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Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

The Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) was established in 1966 with the goal to produce a well-rounded nurse who is able to think critically, make appropriate decisions, communicate effectively and function as a member of a health team in providing holistic care to culturally diverse clients.

The mission of EFSC nursing programs is to provide accessible, quality education to a diverse group of students for all levels of nursing from PCA to BSN. EFSC nursing programs prepare students to meet individual and community needs while providing quality patient care and modeling civic and ethical behaviors.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will receive a Nursing RN Associate in Science (A.S.) degree and will be eligible to take the national examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).

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The Associate Degree Nursing Program is nationally accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 33 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, FL, 32399; 850-488-0595.

Nursing Program Student Achievement Data
Completion Rate: 2021 Graduates/Percentage Completed
  • May 2021 ADN Graduates: 53/96%
  • August 2021 ADN Graduates: 61/93%
  • August 2021 Transition ADN Graduates: 30/100%
  • Total ADN Graduates for 2021: 152/95%
First Time Pass Rate for the NCLEX-RN Licensing Exam
  • ADN Class of 2021*: 68% (Florida average: 59%)
  • *November 2021 graduates to take NCLEX in 2022
Job Placement Rate
  • ADN Class of 2020: 93% offered employment
  • ADN Class of 2021: Data pending
Updated March 2022

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

Program Overview

Degree Type
Associate in Science (A.S.)
Delivery Method
On-Campus, Hybrid
Total Credit Hours
Academic Community
Health Sciences
Contact Information

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The Associate in Science Degree Nursing program offers this traditional two-year program, explained in this web section, and also a 13-month Transition to RN program, which awards advanced standing in the A.S. degree program for qualified Florida Licensed Practical Nurses, Paramedics and registered/certified Respiratory Therapists.

Innovative technology such as the Human Patient Simulator and interactive labs are incorporated within the program. Clinical experiences that emphasize the development of critical thinking skills and involvement in the community are other key aspects of the program.

Nursing RN A.S. Admissions Information

EFSC’s Associate Degree Nursing program is limited access and has a specialized application and selection process. Core courses begin each Fall Term (August) and each Spring Term (January).

Fall Term Cohort Annual Application Deadline: 2nd Thursday in March
Spring Term Cohort Annual Application Deadline: 2nd Thursday in July

Follow the steps below to apply for your chosen start date:

  1. Meet with a Health Sciences advisor to review program requirements and the selection process. The Nursing RN program is guided by selection guidelines. Discussing this with a health science advisor before you apply is recommended as part of the process.
  2. Apply for Admission: Interested students must review and complete the customized Nursing RN Application Process. Completed application files are due by the deadline.
  3. Review complete program information. Check out all the details on this page and look over the Technical Performance Standards, plus review common questions and answers
  4. If selected or chosen as an alternate, complete Accepted Student RequirementsStudents accepted into the Nursing RN A.S. program are required to complete and pass a background check, drug screening, and comply with immunization requirements.

Brief Costs & Financial Aid Eligibility

Estimated expenses for the Associate Degree Nursing - Nursing RN A.S. degree program total about $11,000 for students who are Florida residents.

The program is eligible for Federal aid and all students are encouraged to apply for financial aid and scholarships, especially the EFSC Foundation Titan Scholarships and community-based scholarships that are specifically for nursing program students.

College Courses You Would Take

The program's full catalog curriculum includes detailed guidance on all courses, which require daytime class attendance. The core courses for this ADN program are held on the Melbourne Campus. Clinical experiences are scheduled from 6:30 AM until 6:30 PM, throughout Brevard County, and may occur on any day of the week, including weekends.

Here are just some of the courses you would take:

Related Nursing Programs

Earning the Nursing RN A.S. degree prepares students for EFSC's completely online RN to BSN bachelor program. As you consider this program, explore these other degree and certifificate options in EFSC's nursing programs, especially if you might qualify for the Transition to RN program for qualified healthcare professionals.