FSW Nursing Mission Statement
The Florida SouthWestern State College Nursing Program's mission is to inspire life-long learning and prepare a diverse population to serve as caring nurse leaders in the healthcare community.
The AS Nursing application will open in January 2019 for the May 15 application cycle deadline for Fall 2019 entry to the program.
|Start Semester||Schedules Available||Online Application Open|
|Fall||Traditional Schedule and Associate Nursing Evening Weekend (ANEW) Schedule||October 21 - May 15|
|Spring||Traditional Schedule and Associate Nursing Evening Weekend (ANEW) Schedule||May 21 - October 15|
Graduates of the Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) Program are prepared to become licensed as an entry level Registered Nurse (RN).
The nursing curriculum incorporates classroom instruction, laboratory, simulation education, and clinical practice in the care of diverse populations. Local health facilities are utilized for clinical practice, including community agencies, acute care institutions, long-term and ambulatory care facilities. Graduates of the program possess knowledge, values, skills, and compassion: all are essential for professional nursing practice in a dynamic and rapidly changing health care environment.
There are two options available in the ASN program, traditional (day hours Monday - Friday on campus classes) and ANEW (Evening and Weekends, online and on campus blended format). The ANEW schedule is not a part-time Nursing program. It will require full-time commitment but it will be offered on a schedule that will consist of online classroom instruction with labs and clinical rotations offered on an evening (Monday-Friday) and weekend schedule.
Current occupational employment and wage data for Registered Nurses are published by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm.
The Florida SouthWestern State College ASN Program is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Student Achievement Outcome Data:
Student achievement outcome data (PDF Document) provides evidence to demonstrate the extent to which FSW Nursing graduates are adequately prepared. This information is updated annually and made publicly accessible.
Degree Requirements and Program Length:
The ASN degree consists of 72 credit hours. These hours include General Education (16 credits) and Program Specific Courses (14 credits), and Nursing Core Courses (42 credits). Competitive applicants will have completed most or all of their General Education and Program Specific courses before starting the Nursing Core courses.
Prior to admission, applicants must complete the following:
- STA 2023 Statistical Methods I
- BSC 1085C or BSC 1093C - Anatomy and Physiology I
- BSC 1086C or BSC 1094C - Anatomy and Physiology II (required for Spring 2018 applicants forward)
- • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Date of Exam must be within two years of the application deadlines either May 15 or October 15 of the year in which you are applying
Prior to registration for the final semester of the Nursing Program, students MUST complete all General Education and Program Specific courses outlined in the Program of Study below.
Nursing Core Courses, on the Traditional daytime (Monday-Friday) schedule, are completed in a four (4) semester cohort/group sequence. Students who begin the program in Fall semester can successfully complete the program in 20 months. Students who begin the program in Spring semester can successfully complete the program in 24 months.
Nursing Core Courses, on the Associate Nursing Evening Weekend (ANEW) schedule are completed in a 4 semester cohort/group sequence. The ANEW schedule is not a part-time Nursing program. It will require full-time commitment but it will be offered on a schedule that will consist of online classroom instruction with labs and clinical rotations offered on an evening (Monday-Friday) and weekend schedule.
The Traditional and ANEW schedules for the AS Nursing Program will both require discipline and commitment. Nursing education is rigorous and must be top priority from first semester through graduation to be successful on the NCLEX-RN licensing exam and to become a professional Nurse.
LPN Florida Department of Education Gold Standard and Statewide Articulation Agreements
This Gold Standard Career Pathways Statewide Articulation Agreement guarantees the minimum award of course credits or a block of credit toward the above AAS/AS program is 10 hours of credit. This agreement does not preclude the awarding of additional credits by any college through local agreements. The Licensed Practical Nurse certification, or National Licensed Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN) certification represents industry acknowledgement of technical skill attainment of competencies in the Nursing (Associate Degree) R.N. program. To be eligible for articulation, the student must show evidence of their current Licensed Practical Nurse certification, or National Licensed Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN) certification and it must have been issued within three (3) years prior to their enrollment in the program.
FSW LPN Bridge
In accordance with the Gold Standard and Statewide Articulation Agreement for LPN's, Florida SouthWestern State College offers LPN's, meeting the agreement requirements, the option to accept an ASE1000 block of 10 credits. The ASE1000 block consists of Level I AS Degree Nursing Core Courses: NUR1020, NUR1020L, NUR1025L, and NUR2095.
