AS Nursing – Traditional Track


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Program Description

The Nursing Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career in the nursing field. Due to the current shortage of skilled nurses, there are tremendous opportunities in nursing. Valencia’s nationally-accredited program is one of the best for preparing men and women for nursing careers, by connecting students directly to situations nurses face today. The program offers classroom curriculum together with real-life clinical experiences to help nurses build skills and confidence. Valencia’s Nursing program is limited-access, meaning that admission to the college does not imply acceptance to the Nursing program. Students must apply and be accepted to the program. Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Exam to become a registered nurse (RN).

Valencia’s program is coordinated with local health care agencies, the State Department of Education and the State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Traditional Track

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 an R.N. to B.S.N. (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program.

Program Length:

  • 72 credits
  • 5 semesters (after completion of the required general education courses)

Learn How To

  • Assess patient health problems and needs, develop nursing care plans and provide care to patients who are injured or disabled.
  • Assist patients in their rehabilitation to reach maximum levels of functioning.
  • Care for the physical and emotional well-being of patients.
  • Protect patients’ safety and personal rights.
  • Use critical thinking skills to make clinical decisions alone or in collaboration with the patient’s significant other and/or other members of the healthcare team.

Career Outlook

Job Outlook

Registered Nurses are projected to gain the second largest number of new jobs among all occupations in Florida over the next decade as demand for healthcare increases. Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 26 percent from 2014 to 2022 in our Region—faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventative care; growing rates of chronic conditions; a growing number of people with access to health care services; and the demand for healthcare services from an aging population. (Florida Bureau of Labor Market Statistics).

Potential Careers

  • Registered Nurse

Steps for Nursing Admission

  1. Attend a Nursing Information Session. Please bring a copy of the program guide for your desired track with you. If you are not local and cannot attend the information session, review the program guide and read the Nursing Frequently Asked Questions.
  2. Apply to Valencia College.
  3. Complete required general education courses before applying to the nursing program.
  4. Once your transcripts have been received and evaluated, and if you meet eligibility requirements, you can apply to the Nursing program.

Note: Transfer students and current Valencia students must schedule an appointment to talk to an advisor prior to submitting the Nursing application.

International Students

Effective Fall 2017, Valencia College will begin accepting applications from International Students interested in applying to any Health Science Program – excluding the following programs:

  • Accelerated Track in Nursing
  • All Bachelor of Science Degree programs
  • All Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) programs
Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Valencia College won the 2012 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, recognizing it as the best two-year college in the United States. We were named the best because we provide a quality educat ... Read More

Valencia College won the 2012 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, recognizing it as the best two-year college in the United States. We were named the best because we provide a quality education and help students reach their goals. We have one of the highest graduation rates in the country and provide guaranteed transfer to a state university. Valencia College is a more affordable place to start your U.S. education. We provide the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, but our tuition costs 40 percent less than a state university’s. We also have great professors and advisors, small class sizes, and plenty of support resources to help you succeed. With more than 175 countries represented on our campuses, Valencia College welcomes students from all over the world. And, wherever you come from, we’ll help you have a successful U.S. college experience. Read less
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