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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in Ocala, Florida

Bachelor’s Degree

Next Start Dates
August 07, 2024
September 30, 2024

CCNE accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education1

85.7% of our BSN students in Florida passed the NCLEX-RN® in 202323

National leader
in nursing education

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree in Ocala, Florida

Qualified registered nurses (RN) help keep hospitals and healthcare facilities running smoothly. Make sure you’re ready by joining a BSN program using the latest technology. At the Ocala, Florida, campus, you’ll gain hands-on experience with other excited peers and experienced Nursing faculty. Build knowledge and confidence using:

  • State-of-the-art nursing lab
  • Nursing simulation labs
  • Clinicals for real-world experience

Our Ocala campus trains Nursing students in the Marion County, central Florida and nearby areas, conveniently located off Florida State Road 200 and I-75. Gain the career-focused skills you need to pursue your future as a registered nurse with a BSN degree.

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Campus Info


1227 SW 17th Avenue
Ocala, Florida 34471
M–TH: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
F: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
SA: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
SU: Closed

BSN Program Entry Tracks for Every Nursing Student

You know you want to be an RN with a BSN degree—we have the college courses and accelerated BSN programs to help you get there. Choose the BSN program entry track that works best for you, whether this is your first nursing step, or you’re backed with years of experience. Plus, in our BSN degree program, you can also choose to take up to two Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) courses at no extra tuition cost through our accelerated Master’s pathway.

  • LPN to RN Bridge (On Campus & Online)

    Licensed practical nurses (LPN) can earn their BSN degree faster—in as few as 18 months—and prepare for RN licensure with our LPN to RN Bridge option.4

  • RN to BSN (Online)

    You’re already an RN—BSN is your next step. The RN to BSN program is offered online for registered nurses with an Associate’s degree in Nursing (ADN) who want a faster path to earning their BSN degree. You can finish in as few as 12–18 months.4

  • BSN Standard Degree (On Campus & Online)

    If you don’t have a nursing diploma or associate degree, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Standard degree option could be perfect for you. You’ll complete this Nursing program with a mix of on-campus and online courses in as few as 33 months.4

  • BSN Second Degree (On Campus & Online)

    If you already have a Bachelor’s degree but want to pivot to a new career in nursing, choose the BSN Second degree and finish in as few as 18 months.4

Picture Yourself in Our BSN Programs

Get the support you need to pursue the nursing employment you want. As soon as you complete the admission requirements, you’re admitted into the BSN program with no need to apply twice. To help you get started sooner, you can also expect:

  • Eight start dates per year
  • No prerequisite courses to apply
  • No waiting list for qualified applicants

Learn even more about our BSN degree program, flexible schedules, application deadline and more at our Nursing Information Session.

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Rasmussen knows nursing.

And the first step in charting your future in the field is joining us at a Nursing Information Session.

Speaker 2 (00:09):

And we just go over all the program details. So, breaking down classes, costs, credit transfer, clinicals, scheduling, hours and expectations, different financial aid options, and then discussing the enrollment process and qualifying.

Info sessions are held, you know, during daytime hours. So, it's a great opportunity for prospective nursing students to actually see our current nursing students.

Speaker 3 (00:32):

I think a Nursing Information Session is great because you actually can come to the campus. You can see what the classrooms look like. Uh, they tour through the SIM lab. Like, days when I'm running SIM they'll, you know, they'll, they say, “Hey, can we come walk through your SIM lab?” And so they get to see what it looks like. They get to look behind the scenes and see this is where the teacher sits.

Speaker 2 (00:54):

Um, there's a chance that it'll be in one of our labs. Um, and then what we do is if there aren't classes going on in our SIM labs, we do try to get the tour of that so that prospective nursing students can actually see the SIMs.

Speaker 3 (01:07):

It's a safe learning environment in that it's okay to make mistakes. Um, where students were learning. No, nobody ever said nursing school would be easy, but it's always worth it at the end that being able to be a nurse—function as a nurse. Um, it's just such a fun career.

