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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  Oct 19, 2019
 
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020] 
  
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020]

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 Associate in Science in Nursing 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 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.

You may repeat a Nursing (NUR) course in an attempt to improve a grade previously earned. However, you are limited in your attempts to courses where an "F," or "FN" grade was earned. You have only two total attempts in any NUR course, including the original attempt and one repeat attempt or withdrawal. Upon the second attempt in a course, you must earn an "A," "B," "C," or "F." An "F" on the second attempt of the same NUR course or an "F" on a second NUR course will result in dismissal from the program with no option to re-enter or reapply. A failure of the same course earned at another institution does not count as an original course failure for the Nursing program at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

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

Internships/Externships/Rotations/Fieldwork

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.

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.

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 guaranteed income. Graduates may need to seek employment outside the local area.

Certification/Licensing

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. Visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing at ncsbn.org for additional information.

Program 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.

Application Procedure

To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Associate in Science Degree Nursing program, students must:

  1. Submit a completed Florida State College at Jacksonville application and specify the Nursing program as the desired interest area.  Completed applications should be submitted by the published application deadline for the Nursing program. 
  2. Submit official transcripts and official score reports.
  3. Complete a minimum of 11 credit hours of prerequisite coursework with a grade of "C" or better (BSC 2085C and BSC 2086C and MAC 1105 or higher level MAC prefix course or MAP 2302 or STA 2023) prior to the application deadline for the Nursing program. A GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.
  4. Complete a minimum of 19 credit hours of prerequisite coursework with a grade of "C" or better (ENC 1101 or ENC 1101C and CHM 1020  or CHM 1025C  or CHM 1032C  or CHM 2045C  or CHM 2046C  and MCB 2010C and DEP 2004 and PSY 1012 and 3 credit hours of Humanities) prior to admission to the Nursing program. A GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.
  5. Submit current Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Assessment (HESI A2/Elselvier A2 Preadmission Test) scores by the application deadline. Note: : A complete administration is required and is made up of nine (9) sub-tests and must be completed in one sitting. Scores are taken from a single complete administration that is most advantageous to the applicant. Minimum scores of 75% are required for each of the following sub-tests: grammar mathematics, reading comprehension and vocabulary.
  6. 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. Note: Upon verification of Florida licensure students will receive a total of 10 articulated credit hours through the use of NUR 1997.

Application Deadline(s)

The application deadline is February 15 each year with classes starting in Summer term.

Need More Information? Contact:

Call (904) 766-6690

More Information Online

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): acenursing.org

Curriculum


General Education Coursework

Credit Hours: 30

All general education coursework must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.  Students are encouraged to pay careful attention to each course note as it pertains to specific Nursing program application and admission requirements.

Professional Nursing Coursework

Credit Hours: 42

You may repeat a Nursing (NUR) course in an attempt to improve a grade previously earned. However, you are limited in your attempts to courses where an "F," or "FN" grade was earned. You have only two total attempts in any NUR course, including the original attempt and one repeat attempt or withdrawal. Upon the second attempt in a course, you must earn an "A," "B," "C," or "F."  An "F" on the second attempt of the same NUR course or an "F" on a second NUR course will result in dismissal from the program with no option to re-enter or reapply. A failure of the same course earned at another institution does not count as an original course failure for the Nursing program at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

A minimum grade of "C" or better is required in all Professional Nursing coursework.

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

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 Limited Access or 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 (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 the Associate in Science degree, 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. 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 for prior learning 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. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
 Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • 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.)
  • Students who enter under the (2019/2020) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2019/2020 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.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  • 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, visit the Transfer Services Web page at fscj.edu/transferservices 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 at fscj.edu/transferguide.

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