Associate in Science
This is a Limited Access program.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Associate in Science Degree Nursing program, students must:
- 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.
- Submit official transcripts and official score reports.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The application deadline is February 15 each year with classes starting in Summer term.
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More Information Online
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): acenursing.org