Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Valencia College provides an opportunity for individuals who hold an A.S. degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution to further their education and increase their potential for career advancement. The curriculum offers courses that cover a wide range of topics, including:
- Nursing theories and research
- Foundations of health care policy
- Community health assessments
- Leadership in health care
- Effective use of patient care technologies
- Pathophysiology for common disease conditions
- Scientific evidence for nursing practices
The BSN degree program is a limited-access program and admission to Valencia does not guarantee acceptance. Applicants must have completed an eligible nursing degree program, and provide proof of a current Florida nursing license or eligibility to obtain a Florida nursing license. Students are admitted to the program each term and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications that are submitted before the priority deadline are more likely to be processed for the upcoming term; however, you may submit an application after the priority deadline.
Designed for working professionals, this is an online program with the exception of one eight-hour face-to-face clinical (which can be split up to accommodate your schedule). Students must complete at least 30 degree credits at Valencia to be awarded this degree.
OUR DEGREES THAT TRANSFER TO THIS BACHELOR’S
Other Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees may also transfer to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing if the course work is evaluated as equivalent for courses that are not exactly the same.
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To fulfill the lower-division (first half) of the Nursing bachelor’s degree, you must complete an Associate in Science degree from a regionally accredited institution in the following area.
A.S. in Nursing
Through this path, you will complete the general education requirements and prerequisites for the Nursing bachelor’s degree. The A.S. in Nursing program will teach you about the fundamentals of the health care field, as well as gain experience working with medical equipment and assessing patients.
After completing the lower-division coursework, you may move on to the upper-division (second half) of the Nursing bachelor’s degree.
Admissions and Program Details
Nursing is a limited-access program. For admission requirements and updates, program application and deadlines, see the following.
7 Steps to Your Bachelor’s Degree
1. Earn your associate degree in Nursing.
2. Complete the bachelor’s degree and ATC applications, and pay the $35 application fee. The application fee is waived if you are an active Valencia student or earned your A.A./A.S. degree from Valencia College.
3. Submit official transcripts from all prior colleges and universities.
4. Provide a copy of your clear/active, unrestricted, unencumbered RN license. If you currently do not hold an RN license, you will need to obtain it prior to completing the first term in the RN-BSN completion program.
5. Once you’ve been accepted into the program, complete the online bachelor’s orientation.
6. Talk with a program advisor and register for classes.
7. Graduate with your BSN degree.
2 to 4 years
You can complete the entire BSN degree program in as little as four years. Or, if you already have an associate degree in nursing, you can complete your upper-division studies in as little as two years.
Registered Nurses are projected to gain the second largest number of new jobs among all occupations in Florida over the next decade as demand for health care increases. Employment for registered nurses is expected to increase by 26 percent through 2022 in our region. The growth rate is much faster than other industries due to factors, including changes in health care requirements, an aging population and the rising rates of chronic conditions.
- Clinical Nurse Manager
- Research Nurse
- Nurse Navigator
- Occupational Health Nurse
- Clinical Nurse Educator
- Surgical Nurse
- Public Health Nurse
- Nursing Informatics
- Patient Advocate
($30.28 per hour)
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Our Health Science Advising Office is available to answer your questions, provide details about the program and courses, and help you understand the admission requirements. Fill out this form to have the program staff contact you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to apply to the RN-BSN completion program?
- Unencumbered Florida RN license or a plan to obtain your license prior to the completion of your first term in the RN-BSN completion program.
- Submit a Valencia application for admission using the bachelor’s degree and ATC application (valenciacollege.edu/admissions-records/forms.cfm), pay the $35, non-refundable application fee and be an active student. (NOTE: Active Valencia students who hold an A.S. degree in Nursing from Valencia or an A.A. degree from Valencia do not have to pay the $35 application fee).
- Have an address in the state of Florida or submit documentation to request Florida residency for tuition purposes.
- Overall college GPA of 2.0.
How much will it cost to complete my BSN at Valencia?
The cost is $112.19 per credit. For students who completed their A.S. Nursing or A.A. degree at Valencia or another college, the 30 credits needed to complete a bachelor’s degree will cost an estimated $3,365.70. However, textbook and lab fees, as well as the costs of any other courses that are needed will add to the total cost.
How long will it take me to complete my BSN?
The length of time for completion of your BSN program will be determined by:
1. Whether you have your associate degree from Valencia or another college
2. Whether you choose to enroll on a full- or part-time basis
3. Health Assessment, NUR1060C, is strongly recommended to be taken prior to entering the RN-BSN completion program or be taken during your first term of the program
A BSN advisor can help you determine your course pathway.
Is this an online program?
The RN-BSN completion program is completely online with the exception of an eight-hour face-to-face clinical practicum in NUR3634 (45-hour practicum with 36 hours completed in an online community/family assessment simulation, eight-hour clinical practicum and a one-hour reflection paper).