1550 | Nursing (Generic – RN) – AS

Earning an Associate in Science (AS) degree in nursing and becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) has many advantages for those who plan a career in nursing. RNs take on greater responsibilities than Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), while enjoying a broader range of employment opportunities and earning higher salaries, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2012, RNs made an average of $65,000 per year, or about $25,000 more than LPNs. The need for RNs is expected to grow by half a million in the next decade, or 19 percent faster than average. Many RNs continue their education by earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing.

South Florida State College’s Nursing (Generic – RN) program helps students who are not Licensed Practical Nurse (LPNs) earn their AS degree in two years and become eligible to take the NCLEX exam for licensure as an RN. Through classroom study, laboratory exercises, simulations, and clinical experiences in diverse health care settings, students acquire the knowledge, attitude, and nursing skills needed to be successful in their profession.

SFSC’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Excellence in Nursing (ACEN). This prestigious accreditation confirms that these programs meet national standards of educational excellence. Many health care employers give preference to candidates who graduated from ACEN-accredited nursing programs.

The program covers:

  • Legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities of the RN
  • Advanced physical assessment of patients
  • Mental health care
  • Obstetric and pediatric care
  • Patient care management

Courses are as follows:

Course NameCredit Hours
First Year: Fall Term 
Principles of Nutrition and Diet Therapy3
Fundamentals of Nursing6
First Year: Spring Term 
Humanities Elective3
Medical-Surgical Nursing for Adults and Children I9
First Year: Summer Term 
Corequisite or transfer courses 
Second Year: Fall Term 
Medical-Surgical Nursing for Adults and Children II9
Nursing Assessment Skills Lab2
Second Year: Spring Term 
Nursing Care for Community and Mental Health5
Nursing Care of Parents and Infants4
Second Year: Summer Term 
Nursing Practicum5
Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 (C grade) or higher in all general education courses and a grade of 3.0 (B grade) in every nursing course. Theory and clinical grades are computed separately. Minimal passing grade for each is 80 percent; achievement in either theory or clinical of less than 80 percent constitutes a failure in the course.