Associate of Science
Nursing is an art and science directed toward the promotion of health, prevention of disease, and care of the sick. This
profession provides an array of intellectual challenges requiring a high level of knowledge, judgment, and skills. Nursing offers
a host of career opportunities. Registered nurses (RNs) work in a variety of settings, including public and private hospitals,
public health agencies, and long-term care facilities. Nursing is an exciting and rewarding profession!
The purpose of the Associate of Science in Nursing Program is to prepare competent, entry-level nurses to provide holistic
nursing care to individuals and families in a structured environment. The Program is grounded in Christian principles, organized
in a progressive manner, and built on a foundation of arts and sciences. The Program provides the educational foundation for
those who choose to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. The curriculum for the Associate of Science Degree Program
requires two calendar years or five trimesters of full-time study. Upon completion of the Associate degree requirements,
students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).
Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing
Florida Hospital College offers an online RN to BSN degree designed for working professionals. Call 866-642-6350 or visit
www.onlinenursing.FHCHS.edu for more information.
The Department of Nursing Learning Center provides a state-of-the-art learning environment with 16 patient care units to
enhance each student’s learning experience. These units are prepared with the equipment and supplies that nurses use in
providing patient care in an actual clinical setting. Human patient simulators are used to complete the simulated clinical
environment. The Center provides the atmosphere in which to incorporate the theory and psychomotor skills necessary to
provide excellent patient care.
The Associate Degree Program is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing, 4052 Cypress Way, Bin C02, Tallahassee, FL
32399-3252 (850) 488-0595 and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 61 Broadway
– 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10005, (212) 363-5555, Ext. 153. Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences is accredited by
the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions
about the accreditation of Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is
evidence that appears to support the institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.
Applicants are considered for admission when they meet General College admission requirements and attain a Regular
admission status as well as:
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 for cognate courses (Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Principles of Microbiology,
Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Sociology and Introduction to Microcomputers Basic Applications) and a
minimum GPA of 2.70 for pre-requisite courses (Survey of Mathematics, Principles of Chemistry, Religion (any 6
credits excluding World Religions), English Composition I & II, Fitness plus all cognate courses).
Passing score(s) on the nursing entrance exam. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services for more information.
Three satisfactory references submitted on FHCHS recommendation forms. Recommendations submitted at the time of
initial application to the College will meet this requirement for current FHCHS students. Students who have attended
FHCHS for at least one trimester must submit one of the recommendations from a full time Pre-Professional faculty
Submit an essay explaining your interest in the Nursing program, and your reasons for selecting a faith-based institution.
Criteria for this essay are outlined on the attached page entitled “Admission Essay”.
Students must first be accepted to the College before they are eligible to be accepted into the Nursing Program. Acceptance
into the College does not guarantee acceptance into the Nursing Program. Completed application files are reviewed by the
Associate Degree Nursing Program Admissions Committee. An applicant’s file should be complete and contain the official
required documents by the deadlines listed below:
*June 1 for Fall Enrollment * October 1 for Spring Enrollment * February 1 for Summer Enrollment
ADVANCED PLACEMENT FOR THE LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE (LPN)
An applicant who has completed a Practical Nursing Program may be eligible for advanced placement in the Associate Degree
Nursing Program. The qualified applicant must meet admission criteria and successfully complete the following: The NCLEX-
PN, the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (ACE) I PN-RN, an examination validating clinical nursing skills, all prerequisite
coursework, and provide verification of current licensure.
The LPN receives seven trimester hours of credit in nursing and is exempt from taking NRSG 110 & 111. The LPN will transfer
into the second trimester of the first year after successfully challenging NRSG 112, Techniques of Clinical Nursing. The
Department of Nursing reserves the right to request that the student attends selected classes within NRSG 110, 111, or 112
A minimum of 50 credits must be earned at FHCHS.
HEALTH ASSESSMENT, IMMUNIZATIONS, AND CPR REQUIREMENTS
The health assessment, immunizations, and CPR must be current. Refer to the current Academic Bulletin for a listing of the
LAPTOP COMPUTER REQUIREMENT
A laptop computer is required for the Program and must be purchased from FHCHS.
FHCHS will conduct a background check on all students before they will be allowed to practice in the clinical setting. Any
student convicted of a felony may not be allowed to practice at Florida Hospital.
GROUNDS FOR DENIAL OF LICENSURE
Following successful completion of the Associate Degree Program, there are grounds on which a license to practice may be
denied by the Florida Board of Nursing and other state boards of nursing.
For questions regarding denial of licensure – contact the Florida Board of Nursing.
(850) 245-4158 or http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqu/nursing/nur_home.html.
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences
671 Winyah Drive - Orlando, Florida 32803
800-500-7747 or 407-303-9798
NOTE: This sheet is meant for general information purposes only and in no way replaces or supersedes the current FHCHS Academic Bulletin.