Nursing (RN) Associate in Science
Subplan Code: RN-AS
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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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:
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:
The nursing program has specific requirements for admission. Candidates must:
Students are selected for admission to the nursing program based on the following criteria:
Successful completion of ALL of the required nursing General Education courses and support courses with a prerequisite GPA of 3.00 or higher.
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:
All nursing courses feature Web-enhanced instruction. Students must have access to a computer with Internet capabilities while enrolled in the program.
Humanities or History General Education course
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.