About the College

The University of Florida Health Science Center Jacksonville is a metropolitan clinical teaching site for the Gainesville-based Colleges of Nursing, Medicine and Pharmacy. Students from these colleges rotate through the various clinical settings of the UF Health Jacksonville campus, the UF Primary Care Centers and UF Specialty Care Centers located throughout Jacksonville. In addition to University of Florida students, other local colleges and schools use this campus for student clinical placement.

The UF College of Nursing began offering coursework through the Jacksonville campus in 1979 for students seeking a Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN). In 1985, the campus became home to the Nurse Midwifery clinical track, which enabled a strong collaborative relationship between the College of Nursing, the UF Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the obstetrical nursing department at UF Health Jacksonville (then University Medical Center). That relationship remains strong today.

Advancing distance education technology over the ensuing years supported a closer relationship between the Jacksonville and Gainesville campuses, facilitating the growth of both nursing programs. In 2001, Nursing opened access to its Ph.D. in Nursing degree program via the Jacksonville campus, the first nursing doctoral degree program in the area. In 2007, it began offering one of Florida’s first clinical nursing doctoral degree programs, the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, through both campuses.

Today, Jacksonville is home base for approximately 85 graduate nursing students pursuing M.S.N., D.N.P. and Ph.D. degrees. It contributes approximately one third of the college’s total graduate students each year, and its graduates hold leadership positions throughout the Jacksonville clinical and academic communities. The campus is supported by eight on-site nursing faculty members who serve on various UF Health Jacksonville and UF campus committees.

Nursing classes are held in the nursing suite, located on the third floor of the Learning Resource Center on UF Health Jacksonville's main campus, and in several education classrooms located throughout the Jacksonville campus. Web-based delivery is offered for some courses as well.

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