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The UWF School of Nursing is seeking passionate students of all cultural diversities and backgrounds to represent the diverse populations for which we provide care. We recognize that the development of a diverse workforce helps patients to achieve health equity.

Why Nursing at UWF?

Our program prepares you for a career as a clinical generalist. You will also gain the skills to become a leader, manager and lifelong learner. Informed by clinical and research experience, you will help people and families make informed decisions about their health care. Our Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education-accredited program will make sure you are ready to pass your licensure exam and begin an exciting health care career.

What makes our prelicensure program unique? We only admit 50 students three times a year. That means you will be part of a small, select group working closely with faculty that follow you through that year with dedicated personal attention. Clinical groups are team-taught with access to two faculty members for most classes. Our NCLEX pass rate is one of the highest in the state of Florida.

You must apply to be admitted to UWF through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions prior to applying to the Dr. D.W. McMillan BSN Nursing program.

If you have already been admitted to UWF you will then need to complete the supplemental application for the BSN Program through NursingCAS.

What You Will Learn

Put theory into practice and become confident in your clinical skills with courses on patient-centered care and corresponding labs. You will be introduced to pharmacology, health assessment, public health nursing, mental health nursing, maternal-child nursing and much more.

You will have plenty of opportunities to become involved in the UWF campus and nursing communities. Work closely with our highly ranked School of Nursing faculty. Join organizations, like the National Student Nurses Association or Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Our program prepares you to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination after graduation. The pass rate of our students taking the NCLEX is one of the highest in the state of Florida.

Application Deadlines

Below are the open application periods per semester. Please review the dates and requirements for your semester of interest. The Summer 2022 Deadline has been extended to January 29, 2022.

  • Applications have been extended to January 28, 2022.
  • Notifications will go out in February 2022.
  • TEAS Exam (sixth edition) up to 3 attempts Must make a minimum of 75.0% to apply (test must be taken between November 6, 2020 – January 27, 2022.

  • Application Opens January 7, 2022 and Closes March 11, 2022
  • TEAS Exam (sixth edition) up to 3 attempts) Must make a minimum of 75.0% on composite score to apply (test must be taken between January 5, 2021 - March 8, 2022).
  • Decision notification sent May 2022

  • Applications Open April 8, 2022 through June 10, 2022.
  • TEAS Exam (sixth edition) up to 3 attempts) Must make a minimum of 75.0% on composite score to apply (test must be taken between June 7, 2021- June 8, 2022).
  • Decision notification sent in late August 2022.

Program Details

The Dr. D.W. McMillan Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is a limited access program, which means admission to UWF does not guarantee admission to the program. You must first be admitted to UWF through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Then, you will complete an additional application using NursingCAS.

You should have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 and an overall composite score of at least 75% on the Test of Essential Academic Skills, or TEAS, Exam to be eligible to apply to the program.


The Test of Essential Academic Skills is used as part of the admissions process by Nursing and Allied Health schools nationwide. UWF Testing Services offers the exam throughout the year.

Testing Services

The university uses NursingCAS for the nursing application. You must submit all your documents using NursingCAS. Please note that this is separate from the UWF application. You will login and create your account then search for the University of West Florida. Please be sure to complete all the requirements as indicated. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Note: You are required to submit official transcripts to NursingCAS even though you are a current UWF student. Please allow two weeks for transcripts to be processed and verified by NursingCAS once they are received by NursingCAS. Applicants that are not verified by NursingCAS will be considered incomplete and not be reviewed.

Please use the  Nursing Application Checklist to confirm that you complete all the requirements of the application process.

  1. Access the supplemental NursingCAS application. Please note that your first priority when completing the nursing application is to make the request to have your officical academic transcripts sent to NursingCAS. This takes several weeks and we strongly encourage to do this as soon as the application cycle opens. You must follow the directions as written in NursingCAS. This is a requirement of the nursing application.
  2. Core Performance Functions - Required with the supplemental application and be uploaded in the program document section of NursingCAS.
  3. HepB From 2021 - Required with the supplemental NursingCAS application. You must use this form and upload in the program document section of NursingCAS. A blood test (titer) is required to ensure the applicant has enough antibodies. If the applicant is non-reactive they must start the series before applying. For more information please see HepB FAQs. Applicants must continue/complete the immunization series and titer. The completed immunization series and titer is required if admitted into the program. Your HepB form must be uploaded in the program section of NursingCAS. This is required as part of the application NursingCAS. 
  4. ATI Testing (sixth edition) - Required with the supplemental application. Complete the ATI TEAS Remote Proctoring Registration Form to sign up to take the test online with UWF testing center. If taken at another location, you must contact ATI Testing to have your official scores sent to UWF, there is a fee. If you test at the UWF testing center your scores are automatically sent to the UWF nursing program. There is limited space to test with the testing services with seats available on campus. Please contact the Testing Center Directly by calling 850.473.7340 or emailing We DO NOT accept TEAS Version V - Allied Health.

