Nursing - Associate in Science Degree (AS Nursing)
The Program for the Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) combines course work on campus with guided clinical experiences in health care agencies in both Manatee and Sarasota counties. There are two methods for completion of the program, the basic approach for students who have no previous nursing course work, and the transition approach for the Licensed Practical Nurse.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed as a registered nurse. On entry into practice, the Associate in Science Degree Nursing graduate is able to use the nursing process to administer care for a group of patients in acute and chronic settings. The graduate functions effectively within the health care team and provides guidance to less skilled workers in the implementation of nursing care.
Our Associate in Science Nursing Program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) which is located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850; Atlanta, GA 30326. NLNAC's phone number is 404-975-5000.
Congratulations to the Associate of Science nursing students and the faculty regarding the following results on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses(NCLEX-RN):
- January 1 - March 31, 2012: 100% of students passed on their first attempt.
- SCF Year to date: 63 took/63 passed = 100%
- National average 91.23 % State average 88.03%
Dean of Nursing: Dr. Beverly Hindenlang
Department Chair: Dr. Sue Garland
Program Entrance Requirements and Program Application
Application to the Nursing Program requires admission to State College of Florida. A one-time $35 non-refundable application fee is required for Nursing programs. There is only one application fee required when applying to more than one campus.
Basic Nursing Program - For the student who is not an LPN.
Transition Nursing Program - For the qualified Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Licensure Requirements.
Nursing programs are limited enrollment programs with a selective admission process based upon GPA and completion of program requirements, general academic requirements, and passing scores on an entrance exam. Completion of program requirements ( prerequisites) are needed to make application to the nursing program. Additional general academic requirementsare also required.
Admission priority is given to:
Qualified applicants who have completed the prerequisites with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
The most general academic requirements completed with a minimum GPA of 2.75. ( highest GPA's given priority).
Passing scores on the Nursing Entrance Exam (TEAS V)
Applicants who are Certified Nursing Assistants or other Healthcare Providers will receive priority standing.
As enrollment is limited, completion of all or part of the academic courses required for the degree does not guarantee acceptance into the nursing program.
To be considered for a nursing program a student must submit an application by the established deadline. All qualified applications will be reviewed and an admission decision will be sent to the student (via student email) by the notification deadline. Students not accepted to the program will have the opportunity to submit a new application for another admission period. Admission policies regarding hours completed, testing, and GPA will apply.
Upon acceptance in to the program, additional background checks, fingerprinting, health screenings and CPR certification are required to meet local health care regulations. Based on the results of these checks and screenings, student may become ineligible for program admission. Students enrolled should understand that the required clinical experience in various health care facilities may expose them to environmental hazards and infectious disease including, but not limited to Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, and HIV/AIDS.
→ Preferences for campus locations may be impacted by clinical site availability. Students should make arrangements for travel to various campuses and clinical sites throughout the entire program.
Program Admission Schedule
The Nursing program accepts students during the Fall and Spring semesters on the Bradenton and Venice campuses. The Transition program accepts students during the Summer semester (Evening/Weekend Program) at the Lakewood Ranch campus. Applications are accepted based on the schedule below.
Students are reminded that because of the very high interest in Nursing, we receive sufficient qualified applicants by the application deadlines. We will not accept application received after the published deadline. Students must consider this when submitting their application by mail. Application deadlines for program admission have been established and are outlined below:
Basic Nursing Program - Bradenton and Venice Campuses
Spring 2014 (Jan - May)
Sept 1, 2013 - Oct 15, 2013
October 18, 2013
Fall 2014 (Aug - Dec)
April 1, 2014-May 9, 2014
May 16, 2014
Transition Evening/Weekend Program
Lakewood Ranch Campus
- The next program begins May 2014. Semesters are Summer 2014, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 with graduation at the end of the Spring 2015 semester.
Summer C (May-July)
February 1- March 15
Cost of the ProgramThe cost of the Nursing Program includes tuition and fees as listed under Financial Information in the College catalog. A laboratory fee is charged for all nursing courses. These fees include liability insurance, laboratory supplies, and standardized tests required in the program.
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Contact the Nursing Department at: (941) 752-5209