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2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog
Florida Community College at Jacksonville
  Mar 07, 2021
2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog 
2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog

Nursing (R.N.) (Bridge Option for Paramedics and Licensed Practical Nurses) (A.S.) (2261)

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Associate in Science

Mission Statement

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 Career

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.

The Program

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.

Annual Salaries

The national average yearly salary for Registered Nurses is $49,000, plus overtime, nights and weekend shifts.

Application Procedure

To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Nursing program, students must:

  1. Have completed a nursing application by the application deadline.
  2. Complete a college chemistry course with a grade of “C” or better.
  3. Have completed all required general education courses except sociology or humanities prior to the application deadline.
  4. Have submitted current Psychological Services Bureau Revised Nursing Aptitude Exam (PSB–NAT) scores by the application deadline.
  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. 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.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Term deadline — June 1
  • Spring Term deadline — October 1
  • Summer Term deadline — February 1

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Total Credit Hours: 72


All required general education courses except sociology or humanities must be completed before submitting an application to this program.

A grade point average of a least 2.0 must be maintained.

One year of high school chemistry or any college CHM
Humanities (any HUM course listed in the A.S./A.A.S. degree General Education Requirements )

General Education

Credit Hours: 16

Humanities Credit Hours: 3
    *Refer to A.S./A.A.S. degree General Education Requirements 

Professional Courses

Credit Hours: 14

LPN/Paramedic Courses

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

Credit Hours: 42

College Credit Earned by Examination Credit Hours: 12

Record of Conviction of a Crime

The Florida State Board of Nursing, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Nurse Practice Act, will determine a nursing program graduate’s eligibility for licensure when there is an arrest/conviction record. Convicted felons who have not had their civil rights restored are not eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination. Students should contact the nursing department for information regarding Florida State Board of Nursing regulations.


Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Student’s 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 students responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition.

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

General Information

It is recommended that students have a conference with a counselor or the nursing advisor prior to applying to the nursing program.

University Transfer

This associate in science degree program is intended primarily for students who desire to complete an associate in 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.


This program articulates into a bachelor’s degree program. Because our curriculum is accredited by the National League for Nursing and the Florida State Board of Nursing, graduates of this program can transfer into a four-year nursing program at any university. For more information, please visit the Transfer Services.

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