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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  Apr 11, 2021
 
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020] 
    
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020] [Archived Catalog]

Nursing Assistant (Articulated) (5131) (W.C.)


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Workforce Certificate (PSAV/Clock Hour program)

This is a Selective Access program.

The Program

This program is designed to prepare students for certification as nursing assistants in a variety of healthcare settings. Nursing assistants are educationally trained to provide patient care services under the supervision of physicians and nurses in hospitals and nursing home and home health settings. The program is aligned with the recommended core competencies established by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Board of Nursing. The program facilitates both didactic theory and clinical educational experiences and emphasizes continued education in the healthcare industry.

Internships/Externships/Rotations/Fieldwork

The program includes 40 hours of clinical experience in hospitals, nursing homes, and sub-acute/long-term care facilities. 

The Career

Articulated Nursing Assisting is a growing profession with an array of career opportunities in various healthcare settings such as general medical and surgical hospitals, home health care services, other hospitals, psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals, and long-term/acute care facilities. 

Numerous job openings and excellent job opportunities are expected. According to FREIDA, overall employment of nursing and psychiatric aides is projected to grow 18 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. However, growth will vary for individual occupations. Employment for nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants will grow 19 percent, faster than the average for all occupations, predominantly in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population.

Certification/Licensing

To enhance job opportunities, it is recommended that program completers take the Florida Board of Nursing Certification exam to become credentialed as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Graduates can register for the exam online at floridasnursing.gov.

Application Procedure

Admission to this program is selective 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 Nursing Assistant (Articulated) 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. 
    Note: Verification of positive titers showing immunity to childhood diseases will be required upon acceptance into the program.
  5. Provide Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores.
  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. Find AMA-approved courses at bit.ly/AMA-cpr.
  7. 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).
  8. Provide HESI Admission Assessment (A2) scores. Only 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 qualify for a TABE waiver. Visit fscj.edu/assessment/available-assessments/tabe/tabe-certificate for program exit scores or bit.ly/TABEwaiver for the TABE waiver form. 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. College Assessment and Certification locations and information can be found at fscj.edu/assessment. 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 through the Applied Academics for Adult Education (8525) (N.C.)   program. Remediation consists of tutoring, referral to online resources and/or completion of the following coursework in Reading, Mathematics and Language:

Students interested in this program should be advised by the instructor or Program Manager before enrolling in coursework.

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 at ged.com. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license from the American Council on Education.

Need More Information? Contact:

Jalaine Buford, PSAV Advisor, North Campus, (904) 766-6585 or jbuford@fscj.edu
Or call (904) 766-6581

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


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 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.
  • 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 requirements and/or corequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

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