ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN NURSING DEGREE (RN)
Credential Issued: Degree
Credit Hours: 72
Program Length: 21-24 Months (Full-time)
48 Months (Part-time)
The Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) program prepares graduates to care for clients across the lifespan in diverse healthcare delivery systems. The student will develop critical thinking, knowledge, skills, and competencies relevant to entry level professional nursing practice.
The program also enhances student learning and knowledge, utilizing sound Nursing judgment in the care of patients. The student will utilize the Nursing process as a framework to implement and evaluate care given to individuals, families, and communities across the life span. Students will demonstrate caring and compassion while implementing safe and effective evidenced-based Nursing for individuals from various backgrounds and cultures. Students will successfully demonstrate collaboration as part of a multi-disciplinary team for the management of care utilizing human, physical, financial, and technological resources.
Students will be aware of the importance of life-long learning, taking responsibility for learning, utilizing critical thinking skills and utilizing employability skills via the SCANS model. Active learning opportunities will be made available, encouraged and assessed throughout the program. National Patient Safety Standards and Quality Measures are incorporated throughout.
After satisfactory completion of all courses of this program, students will be eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN Examination.
The Program Learning Outcomes were drafted utilizing the Philosophy and Mission of PBC – School of Allied Health Sciences, the American Nurses Association (ANA) Standards of Practice, The American Nurses Association (ANA) Standards of Professional Performance, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Competencies and the National League of Nursing (NLN) Core Competencies. Students will see reference to the Program Learning Outcomes throughout each course in the curriculum, empowering them to monitor their progress.
This program prepares students to meet the requirements of the Florida Department of Health and Board of Nursing for Registered Nurse Education and to eligible for the licensing exams. This program also prepares students:
- To work as Registered Nurses in a variety of settings in a safe and effective manner
- For employment utilizing the professional behaviors and characteristics congruent with the role and scope of practice for Registered Nursing according to the current State of Florida Nursing Practice Act
- To acquire leadership abilities, utilize evidenced based, ethical and multi-cultural-based Nursing practice, and to collaborate within a multi-disciplinary team utilizing interpersonal relationship / communication skills
- To obtain the General Education Courses required of an Associate of Science Degree so that students may continue to further their education and/or advance in the health care field
End of Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the graduate will be able to:
- Construct care plans based on individual strengths and needs for successful patient goal attainment.
- Collaborates in the nursing process for caring, culturally diverse patient centered care across health care settings.
- Communicates through verbal, non-verbal, written or electronic information for the facilitation of multi-disciplinary care.
- Engages in Professional Practice congruent with legal, ethical, and regulatory standards.
- Complies with standards of professional practice while accepting personal responsibility for actions/behaviors.
- Provides nursing care using critical thinking to formulate clinical judgments based on the analysis and synthesis of current data and current sources of information.
- Teach health promotion, health maintenance and risk reduction for patients and providers.
- Utilizes human, physical, financial & technological resources effectively to support organizational outcomes while managing patient care.
- Evaluate patient health status through the comprehensive analysis and integration of relevant information.
General Admission Requirements
All applicants must meet the general admission requirements as indicated below:
- Provide proof of age (must be at least 17.5 years old) – Driver’s License (ID)
- Provide proof of graduation from high school or its equivalent (GED)
- *Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) or meet exemption criteria (please speak with an Academic Advisor regarding exemption)
- Apply and be accepted to PBC – School of Allied Health Sciences;
- Interview with an admission representative
- Complete an admission application and return it to our admission office, along with the application fee of $100;
- Complete the application for the appropriate program
- Demonstrate an ability to meet applicable program-specific requirements
- Provide a non-refundable registration fee of $150 prior to enrollment
- Complete and sign an Enrollment Agreement
- Provide the minimum refundable down payment fee of $2,500 to hold your sit
Acceptable Proof of High School Diploma or GED
- High school diploma/transcript or G.E.D certification with test scores.
- Academic transcript that indicates the student successfully completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward an associate/bachelor’s degree at any institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
- Foreign high school diploma equivalent to a United States high school diploma
- If an applicant previously entered a program in a degree-granting institution for which a high school diploma was required, the PBC may accept an evaluation from a NACES or AICE approved credentialing agency, certifying that a high school diploma was a requirement for the higher degree program.
*Minimum passing scores are subject to change as a result of evidence based findings, best practices and program outcomes. Failure to complete and pass the TABE assessment shall result in the student being administratively withdrawn from the nursing program. Students administratively withdrawn for failure to complete/pass the TABE on the second attempt may not be considered for re-entry.
