A.S. Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

If I plan on taking the prerequisites at Valencia, do I need to take all the prerequisites at a particular Valencia campus?

No, you may take the prerequisite courses at any Valencia campus location. However, upon acceptance into the Nursing program, in-program nursing courses are only offered on the West and Osceola campuses.

Will my courses from other colleges/universities transfer to Valencia?

Once you have applied to Valencia, you will need to request official transcripts to be sent from your previous institutions. The admissions office will evaluate all transcripts once they are received to determine transfer credit.

Valencia accepts credits from regionally accredited institutions; however, the nursing program has specific admission requirements. Therefore, please review the appropriate Health Science Program Guide for details.

In addition, students have the option to submit a non-equivalent coursework form via Atlas to request substitutions. Please note that submitting the request is not a guarantee of approval.

What is the schedule like if I am accepted into the Nursing program?

Nursing, Traditional Track
Estimated Time Requirements:

The Traditional program is conducted Monday through Friday, during the daytime hours. Lab and clinical hours vary each term, from 12 hours per week for the first four terms and may be during the day or evening. For most terms, students have class two days a week plus one clinical day. During the practicum in the final term, the student will follow the schedule of their preceptor, which may be any shift. Clinical and/or lab hours occasionally may be scheduled during the evening and night shifts, and/or during weekends, depending on placement with the clinical partners. Students are expected to study approximately 15 – 25 hours a week (this does not include preparation for clinical). If a student chooses to work while in the program, a maximum of 15 hours of work per week is recommended due to the demands of the program.

Nursing, ATN
Estimated Time Requirements:

The Accelerated Track in Nursing (ATN) program courses are primarily online. Students should be self-motivated and understand that online classes are equally as intensive as face-to-face classes. Each course conducts an orientation and testing on campus, with clinical hours in area hospitals. Students are given a calendar at the Program Orientation with the required clinical, lab, campus, and testing dates. There are 3 – 4 exams given on campus per term.

NUR 1003C Transition into Professional Nursing is the first course in the ATN program. During NUR 1003C, students have a lab component every Wednesday. If students are efficient, they will have time to do their practice hours while on campus on Wednesdays.

Once NUR 1003C is completed, clinical experiences are one day per week. Clinical experiences are conducted in Orange and Osceola counties, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Each course in the program may have clinical on a different day. During the practicum (last course), the students will work with their preceptor on the preceptor’s schedule. Students are expected to arrange their schedules for these experiences.

Nursing, Valencia/UCF Concurrent ASN- BSN (Dual Enrollment) Program
Additional Estimated Time Requirements:

Students in the Concurrent program follow the Nursing, Traditional track with additional face-to-face or online courses conducted by UCF faculty. The face-to-face classes for both Valencia and UCF are offered at the Valencia West campus; however, Nursing I and II (part of the Traditional track) are offered at both the Valencia West and Osceola campuses. The study time for the UCF classes is additional to the Valencia nursing classes.

Do I need to be a student at Valencia to apply to the Nursing program?

Yes. You must apply to the college before you submit a Nursing application. You may apply online or email enrollment services for help with beginning the admissions process.

What courses do I need to take prior to applying to the Nursing program?

The prerequisite courses required prior to applying to the program (completed with a *C or better) are:

• BSC 2093C – Anatomy and Physiology I
• BSC 2094C – Anatomy and Physiology II
• MCB 2010C – Microbiology
• PSY 1012/2012– General Psychology
• DEP 2004 – Developmental Psychology
• ENC 1101 – Freshman Composition
• HUN 2202 – Essentials of Nutrition
• Any Humanities course that meets the General Education requirement

*Minimum overall GPAs in the science and other nursing prerequisites are required for the Nursing, Traditional Track and Nursing, Valencia/UCF Concurrent ASN-BSN program. Please see Health Sciences Program Guides and Updates for this information.
**Nursing, Valencia/UCF Concurrent ASN- BSN (Dual Enrollment) Program applicants must also meet UCF Nursing prerequisites.

Are the prerequisite courses offered online?

Yes, the prerequisites are offered online. However, the lab science courses have limited offerings and may not be available every term.

Do I need to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) before I apply?

Yes, TEAS is required. TEAS scores are valid for 5 years. The examination fee is your responsibility. 

For more information on the TEAS, visit Valencia’s Assessment Services page.

Can I use TEAS scores from another institution?

Yes, the ATI TEAS is required.  TEAS scores are valid for 5 years.  The examination fee is your responsibility.  For more information on the TEAS, visit Valencia College Assessment Services.

