research.
Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will include: Applied and accepted to SCF; all students must be administratively and academically in good standing.

  • Not a current SCF student?  Apply for admission to SCF

    • A 2.0 GPA on a scale of 4.0; and
    • An Associate in Science in Nursing degree and a current, unencumbered, unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of Florida within the first 5-weeks of successful completion of NUR 3805
    • Completion of at least 36 credit hours of prerequisite courses listed below (with a grade of C or better)
Prerequisite courses:
BSC 2085C - Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
BSC 2086C - Anatomy and Physiology II with lab
DEP 2004 - Human Development: Life Span
ENC 1101 - Written Communication I
ENC 1102 - Written Communication II
Humanities - Area IV, A.A - Category A
HUN 2201 - Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
Mathematics - Area II, A.A.- Category A
MCB 2010C - Microbiology with lab
PSY 2012 - General Psychology
STA 2023 - Elementary Statistics

Civic Literacy - POS 1041 - American Government or AMH 1020 - U.S. History 1877-Present
Civic Literacy is not required if enrolled in a college-level course before Fall 2018 at a transfer school.

The Baccalaureate nursing program at State College of Florida is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Baccalaureate nursing programs is Continuing Accreditation  

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

                        ACEN logo



RN-BSN Outcomes

Notification on Professional Licensure (USDOE Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) and National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity (NC-SARA) : Current and prospective students for certain programs at State College of Florida (SCF) that lead to professional licensure and/or credential are hereby notified that SCF programs fulfill education requirements for specific professional licensure and/or certification required for employment in the intended occupation of the academic program, in the state of Florida. SCF has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements. Since the professional licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change, current and prospective students are strongly advised to determine whether courses and programs will meet the professional licensure requirements in states where they are located by contacting the appropriate licensing authority. 
Page Edit