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 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. Refer to this page.

Florida SouthWestern State College offers an Associate Degree in Nursing 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 is $1,930.00 Students must have paid in full by the registration deadline.*

Fall Semester - Application Deadline: September 5th

Summer Semester - Application Deadline: April 17th

Phase I: Initial review of application. Full payment for course is confirmed. 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 FSW maintains confidentiality of all background checks in accordance with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Information Services.

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

*Selected applicants will receive a final letter of acceptance

Academic Policy

  1. A math grade of 90 or greater before attending clinical. Attendance at all lectures 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.
  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
Coordinator, Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus
Phone: 239-489-9137

Jennifer Washburn
Administrative Assistant to Associate Dean, Nursing
Phone: 239-489-9368