Additional Admission Requirements
In addition to the general admission requirements and procedures, the Associate of Science in Nursing Degree (RN) has specific requirements for admission. Students must:
- *Achieve a minimum adjusted individual total score of 50 percent on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
- Attain a grade of “C” (at least 2.0 on a scale of 4.0) or higher in all General Education course requirements. In accordance with school policy, the GPA will not be “rounded up”
- Submit a criminal background check (level II) and a disposition of any criminal offenses and drug screening, and have health clearance from a physician and negative PPD prior to their clinicals
- Have a current CPR/First Aid & HIV/AIDS certifications from the American Heart Association (AHA)
- Submit a Nursing Admission Request Packet, with all requirements, for consideration for admission to the program
- Have a personal interview with the Nursing Program Director.
- Students are expected to maintain the standards of the school in academic, professional and personal achievement.
- Orientation will be conducted prior to the start of the class, and an institute catalog is given to each student.
- The applicant is responsible for providing verifiable proof of graduation from high school, or proof of having satisfied the requirements for high school in a manner recognized by the United States Department of Education.
- The school does not discriminate regarding age, race, sexual preference, gender, color, creed, religion, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin in the acceptance and admission of students
- Transfer applicants must provide official transcripts from all schools attended no later than 30 days after the start day of their first semester of enrollment at PBC – School of Allied Health Sciences. Transfer student must show a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale). Transfer credits from national or regional approved institutions will be evaluated and credited after enrollment at PBC – School of Allied Health Sciences
- Prior to registering, a student should have on file in the Records Office the following:
- A completed admissions application
- Transcripts of all previous School work
- Official transcripts (in a sealed envelope from the previous institution attended) must be sent to the Palm Beach Career Records Office
- B.: Incomplete application packets will not be considered, and PBC reserves the right to deny enrollment, if the School deems that an applicant’s proof of graduation cannot be authenticated or verified.
*Minimum passing scores are subject to change as a result of evidence based findings, best practices and program outcomes. Failure to complete and pass the TEAS assessment shall result in the student being administratively withdrawn from the nursing program. Students administratively withdrawn for failure to complete/pass the TEAS on the second attempt will not be considered for re-entry.
Prerequisite for Concentration Courses
All students must have a GPA of 2.0 (letter grade of C) or higher on a 4.0 scale in all general education courses required in the program degree plan prior to starting nursing concentration core courses unless otherwise noted. Additional prerequisites may apply. Please review the catalog for more information and requirements.
Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Exam
All students (except transferred students) enrolled in the Associate of Science in Nursing (RN) Degree program must achieve the minimum composite score on the TEAS prior to starting nursing core courses. Students who do not achieve the minimum composite score of 50 percent on their first attempt are permitted to retest a second time (new fee charged), and failure to achieve minimum passing scores on the second attempt shall result in the student being required to successfully complete the ATI TEAS Comprehensive Study Package or ATI TEAS Smart Prep Course prior to retesting a third time. Students failing a third attempt shall be dismissed from the nursing program. Students are responsible for the cost of the TEAS, ATI TEAS Comprehensive Study Package or ATI TEAS Smart Prep course. The School reserves the right to change the vendor/assessment used for the TEAS Exam at any time without notice.
Note: Minimum passing scores are subject to change as a result of evidence based findings, best practices and program outcomes. Also, failure to complete and pass the ATI TEAS assessment by the established date shall result in the student being administratively withdrawn from the nursing program. (The tables below display the minimum passing scores and the deadlines to submit it.)
The program is offered as a hybrid program.
