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For more information about Eastern Florida's Associate Degree Nursing Program or the application procedure, call:
Health Sciences Admissions & Advising


Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) Application Process

The ADN program prepares students for entry-level positions as a Professional Registered Nurse (RN). The practice of Professional Nursing means the performance of those acts requiring substantial specialized knowledge, judgment, and nursing skill based upon applied principles of psychological, biological, physical and social sciences. The professional Nurse is responsible and accountable for making decisions that are based upon the individual's education and experience in Nursing.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive an A.S. Degree and will be eligible to take the national examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). The graduate has the foundation necessary to continue his/her education in Nursing upon completion of the program.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program admits 60 students on two different deadlines annually. All two-year ADN programs are located on the Melbourne campus. Incomplete files will not be considered for program admission.  Applicants are responsible for submitting and verifying all required information to the Health Science Admissions Office (Melbourne Campus, Building 15, Room 101) prior to the application deadline dates. Application Deadlines and Program Start Dates are as follows:

Fall Term Start: Melbourne Campus 
  • Application Deadline: March 15th
  • Program Start Date: August
  • Accept / Decline Notification: 10 weeks
Spring Term Start: Melbourne Campus 
  • Application Deadline: July 15th
  • Program Start Date: January
  • Accept / Decline Notification: 10 weeks

Application materials may be submitted to the Health Science and Nursing Admissions and Advising Office in person or by U.S. mail.

Health Science and Nursing Admissions
Eastern Florida State College
3865 N Wickham Rd, Building 15, Room 101
Melbourne, FL 32935

Applicants are evaluated for admission by the ADN Selection Committee and based upon a point system explained in detail at the Selection Criteria section. For selection, you MUST satisfy program entrance requirements outlined below.

There is no waiting list; non-accepted students who wish to reapply must request (in writing) that their folder be held over for subsequent deadlines. Students reapplying must submit a new online application and payment as well as update their folder content.

The Associate Degree Program is nationally accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, phone 404-975-5000

The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, Florida 32399. Telephone: 850-488-0595

Application Procedure

Meet with a Health Science Advisor

See a Health Science Advisor to discuss admissions criteria, application deadlines, testing requirements, and set up a course plan to complete prerequisite and general education classes. 

Click to schedule a Health Science Advising Appointment. You will receive an email or phone call from the advisor as confirmation of your appointment. Please note that your requested time may not be available. If you have not received a response within two business days, please check your email's spam folder.

Verify EFSC Student Status

Applicants must be active EFSC students in order to apply to the Nursing program. New students must apply to EFSC online.  Returning EFSC students who have not attended EFSC in over a year must readmit to the college. Students must complete all general admissions requirements including sending OFFICIAL high school and/or college transcripts, orientation, placement testing, residency, etc. as indicated in the EFSC acceptance letter.

Take Required Nursing Prerequisites

Students must take the required Nursing prerequisite courses before applying to the Nursing program.  Please see the Selection Criteria and a Health Science Advisor for more information. It is also very helpful to complete the general education courses prior to beginning the Nursing program.

*Please note:  All developmental education classes (if applicable) must be completed before applying to the EFSC Registered Nursing Program.

Submit TEAS Test Scores

Applicants must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) prior to the application deadline. The test is valid for 2 years. The first attempt within 1 year will be used. (See Health Program TEAS Test for test dates, version, information and registration.) 

Submit the Verification of Health-Related Experience Form

Submit the Verification of Health-Related Experience form. Applicants who do not have any health-related work experience do not need to submit the form.

Other Required or Recommended  Steps

  • Submit Unofficial Transcripts. An UNOFFICIAL transcript from EFSC and all previously attended colleges is required with your RN application packet. Transfer students may complete the health and nursing transcript request form and submit to the Nursing & Health Science Admissions Office so that your previous college coursework can be placed in your application folder for committee review.  You must also submit a current unofficial EFSC transcript to reflect all courses taken at or transferred to EFSC. Unofficial EFSC transcripts can be accessed through MyGPS or at
  • Attend an advisement session with a Health Sciences Advisor. You do not need to schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor. Please see here for office hours and contacts. Point sheets and advising cards must be turned in with your Nursing application packet to qualify for points.
  • Attend an Nursing Group Orientation. You do not need to schedule an appointment to attend. Please see the Nursing Group Orientation Dates on the Nursing RN program landing page. Group Orientation cards must be turned in with your Nursing application packet to earn points.

Complete Online Institute of Nursing Application

Complete the online Nursing Application for the Associate Degree Nursing Program. This application should be submitted no later than the posted deadline date for the option of your choice. A $25 non-refundable fee will be charged to your EFSC account for this application.  The fee is to be paid at the cashier's office or online, no later than the application deadline.