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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  May 22, 2022
 
2015-2016 Catalog [Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016] 
    
2015-2016 Catalog [Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016] [Archived Catalog]

Nursing (R.N.) (Bridge Option for Paramedics and Licensed Practical Nurses) (2335) (A.S.)


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Associate in Science

This is a Limited Access program.

Mission/Purpose

The mission of the ADN program of Florida State College at Jacksonville is to provide nursing education for culturally diverse students, preparing them to be successful on the NCLEX-RN licensure examination and to practice as entry-level registered nurses in multi-variant settings as members of the healthcare profession.

The Program

The A.S. degree Nursing bridge program combines general education and professional courses including lecture, laboratory and clinical education components. Graduates of the program are prepared to function as entry-level practitioners and are qualified to take the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed as a registered nurse (RN). Admission to the program is limited and is based on academic performance and other criteria. This track is limited to employed paramedics and practical nurses with a current Florida license who have worked the equivalent of at least six months of work experience in the last two years, as a paramedic or LPN.

A minimum grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all professional nursing courses.

Certification and Licensing

If an applicant who graduates from an approved program does not take the licensure examination within 6 months after graduation, he or she must enroll in and successfully complete a Florida Board of Nursing board-approved licensure examination preparatory course. The applicant is responsible for all costs associated with the course and may not use state or federal financial aid for such costs (per Senate Bill 1036;  State Board of Education, Florida Statute 464.008-Licensure by examination).

Accreditation

The Florida State College at Jacksonville Associate in Science Program in Nursing (R.N.) is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326; 404-975-5000.

The Career

The nurse is the heart and soul of most health care teams.  Nurses specialize in one-on-one patient relationships. They perform physical assessments and carry out treatments while dispensing education and encouragement in equal measure. Nurses help patients and families cope and manage illness or injury. Nurses also supervise other members of the team and teach in collaboration with other colleagues. Successful completion of this program allows the individual to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to qualify for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Nurses, like physicians, can choose from a long list of specialties ranging from preventative health to emergency care and end of life care. Nurses can work in small or large medical groups, fly with trauma center helicopters, or travel with humanitarian or first-response teams.

Upon completion of coursework, Florida State College at Jacksonville does not guarantee employment or salary in a given field of study. Any jobs or salaries mentioned are given as examples of potential employment not a representation of a guaranteed income. Graduates may need to seek employment outside the local area.

Rotations

Clinical rotations are scheduled in area hospitals, community health and other medical centers are part of the program, so students graduate with experience as well as theoretical knowledge across the life span.

Application Procedure

To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Nursing program, students must:

  1. Gain Acceptance to Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  2. Have completed a nursing application by the application deadline.
  3. Submit official transcripts.
  4. Have completed a minimum of 27 credit hours of prerequisites (which include general education courses: ENC 1101  or ENC 1101C , MAC 1105  or higher, BSC 2085C  or BSC 2086C CHM 1020  or any college level CHM course, MCB 2010C , DEP 2004  and PSY 1012 ) prior to the application deadline and before admission to the program. A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all general education courses.  A GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.
  5. Have submitted current Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Assessment (HESI A2/Elsevier A2 Preadmission Test) scores by the application deadline.
  6. Provide evidence of current CPR certification - adult, child and infant (achieved through an American Heart Association approved Basic Life Support (BLS) Course for Health Care Providers, that includes hands-on simulated experiences).
  7. Provide evidence of licensure in the state of Florida as a Licensed Practical Nurse or Paramedic who has worked the equivalent of at least six months in the last two years.

Application Deadline

  • Fall Term deadline - February 1 - April 1

Need More Information? Contact:

Cheryl James, North Campus, (904) 766-6584 or cjames@fscj.edu

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Prerequisites


The following courses except sociology and/or humanities must be completed before admission to the nursing bridge program. All general education courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before the last term of the nursing program.

Curriculum


General Education

Credit Hours: 30

All general education courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before the last term of the nursing bridge program.

Professional Nursing Courses

Credit Hours: 42

A minimum grade of “C” or better is required in all Professional Nursing Core courses.

Students may not enroll in the following courses unless selected for continuance based on the selection criteria and available seats.

  • College Credit Earned by Examination Credit Hours: 10

ADN Program Course Sequence

32 Credit Hours | 480 Practicum Hours

Term I

Term II

Term III

Total Credit Hours: 72 

Record of Conviction of a Crime


Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screening and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

The cost of the background check and drug screen is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition and fees.  A physical examination may be required upon acceptance to the program.

Note


Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Some practice settings may have additional requirements including health insurance, a volunteer application, references, fingerprinting and background check, drug testing, and/or an interview prior to the start of the clinical experience. The additional requirements are the responsibility of the student, including expenses.

The cost of the background check(s) and drug screen(s) is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Graduation Requirements


In order to be awarded the Associate in Science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Students must fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the Associate in Science degree programs, excluding developmental education courses. (A.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
  3. Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses. (All college cumulative.)
  4. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit by portfolio development do not count toward this residency requirement.
  5. Complete the required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  6. Earned a grade of a C or better in each course used to satisfy the General Education Requirements and any other area designated with a C or better requirement.
  7. Students must have fulfilled all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before they may graduate.

 Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. Students who enter under the (2015/2016) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2015/2016 academic year.  The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or co-requisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  4. Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.

Articulation


This A.S. degree program articulates into a bachelor’s degree program. For more information, please visit the Transfer Services Web page and look for your A.S. program of study.

University Transfer


This Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree programs are intended primarily for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details refer to the University Transfer Guide.

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