Nursing (BS)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a rigorous online RN to BSN degree completion program for Registered Nurses (RNs). Applicants should carefully consider if an online Program best meets their learning style. Enrollment is limited based on the number of available seats each semester. Applicants must complete all General Education courses, RN to BSN Program Specific courses, and the foreign language competency before applying.

The Program provides a career ladder from the AS degree to the BS degree for Registered Nurses who have earned a diploma or Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. Coursework will continue to build upon the registered nursing curriculum foundation. The Program offers a diverse population of students with innovative educational experiences and opportunities to meet the health care needs of the community they serve. Through the educational process, the student will be able to internalize the values, traditions, and obligations of the professional nurse and gain a greater professional perspective and increased critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The BSN Program prepares RNs for career promotions and advancement in nursing to include positions in academia, community health, management, and leadership. It also provides a foundation for advancement to graduate level education programs. Current occupational employment and wage data for Registered Nurses is published by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.


The Associate and Baccalaureate of Science degree nursing programs at Florida SouthWestern State College at the Charlotte, Collier, and Lee campuses located in Punta Gorda, Naples, and Fort Myers, Florida are 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 program is Continuing Accreditation.

Student Achievement Outcome Data

Student achievement outcome data (PDF) provides evidence to demonstrate the extent to which FSW Nursing graduates are adequately prepared. This information is updated annually and made publicly accessible.

Program Highlights

The RN to BSN Program includes courses in professional issues, informatics, research, advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, multicultural nursing, leadership, community health, and a portfolio capstone. Courses are taken online to accommodate various schedules. Applicants should consider if an online Program best meets their learning style.

Admission Requirements

  1. Registered Nurse License - Must have a valid, active, unrestricted and unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license, permitted to work in the United States. Note that the license must remain current throughout enrollment in the RN to BSN program.
  2. Thirty-six (36) college credits of General Education coursework corresponding with the FSW General Education Program Guide:

    • At least one (1) course from each of the General education subject areas: Communication, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Natural Sciences.
    • Six (6) semester hours of English coursework
    • Six (6) semester hours of Mathematics coursework
    • Six (6) additional semester hours of writing intensive coursework
  3. Foreign Language Competency Requirement according to FSW Foreign Language Baccalaureate Requirements
  4. All Coursework above will be evaluated by the College to determine transfer of credits or applicability to the program
  5. Apply online as a bachelor's degree seeking student. Note that a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all college level coursework is required for admission.

Academic Standards

The academic standards in the RN to BSN Nursing Program are very rigorous and require full commitment.

  1. Complete 120 credit hours as outlined in the RN to BSN Program of Study.
  2. Earn a grade of "C" or better in each required General Education course, RN to BSN Upper Division courses, Program Specific courses, and electives.

    1. An "attempt" is defined as a course registration in effect at the end of the drop/add period.
    2. A student who fails a nursing course will be permitted to re-take that nursing course only once on a space-available basis.
    3. Failure or withdrawal in any second nursing course may result in dismissal from the Program.

BSN Program Applicants with Associate or Baccalaureate Degrees

Students who transfer to Florida SouthWestern State College with a previous associate of arts degree from a Florida college or baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university are considered to have met the General Education Core and Elective coursework (60 credit hours) of the degree.

All Coursework above will be evaluated by the College to determine transfer of credits or applicability to the program.

Transient Student Enrollment in Upper Division Coursework:

Transient students are currently enrolled college students who register for courses at another institution on a temporary basis (e.g. university students attending summer semester at a state college). Transient students must obtain prior approval to enroll in Upper Division Nursing Core coursework. Students initiate this process using Florida Shines at

Priority Application Deadlines*

Fall Semester Start - Application due by August 1 Spring Semester Start - Application due by December 1 Summer Semester Start - Application due by April 1 *deadlines may be extended if seats remain unfilled to capacity by application deadline

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete 120 credit hours as outlined in the RN to BSN Program of Study.
  2. To satisfy residency requirements by completing a minimum of 15 core baccalaureate (3000 or 4000 level) program credit hours must be earned Florida SouthWestern State College.
  3. Earn a cumulative grade point average in the Program of 2.0 or higher.

At the completion of the BSN Program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing and the physical, behavioral, psychological and social sciences, and the humanities in the practice of professional nursing.
  2. Integrate global health and health care, its relevant issues and policies as they relate to professional nursing practice.
  3. Evaluate research in the exploration of the spectrum of health within the framework of evidence-based practice.
  4. Synthesize standards of professional practice and care.
  5. Articulate the role of the professional nurse within inter-professional teams.
  6. Analyze current and changing health care information technologies and systems.
  7. Summarize the components of leadership and followership in professional nursing practice.
  8. Interpret the social responsibility of the nursing profession in the development and implementation of health care policy.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Terrence Hays, EdD Student Success Advisor II Email Phone 239-433-6918 Ext 16918


Dr. Patricia Voelpel EdD, RN, ANP, CCRN Associate Dean, Nursing Programs Email Phone 239-489-9412

Bobby Holbrook, MSN, ARNP Program Director BSN Email Phone 239-489-9315

June Davis MS, RN, CNE Chair, Nursing Email: Phone: 941-637-5642, Ext. 55642