Fall Semester Start - Application due by May 15
Spring Semester Start - Application due by October 15
Finalists will be notified within four weeks after application deadlines.
The Nursing program has limited enrollment due to the rigorous clinical education requirements for the program. Acceptance to Florida SouthWestern State College does not imply acceptance into the program. Each applicant must meet specific criteria which are listed in the admission policies. The Criteria for Admission Policies are available through the School of Health Professions Nursing office on each campus. Admission information and applications are located at http://www.fsw.edu/academics/programs/asnursing.
Phase I: Initial review of applications is based on a calculation of admission points using completed pre-nursing course GPA, TEAS test score, and the total number of general education/program specific courses completed. Pre-admission standardized examination includes the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
Phase II: At the applicant's expense, a college-approved criminal records check and drug testing must be completed. Note that applicants should consult Florida Board of Nursing if they have any criminal offenses, beyond minor traffic violations, which may limit obtaining Registered Nurse (RN) licensure.
Phase III: In this phase, all applicant packets will be reviewed.
Phase IV: Selected applicants will receive a letter of acceptance. The letter will include information for accessing the Nursing Program Policy & Procedures Manual and Virtual Orientation. The student must submit an affidavit of acknowledgment, acceptance and compliance of the Nursing Program Policy & Procedure Manual by the first day of classes.
Note for LPN’s: In addition to compliance of contents in Phase IV, selected LPN applicants, accepting the ASE1000 articulation pathway, must satisfactorily complete the LPN Bridge Orientation online by the first day of classes. Access to this orientation will be sent to the applicant with the letter of acceptance.
The following items must be completed before the first day of class:
- Student Health Form
- Screening for tuberculosis (TB)
- Certification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED) OMIT
- Proof of personal health insurance throughout enrollment in the program, naming the student and dates of coverage.
Academic Policy and Progression Criteria:
The academic standards in the Nursing program are very rigorous and require full-time commitment.
- A grade of C or higher must be earned in General Education (16 credits) and Program Specific (14 credits) courses.
- The ASN Program uses the following grading system: (90 - 100 = A, 80 - 89.99 = B, 77 - 79.99 = C, 60 - 76.99 = D, Below 60 = F).
- A grade of "C" or better must be earned in each Nursing/NUR course (42 credits) in order to progress in the program.
- A grade less than "C" in a Nursing/NUR course will require a reattempt.
- A Nursing/NUR course may be repeated or reattempted only once. If a grade of "C" or better is not achieved when the course is repeated or reattempted, dismissal from the program will result.
- If a grade of "C" or better is not achieved or Withdrawal/W grade occurs in two or more Nursing/NUR courses, dismissal from the program will result.
- Dismissal from the Nursing Program will occur if a student is deemed unsafe or unprofessional in clinical practice/patient care.
- The Academic Review Committee (ARC) will evaluate each student who is unsuccessful in a course or has an interruption in their program sequence. An alternate program plan will be developed by the committee in collaboration with the student.
- Attendance and punctuality is mandatory for all classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities. The third and each subsequent classroom absence and/or partial absence will result in a 5-point deduction from the final course grade. Attendance (100%) is required for all laboratory and clinical activities.
RN to BSN Nursing Career Ladder:
Credits earned in the ASN program will count towards the related baccalaureate Nursing degree completion (RN to BSN) program under the provisions of Florida Rule 6A-10.024. This creates a career ladder so that students can proceed toward their educational objectives as rapidly as their circumstances permit. Please note that ASN graduates will be required to complete all General Education, Program Specific Courses, Foreign Language competence, and earn the Florida Registered Nursing RN credential before admission to the RN to BSN program at FSW. For more information, please refer to the RN to BSN Academic Program Page at www.fsw.edu/academics/programs/bsnursing.
Program Contact Information
Dr. Deborah Selman, DNP, RN
Interim Associate Dean, Nursing Programs
Bobby Holbrook, MSN, ARNP
Program Director ASN Programs
Susan Torres, MSN, RN, LHCRM
Program Director BSN Programs
Wendy Ortiz, M.Ed
Student Success Advisor II Department of Nursing
Instructional Assistant, Charlotte Campus
Nursing Support Specialist, Collier Campus
Instructional Assistant, Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus
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