Nursing

Associate in Science Degree
(A.S. to B.S. Career Path)

Limited-Access

This program is designed for students who seek employment in the field of nursing and who may decide to continue to any Florida public university as a junior to complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Nursing through R.N. to B.S.N. (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Program. Students wishing to transfer any credits from this program to another institution must accept responsibility for securing approval from the transfer institution.

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN), which measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry level nurse registered nurses. According to the laws governing state licensure, any candidate who has been arrested or convicted of any offense other than minor traffic violations will be required to petition the State Board of Nursing where they will take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam for permission to sit for the licensing exam. Completion of the nursing program does not ensure permission to sit for the licensing exam.

This program has been coordinated with local healthcare agencies, the State Department of Education and the State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, GA. 30326.

The Nursing Programs at Valencia College are a limited-access program. Admission to Valencia College does not imply acceptance to the Nursing Program; students must apply and be accepted to the program. General admission procedures for this program are found in the Admissions section of this catalog. The Division of Nursing provides information about specific admission criteria. Estimated program expenses are given in the financial section of this catalog.

Admission requirements that must be satisfied prior to submitting an application to the A.S. Degree Program in Nursing, Generic Track are:

  • Submit a completed Valencia Application for Admission; satisfy the requirements for Degree-Seeking Status and be in active student status
  • Satisfy the college entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, student success, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which you are placed
  • Satisfactorily complete the general admission requirements for Health Sciences programs in the Admissions section of this catalog

Complete Nursing Program Prerequisite for Admission Courses with a minimum of grade of C and a combined 3.2 average or greater in the following courses:

PSY 2012GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY +~3
DEP 2004DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY +*3
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I (GR) +*~3
HUN 2202ESSENTIALS OF NUTRITION WITH DIET THERAPY +3
Humanities See Gen Ed Requirement +~

Note: Students must achieve a combined average of 3.0 GPA or greater in the following prerequisite nursing courses:

BSC 2093CHUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I *~4
BSC 2094CHUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II *~4
MCB 2010CMICROBIOLOGY *~4

• Have a minimum overall college GPA of 3.2 (including transfer work)

• Satisfy all of the entrance requirements (including admission examinations) for Health Sciences/Nursing programs

• Submit the completed Valencia Nursing Program application with the application fee

Potential Careers

  • Registered Nurse

Salary & Earnings Information

For salary and wage information, visit: www.salary.com or www.smart-college-choices.com

Contacts

Health Sciences Program Advisor, West Campus: HealthScienceAdvising@valenciacollege.edu or 407-582-1288.
For Information Sessions, Admission Guide, Program Application, and the most updated information, visit our website at: valenciacollege.edu/west/health.

Program Outcomes

  • Foster open communication, mutual respect and shared decision making to achieve quality patient outcomes with respect to values, safety, preferences, needs and diversity for patient/family and multidisciplinary teams
  • Integrate clinical decision-making that demonstrates evidence-based practice, competent delivery of patient care, and coordination of mulitdisciplinary teams to achieve safe patient centered outcomes.
  • Utilize technology to communicate and promote coordination of information to mitigate errors, apply knowledge when managing resources, and facilitate safe patient care.
  • Promote lifelong learning and professionalism through exploration of evidence-based practice and professional development.

Generic Track Curriculum

Prerequisite for AdmissionCredit Hours
BSC 2093CHUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I +*~4
BSC 2094CHUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II +*~4
MCB 2010CMICROBIOLOGY +*~4
PSY 2012GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY +~3
DEP 2004DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY +*3
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~3
HUN 2202ESSENTIALS OF NUTRITION WITH DIET THERAPY +3
Humanities See Gen. Ed. Requirement ~3
Year I
Term 1
NUR 1021CNURSING I +*10
Term 2
NUR 1032CNURSING II +*9
Term 3
NUR 1401CNURSING III +*9
Year II
Term 4
NUR 2204CNURSING IV +*9
Term 5
NUR 2823CNURSING V +*4
NUR 2832LNURSING VI +*2
HSC 2151PHARAMACOLOGY AND CLINICAL DECISION MAKING +*2
 Total Credit Hours: 72.0
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This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

*

This course has a prerequisite; check description in Valencia catalog.

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This is a general education course.

Notes:

All accepted applicants are required to submit applications through Valencia for a criminal background check and drug testing. Applicants for Valencia’s Health Sciences Programs must be free of offenses that would disqualify them from a student clinical experience in a healthcare setting and must have their civil rights intact. This policy is in response to requirements by clinical agencies and state/federal regulations.

All specialized program courses are offered on the West Campus; some are offered at the Osceola Campus.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.

BSC 2093C HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
4 semester hours
3 lab hours

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all mandated courses in reading, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes and a minimum grade of B in: Honors high school biology or AP biology and Honors high school chemistry or AP chemistry; or BSC 1010C. Scientific method, biochemical processes of life, cells, tissues, structure and function of integumentary, skeletal, muscular, endocrine and nervous systems, and organs of special senses. Lab exercises emphasize anatomic and physiologic principles associated with classroom work. (Special Fee: $62.00)

BSC 2094C HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
4 semester hours
3 lab hours

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in BSC2093C or department approval Continuation of BSC 2093C, including cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems with considerable emphasis on biochemistry of metabolic processes and body fluids. (Special Fee: $62.00)

DEP 2004 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 semester hours

Prerequisite: PSY 2012 Designed to survey theory and research on development from conception through death. Emphasizes biological, and social variables which influence human behavior

