Admission Process for Nursing (Transition LPN to RN) Associate in Science Degree Program

Applicants must submit separate applications to South Florida State College and to the SFSC Nursing Education Department for the Nursing (Transition LPN to RN) AS Degree program. The Nursing Education Department accepts applications from the second week in January until the second Friday in April.

This is a limited-access program. Applicants are not guaranteed acceptance because they have completed prerequisite courses, completed their application package, or met the minimum requirements for admission. For a complete explanation of how the selection process is conducted, consult the College Catalog.

South Florida State College Admissions Requirements

Complete these requirements through the SFSC Admissions Office.

Complete the Application for Admission to South Florida State College and pay the non-refundable application fee. 
Submit your official high school transcript, GED, or equivalent, verifying that you have graduated from high school. Each transcript must come directly from your school to the SFSC Admissions Office via the mail or by electronic transfer.
Get placement scores from any one of these college placement tests: ACT, SAT 1, FCELPT (CPT). Schedule tests through the Testing Center.
Complete any developmental courses you are required to take. This is determined by your results on your college placement test.
If you have been convicted of certain crimes, you may be disqualified from admission to an SFSC nursing program. Before you proceed with completing prerequisite courses and other pre-admission requirements, read material on Program Disqualification Due to Past Convictions so that you may determine whether state laws allow you to work as a health care provider.

Nursing Program Application Process

Complete the following prerequisite courses, totaling 27 credits:
  • BSC 1085 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BSC 1086C Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
  • ENC 1101 Freshman English I (3 credits)
  • PSY 2012 General Psychology (3 credits)
  • DEP 1004 Human Development (3 credits)
  • NUR 1180 Nutrition (3 credits)
  • Your choice of one course: STA 2023 Elementary Statics (3 credits) or MAC 1105 College Algebra (3 credits)
  • MCB 2010C Microbiology (4 credits)
You must receive a grade of C or higher in each course and maintain a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 2.5 or higher, prior to enrolling in the nursing program. Check course descriptions to determine whether course has prerequisites. Courses must be completed by the end of the spring term to begin the program in the summer term. The acceptability of equivalents will be determined by the dean of Health Sciences and/or the director of Nursing Education. 
Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, and Microbiology must have been taken within seven years of admission to the program. If the course was completed more than seven years ago, you must pass the college required competency exam, if one is available, or repeat the course. Science courses must have a lab.
Meet with your academic advisor in the Advising and Counseling Center, and request a signed PDF of the Health Sciences Advising Referral Form: Nursing (Transition) (LPN-RN) – 1560. Your advisor will send this to you by email.
Complete and scan the following documents as PDFs to upload during the online application process:
  • Florida LPN license or proof that you have applied for a Florida license if you hold an out-of-state LPN license
  • Current IV Therapy Certificate
  • CPR (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers) certificate which does not expire before you complete the nursing program. You are responsible for tracking this requirement.
Using the SFSC Nursing Department Student Reference Form, obtain references from the following sources: One reference from your current or most recent employer or instructor; and two additional professional references who are not family members. Mail references to the Health Sciences Division, Attn: Health Sciences Specialist, or deliver them in a sealed envelope with the reference author’s signature across the flap.
Once you have submitted your application and referral form online, you will receive a testing referral form by email that allows you to schedule to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) at the Testing Center. The cost is $55, payable at the time the test is scheduled.

Requirements After Acceptance into Nursing Program

Candidates are notified by email of their acceptance in the Nursing (Generic-RN) AS degree program. Applicants who are accepted must:
Complete a Level 2 Fingerprinting Background Check. This will be scheduled by the director.
Complete all forms on the Nursing Student Checklist and submit them to the Health Sciences specialist, located in the Health and Science Education Center, Room 133.
After you submit your completed checklist, you will receive a registration referral form which you may take to the Advising and Counseling Center and register for classes.

Selection Process

Students who meet the minimum requirements by the application deadline will be ranked in order, from highest to lowest, on a product score devised by multiplying the ATI TEAS score by the cumulative prerequisite GPA. Selection criteria is explained in the College Catalog.

In cases where all credentials are equal, the following criteria will be used in the given sequence to determine who will be admitted into the program:

  • Completion of any of the additional general education courses
  • Resident of SFSC’s service district (DeSoto, Hardee, or Highlands county)
  • Date that the student’s application is submitted.

SFSC reserves the right to deny admission to anyone who lacks the required qualifications for the Nursing (Transition LPN to RN) program. Candidates must reapply if they wish to be considered for a subsequent class. Each class is selected from a new applicant pool.

Completion of all or part of the general education courses required in the degree does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

General Information

The Nursing (Transition LPN to RN) program has a stringent attendance policy. The attendance policy is published in the Nursing Student Handbook, which specifies the number of allowable absences for each portion of the program. If you have life or health conditions that might hinder attendance, you may wish to consider another program or delay your application until you are confident you can attend classes.

A Level 2 Fingerprinting Background Check and a drug screening are required of all nursing candidates. Some providers of clinical experience do not allow individuals with certain types of criminal history into their facilities. This may deny entrance into the program, because such individuals would not be able to complete clinical portions of the nursing program. The Florida Board of Nursing has the authority to deny a license to any applicant who is found guilty of violating Florida Statute 456.0635. For more information or questions regarding your status, visit the Florida Board of Nursing’s website or call 850-245-4125.

SFSC is a drug-free campus. Nursing students are required to submit to random drug testing.

Computer literacy must be demonstrated prior to graduation.

Approximate Costs

Laboratory fees1,500
Graduation pin125
Travel expense500
NCLEX Exam fee404


One (1) year (62 credit hours – 10 credit hours articulate with current Florida Practical Nursing licensure and competency validation by the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS).