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Nursing (RN) Associate in Science

Nursing (RN) Associate in Science
Type: AS
Subplan Code: RN-AS
CIP: 1351380100

Program Description

Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Florida Board of Nursing. Students accepted into this limited-access program study a broad range of subjects from sciences, nutrition and medical terminology to courses in medical-surgical, mental health, maternal-newborn and pediatric nursing. Additionally, required clinical experiences take place at area hospitals, extended-care facilities and community health organizations. Graduates are qualified to take the national licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) to practice as registered nurses. Students should be aware that acceptance to the College does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.

The Associate in Science degree in Nursing Generic ADN Track is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone: 404.975.5000, fax: 404.975.5020.

Profession

Nursing ranks as the nation’s largest health career field. Registered nurses (RNs) practice in a variety of settings while providing compassionate care to patients who are ill, injured, convalescent or disabled. Nurses are dedicated to the health and well-being of patients of all ages, health and abilities, and often serve as advocates in the care of individuals and communities.

Career Opportunities

Licensed nurses are qualified to work in any state and, due to their high demand, often choose their positions, hours and employers. Salaries and employment opportunities continue to expand as the health care industry grows, particularly in Central Florida. Additionally, positions outside of the traditional hospital environment offer nurses versatility and flexibility.

Job Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow by 26 percent (faster than average) through 2020 due to the demands caused by technological advancements, an increased emphasis on preventative care  and the large aging population (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Degree Transfer

Qualified students may complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) while pursuing their A.S. in Nursing through the UCF/Seminole State Concurrent Program. Graduates of the program who do not participate in the concurrent program may articulate courses into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Certifications

  • Registered Nurse (RN), Florida Department of Health
  • Registered Nurse (RN), National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Placement and Salary Information

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Program Admission

This is a limited-access program. Students begin the generic ADN program twice each year in August (Term I) or in January (Term II). Interested persons must first be admitted to Seminole State before becoming eligible to apply to the nursing program. The dates for application may vary. Students should be aware that acceptance to the College does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. Provisional acceptance into the program is contingent on satisfying Seminole State-mandated and various healthcare agencies' requirements.

State Boards of Nursing have a responsibility to protect the public. In carrying out this responsibility, Boards of Nursing reserve the right to deny licensure to anyone who has been convicted of a crime other than minor traffic violations. Pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, the Florida Board of Nursing shall refuse to issue a license, certification or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been:

  • Convicted or plead guilty or nolo contendre (no contest) to a felony violation regardless of adjudication of chapters 409, 817 or 893, Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application.
  • Terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent five years).
  • Terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent five years).

All students entering a healthcare program with a clinical component are required to complete a criminal background check. Students must be free of offenses which could potentially disqualify them from working in a healthcare environment (Florida Statutes 456.0635, 435.04 and 316.193). Admission into clinicals is at the discretion of the clinical agencies.

Students applying for admission to the nursing program are required to complete a drug screening and an FBI criminal background check including:

  • Online check of the Office of the Inspector General related to parties excluded from participation in Medicare/Medical and all federal healthcare programs.
  • Online search of U.S. General Services Administration of parties excluded from federal procurements and non-procurements programs.

The nursing program has specific requirements for admission. Candidates must:

  • Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
  • Complete the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) or equivalent (SAT/ACT);
  • Have an intermediate algebra skill level (satisfied by completion of MAT 1033 Intermediate Algebra or a CPT score that makes the student eligible for MAC 1105 College Algebra);
  • Achieve a minimum adjusted individual total score of 73 percent on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS);
  • Submit a criminal background check and a disposition of any criminal offenses;
  • Have attained a grade of "C" or higher in all General Education course requirements. The recalculated GPA (prerequisite courses) must be 2.50 or higher. In accordance with College policy, the GPA will not be "rounded up."
  • Submit a Nursing Admission Request Packet, with all requirements, for consideration for admission to the program. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.
  • Students applying to the Concurrent AS-BSN program will receive priority admission to meet the Concurrent AS-BSN program enrollment. A select number of seats in each generic class will be reserved for applicants who only want to obtain the Associate in Science degree in Nursing.

Students are selected for admission to the nursing program based on the following criteria:

Category 1:

Successful completion of ALL of the required nursing General Education courses and support courses with a prerequisite GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Category 2:

Successful completion of ALL of the required nursing General Education and support courses with a prerequisite GPA of 2.50-2.9.

Applicants are given priority of admission within each category based on:

  • The completion date of the General Education and support courses.
  • Prerequisite GPA for General Education and support courses.
  • TEAS adjusted individual total score.
  • Completion of the Tech Prep Program (must show documentation in application packet).

All nursing courses feature Web-enhanced instruction. Students must have access to a computer with Internet capabilities while enrolled in the program.

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Courses
Available Courses
Required Courses
45
Choose either HUN 2202 or HUN 1201 and HUN 2015:
or
and
Elective Courses
3
Choose 3 credits from the following list:
3
Note: STA 2014 may substitute for STA 2023 in the RN-AS
SYG1000 may substitute for SYG 2000 in the RN-AS
General Education Courses
24

Humanities or History General Education course

3
Credits
Note: MCB 2005C Microbiology for Health Professionals may substitute for MCB 2010C in the RN-AS
Total Credits:
72
Note:

Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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