ENC 1101 FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I
3 semester hours

Prerequisites: Score of 103 on writing component of PERT or equivalent score on other state-approved entry test or minimum grade of C in ENC 0025C or EAP 1640C, and a score of 106 on reading component of PERT or equivalent score on other state-approved entry test or minimum grade of C in REA 0017C or EAP 1620C. Development of essay form, including documented essay; instruction and practice in expository writing. Emphasis on clarity of central and support ideas, adequate development, logical organization, coherence, appropriate citing of primary and/or secondary sources, and grammatical and mechanical accuracy. Gordon Rule course in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level writing skills through multiple assignments. Minimum grade of C is required if ENC 1101 is used to satisfy Gordon Rule and General Education Requirements

HSC 2151 PHARAMACOLOGY AND CLINICAL DECISION MAKING
2 semester hours

Prerequisite: Admission to the Health-Related Program Corequisite: NUR 2823C Addresses the use of critical thinking in making clinical decisions related to pharmacotherapy. Interventions include: administration of medications, evaluating the effects of medications, responding to the effects of medications, and incorporation of teaching. A general knowledge of drug classifications is required at the start of the course

HUN 2202 ESSENTIALS OF NUTRITION WITH DIET THERAPY
3 semester hours

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all mandated courses in reading, mathematics, English and EAP; and a minimum grade of C in Honors high school biology or Advanced Placement biology AND Honors high school chemistry or Advanced Placement Chemistry; or a minimum grade of C in BSC 1010C or BSC 2093C or BSC 2094C. A study of general and clinical nutrition. Focuses on nutrients and their digestion, absorption, metabolism, transport and interactions. Students will learn how to select a meal plan for optimum health, nutrition throughout the life cycle and current issues and controversies in nutrition. The diet therapy feature is included for students entering health-care fields

MCB 2010C MICROBIOLOGY
4 semester hours
3 lab hours

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in BSC 1010C or BSC 2093C This lecture/ lab course is designed for Health Science majors. Survey of microbial forms with emphasis on bacteria and viruses: morphology, physiology, genetic mechanisms, and control of microorganisms. Pathogenic processes and microbes discussed in detail. (Special Fee: $137.00)

NUR 1021C NURSING I
10 semester hours
12 lab hours

Prerequisite: Admissions to Nursing A.S. Degree Program Builds the nursing theory base necessary for the registered nurse to communicate effectively, make clinical decisions, and provide a safe and effective environment related to the client's physiological and psychosocial integrity. This course includes learning activities designed to develop oral communication skills and also basic use of computers. A grade of "satisfactory" in the clinical/lab is required. (Special Fee: $190.00)

NUR 1032C NURSING II
9 semester hours
12 lab hours

Prerequisite: NUR 1021C Focuses on the human response to specific alterations in physiological and psychosocial integrity. Begins clinical application of the decision making process. Demonstrates the use of a safe effective environment that promotes and maintains health for specific health alterations that occur in adults. This course includes learning activities that demonstrate increasing competence in oral communication and computer use. Relates professional behaviors and effective communication to specific healthcare environments. A grade of "satisfactory" in the clinical/lab is required. (Special Fee: $176.00)

NUR 1401C NURSING III
9 semester hours
12 lab hours

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in NUR 1032C. Utilizes the theoretical base of human response to alterations in physiological and psychosocial integrity. Adapts clinical decision making to the childrearing family and women's health. Applies the processes involved in making clinical decisions. Provides reinforcement of the theory of a safe effective care environment that promotes and maintains health for specific alterations in this population. Demonstrates increasing skill in use of communication theory and the use of computer driven technology in the clinical and classroom setting. A grade of "satisfactory" in clinical/lab is required. (Special Fee: $192.00)

NUR 2204C NURSING IV
9 semester hours
12 lab hours

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in NUR 1401C Analyzes human response to specific alterations in the physiological and psychosocial integrity. Applies the complex processes involved in making clinical decisions. Provides reinforcement of the theory of a safe effective environment that promotes and maintains health for complex alterations in adults. Enhances skill in the use of communication and use of computer driven technology in the clinical and classroom setting. A grade of "satisfactory" in the clinical/lab is required. (Special Fee: $215.00)

NUR 2823C NURSING V
4 semester hours
9 lab hours

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in NUR 2204C. Co-requisite: HSC 2151. Focuses on leadership roles, management of care, coordination of care services, and collaboration with all team members to ensure safe and effective care for clients, families, significant others, and healthcare personnel in the care environment. Demonstrates effective communication in specific healthcare settings. Relates nursing accountability to the legal, ethical, and regulatory framework. A grade of "satisfactory" in the clinical/lab is required. (Special Fee: $174.00)

NUR 2832L NURSING VI
2 semester hours
6 lab hours

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in HSC 2151 and NUR 2823C Helps the student develop behaviors that will move him/her from the role of student nurse to the role of registered nurse. With the guidance of faculty and a registered nurse (R.N.) preceptor, the student will be assisted to demonstrate his/her ability to independently perform the Valencia Community College Nursing Program Educational outcomes. Learning experiences will be conducted in a variety of patient care settings. A grade of “satisfactory” in the clinical/lab is required. (Special Fee: $178.00)

PSY 2012 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
3 semester hours

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of theory and research in the major areas of psychology, biological, experimental, developmental, social, cognitive, personality, and clinical. This factual and conceptual foundation in psychology will help students understand behavior and apply psychological principles in a variety of settings and to their own lives