Program Minimum Credit Hours Requirements
The minimum credit hours required for graduation: 72
Prerequisites & General Education
Course # & Title
CHM100 (Principles of Chemistry)
MAT101 (College Algebra)
ENG102 (English Composition I)
ANP103 (Anatomy & Physiology I)
ANP201 (Anatomy & Physiology II)
HGD203 (Growth and Development)
NUT204 (Human Nutrition)
Course Number & Title
NUR101 (Fundamentals of Nursing)
NUR101C (Fundamentals Clinical)
NUR101L (Fundamentals of Nursing Skills Lab)
NUR102 (Dosage Calculation)
NUR201 (Medical/Surgical Nursing 1)
NUR201C (Medical/Surgical Clinical 1)
NUR201L (Medical/Surgical Nursing Skills Lab 1)
NUR202 (Health Assessment)
NUR202L (Health Assessment Lab)
NUR301 (Medical/Surgical Nursing 2)
NUR301C (Medical/Surgical Clinical 2)
NUR301L (Medical/Surgical Nursing Skills Lab 2)
NUR302 (Maternity Nursing)
NUR302C (Maternity Clinical)
NUR302L (Maternity Nursing Skills Lab)
NUR303 (Pediatric Nursing)
NUR303C (Pediatric Clinical)
NUR303L (Pediatric Nursing Skills Lab)
NUR401 (Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing)
NUR401C (Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical)
NUR401L (Psych/Mental Health Nursing Skills Lab)
NUR402 (Nursing Leadership & Management Practicum)
NUR403L (Community Nursing)
An Associate of Science in Nursing Degree will be issued to each student who successfully completes the program requirements and satisfies graduation requirements:
- Student has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
- Student has completed and passed all required externship hours
- Student is current with financial obligations to the School
- Student has met with the Career Services department for assistance with job placement or provides documentation of employment
- Student has completed an Exit Interview with the Director
- Student has completed the Graduation Clearance form and submitted it to the Registrar at least 60 days before the last day of class
Wages/Salaries & Employment Trends
- Workers on average earn $77,710.
- 10% of workers earn $61,190 or less.
- 10% of workers earn $100,060 or more.
In the United States:
- Workers on average earn $81,220.
- 10% of workers earn $61,250 or less.
- 10% of workers earn $129,400 or more.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022: wage data external site: https://www.onetonline.org/link/localwages/29-1141.00?st=FL
- Licensure Requirements
Palm Beach Career School of Health Sciences is an approved Florida nursing program and cannot, therefore, determine whether its nursing program meets licensure requirements in each student’s state of residence. If students desire to sit for the certification/licensure exam, seek certification/licensure, or practice as a nurse in a state or territory other than Florida (including licensure by endorsement or via the multistate compact), it is their responsibility to ascertain the applicable eligibility requirements in the other state or territory and determine whether the nursing program at PBC will satisfy those requirements. Below, we are providing the Board of Nursing contact information by state: https://www.ncsbn.org/membership/us-members/contact-bon.page.
- Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact
Florida is an Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC) state that allows for nurses to have one multistate license, which increases access to care by allowing nurses to practice seamlessly in other NLC states, without obtaining additional licenses. The NLC helps protect patients by maintaining high standards of care and facilitating communication between member states. Therefore, nurses who live in a compact state, such as Florida, can apply for a multistate license if they meet the licensure requirements.
As of July 2023, there are 41 enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact states and jurisdictions in the United States. On top of that, more states are considering joining the eNLC, with lawmakers currently hammering out the details. Hover over each state below for additional status details. Click a state to access each board’s contact information: https://www.nursecompact.com/ or https://www.nursecompact.com/files/NLC_Map.pdf.
If you want to work in a NLC state and/or get connected with great employment opportunities across the United States, click here: https://jobs.careerstaff.com/results?cp_cs_travel_job=Travel&pro_cat=Nurses&paged=1.
Nursing involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of knowledge in the skillful performance of nursing functions. Therefore, in order to be considered for admission or be retained in the program after admission, all students must be able to demonstrate the following abilities:
Examples of Necessary
Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.
Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations, develop nursing care plans.
Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. Ability to cope with stress. High degree of flexibility.
Establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues.
Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form. Ability to cope with anger/fear/hostility of others in a calm manner.
Explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses.
Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces. High degree of flexibility.
Move around in patient rooms, work spaces, and treatment areas; administer cardiopulmonary procedures.
Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.
Calibrate and use equipment; position patients/clients.
Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.
Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, and cries for help.
Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care.
Observe patient/client responses. Accurately prepare and administer medication.
Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.
Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g. sense temperature change, assess peripheral pulses, and insert a catheter.
Sufficient stamina to provide patient care and related responsibilities for extended periods of time (8-12 hrs.).
Adapt to shift work. Lift without restrictions, from standing position. Students with weight restrictions cannot be accepted into clinical courses.
Latex Advisory: Latex-based products are used in all health care facilities.
* Adapted from the Board of Directors of the Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing (SCCEN) guidelines for Nursing Education Programs.
Program Start Dates
Thanksgiving (no classes)
December 20 – January3
CAMPUS CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS
Martin Luther King Day (no classes)
Registration for Summer Classes
Last Day to Drop Classes
Memorial Day (no classes)
Registration for Fall Classes
Last Day to Drop Classes
Labor Day (no classes)
Registration for Fall
Note: Classes scheduled on holidays will be made up in other regularly scheduled classes unless otherwise noted on individual course syllabi. The Academic Calendar dates are subject to change.