Nursing RN Application Process and Selection Guidelines

This program prepares students for entry-level positions as professional registered nurses. 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 educational preparation and experience in nursing. 

Upon completion of the program the student may make application to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Admission to the Nursing program is limited. 

All A.S. degree-seeking students must satisfy entry assessment requirements.
Admission requirements are subject to change for compliance with accreditation standards.

Annual Deadlines and Program Start Dates

Fall Term Deadline (August Start):  Second Thursday in March

Spring Term Deadline (January Start):  Second Thursday in July

The Eastern Florida State College Nursing ADN program begins every Fall and Spring term. Students must complete and submit the application requirements before the application deadline in order to be considered for program selection. The program that starts in August has a deadline of the second Thursday in March each year, and the program that starts in January has a deadline of the second Thursday in July each year. Both programs 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.

All application materials and paperwork must be turned in to the Nursing and Health Sciences Admissions and Advising office on the Melbourne campus (Building 15, Room 101) by the deadlines listed above. Appicants must also return to the Health Sciences Admissions office to sign off that their application folder contents are complete and correct before the folder will be sent to the nursing department. All applicants will be notified by mail of their status for the program approximately 8-10 weeks after the deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to review the completed application folder to be submitted for admission to the selection committee.

Selection Guidelines

Please use the following checklist and information to guide your application. Specific steps for the application process are explained in the accordion below these guidelines.

Preparation for Program

Required:  All applicants must take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test, version VII. Required TEAS scores must be a minimum of 69% in Reading. Students may take the TEAS three times per academic year. However, students may only take the TEAS once a year at an EFSC testing center. Students may take other attempts at other institutions or via a remote option. Scores for the TEAS are good for two years. Visit EFSC's TEAS page for details about on-campus and remote options and TEAS registration.

Recommended: It is in the best interest for applicants to meet with a health science advisor prior to taking the prerequisite courses to ensure that the student understands all the requirements for admission into the ADN program, including a review of the academic performance standards listed below. Additionally, it is highly recommended that students meet with a Health Science Advisor during the semester that they are applying.

Academic Performance Standards

Students must have general education and prerequisite/support courses completed with a “C” or better by the application deadline.

General Education & Prerequisite Courses   Credits Needed: 16
ENC 1101 Composition 1 3
BSCC 1010 General Biology 4
  Mathematics Core Requirement 3
  Social/Behavioral/Civic Literacy Core Requirement 3
  Humanities Core Requirement 3
Support Courses***   Credits Needed: 15
BSCC 2093 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
BSCC 2094 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 4
PSY 2012 General Psychology 1 3
MCBC 2010 Microbiology for Health Sciences 4

***A grade of "C" or higher is necessary in all support courses for progression and graduation

GPA Requirements :  Students must have general education and prerequisite requirements completed with a "C" or better by the application deadline. See a health science advisor for any exceptions. All applicants must have an average GPA of at least 3.0 in the science courses (BSCC1010; BSCC 2093; BSCC 2094 and MCBC 2010). Transfer coursework must be from an accredited institution.

Experiential Standards

Special consideration will be given to any applicant who has earned any of the following:

  1. Completion of a previous healthcare program from an accredited institution
  2. Healthcare work experience
  3. Military service (2 years or more)
  4. Completion of an AA or AS degree in any field
  5. Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in any field
  6. Completion of a Master’s Degree in any field

Please tell us about yourself, your motivations for a nursing career, and your interests in EFSC as your selected institution of higher learning. Complete the following:

1. Personal writing essay: This essay is a writing sample illustrating your communication and writing skills, and motivation for entering the profession of nursing. Please tell us why you want to be a nurse in 250-500 words. This is your personal statement.

2. Recommendation Letters: Please submit 1-3 recommendation letters pertinent to academic and/or healthcare experience. Letters of Recommendation must be signed.

3. Co-Curriculars/Honors/Awards/Accolades: Please share your participation in extracurricular activities, community involvement, honors and/or awards and/or leadership roles.