What is the minimum overall GPA to apply to the Nursing program?

Nursing, Traditional Track program (including Valencia/UCF Concurrent ASN-BSN)
Requires a minimum 3.0 undergraduate overall GPA, in addition to specific prerequisite GPA requirements. Please see Health Sciences Program Guides and Updates for details.

Nursing, Advanced Standing Track (AVS)
Requires a minimum 2.5 undergraduate overall GPA; however, due to the selective admission process, meeting the minimum GPA does not guarantee acceptance.

What is the deadline to apply to Nursing?

All Nursing application deadlines are listed online.

Is there a waitlist to be admitted?

Nursing, Traditional Track
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for fall, spring, and summer start terms. Therefore, there may be a wait depending on when a student applies. Please see the application deadlines for the term for which we are currently accepting applications.

Nursing, Advanced Standing Track (AVS)
No, but there is a selective admission process. Students are admitted every term (fall, spring, and summer).

Nursing, Valencia/UCF Concurrent ASN- BSN (Dual Enrollment) Program
No, but there is a selective admission process. Students are admitted twice a year, for the fall and spring terms.

How many students are accepted into the Nursing program and how often?

The Nursing, Traditional Evening/Weekend Track program accepts 40 students every term (fall, spring and summer).

The Nursing, Traditional Daytime Track program accepts 120 students every term (fall, spring and summer).

The Nursing, Valencia/UCF Concurrent ASN- BSN (Dual Enrollment) Program accepts approximately 40 students twice a year (fall and spring).

The Nursing, ATN program accepts approximately 40 students every term (fall, spring and summer).

Can International students apply to the Nursing program?

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

Where do I send my application when I’m ready to apply?

Please see our Program Applications page for all Nursing application instructions.

Please make sure you have met all admission requirements and your application is complete, as missing documentation or requirements can result in denied admission. All nursing prerequisites and the TEAS must be completed PRIOR to submitting a Nursing application.

How long will it take once I am in the nursing program?

Nursing, Traditional Track: 5 terms

Nursing, Valencia/UCF Concurrent ASN- BSN (Dual Enrollment) Program: 7 – 8 terms

Nursing, Accelerated Track (ATN): 3 terms

When will I be able to take care of real patients?

In the Nursing, Traditional Track program, patient care begins in Nursing I, in the first term.

Can I choose where I want to go for clinical?

In the Nursing, Traditional Track program, when you register for your courses, after passing Nursing I, you may have some choices.

What is the NCLEX-RN pass rate of graduates?

The Valencia Nursing Program graduate is fully prepared for the licensure exam; National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The pass rate for Valencia Nursing graduates is between 90% and 100%.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, please visit Valencia’s financial aid page for more information.

Is nursing offered on all Valencia College campuses?

Nursing, Traditional Track

Valencia College Traditional Daytime Nursing Track is offered on West and Osceola Campuses only. The Traditional Evening/Weekend Nursing Track is offered on the West Campus only. Students cannot switch campuses or program track after they are admitted.

Nursing, Accelerated Track (ATN)

The first term is offered on the Osceola Campus and the remainder of the program is primarily on the West Campus. (There may be some lab/simulations and tests on the Osceola campus.)

I took one nursing course at another school. Will this course transfer?

Nursing courses generally are not accepted in transfer, meaning that you would need to start from the beginning of the Nursing program at Valencia. If you have previously attended a Nursing program at another college/university and you are applying to the Nursing, Traditional track program, you must provide a letter of good academic standing from that institution.

English is not my first language. Can I still be successful in nursing?

Yes. A medical terminology course is strongly recommended for those whose first language is not English.

I have a learning disability and need extra time for testing. What accommodations can be made?

Please check with the Office of Student Disabilities.

Am I required to come to a Valencia Health Sciences Information Session?

If you are requesting to make an in-person advising appointment with the Nursing advisor, you must be a Valencia student who has attended a Health Sciences Information Session first. Otherwise, you are strongly encouraged to attend a Valencia Health Sciences Information Session.

Where can I find more information about the Nursing, Valencia/UCF Concurrent ASN- BSN (Dual Enrollment) Program?

Program information, application criteria and application process, deadlines, advising, financial aid, sample plan of study, and more are available through UCF’s College of Nursing website.

Is tutoring and other support available?

Yes. Classroom instructors are the first and best resource for assistance. The Valencia Nursing Program has a tutor for in-program students. Smart Thinking online tutoring is also available for pending Nursing and in-program Nursing students at Valencia (Login to Atlas, Courses tab, My Courses – Tutoring (online) – Smart Thinking).

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