Nursing: RN to BSN degree at Eastern Florida State College

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The goal of the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Nursing RN to BSN) program is to provide access to a baccalaureate degree that is both affordable and available within the local service area. The program's online coursework accommodates the varying needs of both traditional full-time students and working adults.

The mission at EFSC's RN to BSN program is to challenge the associate degree nurse to integrate evidence-based practice, cultural awareness and professional leadership in a global healthcare community and to nurture a commitment to lifelong learning.

The RN to BSN Program at Eastern Florida State College (ESFC) is designed for RNs who have already earned their Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing. The curriculum and coursework build upon students' fundamental nursing knowledge and skills and allow them the opportunity to expand beyond the clinical aspect of nursing.

The RN to BSN degree is a fully online program designed for current Registered Nurses who meet the admissions criteria and would like to continue their education to the Bachelor's level for the purpose of career advancement and academic growth. This degree also prepares graduates for eventual application to a Master's-level program should they choose to further their academic career.

RN to BSN Application Schedule
Admission Term Application Opens Application Closes RN to BSN Decision Day
Summer 2019 November 1, 2018 February 10, 2019 February 21, 2019
Fall 2019 February 25, 2019 May 16, 2019 May 30, 2019
Spring 2020 July 8, 2019 September 30, 2019 October 14, 2019
Admissions Criteria & Process
  • Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science in Nursing (ADN) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Active, clear, unencumbered Florida Registered Nursing license (hard copy not required; applicants must enter the license number and expiration date into EFSC's online admissions application).
  • Submit all final, official regionally accredited college transcript(s) indicating the coursework taken and the degree(s) awarded by the application deadline.

A $30 application fee is due at the time of application. Paying the application fee does not guarantee admission to the RN to BSN program. To apply, visit EFSC's Online Application.

This degree program has approval from the State Department of Education and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).




Lesa Denninghoff
Bachelor's Advisor

Dr. Paulette Howell
Program Director


Accreditation Review Input


This notice is to all RN to BSN program stakeholders, which includes faculty teaching in, students enrolled in the program, community members, and all others:  The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Degree (RN to BSN) program at Eastern Florida State College will have an accreditation review this coming spring semester. The on-site review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is scheduled for January 30 to February 1, 2019.

The deadline was January 9, 2019 for interested parties to submit in writing, comments concerning the program’s qualifications for accreditation. Thank you for any submissions.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

CCNE shares third-party comments only with the evaluation team prior to the on-site evaluation, but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with the program, the Accreditation Review Committee, or the Board. During its review of the program, the evaluation team considers third party comments, if any, which relate to the program’s qualifications for accreditation. Thank you for considering your participation in this process.