Florida Southern College’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences provides unique opportunities for personal and professional growth for registered nurses seeking career advancement. Our Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing.

The Florida Southern College School of Nursing & Health Sciences faculty members are committed to promoting educational excellence and providing unique opportunities for personal and professional growth for nursing students. In the roles of mentor, role model, expert resource and facilitator, faculty are dedicated to enabling the student to master new skills, to critically evaluate situations, and to integrate new knowledge and skills into nursing practice through innovative approaches to the delivery of health care in diverse settings.

Why Choose FSC for Nursing

  • Our academic terms enable full-time students to complete up to 36 credit hours per year.
  • Scheduling is flexible for the working RN.
  • Personalized attention is available in small classes with an average ratio of student-to-faculty of 13:1.
  • Courses are arranged conveniently for working professionals.
  • Use the latest medical equipment to further your nursing skills.

This program is designed for the working nurse and incorporates individual experience into the education process.

Program outcome goals are to prepare students to

  • Use scientific evidence in practice while upholding professional standards and ethics.
  • Communicate effectively as professional leaders.
  • Handle critical situations in varied healthcare settings.
  • Initiate projects that will improve health services to patients.

The baccalaureate nursing program provides a contemporary curriculum that:

  1. Provides the student with a value based liberal arts foundation for their first professional degree.
  2. Prepares the student for lifelong learning.
  3. Advances individual critical thinking skills.
  4. Prepares the student for graduate school.

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Nursing Program Requirements

Students who have earned an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited community college in Florida will have met all General Education requirements and may have earned up to 64 hours toward the R.N. - B.S.N. degree. For students who have earned a diploma in nursing or an Associate of Science degree, a maximum of 64 semester hours from a regionally accredited community college may be applied to the R.N. - B.S.N. degree. Additionally, 30 semester hours may be awarded upon verification of a valid Florida Registered Nurse license. Courses toward the FSC General Education requirement are awarded on a course-by-course equivalency, if an A.A. was not earned at another institution prior to matriculation at Florida Southern.

Nursing (R.N. - B.S.N.) Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 40 hours
BUS 2217 Principles of Management
CHE 2110 Physiological Chemistry
MAT 2022 Elementary Statistics
NUR 3102 Conceptual Foundations of Nursing
NUR 3104 Applied Pathophysiology
NUR 3106 Basics of Health Assessment
NUR 4110 Evidence Based Health Care
NUR 4570 Community Health Nursing Care
NUR 4590 Leadership & Management
NUR 4999 Professional Nursing Practice
C. Electives 44 hours
E. Total 124 hours

For a complete listing of requirements, please refer to the
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Admission Requirements

  • Completed Online Application
  • Official Transcripts of all Academic Work
  • If less than 60 credit hours have been earned from a regionally accredited college or university, official high school transcripts are also required.
  • Current active licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of Florida
FDLE Background Check and
10-panel urine drug screen
Immunization Tracker $35.00
Student Liability Insurance $15.00
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Course Descriptions

Nursing Courses

Four hours. This course introduces the student to the rationale and values inherent in a baccalaureate education in nursing. It enables the student to explore professional nursing practice, philosophical perspectives of nursing, legal and ethical issues relevant to practice and the changing practice environment. RN to BSN Program only.

Four hours. Same as HSC 3104. Prerequisite: Nursing or health sciences major or permission of the instructor. Pathophysiology is the study of altered human physiology and disease processes. The course content provides a basis for nursing practice through learning body organ systems, homeostatic mechanisms, and the body's response to illness and injury.

Four hours. This course prepares the student to collect and document data accurately as required for a basic health assessment of patients across the life span. It includes a skills laboratory component.

Four hours. Same as HSC 4110. Prerequisites: MAT 2022 or MAT 2023 and nursing or health sciences major or permission of the instructor and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course integrates theory and concepts from health care and nursing that apply to the generation, appraisal, use, and dissemination of research that contributes to safe, effective, and high quality healthcare practice and delivery.

Four hours. Prerequisites: Nursing majors and NUR 2201 and NUR 3106. Students will apply concepts, theories, and practice from nursing and public health sciences to assess the health and health care delivery for culturally diverse and vulnerable populations. Students will assess physical, social, and cultural environments, identify populations at risk, and implement and evaluate appropriate nursing interventions in partnership with community and other health agencies.

Four hours. Same as HSC 4590. Prerequisites: Senior status and nursing or health science majors and permission of instructor. In this course the student examines his or her personal development as a health care professional and identifies goals for transitioning to practice. Leadership skills and life management skills are refined. Political, legal, and advocacy issues in nursing and health care are examined. Students will conduct an independent practicum at area health care facilities.

Six hours. Prerequisite: All prior nursing courses. This course allows the student to develop and initiate a plan of care for aggregates in the community. The plan will include concepts discussed throughout the curriculum. The student will practice roles of provider of care, designer/manager/ coordinator of care and member of a profession.

Business Courses

Four hours. Concepts, principles, and functions of management applicable to all types of organizations; different managerial styles.

Chemistry Courses

Four hours. A survey and study of chemical concepts that includes atomic structure, chemical reactivity, chemical bonding, and acid/base chemistry. Special emphasis is placed upon the study of organic compounds that includes structure, properties, and reactions of functional groups followed by an examination of the role these molecules play in biological structures and processes. For RN to BSN students only.

Mathematics Courses

Four hours. Students use statistical methods to analyze data from real world situations and make inferences. These methods involve descriptive analysis, probability distributions, correlation, linear regression, the Central Limit Theorem, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. Credit cannot be earned for both MAT 2022 and MAT 2032.