Nurse Remedial-Refresher Course

Student Requirements for Admission

This course provides an extensive review of medical-surgical nursing, geriatric, maternal-child nursing, mental health nursing, pharmacology, and RN nursing procedures.

This course is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing for graduate nurses who have been unsuccessful on passing the NCLEX-RN three times and are required to take a remedial course and for nurses that have not practiced in the past five years or have an inactive license.

Graduate nurses must have completed an accredited nursing program or Florida Board of Nursing (FBON) approved nursing program and have met the requirement of the licensure testing by the Florida Board of Nursing. All Applicants should consult the Florida Board of Nursing website if they have any criminal offenses, beyond minor traffic violations, which may limit obtaining Registered Nurse (RN) licensure. Florida Board of Nursing » Licensed Practical Nurse & Registered Nurse by Examination - Licensing, Renewals & Information (

Florida SouthWestern State College offers an Associate Degree in Nursing (ASN) and a Completion Certificate in a Nurse Refresher Continuing Education course leading to professional licensure. Nursing requires both a degree and the successful completion of additional criteria such as licensure exams, field placements, or clinical hours. If your future plans include achieving licensure or certification, you should know the requirements vary by state.

For the Associate Degree in Nursing program, completion of program requirements makes you eligible to apply to take the National Counsel Licensure Examination (NCLEX) RN in Florida or one of the other 27 nursing compact states if you are wanting to apply for a multi-state license under the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). A list of current compact states can be located on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website. If you are a student who resides outside of Florida or one of the compact states, Florida SouthWestern State College cannot confirm whether this degree program meets educational requirements for professional licensure in your state. Since the ASN program at Florida SouthWestern State College is nationally accredited, the curriculum should meet the requirements of other states; however, some states have requirements in addition to the program’s curriculum. If you wish to take the NCLEX exam in a non-compact state, please contact the board of nursing in that state to determine whether this degree or certificate program will meet their licensure requirements.

Application Deadlines

*Cost of the course tuition is $1,930.00 Students must have paid in full by the registration deadline.* The cost of a nursing uniform (varies) and medical tracker, drug and Level II background screen ($154.25) are in addition to the tuition.

Summer 2024 Term: May 7, 2024 - July 1, 2024, Lecture classes meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 AM to 5 PM and Lab will be held on the following 3 Fridays May 17, 24 and 31, 2024. The clinical / lab skills / simulation days will total 96 hours. The first Clinical will begin on June 7, 2024, and all clinical hours must be complete by July 1, 2024. A more complete schedule will be provided in the first lecture class.

Phase I: Initial review of application. Full payment for course is confirmed. Lee County residents may be eligible for an ARPA grant to cover the cost of tuition ($1,930.00). Applicants who have failed the NCLEX three consecutive times will require a letter to begin the remedial course. To obtain a letter, please email

Phase II: At the applicant's expense, a college-approved criminal records check and drug testing must be completed through Lee County residents may apply to have the cost of covered by the Lee County ARPA grant. FSW maintains confidentiality of all background checks in accordance with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Information Services. Student must meet the clinical facility requirements to be permitted to perform clinical rotation at that facility. Please discuss possible information that may exclude a person from being accepted by a clinical facility such as drug screen or background check with the Nurse Remedial – Refresher Nurse Coordinator. Clinical facilities may require specific vaccinations as well. If students do not meet the clinical requirements they will not be able to complete clinical rotation resulting in an Unsatisfactory grade for the course.

Phase III: At the applicant's expense, the following items must be completed before final acceptance:

  • Current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Complete health report signed by applicant's healthcare provider
  • Screened for Tuberculosis
  • Hepatitis B series (may sign an opt out waiver)
  • MMR immunization or titer
  • Tetanus, TDaP
  • Varicella
  • Student signed forms

*Selected applicants will receive a final letter of acceptance

Academic Policy

  1. A math grade of 90 or greater before being permitted to attend clinical rotation. Attendance is required for all lecture classes. A grade of C or higher must be earned in didactic portion of course.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all written assignments, including a concept map.
  3. Satisfactory completion of ninety-six (96) clinical hours with a satisfactory clinical grade: performance will be evaluated as satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Attendance is required for all clinical classes.
  4. Grading will be based on seven (7) written tests achieving a score of 70 or higher.

This is a Pass/Fail Course

*We must have a minimum of nine students to run the courses.

Program Contact Information

Nora Stadelmann Nurse Coordinator, Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus Email: Phone: 239-489-9137