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, as well as the UF Health primary care and specialty care centers located throughout northeast Florida. In addition to UF Health locations, nursing students are also placed at other clinical sites and medical centers in the metropolitan area.
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).
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.
Today, Jacksonville is home base for a cohort of the Accelerated BSN program. The campus is supported by on-site nursing faculty members who serve on various UF Health Jacksonville and UF campus committees.