Nursing R.N. (2149)
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 nurse is the heart and soul of any medical team. You specialize in one-on-one
patient relationships. You perform physical assessments and carry out treatments
while dispensing education and encouragement in equal measure. You help patients
and families cope and manage illness or injury. You also supervise other members
of the team and teach in collaboration with other colleagues. 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.
Nurses, like physicians, can choose from an A to Z list of
specialties ranging from preventative medicine to emergency care. You can work in
small or large medical groups, fly with trauma center helicopters, or travel with
humanitarian or first-response teams. The Red Cross alone currently employs
30,000 full and part-time nurses and has a need for more.
The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 61 Broadway, New York, New York, 10006 (212.363.5555). The associate in science degree Nursing 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 National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become licensed as registered nurses (RN).
FCCJ forged partnerships with Baptist, Brooks Rehabilitation,
Flagler Shands, St. Lukes and St. Vincent hospitals, as well as Mayo Clinic,
to establish the most advanced medical training center in Northeast Florida. Our
labs are state-of-the art. Master classes are taught on our campus by the areas
leading surgeons, physicians, scientists and allied health professionals.
Clinical rotations scheduled in area hospitals and other medical centers are part of you so graduate with experience as well as education.
The following five courses must be completed before submitting an application to this program.
- Any college chemistry (CHM)
- BSC 2085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I
- BSC 2086C Human Anatomy and Physiology II
- MCB 2010C Microbiology (completion or current enrollment)
- MAC 1105 College Algebra (or higher)
All general education courses must be completed before the last term of the nursing program. A grade point average of at least 2.0 must be maintained.
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.
This program articulates into a four-year nursing program at the University of North Florida and Nova Southeastern University. Because our curriculum is accredited by the National League of Nursing and the Florida State Board of Nursing, graduates of this program can transfer into a four-year nursing program at any university. See more information on articulation.
- Have completed the nursing application by the application deadline for the term for which they are applying for continuance.
- Complete a college course in chemistry with a grade of “C” or better.
- Have completed a minimum of 13 credit hours of prerequisites prior to the application deadline. A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in science courses. A GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.
- 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).
- Fall Term deadline — June 1
- Spring Term deadline — October 1
- Summer Term deadline — February 1
Estimated cost of tuition is $4,712 (for Florida residents, as of 7/06). Contact the program manager for additional costs (materials, fees, textbooks).
Nursing R.N. (2149)
|General Education Courses
||Human Anatomy and Physiology I
||English Composition I
||Human Anatomy and Physiology II
||Human Growth and Development
|Nursing is a limited access program. Students may not enroll in the following courses unless selected for continuance based on the selection criteria and available seats.
||Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
||Pharmacology/Nutrition in Health and Illness
||Leadership in Nursing
||Adult Health Nursing I
||Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
||Nursing Care of Women and Infants
||Nursing Care of Children
||Adult Health Nursing II
Total Credit Hours: 72
*Refer to A.S. degree General Education Requirements.
**A minimum grade of “C” required in science courses.
***Students who qualify may substitute a higher–level mathematics course.
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.
Clinical agencies may 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.
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 selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of
tuition. A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.
This associate in science degree program allows students to complete an associate’s degree and become employed or pursue a bachelor’s degree. See your advisor for details on university transfer requirements.