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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  Dec 12, 2019
2018-2019 Catalog [Aug. 2018-Aug. 2019] 
2018-2019 Catalog [Aug. 2018-Aug. 2019] [Archived Catalog]

Practical Nursing (5657) (W.C.)

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Workforce Certificate (PSAV/Clock Hour program)

This is a Limited Access program.


The mission of the Practical Nursing program is creating competent, ethical, and confident entry-level health care practitioners committed to professional development through life-long learning in a positive, non-discriminatory, and supportive learning environment.

The Program

This program prepares individuals for employment in entry-level positions to provide direct care to clients in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and various health care settings under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or physician. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) to become licensed and achieve the title of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and practice according to the Nurse Practice Act. 

A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all professional coursework.


Clinical rotations are scheduled in various clinical settings and are a required part of the program of study to assist students to obtain hands-on experience in health care while learning in the student role.

The Career

A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a valued member of the health care team. Your relationship with clients is one-on-one and requires compassion as well as competence when people are in emotional and physical distress. You will make good use of strong observational, decision-making, and communication skills.  If you choose a healthcare setting, you will work closely with the registered nurses, physicians, emergency medical technicians, and other allied health professionals. In nursing homes, you help collect data on patients, develop care plans, and supervise nursing assistants. In private medical offices, you may also schedule appointments, keep records, and perform other clerical duties. LPNs who choose home care may perform fundamental nursing skills and procedures, prepare meals, and teach family members simple nursing tasks.

By 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a shortfall of 182,900 qualified Licensed Practical Nurses. The need for licensed practical nurses is also critical because of long-term care for an aging population as well as the general growth of health care services.


Upon completion of this program, graduates must successfully complete and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. The annual pass rate of first time takers on the NCLEX-PN can be found on the Florida Board of Nursing website.

Application Procedure

Admission to this program is limited and is based on academic performance and other criteria.

It is recommended that students have a conference with the program advisor prior to applying to the program. To meet the minimum requirements for consideration and acceptance to the Practical Nursing program, students must:

  1. Complete a Florida State College at Jacksonville application.
  2. Complete a Practical Nursing program application.
  3. Successful completion of the background and drug screening process upon acceptance into the program.
  4. A physical examination will be required upon acceptance into the program. Clinical experience is required part of the Practical Nursing program. In order to participate in a hospital or medical office based clinical, a student will be expected to submit health history information, proof of immunizations, and background screening. To ensure employability in the widest possible manner, all students are required to submit drug screening and criminal background check results and a physical exam to the practical Nursing program prior to enrolling.
  5. 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.
  6. Submit one of the following:
    1. An official (unopened) high school completion transcript (no diplomas); or
    2. An official copy of GED® test scores (a copy will be made and the original returned to the applicant); or
    3. College transcript (a minimum of 12 college credits must have been completed if using college GPA). Note: Florida State College at Jacksonville transcripts can be unofficial. Transcripts from outside colleges must be official (unopened).
  7. Provide HESI Admission Assessment (A2) scores. Only average overall scores of 75% or better will be considered for admission.

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student's completion of the program. In order to earn the Workforce Certificate, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s) on the TABE or quality for a TABE waiver. Students with prior coursework, test scores or licensing may qualify for a TABE waiver and can visit or contact any College Assessment and Certification Center to have the waiver processed and added to their individual student record.  For students who do not meet the required TABE scores and need assistance in order to meet the exit requirement(s), the College offers remediation in basic skills through Adult Education.

GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE). They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license from the American Council on Education.

Application Deadline(s)

  • Fall Term deadline: May 15
  • Spring Term deadline: September 15
  • Summer Term deadline: February 15

Need More Information? Contact:

Vanessa Silverman, Advisor, (904) 766-6567 or
or Health Care Advising, (904) 713-4545

More Information Online

National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service

Applied Academics for Adult Education (AAE)

Students who have satisfactory test scores are not required to take the following courses:

Record of Conviction of a Crime

Effective July 1, 2009, pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, health care review boards shall refuse to renew a license, certificate or registration, issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been convicted or plead guilty or nolo contendere, regardless of adjudication, to a felony violation of: chapters 409, 817, or 893, Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application, terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent five years) or terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent five years). The Florida nursing or allied health licensure or certification application requires disclosure of any criminal history and the disposition of all cases prior to board review. Being convicted of, or having entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, any of the listed felonies in Florida Statute 456.0635 or termination for cause from the statutorily-described Medicaid programs will preclude an applicant from obtaining a nursing or allied health license or certification in the state of Florida. Entry and acceptance into the nursing or allied health program does not guarantee licensure or certification in the state of Florida.


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 (if applicable).

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into Limited Access or Selective Access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition and fees.

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

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a workforce certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earn the required number of clock hours for the chosen program of study with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C") on a 4.0 scale on all courses that apply to the chosen program of study.
  3. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total clock hours required for a certificate's program requirements as a student at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  4. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  5. Earn a TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) score that meets or exceeds the program's exit requirement, if applicable.
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 (2018/2019) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2018/2019 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 pre-requisite requirements and/or co-requisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

Gainful Employment

This is a gainful employment program. The College maintains gainful employment programs' placement and on-time completion rates, median loan amounts, SOC codes, and estimated program costs.

Gainful employment programs include only training programs of at least one academic year that lead to a certificate and credentialed non-degree programs (credit programs requiring 24 or more credit hours and clock hour programs requiring 600 or more contact hours). These programs prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

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