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  Apr 24, 2019
 
2010-2011 Catalog [Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011] 
    
2010-2011 Catalog [Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011] [Archived Catalog]

Nursing (R.N.) (Bridge Option for Paramedics and Licensed Practical Nurses) (2261) (A.S.)


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Associate in Science

Mission Statement

Creating competent, ethical, confident entry–level health care practitioners committed to professional development through life–long learning in a positive, non–discriminatory and supportive learning environment.

The Career

The registered nurse is a member of the health care team who offers direct patient care, supervision of other members of the team and teaching in collaboration with other members of the team. Successful completion of this program allows the individual to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to qualify for licensure as a registered nurse.

The Program

This program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. The program is a combination of general education and professional courses including lecture, laboratory and clinical education components. Graduates of the program are prepared to function as entry–level practitioners and are qualified to take the NCLEX to become licensed as a registered nurse (RN). Admission to the program is limited and is based on academic performance and other criteria. This track is limited to employed paramedics and practical nurses with a current Florida license who have worked the equivalent of at least 2,000 hours of work experience in the last three years, as a paramedic or LPN.

Rotations

Clinical rotations scheduled in area hospitals and other medical centers are part of you so graduate with experience as well as education.

Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement

Registered nurses are highly sought after. By 2020, Florida projects a shortfall of 61,000 qualified nurses*. Many employers are trying to attract candidates with signing bonuses, family-friendly flexible work schedules, child care and subsidized continuing educational benefits.

Annual Salaries

The national average yearly salary for Registered Nurses is $49,000*, plus overtime, nights and weekend shifts.

*Upon completion of coursework, Florida State College at Jacksonville does not guarantee employment or salary in a given field of study. Any jobs or salaries mentioned are given as examples of potential employment not a representation of a guaranteed income. Graduates may need to seek employment outside the local area.

Application Procedure

To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Nursing program, students must:

  1. Have completed a nursing application by the application deadline.
  2. Complete a college chemistry course with a grade of “C” or better.
  3. Have completed all required general education courses except sociology or humanities prior to the application deadline.
  4. Have submitted current Health Education Systems, Inc. Admission Assessment (HESI A2/Elsevier A2 Preadmission Test) scores by the application deadline.
  5. Provide evidence of current CPR certification — adult, child and infant (achieved through an American Heart Association approved Basic Life Support (BLS) Course for Health Care Providers, that includes hands–on simulated experiences).
  6. Provide evidence of licensure in the state of Florida as a Licensed Practical Nurse who has worked the equivalent of at least 2,000 hours of work experience in the last three years as a Paramedic or LPN.

Application Deadline

  • Summer Term deadline — February 1

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Prerequisites


All required general education courses except sociology or humanities must be completed before submitting an application to this program.

A grade point average of at least 2.0 must be maintained.

*Refer to A.S./A.A.S. General Education Requirements .

*One year of high school chemistry or any college CHM
*Humanities

Curriculum


Total Credit Hours: 72

General Education (Credit Hours: 16)


*Refer to A.S./A.A.S. General Education Requirements .
**A minimum grade of “C” is required in science courses.
***Students who qualify may substitute a higher-level mathematics course.

*Humanities Credit Hours: 3

Professional Courses (Credit Hours: 14)


**A minimum grade of “C” is required in science courses.

LPN/Paramedic Courses (Credit Hours: 42)


Students may not enroll in the following courses unless selected for continuance based on the selection criteria and available seats.

College Credit Earned by Examination  Credit Hours: 12

General Information


It is recommended that students have a conference with a counselor or the nursing advisor prior to applying to the nursing program.

Record of Conviction of a Crime


Effective July 1, 2009, pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, health care review boards shall refuse to renew a license, certificate or registration, issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been convicted or plead guilty or nolo contendre, regardless of adjudication, to a felony violation 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 5 years) or 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 5 years). The Florida nursing or allied health licensure or certification application requires disclosure of any criminal history and the disposition of all cases prior to board review. Being convicted of, or having entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendre to, any of the listed felonies in Florida Statute 456.0635 or termination for cause from the statutorily-described Medicaid programs will preclude an applicant from obtaining a nursing or allied health license or certification in the state of Florida. Entry and acceptance into the nursing or allied health program does not guarantee licensure or certification in the State of Florida.

Note


A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Graduation Requirements


In order to be awarded the associate in science or associate in applied science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College in courses eligible toward the associate in science or applied science degree programs (A.S. Florida State College GPA or A.A.S. Florida State College GPA).
  2. Earned an all–college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on all courses attempted, including transferred credits. (All college cumulative).
  3. Completed at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida State College.
  4. Completed a minimum of 60 semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  5. Earned a grade of at least a “C” in each course used to satisfy the A.S./A.A.S. General Education Requirements .
  6. Can demonstrate mastery of the Information Literacy Assessment. Refer to the assessment section  for details.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  1. Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the college term in which the students complete the academic requirements for the degree or certificate for which students are applicants. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective as of the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will need to be reassigned to an active catalog. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2010/2011) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2015, or they will automatically be reassigned to the 2014/2015 catalog requirements. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. The General Education Requirements may be taken on any Florida State College campus or center.
  4. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  5. Students who place into college preparatory courses are required to complete designated college preparatory courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.
  6. Students enrolling in associate in applied science programs must pass all sections of the placement test before award of an A.A.S. degree, regardless of the degree program’s general education requirements.
  7. Degree–seeking students whose native language is not English, who fall below a designated cutoff score on the English as a second language (ESL) entry placement test, will be required to take ESL courses with EAP prefix prior to registering for other college credit classes. The level of these courses will be determined by the entry placement scores. Individual exceptions will be determined by the ESL program manager.
  8. Degree–seeking students identified as non–native speakers must take an English as a second language (ESL) placement test prior to taking the College’s standard course placement test. Students who place into ESL, as determined by the test, must complete ESL courses before registering for other college credit classes. Non–degree seeking college credit students who plan to take English or reading courses must also meet these requirements. Exceptions to these requirements can be made by the ESL program manager or designee.

Articulation


This A.S. degree program articulates into a bachelor’s degree program. For more information, please visit the Transfer Services Web page and look for your A.S. program of study.

University Transfer


This associate in science degree program is intended primarily for students who desire to complete an associate in science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details refer to the University Transfer Guide.

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