Nursing

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Nursing Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career in the nursing field. Due to the current shortage of skilled nurses, there are tremendous opportunities in nursing. Valencia’s nationally-accredited program is one of the best for preparing men and women for nursing careers, by connecting students directly to situations nurses face today. The program offers classroom curriculum together with real life clinical experiences to help nurses build skills and confidence. Valencia’s Nursing program is limited-access, meaning that admission to the college does not imply acceptance to the Nursing program. Students must apply and be accepted to the program. Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Exam to become a registered nurse (RN).


Valencia’s program is coordinated with local health care agencies, the State Department of Education and the State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.


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CHOOSE YOUR TRACK

Traditional Track

This program is designed for students who seek employment in the field of nursing and who may decide to continue to any Florida public university as a junior to complete a four-year bachelor’s degree in nursing through a R.N. to B.S.N. (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program.

Program Length

 72 credits
  5 semesters
(after completion of the required general education courses)


Accelerated Track in Nursing

This option is designed for LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses), Paramedics, Registered Invasive Cardiovascular Specialists (CVTs) and RRTs (Registered Respiratory Therapists) who want to earn an A.S. degree in Nursing.

Program Length

 60 credits
  3 semesters
(after completion of the required general education courses)


Valencia/UCF Concurrent A.S.N. to B.S.N. Track

This track provides a unique dual enrollment opportunity, allowing students to seek the Associate of Science in Nursing (A.S.N.) from Valencia and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) from the University of Central Florida simultaneously. For more information, visit UCF’s College of Nursing website.

Program Length

 5 semesters
(after completion of the required general education courses)

 Followed by as little as 1 year at UCF



PROGRAM DETAILS

Courses and Details

Review course descriptions, important dates and deadlines and other program details in the official college catalog.

View COURSE CATALOG


Learn How To
  • Assess patient health problems and needs, develop nursing care plans and provide care to patients who are injured or disabled
  • Assist patients in their rehabilitation to reach maximum levels of functioning
  • Care for the physical and emotional well-being of patients
  • Protect patients’ safety and personal rights
  • Use critical thinking skills to make clinical decisions alone or in collaboration with the patient’s significant other and/or other members of the health care team



CAREER OUTLOOK

Job Outlook

Job Outlook

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 healthcare increases. Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 26 percent from 2014 to 2022 in our Region—faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventative care; growing rates of chronic conditions; a growing number of people with access to healthcare services; and the demand for healthcare services from an aging population. (Florida Bureau of Labor Market Statistics)

Potential Careers

Potential Careers

Registered Nurse


AVERAGE SALARY RANGE
$40,000 – $50,000



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Steps for Nursing Admission
  1. Attend a Nursing Information Session. Please bring a copy of the program guide for your desired track with you. If you are not local and cannot attend the information session, review the program guide and read the Nursing Frequently Asked Questions.
  2. Apply to Valencia College.
  3. Complete required general education courses before applying to the nursing program.
  4. Once your transcripts have been received and evaluated, and if you meet eligibility requirements, you can apply to the Nursing program.

Note: Transfer students and current Valencia students must schedule an appointment to talk to an advisor prior to submitting the Nursing application.


 Nursing A.S. degree program at Valencia College


INFORMATION SESSIONS

To learn more about this program, including application requirements, attend one of our information sessions. Please bring a copy of the program guide with you. If you are unable to attend, refer to the program guide and contact an advisor.


International Students

Effective Fall 2017, Valencia College will begin accepting applications from International Students interested in applying to any Health Science Program – excluding the following programs:


All applicants must complete compliance and program application requirements to be considered for admission into the programs.

For more information about eligible programs visit:

Health Sciences Information and Program Guides