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For more information about Eastern Florida's Associate Degree Nursing Program or the application procedure, call:
Health Sciences Admissions & Advising
321-433-7575

 

Transition to RN Nursing Application Process and Selection Guidelines

Important Note: The Application and Selection Process for this program has changed and the information below is in effect for the 2020 deadline for the Transition to RN program. Additionally, the application deadline has changed to May 15, 2020, with classes starting in Fall Term 2020.

The Transition to Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is a hybrid, 13-month program designed specifically for Licensed Practical Nurses, Paramedics and registered/certified Respiratory Therapists who carry a license in the state of Florida. Students enrolled in the Transition to RN program will be awarded advanced standing in the Eastern Florida State College ADN program. 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.

Deadline and Program Start Date

Application Deadline:  May 15 to start in the Fall Term

The Eastern Florida State College Transition to RN ADN program begins every Fall term. Students must complete and submit the application requirements before the application deadline in order to be considered for program selection. The program requires daytime class attendance. 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 May 15 deadline. 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. Admission requirements are subject to change for compliance with accreditation standards.

Preparation for the Transition to RN Program

Required Eligibility: Students who are eligible for this program are Licensed Practical Nurses, Paramedics and registered/certified Respiratory Therapists who carry a license in the state of Florida with a minimum of one year of work experience in their respective fields. Exception: Recent EFSC LPN graduates may apply to the Transition program directly after graduation. See a Health Science Advisor for more information.

Required: All applicants must take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test, version VI. Required TEAS scores must be above 74% in Reading. However, students with higher TEAS scores, will be preferred. 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 score will be used. Scores for the TEAS are good for two years.

Required: All applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the sciences. Transfer students applying to EFSC should allow sufficient time for transcripts to be evaluated prior to the application deadline. 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 should also attend a Nursing Group Information Session during the year they are applying to the Transition to 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 twice a year, once in fall and once in spring. 

Academic Performance Standards

Required: General Education and support/prerequisite courses must be completed with a "C" or better by the application deadline (not the exception below for graduating EFSC PN students).

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
math requirement   3
 any 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 (See a Health Science Advisor for any exceptions or substitutions for this course.) 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.
Exceptions:

• Students may elect to retake Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2, and Microbiology to improve their grades, if desired. The higher grade will be honored.
Note: Students who hold a valid FL license in the healthcare field are exempt from taking Introduction to Healthcare. Those students would have to make up those missing three credits by taking another class in the healthcare field (recommended courses: Nutrition or Advanced Medical Terminology). See a Health Science advisor for more information.

Experiential Standards

Applicants must have completed a minimum of one year of work experience under their Florida licensure as an LPN, paramedic, or respiratory therapist  to be eligible to apply to the Transition to Nursing ADN program. Documentation is required with a work experience form signed by your employer and a copy of your current license.

Exception:

EFSC Pratical Nursing students are eligible to apply to the Transition to Nursing ADN program immediately after graduation from the EFSC Practical Nursing/LPN program with little to no work experience.
• If you graduate from the EFSC Practical Nursing program within one year of the Transition to RN application deadline, you must submit the following: Proof of obtained license/certification OR proof of appointment for license/certification (with exam date no later than July of the Transition RN application year).
• You must have completed a minimum of three prerequisite academic courses and be enrolled for at least two of the remaining degree completion courses for the summer semester. Graduating EFSC Practical Nursing students must see an academic advisor for assistance in planning a degree completion timeline.

Attributes

Please tell us about yourself, your motivations for a nursing career, and your interest 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 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 Transition to RN Selection Guidelines shared above. If you have questions, reach out to Health Sciences Advising at 321-433-7575 or healthscience@easternflorida.edu.

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Meet with a Health Science Advisor

This recommended advising session is to ensure that you qualify for the Transition to RN 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 EFSC was closed for Winter Break from December 13 - January 5. Applications received during that time and since January 6 are now being processed in the order they were received and processing time can take up to seven business days. Check your email frequently for your acceptance letter. If you do not have all admission requirements met prior to the full term start on January 13, EFSC does offer a 12-week term which starts on February 10.

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 Transition to RN 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)
  • Essay, five short answer questions and other information you are submitting per the instructions in the Attributes section of the Selection Guidelines 
  • One to three letters of recommendation
  • Copy of current, active Florida LPN, Paramedic or Respiratory Therapist License / Certification
  • Copy of your current American Heart Association Certifications
  • Recent EFSC LPN grads must submit proof of obtained license/certification OR proof of appointment for license/certification (with exam date no later than June of the Transition RN application year)
  • Signed review of folder contents. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all content is received and accurate prior to the closing application date. Folders that are not complete for any reason will not be reviewed.

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.