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

best nursing collegeGetting your nursing degree from SPC's Evelyn W. Jerger Nursing Program 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. We reserve six seats for paramedics to enter the program.

Licensure

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

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

Registered Nurses

Salary Data

Projected employment for Florida

2019 Employment

189,820

2029

220,350

Percent Change

16

Projected Job Openings

14000

Features of SPC's Nursing A.S. degree

Nursing (R.N.) Associate in Science

NURSE-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2021 (595)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2021 (595), 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, DNP, RN
Dean, College of Nursing


Health Education Center
Advising
hec_advising@spcollege.edu


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

1351380100:

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!

A health program advising request can be made here: https://web.spcollege.edu/survey/16998/

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.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
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

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

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

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

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

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
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.

SUPPORT COURSES
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

SUPPORT COURSES
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

SUPPORT COURSES
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

SUPPORT COURSES
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

SUPPORT COURSES
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

SUBPLAN
Select ONE subplan from below (Complete 42 credits)

GENERAL NURSING SUBPLAN
1st Term in Program (Complete 9 credits)

NUR 1021C Nursing I 9

GENERAL NURSING SUBPLAN
2nd Term in Program (Complete 11 credits)

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

GENERAL NURSING SUBPLAN
3rd Term in Program (Complete 10 credits)

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

GENERAL NURSING SUBPLAN
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

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

LPN TRANSITIONAL SUBPLAN
1st Term in Program (Complete 19 credits)

NUR 1060C Nursing Process/Physical Assessment 2
NUR 1001C Transition to Professional Nursing 7
Gold Standard articulated credit 10

LPN TRANSITIONAL SUBPLAN
2nd Term in Program (Complete 11 credits)

NUR 1142C Application of Pharmacology Concepts in Nursing Therapy 1
NUR 2511C Psychosocial Nursing 1
NUR 2462C Nursing III 9

LPN TRANSITIONAL SUBPLAN
3rd Term in Program (Complete 12 credits)

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

* *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%

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

GRADUATION RATES

2018 - Not Available
2017 - 75.7%
2016 - 72.6%

Accreditation

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.

Evelyn W. Jerger Nursing Program

This program is named in honor of Evelyn W. Jerger in appreciation for her many efforts on behalf of St. Petersburg College.

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.

Licensing

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

HEALTH CONTINUING EDUCATION

We also offer health continuing education through the Workforce Institute.

Nursing B.S. Degree

Program Admission Guides

Please review the program admission guide to ensure your eligibility prior to applying below.


Program Application

Please answer the following questions to apply to our Nursing A.S. Degree program:

I am

New student at SPC

Returning to SPC

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts must be posted and evaluated by the application deadline.

Cumulative GPA

College level Reading, Writing, and Math

Program Admission Questions

Computer Information Literacy Competency

Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture and Lab

Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture and Lab

General Psychology

Are you currently a Florida licensed paramedic seeking admission though the Nursing AS degree for Paramedic program?

Do you have a Clear and Active Florida Paramedic Certificate?

Composition I

Minimum 25 credits of the Nursing curriculum

Minimum 2.75 GPA

Minimum 2.75 GPA Science

Pre-Entry and Support Courses

Minimum Age Requirement

SPC Application

You will need to complete the SPC Application and pay the non-refundable fee.

Readmission Steps

You will need to complete the readmission steps.

Official Transcripts Required

Please submit official, unopened (sealed) high school transcripts or GED transcripts as well as those from all regionally-accredited college(s) and universities currently or previously attended. If you completed an A.A.S. degree or higher at a regionally-accredited institution, we won't need your high school transcripts. Learn more about transcripts.

Cumulative GPA Requirement

You will need a cumulative GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale in all postsecondary coursework for admission. Please review the Nursing A.S. Degree Admission Guide or the Nursing A.S. Degree for Paramedic Admission Guide and reach out to your academic advisor.

College Level Reading, Writing, and Math Requirement

This health program requires students to be at college level in Reading, Writing, and Math. Please see your academic advisor for additional details.

Program Admission Requirements

Please review the curriculum for approved options that meet this requirement.

Program Admission Requirements

Please review the the Nursing A.S. Degree Admission Guide or the Nursing A.S. Degree for Paramedic Admission Guide for Pre-Entry requirements.

Program Admission Requirements

You must complete an approved Humanities/Fine Arts Approved Course with a grade of “C” or better or have earned an Associate of Arts degree or higher. Please review the curriculum for approved options that meet this requirement.

Program Admission Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum a 2.75 GPA or higher on a 4.00 scale in all Pre-Entry, General Education and Support courses. If you are unsure of your GPA, please review the Nursing A.S. Degree Admission Guide or the Nursing A.S. Degree for Paramedic Admission Guidefor pre-entry requirements and contact your academic advisor.

Program Admission Requirements

Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA in the following Pre-Entry course requirements being considered for admissions: BSC 2085, BSC 2085L, BSC 2086, BSC 2086L, MCB2010, and MCB 2010L. If you are unsure of your GPA, please review the Nursing A.S. Degree Admission Guide or the Nursing A.S. Degree for Paramedic Admission Guide and reach out to your academic advisor.

Program Admission Requirements

Students must successfully complete the Pre-Entry and Support courses being considered for admission within three attempts. Please review the Nursing A.S. Degree Admission Guide or the Nursing A.S. Degree for Paramedic Admission Guide for pre-entry requirements and contact your academic advisor.

Clear and Active Florida Paramedic Certificate number

Students must hold a clear and active clear and active Florida Paramedic Certificate number and issue date to be admitted to the Nursing AS Program for Paramedics. Please review the Nursing A.S. Degree Admission Guide or the Nursing A.S. Degree for Paramedic Admission Guide for pre-entry requirements or contact your academic advisor.

Minimum Age Requirement

Students must be at least 18 years of age to be admitted to the Transitional Nursing A.S. Degree Program. Please review the Nursing A.S. Degree Admission Guide or the Nursing A.S. Degree for Paramedic Admission Guide for pre-entry requirements or contact your academic advisor.

Complete the Health Program Application

You can now complete the Health Programs Application.


Application Windows

Term Applications Accepted Application Review Student Notified By MySPC e-mail
Fall: August March 1 – May 15 May 16 – June 30 July 1
Spring: January July 1 – Sept. 15 Sept. 16 - Oct. 31 Nov. 1