Aug 15, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Registered Nursing, A.S.

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Registered Nursing (NRVA)

Banner Code: NRVA

Associate in Science

(72 credit hours)

The Associate in Science degree in Nursing (ASDN), a limited access program, qualifies the student to take the national licensing exam to become a registered nurse. The program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing (1964), 4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN C02, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252, (850) 245-4125 and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, fax (404) 975-5020.

Students seeking admission to the ASDN program must:

  • submit a Florida Gateway College admission application to the Office of Enrollment Services,
  • have official high school transcript, GED or documentation of Home Schooling, and any transcripts from colleges other than FGC sent to the FGC Office of Enrollment Services,
  • provide scores for ACT or SAT standardized testing OR register and take a college placement test prior to advisement in the nursing department,
  • complete developmental education courses as required, prior to registering for the prerequisite and corequisite science courses,
  • complete all prerequisite classes with a GPA of 2.80 or higher and no grade lower than a C. All prerequiste classes must be completed by the end of the spring term of the year the student is applying to the program,
  • students who do not complete corequisite courses with a C or better within the specified time will not be permitted to continue in the nursing program,
  • submit to nursing department by the established deadline:
    • current score (within past two years) of 75 or higher on the nursing entrance exam (RNET/HESI),
    • ASDN supplemental application,
    • unofficial copy of transcripts from colleges attended, including FGC.

Prerequisite and corequisite courses completed by the end of the spring term in which you are applying are included in the required 2.8 GPA for admission to the program.

The student must provide official transcripts to the Nursing Department and the Office of Enrollment Services immediately following the end of Spring term for prerequisites and/or corequisites taken at a college other than FGC during the Spring term in which the student is applying. The transcripts must be received no later than May 8, to receive credit for the courses completed in Spring term.

Applicants are responsible for providing the above documentation if they wish to be considered for admission to the nursing program. Make copies of all documentation for your personal records. Failure to present proper documentation may result in non-acceptance into the program.

Meeting the above criteria does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission is competitive. In the event of multiple candidates, the RNET score will be used to determine admission.

Guaranteed Admission

Any applicant who has earned a minimum grade of B+ in all prerequisite courses and any corequisite courses taken will be guaranteed admission, providing all of the above requirements are met. All prerequisite and corequisite courses must be taken at Florida Gateway College.

Career Pathway Admission

A number of positions will be reserved for Career Pathway students, under a Career Pathway agreement among FGC and the high schools in the service area. To be eligible for one of these positions, a Career Pathway student must meet all requirements for admission as listed above and: (1) attend Florida Gateway College for all prerequisite and corequisite courses, (2) have a minimum 2.80 GPA in all prerequisite and any corequisite classes taken, and (3) apply to the Nursing Program within two years of high school graduation.

Other Admission

Students who do not qualify under the Guaranteed Admission or Career Pathway Admission criteria will be admitted if space is available, with places being awarded to those individuals with the highest points using the ASDN Point System for Competitive Admission.

In depth admission information may be found in the ASDN Admission Packet in the Nursing and Health Sciences Department, the Admissions Office, and the College Web site Florida Gateway College reserves the right to make changes in admission criteria and program information, as circumstances require.

In order to meet clinical agency requirements where student training will take place, all students in the Nursing and Health Sciences Programs must now meet state and federal regulations as described by Florida Statutes S. 400.211. An in-depth background screen and drug/alcohol screen is required. Further instructions regarding the background and drug/alcohol screen are provided in the acceptance letter. All screening must be completed no more than six weeks prior to the first day of class. Results of screening must be available to the program coordinator by the last day of open registration as determined by the FGC Academic Calendar.

Random screening within the program may be required. Cost is the responsibility of the student for admission background and drug/alcohol screening and any further random analysis.

All students who graduate from a nursing program and wish to take the registered nurse NCLEX-RN exam in Florida are subject to the licensure and screening process of the Florida Board of Nursing.

Program Readmission

A student who has been admitted into the program and withdraws or does not satisfactorily complete the requirements for a required course may be considered for readmission. A student may be readmitted no more than one time. A student who has previously been readmitted and who subsequently earns a grade of D will be dismissed from the program.

The ASDN program includes 30 credit hours of general education courses, and 42 credit hours of nursing courses. The following 13 credit hours (prerequisite courses) may be taken at the student’s own pace, but must be completed by the end of the Spring term prior to admission to the program.

Prerequisite Courses (required): Total 20 Credit Hours

In order to be considered for admission, an overall GPA of 2.8 or higher, with no grade below a C is required in all prerequisite courses. Completion of the courses does not guarantee admission into the program.

Corequisite Courses: 10 Total Credit Hours

The following corequisite courses may be taken prior to or following admission to the program. Completion of science courses prior to entering the nursing program is strongly recommended to enhance success in the nursing program. All sciences courses must have a lab.

Additional Information:

For credit toward admission to the program, BSC 2085 - Anatomy and Physiology I BSC 2085L - Anatomy and Physiology I Lab BSC 2086 - Anatomy and Physiology II  and BSC 2086L - Anatomy and Physiology II Lab  coursework must be completed with a C or higher within the previous five (5) years. If coursework was completed more than five years ago, you must pass the college required competency exam OR you may take BSC 2084C - Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology I .

All competency exams must be completed prior to the application deadline. Please contact the testing center for testing information.

An overall GPA of 2.8 or higher, with no grade below a C, is required in all corequisite courses. Students who do not complete the corequisite courses within the specified timeframe with a C or better will not be permitted to continue in the nursing program.

The 42 credit hours of nursing courses are to be completed in the following sequence. In order to progress in the nursing program, all nursing courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

Core Courses

First Semester: 10 Credit Hours

Second Semester: 10 Credit Hours

Third Semester: 12 Credit Hours

Registered Nursing A.S. Total 72 Credit Hours

In order to meet graduation requirements, students must demonstrate knowledge of computers as set forth in the Associate in Science Degree General Education Requirements  of the Catalog.

Program Notes:

  • All nursing students must construct their class schedules with the assistance of the nursing faculty, who must approve all course exemptions, alternatives, or substitutions.
  • Additional costs are required when admitted to this program including costs of uniforms, clinic shoes, liability insurance, health insurance, medical exam, standardized testing, graduation costs, in-depth background screen, and licensing fees.
  • Students are required to submit proof of current CPR certification [Healthcare Provider for American Heart Association (AHA) or Professional Rescuer for American Red Cross (ARC)] prior to participation in hands-on clinical rotations. Students must maintain current CPR certification throughout the nursing program.
  • Standardized tests and remediation are mandatory for all students.
  • Laboratories in nursing are calculated using a 1 to 3 ratio or one credit equals 150 minutes.
  • Course calendars may vary from the College calendar due to availability of clinical sites. The student will have clinical assignments during days, evenings, weekdays, and weekends at various times during the Nursing Program.

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