Nursing Transition (LPN to RN) – Associate in Science (AS) Degree

Application Period for 2017 Fall Term: Jan. 9-April 14, 2017

Nursing Transition (LPN to RN) is a selective enrollment program that accepts students each fall term. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements to be considered for admission. Applicants are not guaranteed admission because they have met the minimum requirements.

Application Process

Complete the steps of the application process in this order:

I.
Apply to South Florida State College and complete prerequisite courses.
II.
Complete a Minimum Admissions Requirements (MAR) Review.
III.
Complete the online application to the Nursing Transition (LPN to RN) program.
IV.
Achieve competitive scores on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
V.
Submit student references.
VI.
Attend new student orientation: Guide to Personal Success (GPS).

I.  Apply to South Florida State College and Complete Prerequisite Courses

  1. Complete a General Student Application to South Florida State College.
  1. Send official high school transcript or GED transcript to the Admissions Office.
  1. Send official transcripts from all the colleges or schools you have attended since high school to the Admissions Office.
  1. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C and a GPA of 2.5. Credits from science classes must be less than seven years old.
  • MAC 1105 – College Algebra
  • ENC 1101 – Freshman English I
  • BSC 1085C – Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BSC 1086C – Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PSY 2012 – General Psychology
  • DEP 1004 – Human Development
  • MCB 2010C – Microbiology
  • NUR 1180 – Nutrition

If you need assistance completing the steps for admission to South Florida State College, visit the Admissions Office, Building B, Highlands Campus, or call 863-784-7105.

If you need assistance with prerequisite courses, visit Advising and Counseling Center, Building B, Highlands Campus, or call 863-784-7131.

II. Complete Minimum Admissions Requirements (MAR) Review

Applicants must complete a MAR Review before they are considered for admission to the Nursing Transition (LPN to RN) program. You are encouraged to complete your MAR Review as early as possible so that you may finish the additional steps in the application process before the application period ends.

During the Nursing Transition (LPN to RN) program application period, the health sciences specialist conducts MAR Reviews by appointment only Monday-Friday, 8 a.m-3 p.m. To schedule your MAR Review, call 863-784-7027 or email sara.mcgann@southflorida.edu.

III.  Apply to the Nursing Transition (LPN to RN) Program

Complete an online application to the Nursing Transition (LPN to RN) program.

The online application will require you to upload PDF copies of these documents:

  • Current Florida Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license or proof that you have applied for a Florida LPN license if you hold an out-of-state license
  • IV Therapy Certificate
  • Current Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) Certificate

IV.  Achieve Competitive Score of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

SFSC’s Nursing Department uses the TEAS exam to determine whether applicants are academically prepared for learning nursing-related content. To be considered for admission to the Nursing Transition (LPN to RN) program, you must submit a copy of your TEAS Transcript to the health sciences specialist before the application period ends.

You may schedule the TEAS exam through the Testing and Assessment Center, or submit scores from a TEAS exam you took within the past five years. Scores from TEAS exams taken at other colleges are also accepted.

You may take the TEAS at any time during the year. Once you complete the exam, you will receive instructions for accessing your results. If you do not earn the minimum scores, you may retake the TEAS up to three times during a calendar year while waiting three months between each attempt. If you wish to improve your scores, you must retake the entire exam.

Transition Nursing target scores are 75% Reading, 65% English, 65% Science, and 65% Math.

If you need assistance scheduling your TEAS exam, contact the Testing Center at 863-784-7214 or email testing@southflorida.edu.

TEAS study guides and are available at the SFSC Bookstore and through online retailers. Practice tests and assessments are available at atitesting.com.

V. Submit Student References

After your MAR Review is completed, obtain three written references as follows:

  • One – from your current or most recent employer or instructor
  • Two – professional references

The Nursing Department prefers that the person providing the reference mails it directly to the health sciences specialist. However, references will also be accepted if they are hand-delivered by the applicant in a sealed envelope that contains the reference’s signature across the back flap.

VI. Attend New Student Orientation

All new students and students returning to SFSC after an absence of two or more years are required to attend new student orientation, Guide to Personal Success (GPS). After you submit your application to South Florida State College (step I), you will receive an email invitation that explains your options for attending orientation. You may select an orientation that is convenient for you; however, you must complete orientation before you can register for classes.

If you need assistance completing orientation, call the Career Development Center at 863-784-7412 or email SFSCcareercenter@southflorida.edu.

Selection Process

Once applicants have completed all steps in the admission process and have been found to meet the minimum requirements for admission, they are ranked on their TEAS scores and their prerequisite GPA. Only courses completed by the end of the spring term are used for ranking. Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

In May successful applicants receive an email that explains how they may reserve their seat. Any unclaimed seat is offered to the next qualified applicant. Once all seats are claimed, an email is sent to applicants who were not accepted.

Consult the College Catalog for more information about the ranking and selection process.

Background Check

All candidates wishing to enroll in health science programs must submit to an official criminal history background check and drug screening. Some providers of clinical experiences do not allow individuals with certain types of criminal history into their facilities, in accordance with Florida Statute 468.3065. You may review an explanation of Program Disqualification Due to Past Convictions or contact the Florida Department of Health for more information.