CF Bachelor of Science in Nursing Receives Accreditation

April 21, 2016 — The College of Central Florida has announced that its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has become accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

CF is the only college in Marion County with a BSN accredited by ACEN, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting body for nursing education programs.

“To be the only BSN program in our community that is ACEN accredited, but also the lowest cost speaks volumes,” said Jim Henningsen, CF president. “I am very proud of our faculty, staff and students who built this program from the ground and made this possible.”

CF began offering the BSN in fall 2014 as part of a national movement to better educate nurses and meet the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that the number of practicing nurses with baccalaureate degrees increase to 80 percent by 2020. Currently less than 40 percent of all registered nurses nationwide have a bachelor’s degree.

The first CF students to complete the program graduated in December 2015.

Tuition for upper division nursing courses at CF costs approximately $4,715, which is more than 40 percent less than a student would pay if they earned their degree at a four-year public university such as the University of Florida. The total cost of a BSN, including prerequisite courses, is less than a third of a private institution.

The 120-credit hour degree features both classroom and online classes, is open to students who live in Marion, Citrus and Levy counties. Interested students must attend an online information session before they can apply, and students must attain an active, unencumbered Florida RN license prior to the second semester of upper division nursing courses.

For more information about the BSN program, visit CF.edu/health.

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