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Nursing RN Selection Point System

The Associate Degree Nursing Admission Selection Committee is based on a point system as part of the admissions process. Committee members carefully tabulate and confirm points accumulated by each applicant by the application deadline.

Keep in Mind:

Application files must be submitted by March 15th for Fall Term start or by July 15th for Spring Term start. Application paperwork must be submitted to the Nursing & Health Sciences Admissions Office on EFSC's Melbourne Campus, Building 15, Room 101.

All applicants will be notified by mail of their status for the program approximately 8-10 weeks after the deadline.

A file ready for the Admissions Committee review must include:
  • Online Application to the Associate Degree Nursing Program, with application fee paid online or to the cashier‟s office.
  • All unofficial transcripts: Student copies from all colleges and universities attended, including EFSC. Faxed copies of transcripts will not be accepted.
The following items (if applicable) must also be in your file by the deadline:
  • Work Experience Form – must be completed by Job Supervisor(s).
  • Advisement Card (no copies permitted).
  • Group Orientation Card (no copies permitted).
  • One-page essay
  • No more than three letters of recommendation are suggested (Optional).
  • TEAS scores (must list both the Adjusted Individual Total and Reading Comprehension scores)

Click category for details on Selection Criteria: Point System

Entrance Test (TEAS Test)

REQUIRED: Applicants must take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Test for the Nursing RN (including Transition RN) and LPN programs. In order to be considered for program admission, each program requires a TEAS Reading Comprehension score of 69% and an Adjusted Individual Total (overall) score of 58.7%. Several testing dates are scheduled prior to the application deadlines and seats are limited. See TEAS Test Dates for more information.

EFSC Institute of Nursing TEAS Test Policy: The RN Nursing, Transition RN Nursing and Practical Nursing programs will only consider TEAS test scores taken once per year (the first attempt within said year will be used) for application consideration into a nursing program by the application deadline. Test scores are valid for 2 years.

Grade Point Average

REQUIRED:  Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA to apply to the program. Points will not be given for GPA.

Health Care Experience

Applicants may receive points in ONLY ONE of the following categories:

• Work Experience: Applicants with a minimum of one year full-time or equivalent work experience in a health care position during the last two years involving direct patient care, will receive 3 points.

• Health Sciences/Nursing program Graduate: Program one semester or less, with 6 months full-time or equivalent work experience within the last two years involving direct patient care, will receive 5 points.

• Health Sciences/Nursing program Graduate: Program two semesters or more, with 6 months full-time or equivalent work experience within the last two years involving direct patient care, will receive 7 points.

• Graduate of a Health Sciences/Nursing program (patient-care related): two semesters or more, with no recent direct-patient care experience will receive 4 points

• Graduate with a Bachelor's or Master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution will receive 5 points 

• Graduate with an Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Science degree, or an Associate of Applied Science degree from a regionally accredited institution will receive 2 points.

• Military Service - two years or more, will receive 2 points.

Please use the “HEALTH EXPERIENCE FORM” for documentation of position and dates worked, and reference from their supervisor. Any programs not evident on transcripts should be documented by providing a copy of the certificate or other documentation. Work experience is calculated based on the start of employment/volunteering. A Health Science program must involve direct, hands-on patient care/contact to count for points.

Group Orientation

Each applicant will receive 5 points for attending a Group Orientation regarding the Associate Degree Nursing program. Group Orientations are hosted in the few months preceding the application deadline. Students must attend the orientation designated for the term they are applying for. Cards will be issued at the orientation as proof of attendance - no duplicates will be issued. If lost, students will be required to attend another group orientation to receive another card.

Advisement Session

Students who have completed an advisement session with a Health Sciences Student Advisor, as evidenced by a signed advisement card, will receive 3 points. This card can only be obtained from a Nursing & Health Science Advisor, and no duplicates will be issued. The card is only valid for 1 year after the issue date.  Please view office location, contact number and hours on the Contact Us area of our main web page. Appointments are not required.

Specific Courses 

1. Completion of the following courses within the last five (5) years will result in points with an "A" being worth 5 points, a "B" is worth 3 points and a "C" is worth 1 point.

  • Anatomy & Physiology I (includes Lab)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (includes Lab)
  • Microbiology (includes Lab)

NOTE: The student's first "passed" attempt for the above courses, during the last 5 years, will be used for point calculation. Please see a Nursing & Health Science Advisor regarding any possible exceptions to the year requirement.

2. College Algebra, or higher math (MAC or STA): If taken, a student can earn up to 5 points. An "A" is worth 5 points, a "B" is worth 3 points, a "C" is worth 1 point. The highest grade will count as awarded points; no year requirement.

3. Health Electives: If taken, successful completion of two of the following courses will result in 1 point each for a maximum of 2 points. (no year requirement; not required in the curriculum).

• Medical Terminology
• Introduction to Health Care
• Nutrition
• Medical Law, Ethics and Bioethics 

*All the above course work to be considered for points must be successfully completed, and reflect on the transcript, with a grade of "C" or better, by the application deadline.


Essay. Submit a one-page, typed essay titled "Why I Am Choosing Nursing As A Career."  This will result in 2 points.


Letters of recommendation are encouraged but not required. 

Declined students are encouraged to see a Health Science Advisor for a folder review. Applicants who received a minimum of 28 points on a previous RN application, will be awarded 2 points toward their next application. Applicants must reapply, pay the application fee, and update their folder contents as needed. In addition, students must submit a written request for their folder to be held over.

Equal Access Policy

Eastern Florida State College is dedicated to providing a nondiscriminatory environment which promotes equal access, equal educational opportunity, and equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, race, national origin, color, ethnicity, genetic information, religion, sex, gender preference, pregnancy, disability, marital status, veteran status, ancestry, or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.
EFSC recognizes the rights of students and applicants with disabilities, including those with hepatitis B, under the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.