1560 | Nursing (Transition LPN to 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 (Transition LPN to RN) program helps LPNs earn an AS degree in nursing in one year and become eligible to take the NCLEX exam for licensure as an RN. Through classroom study, laboratory exercises, 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 RNs
  • Advanced physical assessment of patients
  • Mental health care
  • Obstetric and pediatric care
  • Patient care management

Courses are as follows:

Course Name
Credit Hours
Summer Term
Nursing Transition
Fall Term
Medical-Surgical Nursing for Adults and Children II
Nursing Assessment Skills Lab
Spring Term
Nursing Care for Community and Mental Health
Nursing Care of Parents and Infants
Humanities Elective
Summer Term
Nursing Practicum

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. The minimal passing grade for each is 80 percent.