4. Certifications/Credentials/Work Experience/Life Experience

5. Complete five (5) short questions with answers that address the following:

1. Working with people from different backgrounds or cultures can be complex. Can you tell us about a time when you were challenged to adapt to people from different backgrounds or cultures from your own? What did you do to resolve the situation?
2. Provide us with five (5) adjectives describing your strengths and five (5) adjectives describing your weaknesses.
3. Identify five essential character traits you believe are needed in nursing.
4. Describe any community service, leadership experience, and/or healthcare experience you believe will contribute to your success in nursing school and career in nursing.
5. Obtaining a college degree requires persistence and the ability to stay focused on the end result. Share with us a long-term goal that you had, the steps/process you took to obtain that goal, and how you overcame any obstacles that you encountered. This goal could be academic, personal, or extracurricular in nature.

Application Information and Steps

Follow the steps below, guided by the Selection Guidelines shared above. If you have questions, reach out to Health Sciences Advising at 321-433-7575 or

Accordian Table

Meet with a Health Science Advisor

This recommended advising session is to ensure that you qualify for the program. Students need to make an appointment to speak to a Health Science Advisor.

Verify Your EFSC General Admissions Status

Proceed with this step based on whether you are a new, former or current student using the information below.

New Students: Apply for General Admission to EFSC using the online application system and pay the $30 application fee. Send all official college transcripts to an EFSC General Admissions Office. Complete the online New Student Orientation and submit residency documentation to EFSC's General Admissions Office. Learn more about the admissions process and general admissions contacts.

Please note that application processing can take up to 14 days due to the current volume of applications. Check your email frequently for your acceptance letter.

Returning (Readmit) Students: Students who have not attended EFSC in over a year must apply online to EFSC as a readmit student. Please note that if you are a returning or re-admit student who previously applied to EFSC before October 17, 2018, you will need to create a new account in the College's updated online application system, which uses your email address and a password you create for easy login. Update all pages of the application. Submit any official transcripts earned since last attending EFSC (if applicable), and turn in residency documentation to General Admissions. Visit the admissions website to learn more about the readmit process.

Current Students can move on to the next step.

Prepare for the Nursing program

Take the prerequisite support and general education courses, take the TEAS test, and see a health science advisor.

Submit the Nursing Program Application

The program has a separate health sciences online application in addition to the general EFSC application. Your EFSC general admissions acceptance letter will include your Student ID number and password required to access the myEFSC Student Portal. You will also use that ID number and password to log in and submit the limited access Health Sciences application. The limited access application has a $25 application fee and must be properly submitted by the application deadline.

Please note you can submit the program application while working on submitting other required documents.

Prepare Your File for Admissions/Selection Committee Review

Turn in all required documents to the Health Science Admissions office on the Melbourne Campus, Building 15, Room 101 by the application deadline.

While dropping off the documents in person at that Melbourne Campus office is preferred, they can be faxed or emailed if coming to campus is not possible. If emailing, please try to combine documents that you are submitting into one PDF file. When this is not possible, please attach all your PDF documents to one email, sent to by the application deadline. You will get a confirmation email that your PDF documents have been received. If you are FAXing your documents, please include your phone number if you want confirmation of receipt. The FAX number is 321-433-7579.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to keep track of the documents they have submitted for admission to the selection committee. Folders that are not complete for any reason will not be reviewed.

  • Online Application to the Associate Degree Nursing Program as explained in the step above, with application fee paid online or to the cashier’s office.
  • All unofficial transcripts: Student copy from all colleges and universities attended, including EFSC. Transcripts from other colleges should be evaluated by the Registrar’s Office prior to the application deadline.
  • TEAS scores
  • Healthcare Work Experience Form – must be completed by Job Supervisor(s) - if applicable
  • Essay, short answers and other information you are submitting per the instructions in the Attributes section of the Selection Guidelines 
  • 1-3 letters of recommendation

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, sexual orientation, 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.