Associate in Science
Creating competent, ethical, confident entry–level health care practitioners committed to professional development through life–long learning in a positive, non–discriminatory and supportive learning environment.
The registered nurse is a member of the health care team who offers direct patient care, supervision of other members of the team and teaching in collaboration with other members of the team. Successful completion of this program allows the individual to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to qualify for licensure as a registered nurse.
This program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 61 Broadway, New York, New York, 10006, (212) 363-5555. The program is a combination of 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 NCLEX 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 2,000 hours of work experience in the last three years, as a paramedic or LPN.
Clinical rotations scheduled in area hospitals and other medical centers are part of you so graduate with experience as well as education.
Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement
Registered nurses are highly sought after. By 2020, Florida projects a shortfall of 61,000 qualified nurses. Many employers are trying to attract candidates with signing bonuses, family-friendly flexible work schedules, child care and subsidized continuing educational benefits.
The national average yearly salary for Registered Nurses is $49,000, plus overtime, nights and weekend shifts.
To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Nursing program, students must:
- Have completed a nursing application by the application deadline.
- Complete a college chemistry course with a grade of “C” or better.
- Have completed all required general education courses except sociology or humanities prior to the application deadline.
- Have submitted current Psychological Services Bureau Revised Nursing Aptitude Exam (PSB–NAT) scores by the application deadline.
- 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).
- Provide evidence of licensure in the state of Florida as a Licensed Practical Nurse who has worked the equivalent of six months within the last two years as an LPN.
- Fall Term deadline — June 1
- Spring Term deadline — October 1
- Summer Term deadline — February 1
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Total Credit Hours: 72