Items 1-4 are to be uploaded and submitted to NursingCAS to have a complete application packet online using NursingCAS.

The BSN program requires the following prerequisite courses:

  • BSC 1085+L Anatomy & Physiology I (+Lab)
  • BSC 1086+L Anatomy & Physiology II (+Lab)
  • MCB 1000+L Microbiology (+Lab)
  • STA 2023 Elements of Statistics
  • HSC 2577 Principles of Nutrition
  • DEP 2004 Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • A fourth science course with a course prefix from CHM, BSC, BCH, PCB, PHY 
  • A social science course with a course prefix from PSY, SOP, SYG
  • Nursing pre-requisites must have a grade of C or higher and cannot be older than 10 year at the time you are applying for admissions.
  • A pre-requisite GPA will not be calculated for application points unless all prerequisites are completed with a grade by the application deadline.

Additional Consideration is given by the selection committee for any or all of the following optional recommended coursework if completed with a grade by the posted application deadline. Transcripts must be submitted to UWF and NursingCAS to be considered at the time of the application.

  • Complete HSC 3555 Pathophysiology minimum 3000 level with a grade of C or higher
  • Complete both PSY 2012 General Psychology and SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology with a grade of C or higher
  • Complete HSC 3535 Medical Terminology minimum 3000 level with a grade of C or higher

*Note: A pre-requisite GPA will not be calculated for application points unless all pre-reqs are completed by application deadline.

Careers & Outcomes

Our program prepares you to work with patients of all ages and backgrounds in a diverse array of health care settings. Graduates of our program are highly sought after, with a 100% employment rate for those seeking jobs. Our graduates work with the following health care organizations, among others, across the state and country.


  • Ascension Health Care
  • Baptist Health Care
  • HCA Health Care
  • U.S. Military
  • Public Health Departments

Job Titles

  • Registered Nurse
  • Travel Nurse
  • Nurse Manager
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

I love going to clinicals. We rotate at the hospitals in the area and that’s an amazing experience. We actually get real-life patient interaction. I absolutely feel prepared for this.

Lena Bleckley
BSN Graduate

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Nursing program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! You must apply to be admitted to UWF through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions prior to applying to the Dr. D.W. McMillan BSN Nursing program.

If you have already been admitted to UWF you will then need to complete the supplemental application for the BSN Program through NursingCAS

We have 3 application dates a year, Spring, Summer and Fall.

50 students are admitted every Spring, Summer, and Fall.

  • Yes, completion of all Nursing common prerequisites must be in progress at time of application and completed with a grade of “C” or better
  • You must be on track to complete all General Education requirements including foreign language prior to enrollment in major coursework. Course work can be in progress and if accepted will be offered a conditional letter of acceptance that will depend upon the successful completion of the nursing prerequisites course work.
  • Transfer students are encouraged to start your university admissions prior to the deadline for the nursing supplemental application. The admissions process, transcript evaluation and decision can take up to 6 weeks. You must be a current UWF student to apply to the nursing program.

  • The test is administered at UWF at the testing center or can be taken off campus. If taken off campus the results of your test must be sent to UWF to be validated. If your results cannot be validated your application will not be reviewed. Review the  ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) for more information about taking the test.
  • If you are planning to take the TEAS test off campus, please review the Admission Requirements section on this page for details.

The ATI TEAS® was developed to evaluate the academic readiness of applicants to health science programs, such as nursing programs. TEAS stands for Test of Essential Academic Skills. ATI is the name of the testmaker and stands for Assessment Technologies Institute.

It is a four part assessment with subtest in Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language use. The overall testing time is 3 hours and 30 minutes, however, you should plan on a total of 4 hours for check in and instructions.

Yes, however, this can vary depending on where you take the test. Review the UWF Testing Services, Testing Programs web page to confirm fees.

Yes, please confirm that cost with ATI Testing who administers the test.

Program is a total of 62 hours:

The progression of study is 4 consecutive semesters. 

Semester 1 – Junior semester 1 – 15 credit hours

Semester 2 – Junior semester 2 – 16 credit hours

Semester 3 Senior semester 1 – 15 credit hours

Semester 4 Senior semester 2 – 16 hours 

The university requires each student to have a 124 hours to graduate.

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