University of Central Florida College of Nursing

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UCF College of Nursing at University Tower

College of Nursing
Established1978; 41 years ago (1978)
DeanMary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM.
Location, ,
United States

28°35′16″N 81°11′58″W / 28.587885°N 81.199404°W / 28.587885; -81.199404Coordinates: 28°35′16″N 81°11′58″W / 28.587885°N 81.199404°W / 28.587885; -81.199404
WebsiteOfficial Site

The University of Central Florida College of Nursing is an academic college of the University of Central Florida located in Orlando, Florida, United States. The dean of the college is Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM.[2]

According to U.S. News & World Report, UCF being the most innovative college programs that totes one of the best online graduate nursing programs in the state of Florida and among the top 25 programs for Veterans. [3]

Mission statement and values[edit]

"The mission of the College of Nursing at the University of Central Florida is to prepare nurse leaders and patient advocates through excellence in education, research and service." [4]

  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Service
  • Community

Admission Statistics[edit]

With over 68,000 enrolled at the University of Central Florida, around 3,000 of its students are enrolled in the College of Nursing. Many of its students in the program transferred from a 2-year college with most prerequisites completed. Being a very competitive program, the admitted student GPA range is from 4.0-3.42.

Concurrent Program[edit]

What is a Concurrent program?  It is a partnership between UCF and Seminole State or Valencia. You are completing your nursing education through UCF and the partner college at the same time. 1. You will earn an ASN degree in approximately 5 semesters from Seminole or Valencia, while completing 5 semesters of UCF’s BSN coursework at same time. 2. You take the NCLEX (licensing exam) upon earning the ASN degree, in order to obtain your RN license. 3. You will graduate with your BSN degree from UCF 2 semesters later, earning both degrees in just 7 semesters. [5]

Timeline of UCF Nursing[6]
Year Event Details
1978 Established The beginning of the Nursing Program.
1979 Enroll UCF admits the first class of undergraduate students in the fall.
1981 First Graduates The inaugural Class of 1981 graduates in the spring with their BSN degree.
1982 Became a Department Nursing program receives a designation as a Department of Nursing by UCF.
1983 Program Expands The program expands to the UCF Cocoa campus.
1986 Relocation The department moves to a much larger space with larger laboratory in the then Health and Physics building.
1995 School of Nursing The Department of Nursing officially becomes the School of Nursing within the College of Health and Public Affairs.
1995 First Graduate Students The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program begins in the fall.
1998 Online Accessibility UCF creates the first fully online RN to BSN program in Florida.
2003 Doctorate in Nursing Begins The nursing PhD program launches.
2007 Officially the College of Nursing The School of Nursing becomes the College of Nursing on July 1.
2008 Knightingale Society Established UCF Foundation establishes the Knightingale Society for alumni and friends of the college who provide an annual contribution of $1,000 or more.
2010 Relocation The College of Nursing relocates to Central Florida Research Park.
2010 Milestone Nursing graduate Andrea Long receives the university’s 200,000th degree.
2011 Class of ’81 Reunion UCF’s first BSN graduating class reunites after 30 years.
2014 U.S. News’ College Rankings UCF makes its debut on the U.S. News & World Report list of the nation’s best online graduate nursing programs, ranking No. 24.
2014 First Annual Re-U-Knighting The College of Nursing hosts its first annual alumni reunion for all classes.
2015 Online Accessibility State’s First Online PhD Program for Nurse Scientists

On July 1, 2007, the School of Nursing became the university’s 12th college.[7] Originally a School of Nursing as part of the College of Health and Public Affairs since 1978, it was changed to college status to recognize its growth and stature.

The college is physically located in the University Tower building within Central Florida Research Park, adjacent to UCF's main campus.[8] The college plans to move to a new building on the UCF Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona by the end of the decade.[9] The college's eventual move to the Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona will enable the college to work more closely with the College of Medicine.


  1. ^ a b "Facts About UCF". UCF Office of Institutional Research. Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  2. ^ "UCF College of Nursing Faculty Directory". UCF College of Nursing. Archived from the original on 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2009-06-01.
  3. ^ "Why UCF Nursing | UCF College of Nursing". 3-Column. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  4. ^ "Mission, Vision & Values | UCF College of Nursing". 2-Column. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  5. ^ "Nursing Program Info" (PDF). Retrieved 6/2/19. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "Our History | UCF College of Nursing". 1-Column. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  7. ^ "UCF Establishes College of Nursing". University of Central Florida. 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  8. ^ "UCF College of Nursing Contact Us". UCF College of Nursing. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  9. ^ "Central Florida Future - Nursing students homesick till 2011". Central Florida Future. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2009-06-01.

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