"Nurses dispense comfort, compassion and caring without even a prescription." - Unknown
Is the nursing program right for you?
Do you enjoy working with people? Do you feel a strong urge to help others? Are you interested in a career in the medical field? If you answered yes, nursing may be right for you. This field demands passion for helping people and serving as a lifeline for someone who may need support.
USFSM will offer an accelerated second bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) beginning Spring 2020, and accepted students will complete the degree in May 2021. Applications for the first cohort will be accepted from Aug. 2–Oct. 4.
Visit https://health.usf.edu/nursing/undergraduate/programs/second-degree for details about the accelerated second bachelor's degree in nursing.
Courses will be offered on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, and students will have the opportunity to collaborate with professionals in the field through USFSM's partnerships with the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and the Manatee Memorial Hospital.
- According to the 2018 Regional Job Market Assessment, the health care and social assistance industry accounted for the greatest demand for jobs in Sarasota in the past 12 months, comprising one-third (33 percent) of vacant positions.
- The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) reports that only 31 percent of nurses in the four-county region have BSNs; the goal is to increase that figure to 80 percent.
- And as Sarasota Magazine reported recently in an article titled “What does the future hold for Sarasota,” the nursing profession in Sarasota-Manatee will play a strategic role in dealing with population growth, public health and an aging population. During the next 30 years, the fastest growing demographic in Sarasota County will be individuals age 80 and older. In that span, their numbers will double, with one in five residents age 80 or older.