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Program Overview

Nursing, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) (RN-BSN)

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) program is offered online and is designed for the associate of science degree nursing (ASDN) graduate who has a current Registered Nursing (RN) license. Consistent with the mission of Florida Gateway College (FGC), the mission of the RN-BSN program is to prepare registered nurses with an affordable, high-quality, generalist baccalaureate nursing education to meet the present and future healthcare needs of their community and engage in life-long learning to advance the nursing profession. The program allows ASDN graduates to develop the skills necessary to prepare for leadership and administrative roles in coordinating and directing nursing practice and management of care teams.

Review the guided degree pathway where you will find a detailed plan for your courses and other requirements each semester that prepare you for graduation and your transfer goals.


Florida Gateway College

Entrance Requirements

  • Hold an active, unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse (RN). You must have earned a nursing (hospital) diploma or Associate’s degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited or approved nationally accredited college or university. The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Florida Gateway College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Complete and submit to the FGC Office of Enrollment Services a Baccalaureate Admission Application.
  • Complete an RN-BSN program application and submit it to FGC Nursing and Health Sciences Department


This program is online. Semester sequence may vary based on full or part-time status and fall or spring entry.


  • Tuition $3,730.00
  • Lab Fees $545.00
  • Textbooks $850.00
  • Total estimated Program costs: $5,125.00




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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

The national average beginning salary is $77,000, and the average beginning salary in Florida is $68,000.

Employment Opportunities

The online RN to BSN program from the Florida Gateway College is designed for registered nurses who are ready to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for career advancement and increased earning potential. BSN graduates will be qualified for supervisory positions such as nurse managers and patient unit coordinators.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • HCA Florida Lake City Hospital
  • Lake City VA Medical Center
  • HCA Florida North Hospital
  • UF Health Shands Gainesville
  • Malcom Randall VA Medical Center
  • UF Health Jacksonville
  • Wolfson Children’s Hospital
  • Baptist Health
  • HCA Florida Memorial Hospital
  • Public Health Departments
  • Various Long Term Care Centers
  • Various Home Healthcare Agencies

Program Details

Admission Requirements
  • Acceptance to Florida Gateway College as a degree-seeking student with all required admissions documents received by Enrollment Services.
  • Applicants must have an Associate of Science degree in Nursing (ASDN) awarded from a regionally accredited college and a current, valid, unrestricted, unencumbered Florida RN license. Students may start the BSN program without a current license, but this must be completed prior to the end of their first minimester.
  • Two (2) completed applications: the FGC Baccalaureate Application and the RN-BSN Program Application.
  • A paragraph describing reasons for pursuing a BSN degree and future career goals.
  • One (1) professional, signed letter of recommendation.
  • A copy of a current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider Card/Letter or Professional Rescuer for American Red Cross(ARC) Card/Letter.
  • A brief, professionally written resume.
  • Transcripts for colleges/universities. (Do not include FGC or LCCC transcripts).
  • A grade of ‘C’ or better in all general education requirements and a GPA of 2.5 or higher in all ASDN prerequisite courses.
  • The ability to pass a Level II background check, and paperless drug screening (10 Panel) plus, an alcohol test.

In order to graduate with the BSN degree, students must complete the following BSN program graduation requirements in addition to the Bachelor of Science Graduation Requirements: 

  • Fulfill the foreign language requirement by completing two credits of the same foreign language in high school or completion of a postsecondary course at the elementary 2 level (meaning the second course in a foreign language sequence) in one foreign language or American Sign Language (ASL), or passing scores on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) for the elementary 2 level course.
  • Complete at least one core course from each of the general education subject areas of communication, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences. General Education core course options are identified in Rule 6A-14.0303.
  • Complete civic literacy requirements; Successfully complete POS1041 American Government, or AMH2020 United States History from 1865 AND Civic Lit Exam.

*All BS/BAS degrees must satisfy the statewide Civic Literacy, foreign language, and general education core requirement for graduation. Please see the catalog. Please call our Advisement office at 386-754-4222 to discuss the general education requirements

Program Notes
  • Students are accepted into the program twice per year, in Fall and Spring. Applications are accepted year-round.
  • This program has:
    • Excellent retention and graduation rates.Faculty who are academically and experientially qualified.Real-life assignments that benefit the students’ workplace.
    • Clear expectations for students and faculty.
    • Supportive and caring faculty who respond quickly to students.

