Nursing RN Application Process and Selection Guidelines

Important Note: The Application and Selection Process for this program changed to the process outlined on this web page effective July 16, 2019 for applicants planning to start the ADN program in Fall 2020 or later. If you applied for the Spring Term 2020 cohort program that starts in January and need to review the previous selection criteria, please click here to visit the page with that infomation.

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.

Deadlines and Program Start Dates

Deadline:  March 15 to start in August (Fall term)
Deadline:  July 15 to start in January (Spring term)

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 March 15 deadline each year, and the program that starts in January has a July 15 deadline 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. 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 VI. Required TEAS scores must be above 58.7% overall and 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 check the ATI website for additional testing locations. The highest scores (in both areas) on a single attempt will be used. Scores for the TEAS are good for two years.

Required:  All applicants must have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.8; 3.0 or above is recommended. Transfer coursework must be from an accredited institution.

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. Additionally, it is highly recommended that students meet with a Health Science Advisor during the semester that they are applying. Students will be given an advising sheet with a signed advisement card as proof of the advisement session. Only original cards will be accepted (No copied, faxed or emailed cards will be considered).

Recommended:  Students should attend a Nursing Group Information Session during the year they are applying to the RN program. This is an opportunity for students to acquire information about all of our nursing programs and ask questions of the faculty, advisors and current students. Nursing Group Information Sessions will be held three times a year, once per semester. Group Information Session cards will be issued at the end of each session as proof of attendance. Only original cards, complete with the student’s name and B number, will be accepted (No copied, faxed or emailed cards will be considered). Nursing Group Information Cards are valid for one year. 

Academic Performance Standards
General Education & Prerequisite Courses   Credits Needed: 16
BSCC 2093 * Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
ENC 1101 Composition 1 3
PSY 2012 General Psychology 1 3
MAC 1105 College Algebra 3
OR MAT 1033 Intermediate Algebra 3
  Humanities Requirement 3
Support Courses   Credits Needed: 16
BSCC 2094 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 4
DEP 2004 Developmental Psychology 3
MCBC 2010 * Microbiology for Health Sciences 4
HSCC 1000 Introduction to Healthcare 3

* BSCC 2093 and MCBC 2010 have a required prerequisite of BSCC 1010 (General Biology 1) which is not included in the overall program credit hours and therefore students may not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid for this specific prerequisite course.

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

Important Notes About Prerequisite and Support Courses:
  • In order to take the above sciences with labs at EFSC, you must pass BSCC 1010 General Biology 1.
  • In order to take DEP 2004 Developmental Psychology, you must pass PSY 2012 General Psychology.
  • All developmental education classes (if applicable) must be completed prior to the application deadline.

Required:  Students must have Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2, Microbiology, and Introduction to Healthcare completed within the last 10 years (5 preferred) with a “C” or better by the application deadline. Science prerequisites should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to promote success within the nursing program. 

Required: General Education courses must be completed before or during the semester students are applying to the RN program. This includes Composition 1, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Humanities, and Intermediate Algebra. Preference will be given to those who have completed College Algebra or higher math.

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 eight short questions with answers that address the following:

  1. All students can contribute to the creation of a diverse and inclusive environment when diversity is defined most broadly. Whether by a personal attribute, characteristic, culture, experience or behavior, please tell us how you believe you will contribute to the diversity of EFSC and the nursing profession.
  2. 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?
  3. In what areas do you anticipate you will excel and conversely be challenged in the nursing program?
  4. Discuss a person, incident, or experience in your life that prepared you most to become a nurse who will care for a diverse population of patients.
  5. Share life experiences influencing your interest in nursing and illustrating an understanding of respect for the individual, the need for continuous improvement, integrity, and professional competence in nursing.
  6. Describe how your personal strengths, experiences, and aptitude will contribute to your success in nursing school and career in nursing (community service, leadership experience, healthcare experience).
  7. Explain the academic challenges, success, or obstacles in your life that impacted your ability to achieve your goals including stress reduction techniques used.
  8. 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

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Meet with a Health Science Advisor

This recommended advising session is to ensure that you qualify for the program. Health Science Advising is available on the Cocoa, Melbourne and Titusville Campuses. Students may walk in on the Cocoa and Melbourne Campuses or make an appointment. On the Titusville Campus, Health Science Advising is available on Thursday mornings, by appointment only.

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 applications are processed in the order they were received and application processing time may take up to one week. 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, attend a nursing information session 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

The following items must be submitted to Health Science Admissions, Melbourne Campus, Building 15, Room 101, 3865 North Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935 by the application deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to review the completed application folder to be submitted for admission to the selection committee.

  • 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
  • Advisement Card (no copies permitted) - if applicable
  • Group Information Session Card (no copies permitted) - 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.