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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2017-2018

Palm Beach State College

Nursing AS

Nursing  (2301) LIMITED ACCESS

Type of Award
AS - Associate in Science

Program Website

Program Description
This degree program focuses on: wellness of self and others; technical nursing skills across the life span in acute care facilities, long-term care facilities and the community environment; critical care concepts; and professional development. Upon graduation, the student is awarded an associate in science degree (A.S.) and is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse (RN).

As such, the graduate will be a collaborative and integral member of the changing health-care system. Prior to applying for entrance any individual with an arrest record is advised to seek counseling regarding possible limitations toward licensure.

Available within this program is admission as either a beginning (generic) or a transition student. Since nursing is a limited access program, entrance requirements are the same; however, the process differs for generic and transition students. Generic students submit information and documents directly to any campus Admissions Office. Transition students submit college application and transcripts to the Admissions Office and all other information directly to the Palm Beach State Nursing Office.

The Nursing program at Palm Beach State is committed to providing the best education for students seeking an Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) in Nursing. The program is designed to provide educational and clinical experiences leading to employment in beginning positions as registered nurses in hospitals or comparable facilities.

Program Accreditation
This program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Program data is annually updated with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga 30326, phone: (404) 975-5000 fax: (404) 975-5020.

Program Learning Outcomes
For detailed information, visit

General Admission Requirements to the College

  • Submit an official high school or GED transcript and official
    college/university transcripts from each post-secondary
    institution attended. Refer to the Admission Procedures
    section of the college catalog for more information regarding transcripts.
  • Submit placement test scores if not exempt from placement testing. To determine if you are exempt, go to .
  • Complete all other requirements for admission outlined in the Admission Procedures section of the college catalog.

Admission Requirements for Nursing - Generic Students
In addition to the General Admission requirements, student must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for selection to the program. (Meeting admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program).

  • Attend a mandatory Nursing information session;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  • Complete all program prerequisite courses (listed below) with a grade of C or higher. BSC2085/BSC2085L and CHM1032 must be completed within 10 years of the application deadline;
  • Take and pass the HESI A2 exam (Math Score: 80 or higher; Cumulative Score: 80 or higher);
  • Submit a completed Nursing program application, located on the program website, and pay the application fee by the deadline.

Admission Requirements for Nursing - Transition Students (LPN or Paramedic)
Please contact the Nursing Office, 561-868-3412, for detailed information.

Completion Requirements
Students must complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program with a grade of "C" or higher.

Program Length
The program can be finished in two years if you attend full time or three years if you attend part time.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth and Belle Glade campuses.
Many prerequisite courses are offered as online courses to meet the demands of student schedules. Some nursing courses are offered in the evenings but most are daytime classes. Currently all theory courses are offered as online courses, once the prerequisites have been completed.

For More Information
All applicants must attend one of the monthly information sessions facilitated by Rhonda Boles, Program Specialist,, (561) 868-3441.

Employment Opportunities
As the largest health care occupation, registered nurses hold over 3 million jobs. About three out of five jobs were in hospitals, in inpatient and outpatient departments. Others worked in offices of physicians, long term care facilities, home health care services, employment services, government agencies and outpatient care centers. The remainder worked mostly in social assistance agencies and educational services, public and private. About one in four RNs worked part time.

Career Path Notes
Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State's Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Please visit

In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities which allow students to transfer into a four-year program. For more information, contact the college or university to which you wish to transfer.

Career Center
For more information about employment opportunities including job outlook and salary information visit:
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