Career Advancement Opportunities:

  • Prepared for graduate nursing programs (Masters and doctoral degrees).
  • Change in nursing practice with enhanced clinical reasoning and clinical judgment skills.
  • Promotion.
  • Eligible to take various certification courses in nursing.
  • Enhanced nursing leadership skills with a focus on quality and positive outcomes.
  • Broader perspective about nursing and healthcare.
  • Enhanced soft skills: professionalism, caring, compassion, respect, ethics, and empathy.
  • Ability to assume more responsibilities in nursing and healthcare.
Program Guide & Syllabi

Lower Division Nursing (1000-2999) Courses: 42 Credit Hours

Prerequisites Earned in ASDN Degree: 30 Credit Hours (Should have been completed as part of ASDN Degree)

  • BSC 2085 – Anatomy and Physiology I 3 credits
  • BSC 2085L – Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1 credit, 3 Lab hours weekly
  • BSC 2086 – Anatomy and Physiology II 3 credits
  • BSC 2086L – Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1 credit, 3 Lab hours weekly
  • ENC 1101 – Freshman Composition I 3 credits
  • DEP 2004 – Human Growth and Development 3 credits
  • HUN 1201 – Human Nutrition 3 credits
  • MCB 2010 – Microbiology 3 credits
  • MCB 2010L – Microbiology Lab 1 credit, 3 hours lab
  • ENC 1102 – Freshman Composition II 3 credits (may be taken as a corequisite)
  • Any Gen Ed SPC Course 3 credits (may be taken as a corequisite)

One of the following:

  • HUM 2020 – Intro to Humanities 3 credits (may take as a corequisite) or
  • PHI 2010 – Intro to Philosophy 3 credits (may be taken as a corequisite) (whichever not completed in AS degree)

One of the following:

  • MAC 1105 – College Algebra 3 credits or
  • MGF 1106 – Math for Liberal Arts 3 credits or Higher-level math 3 credits

One of the following:

  • AMH 2020 – United States History from 1865 3 credits or
  • POS 1041 – American Government 3 credits (may take as a corequisite & must also pass Civic Literacy Exam)

BSN Prerequisites: 9 Credit Hours

  • STA 2023 – Elementary Statistics 3 credits
  • PSY 2012 – General Psychology I 3 credits

One of the following:

  • SYG 1000 – Introduction to Sociology 3 credits or
  • SYG 1310 – Human Relations 3 credits or
  • SYG 1320 – Deviant Behavior 3 credits or
  • SYG 2300 – Introduction to Social Psychology 3 credits or
  • SYG 2430 – Marriage and the Family 3 credits

BSN Courses: 31 Credit Hours (sequence depending on start date)

  • NUR 3846 – Nursing Theory 3 credits
  • NUR 3125 – Pathophysiology 3 credits
  • NUR 3826 – Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care 3 credits
  • NUR 4655 – Nursing in Diverse Cultures 3 credits
  • NUR 3145 – Pharmacology 3 credits
  • NUR 3065C – Nursing Assessment with Clinical 3 credits (45 clinical lab hours)
  • NUR 3164 – Nursing Research and Informatics 3 credits
  • NUR 4636C – Community Health 4 credits (45 clinical practicum hours)
  • NUR 4837 – Health Care Policy and Economics 3 credits
  • NUR 4827 – Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing 3 credits

Nursing, B.S. Total 121 Credit Hours

Course Progression – Fall Admission Full & Part-time

Course Progression – Spring Admission Full & Part-time

Learning Outcomes
  • Graduates will be able to integrate knowledge from a variety of disciplines to inform decision-making in the professional practice of nursing.
  • Graduates will be able to apply leadership and management principles in the coordination of high-quality safe patient care.
  • Graduates will be able to implement evidence-based practices to improve patient outcomes through the application of basic research principles.
  • Graduates will be able to facilitate the application of patient care technology skills that support safe nursing practice.
  • Graduates will be able to provide service to the community by advocating for policies aimed at reducing health disparities.
  • Graduates will be able to collaborate with other healthcare professionals to coordinate high-quality safe patient care.
  • Graduates will be able to apply knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention to improve the health of individuals and the community.
  • Graduates will be able to influence the practice of nursing through leadership behaviors that evidence mutual respect and understanding.
  • Graduates will be able to promote holistic, culturally competent care for people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Graduates will be able to design innovative approaches to manage complex and evolving care needs.