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Nursing Transition

Entry Deadlines

  • Fall term Entrance: August 1st
  • Summer term Entrance: March 30th
  • Spring term Entrance: November 30th 


The Nursing Transition program at Palm Beach State College is designed to recognize previous educational and work experiences for currently Florida licensed Practical Nurses and Paramedics. Upon successful completion of the course pre-requisite requirements and a challenge exam process, the transition student is admitted into the nursing program based on the "transition track" the student selects. Once admitted, the transition student is then incorporated into the generic nursing program and progresses in the same manner as all other RN students.

Students are awarded an Associate of Science degree and are eligible for the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse (RN). All students applying to the nursing program must attend a nursing transition information session. Contact the Nursing Office at 561-868-3412 for details.

Questions regarding the Transition Program can be answered by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions for Transition Students, or contacting the Nursing Office.

Meeting the criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the Nursing program. Final selection is based on space availability and the date your ACE score is received by our offices. As soon as a seat becomes available, the student is notified by email of their acceptance. Semesters one and two's selection is based on generic space first and then filled with transition students.


Program Facts & Deadlines

Program Entry: The Transition Nursing program has an admissions entry 3 times a year during the Spring, Summer, and Fall terms based on their designated "track" they select.

Program Length: The program length is determined by a student's ACE exam results as well as the desired "track" they select.

Program Credit Hours: The program consists of 72 credits.

Program Location: Lake Worth and Belle Glade campuses (Students will attend Clinicals at medical facilities throughout Palm Beach County)

Program Schedule: Classroom and clinical hours run on a 2, 3, 4 or 5 day schedule depending on student’s registration. Classroom and clinical times will vary with the progression of each semester. Usually, the Full-Time and Belle Glade track holds classes 3 to 4 days a week, while the Accelerated track holds classes 1 to 2 days a week. 

Faculty & Facilities:   Students receive instruction by nursing professionals in classroom, lab, and clinical settings. Lab classes are held in a modern hospital-type learning environment, utilizing current equipment and technology, including up-to-date medical records software.

Program Costs: As a public institution, Palm Beach State's tuition is affordable. Currently, the approximate cost of the Nursing program for Florida residents is about $8,000, which includes tuition, textbooks, criminal background and drug screening), physical examination, immunizations, and uniforms and name badge. Out-of-state residents pay a higher tuition and all costs are subject to change. Tuition and other costs are reviewed at our Information Sessions.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available for this program and it is recommended that you apply early at www.palmbeachstate.edu/FinancialAid. In addition, there are a limited number of scholarships available through the Palm Beach State College Foundation (www.palmbeachstate.edu/Foundation).

Graduation Degree: Graduates of the Nursing program will receive an Associates of Science in Nursing (ASN).

Professional Licensure: Students who graduate from the Nursing program will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam. After successfully completing and RN program and NECLEX-RN exam, a student will be eligible to obtain RN licensure through the Florida Board of Nursing.

Accreditation: The Palm Beach State's Nursing 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 Curriculum: Please see Program Overview for more details on Nursing courses, including links to course descriptions.

Since nursing is a Limited Access Program, potential students must submit information and documents directly to:

Palm Beach State College
Registered Nurse Office
ATTN: Rhonda Boles
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, Fl 33461-4796

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