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1560 | Nursing (Transition - LPN to RN)
You should consult with a counselor/advisor prior to enrolling in this program. Admission is once each year in the second summer term for the traditional full-time program. Application packets will be accepted beginning the second week in January until the second Friday in April. Application packets will be accepted beginning the second week in August until the second week in November (fall 2011 for spring 2012 acceptance, fall 2013 for spring 2014 acceptance). The ADN Program is a limited access program.

Associate in Science (A.S.)

Description of Program:

This one-year academic program is designed for you, if you are a Licensed Practical Nurse who wishes to become an Associate Degree Nurse (ADN). The program, by building on previously acquired knowledge and skills, provides the opportunity for upward mobility in nursing and to pursue an additional advanced degree. The additional knowledge, attitude, and skills complete the ADN requirements needed to be eligible to take the NCLEX exam for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). The Florida Board of Nursing has the authority to deny a license to you, if you are found guilty of violating Florida Statute 456.0635.

Application Requirements:

The following materials and activities must be completed and submitted to the Allied Health advisor by the second Friday in April in order for you to be considered for admission:

  1. Completed SFSC Application for Admission.
  2. Completed Supplemental Nursing Application. (If you wish to apply to more than one nursing program, you must submit a separate application for each program.)
  3. Placement test scores from any one of the following tests: ACT, SAT I , or FCELPT (college placement test). You may schedule these tests through the college’s Testing Center.
  4. Official high school transcript, General Education Diploma, or equivalent verifying proof of high school graduation.
  5. Official practical nursing school transcript.
  6. Official college transcript(s) verifying the completion of the following courses and all other college work attempted:
    * BSC 1085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I (G.E.) 4
    *+ BSC 1086C Human Anatomy and Physiology II (G.E.) 4
    * ENC 1101 Freshman English I (G.E.) 3
    * PSY 2012 General Psychology (G.E.) 3
    *+ STA 2023 Elementary Statistics OR (G.E.) 3
    *+   MAC 1105   College Algebra OR (G.E.)  
    *+   MGF 1106   Liberal Arts Math (G.E.)  
    * MCB 2010C Microbiology (G.E.) 4
    * DEP 1004 Human Development   3
      NUR 1180 Principles of Nutrition and Diet Therapy   3
    * Must earn a grade of “C” or higher.
    + Check the course description for prerequisites.
    The above prerequisites must be completed by the end of spring term for the traditional program. The acceptability of equivalents for any of the courses will be determined by SFSC’s dean of Applied Sciences and/or director of Nursing Education.
  7. Current Florida LPN license or proof of application for Florida license, if holding an out-of-state LPN license.
  8. Current CPR (Basic Life Care Support for Healthcare Providers) certificate that will not expire until completion of program, (to be photocopied by the school).
  9. Current IV Therapy certificate (to be photocopied by the school).
  10. Completed Nursing Student Checklist and submission of all related documents.
  11. References from the following sources may be mailed or delivered by hand if in a sealed envelope: 
    1. Current or most recent employer or instructor.
    2. Person of your choice other than a relative.
  12. Completed registration form and fee for NLN Acceleration Challenge Exam (ACEI) PN to RN. All items must be forwarded to the Allied Health advisor at SFSC, 600 West College Drive, Avon Park, Florida 33825.
  13. Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology must have been taken within seven years of admission to the program. If course was completed more than seven years ago, you must pass the college required competency exam. All science courses must have a lab.
  14. All required developmental courses must be completed prior to application to the nursing programs.

Selection Criteria:

There are specific criteria which will be used when selecting students for the program. These criteria are as follows:

  1. Completion of the eight prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher in each course and a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  2. Achievement at the 50th percentile or above on the NLN Acceleration Challenge Exam (ACEI) PN to RN (composite percentile score).
  3. Current direct patient care experience as deemed appropriate by the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will determine if an applicant has the appropriate level of current direct care experience based upon skill competency checklist/validation and/ or experience.Satisfactory physical, mental, and dental health as certified by a licensed health care provider. Certification of satisfactory health and immunizations are requirements for admission to the nursing program.
  4. Satisfactory physical, mental, and dental health as certified by a licensed health care provider. Certification of satisfactory health and immunizations are requirements for admission to the nursing program.
  5. Review of professional references.

Selection Process

  1. If you meet the minimum requirements by the application deadline, you will be rank ordered, highest to lowest, on a product score devised by multiplying the NLN composite percentile score by the cumulative prerequisite GPA. 
  2. In cases where all credentials are equal, the following criteria will be used in the given sequence to determine who will be admitted into the program:
    1. Completion of any of the additional general education courses.
    2. Resident of service district.
    3. Completed application date.

General Information:

  1. SFSC reserves the right to deny admission to you if you lack required qualifications for the ADN Program. You must reapply if you wish to be considered for a subsequent class. Each class is selected from a new applicant pool.
  2. Completion of all or part of the general education courses required in the degree does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
  3. The nursing program at SFSC has a stringent attendance policy. It is imperative that you understand and agree to abide by the published attendance standards prior to entering the program. The attendance policy is published in the Nursing Student Handbook which specifies the number of allowable absences for each portion of the program. If you have life or health conditions that might hinder attendance, you may wish to consider another program or delay application until a strong commitment to attendance can be made.
  4. An official criminal history background check and drug screen are required for entry into this nursing program. Please be aware that some providers of clinical experience will not allow individuals with certain types of criminal history into their facilities. This may deny entrance into the program, because such individuals would not be able to successfully complete clinical portions of the nursing program. A criminal history may also prevent you from being allowed to take the NCLEX examination for licensure by action of the Florida Board of Nursing. For more information or questions regarding your status, please contact the Board of Nursing at (850) 245-4125 or access information at www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing.
  5. SFSC is a drug-free campus. As a student, you will be required to submit to random drug testing.
  6. Computer literacy must be demonstrated prior to graduation.

Academic Requirements:

An overall GPA of 2.0 (C grade) or higher in all general education courses and a grade of 3.0 (B grade) in each and every nursing course. Theory and clinical grades are computed separately. Minimal passing grade for each is 80 percent; achievement in either theory or clinical of less than 80 percent constitutes a failure in the course.

Additional Costs:

Uniforms $375
Laboratory fees 900
Textbooks 900
Graduation pin 125
Travel expense 500
NCLEX Exam Fee 404
Total $3,204

Length: One (1) year (72 credit hours - 10 credit hours articulate with current Florida Practical Nursing licensure and competency validation by the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (ACE) I - PN-RN).


Summer Term
  NUR 2003C Nursing Transition   7
Fall Term
  NUR 2209C Medical-Surgical Nursing for Adults and Children II   9
  NUR 2005L Nursing Assessment Skills Lab   2
Spring Term
  NUR 2502C Nursing Care for Community and Mental Health   5
  NUR 2404C Nursing Care of Parents and Infants   4
*   Humanities Elective (G.E.) 3
Summer Term
  NUR 2801C Nursing Practicum   5

* Must earn a grade of C or higher.
  • Computer competency required prior to graduation.
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication general education requirement is covered within the nursing curriculum.
  • Completion of a Practical Nursing Program shall articulate ten (10) college credit hours to the A.S. Degree in Registered Nursing per Florida Department of Education PSAV to A.S. Degree Articulation Statewide Agreement (DOE, 2010).