Practical Nursing: Occupational Certificate (OC)

Application Period for 2018 Fall Term: Jan. 8-April 13, 2018

Practical Nursing 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 course.
II.
Demonstrate competency in English, Reading, and Math.
III
Complete a Minimum Admissions Requirements (MAR) Review.
IV.
Apply to Practical Nursing program.
V.
Achieve competitive scores on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
VI.
Submit student references.
VII.
Attend new student orientation: Guide to Personal Success (GPS).

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

  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 prerequisite course HSC 0003C – Introduction to Health Care with a minimum grade of C and a GPA of 2.0.

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 the Advising and Counseling Office, Building B, Highlands Campus, or call 863-784-7131.

II. Demonstrate Competency in English, Reading, and Math

Applicants to the Practical Nursing program must demonstrate that they are competent in English, Reading, and Math. You may satisfy this requirement by completing any one of these three options:

  1. Demonstrate that you have passed Freshman English I and College Algebra with a grade of C or higher.
  1. Show that you have earned an Associate in Arts (AA) degree or higher.
  1. Earn the minimum scores on any one of these college placement tests.

TABE and PERT exams are administered by the Testing and Assessment Center. If you need assistance scheduling your exam, email the Testing Center or call 863-784-7214.

III. Complete a Minimum Admissions Requirements (MAR) Review

Applicants must complete a MAR Review before they are considered for admission to the Practical Nursing 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 Practical Nursing 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.

IV. Apply to the Practical Nursing Program

Complete an online application to the Practical Nursing program.

V. Achieve Competitive Score on 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 Practical Nursing 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.

Practical Nursing (PN) target scores are 70% Reading, 65% English, 65% Science, and 65% Math.

Meeting TEAS target scores does not guarantee admission into the program.

If you need assistance scheduling your TEAS exam, email the Testing Center or call 863-784-7214.

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

VI. 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.

VII. Attend New Student Orientation

All new students and students returning 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, email the Career Development Center at 863-784-7412.

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 with 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.

Program Compliance Requirements

All candidates accepted into a nursing program 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.

Candidates are also required to submit program specific admission documentation to a third-party compliance management company, Castle Branch.