Speaker 2 (01:26):

Um, we just assure our students that we do have steps in place. We have internal discounts, um, so corporate partner discount, military discount, and then we have a Change A Life scholarship. So, if a student refers somebody else, that new student whose life is being changed by going to school—maybe for the first time—can receive a scholarship.

Speaker 3 (01:43):

I think people realize that it's the career to be in. It's the career. It's, it's a great career to be in. And I think that's what drives people to go back.

Speaker 2 (01:52):

Just keeping in mind that there's a variety of programs here. There's no one set path that is right. It's just students need to figure out which is gonna be the best path for them.

Speaker 1 (02:02):

Take the next step and join us at a Nursing Information Session. Regularly offered at many Rasmussen campuses.

What Nursing Program Courses Will I Take?

While some classes are offered online, the rest of your BSN program classes will be at our Ocala campus or in clinical experiences near you. Discover some of the in-person Nursing curriculum that will help you become a confident and caring registered nurse.

  • Professional Nursing Skills II

    Learn to provide ethical, safe, compassionate, holistic nursing care and health assessment through critical thinking, clinical reasoning and clinical judgment across the life span.

  • Mental and Behavioral Health Nursing

    Explore internal and external factors that impact patients and their psychiatric mental health nursing care and health outcomes, as well as the complexities of caring for clients experiencing mental health disorders.

  • Public Health Nursing

    Examine the foundations of public nursing and health services, and impact of community on health promotion, including culture, diverse patient populations, vulnerable populations, health determinants and governing policy.

  • Transition to Practice

    Collaborate with nurses and other health professionals to integrate leadership principles, health outcomes and the professional nurse identity to provide comprehensive, evidence-based and multidimensional nursing case.

What Nursing Program Skills Will I Gain?

Patient-Centered Care

Practice firsthand skills with a focus on patient care for the whole person. Prepare to work in a variety of healthcare settings through on-campus simulations and various clinical settings.

Evidence-Based Practice and Treatment

Search and critique published research. Propose creative, innovative and evidence-based solutions to clinical practice problems.

Professional Nursing Practice

Examine the core values needed to create a leadership identity. Your integrity and advocacy will help promote your commitment to safe and effective nursing practice.

Baccalaureate Essentials, QSEN and NLN Competencies

Gain a solid theoretical foundation of nursing according to the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN), and National League for Nursing (NLN) competencies.

"What stood out to me the most is my clinical experience and having those instructors. They’re saying, ‘You can do this.’ And that’s the best way to get the hands-on practice. I really appreciate that with them and that they’re there to guide."

Crissy B.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Student, Ocala Campus

Prepare for Your NCLEX-RN License

Our Nursing program will help you prepare to pass your NCLEX-RN®3 license exam and be on your way to a future as an RN. That’s why our Nursing programs prioritize advanced labs and facilities to help you practice what RNs experience in the field. Plus, the experienced faculty know what you’re going through and will guide you through your education.

In-Person Practice

The nursing science labs, immersive training and health sciences labs at the Ocala campus are all dedicated to your success.

Peer Support

You won’t have to prepare for the NCLEX-RN® exam on your own. Collaborate with other BSN students, faculty and peer tutors.

Library and Learning Services

Access specialized collections for NCLEX study prep through our award-winning online Library and Learning Services team and resources.

Nursing Career Opportunities in Ocala, Florida

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13,2505 Projected annual job openings for RNs in Florida (2020–2030)

+15%5 Projected RN jobs growth in Florida (2020–2030)

Admission Requirements

Unlike other nursing and health education schools, there are no prerequisite classes to apply and there are no wait lists at many campuses. You only need to apply once, and you can begin your Bachelor of Science in Nursing program when it’s convenient for you with our eight start dates a year. Speak to an admissions advisor for admissions requirements related to your specific entry track or questions about the admission process, tuition costs, official transcripts, drug screening, test official scores and more.

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Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Rasmussen University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Washington, DC 20001

Additional accreditation details

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

The associate nursing program at Rasmussen University at the Ocala campus (with off-campus instructional sites in North Orlando and Orlando) located in Ocala, Florida, is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

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