Become an R.N. with our Nursing A.S. Degree

Getting your nursing degree from SPC means you've made a solid career choice. With 2.7 million jobs, registered nursing makes up the largest health care field in the United States. With many nurses retiring and an aging population, Florida could face a critical nursing shortage in the coming years.

Transitional A.S. Degree for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)

If you are a licensed practical nurse, you can earn credit for your experience and education toward our LPN to RN Transitional Associate in Science Nursing degree. We also reserve six seats for paramedic students.


  • Graduates are prepared to take the National Licensing Exam for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN).

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Registered Nurses

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Features of SPC's Nursing A.S. degree

Nursing (R.N.) Associate in Science


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2016 (510)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2016 (510), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Louisana Louis
Acting Dean College of Nursing

Program Summary

Fully transferable to Bachelor's Degree at SPC or to any state university in Florida. Program begins in August and January with a day and evening format.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code


Federal CIP Code

51.3801: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

Admission Rules

Please review the Nursing A.S.: Day and Evening Admission Guide.

The Admission Guide will outline the admission criteria specific to the Nursing A.S.: Day and Evening Admission Guide program as well as explain the timetable for evaluation and further admission correspondence. If you are an LPN interested in the LPN to RN transitional program, check here: Nursing A.S.: LPN to RN transitional - Day. or Nursing A.S.: LPN to RN transitional - Evening. If you are a Paramedic interested in the Paramedic to RN Transitional - evening admission track, check here Nursing A.S.: Paramedic to RN transitional - Evening.. Please review this information carefully to ensure you submit a complete application at the appropriate time. Only students who satisfy all the application requirements and submit a complete application in accordance with the information detailed in the Admission Guide will be considered for admission.

Before entering the first term of the Nursing "program courses" students must complete a minimum of 11 credits from the general education and/or support courses listed below. Prior to admission, students must complete:
BSC 2085
BSC 2085L
BSC 2086
BSC 2086L
PSY 1012 (or PSY 1020H)
Computer and Information Literacy Competency Requirement

General education and support courses do not have to be completed in the order listed. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application form. Please see a counselor or advisor. Access to a computer is helpful!

Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

Any student who makes a grade of less than "C" in a course in the nursing program that is a prerequisite to a nursing course will be ineligible to continue in the nursing program. Likewise, the clinical component of any nursing rotation must be satisfactorily passed. An overall 2.0 average is required to enroll in sophomore nursing courses. Credit must be earned in or prior to the prescribed sequence.

Communications - Composition

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree. 3

Communications - Speech

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

Humanities and Fine Arts

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

Mathematics (Select 3 credits)

Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Mathematics requirement for this AS degree.
* STA 2023 Elementary Statistics 3
STA 2023H Honors Elementary Statistics 3

Ethics (Select 3 credits)

Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Ethics requirement for this AS degree. Students are strongly advised to select the Healthcare Ethics topic when they register for PHI 1600.
PHI 1600 Studies in Applied Ethics 3
PHI 1600H Honors Studies in Applied Ethics 3

Social/Behavioral Science (Select 3 credits)

Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Social/Behavioral Science requirement for this AS degree.
PSY 1012 General Psychology 3
PSY 1012H Honors General Psychology 3

Other (Complete 12 credits)

BSC 2085 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BSC 2085L Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I 1
BSC 2086 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BSC 2086L Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II 1
MCB 2010 Microbiology 3
MCB 2010L Microbiology Laboratory 1

Computer and Information Literacy Competency (Complete 1 course)

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required. Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Computer Competency requirement for this AS degree.
CGS 1070 Basic Computer and Information Literacy 1
CGS 1100 Computer Applications 3
CGS 1309 Computer and Information Technology Concepts 3
EME 2040 Introduction to Educational Technology 3
MUM 1001 Apple Macintosh Foundations 1

1st Term in Program (Complete 9 credits)

NUR 1021C Nursing I 9

2nd Term in Program (Complete 11 credits)

NUR 1142C Application of Pharmacology Concepts in Nursing Therapy 1
NUR 1211C Nursing II 10

3rd Term in Program (Complete 10 credits)

NUR 2511C Psychosocial Nursing 1
NUR 2462C Nursing III 9

4th Term in Program (Complete 12 credits)

NUR 2731C Nursing IV 8
NUR 2813 Role Transition in Nursing 1
NUR 2811C Nursing Care Management Practicum 3

* *Acceptable substitutes: STA 2014, STA 2122, STA 2022

Total Credits 72

Important Information

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes

Passing rates on NCLEX-RN Number of graduates Job Placement rates
2013-14: 84.2% 2012: 344 2011-12: 99%
2014-15: 86.6% 2013: 327 2012-13: 97%
2015-16: 90% 2014: 327 2013-14: 95%
2016-17: 92% 2015: 257 2014-15: 97%

2016-17 Enhanced Comprehensive Academic Program Review
2015-16 Program Viability Report
Program office


SPC's Nursing A.S. Degree Program is fully approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326.


Our Nursing Associate of Science Degree prepares you the National Licensing Exam for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN).

Continue your education at SPC

SPC's associate degrees in nursing transfer to our Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion degree for RNs. These include:

To be admitted to our BSN program, you need an active, unrestricted, unencumbered RN license; an A.S. degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution; and to have completed certain prerequisite courses.


We also offer health continuing education through the Workforce Institute.

Nursing B.S. Degree

Program Admissions