Admission to Program
In addition to applying to the College, those wishing to enter the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must also be accepted into the program. Admission to the College does not imply acceptance into the program. Students must submit a specific program application and meet all program application and admission requirements (see below) for consideration.
Applicants should submit the program application only when all of the program requirements have been met. Applicants may apply at any time. Once an application packet is submitted, it cannot be amended. Students who submit an incomplete application must reapply to the program once all requirements have been met.
The program application checklist and program application form will be available after April 1, 2014.
The deadline for application for August admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is May 30.
The deadline for application for January admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is September 15.
Program application and admission requirements:
- Completed PHSC application with application fee
- Completed Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program application and application fee
Official high school transcript or GED scores indicating receipt of a high school equivalency diploma, if required for documentation of foreign language requirement (completion of two consecutive years of one foreign language). The foreign language requirement must be met prior to the completion of the bachelor's degree. This requirement can be met by any of the following:
- Completion of two years of high school instruction in the same foreign language
- Completion of a minimum of 8 college-level credits in one foreign language
- Achievement of minimum scores on a foreign language proficiency exam approved by the Admissions and Student Records office
- Completion of a high school diploma from a foreign country where the student studied in a language other than English
- Complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or higher: MAC 1105 - College Algebra (or any Area III college-level math course listed in the AS degree program requirements), STA 2023 - Introduction to Statistics, ENC 1102 - English Composition II and CGS 1100 - Microcomputer Applications
- Official transcripts from each United States college and university attended other than PHSC
- Official transcripts showing an Associate in Science degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution or a diploma in nursing accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Copy of a current, unrestricted, unencumbered registered nurse license from the state in which the applicant is practicing, to be kept current throughout the duration of the program
- Submission of Admission Essay on Philosophy of Nursing Education and Clinical Practice
Students must meet the requirements for college-level mathematics, reading and writing.
Non-Nursing Course Requirements:
General Education Requirements (36 credits):
Students who have completed an AA degree at a public Florida college will have met the General Education requirements. Students who have completed an AA degree at an institution outside of Florida, or those who have earned an AS degree or diploma in nursing, but have General Education courses that may vary from the requirements below, should consult with an advisor to determine if acceptable substitutions may satisfy some or all of Pasco-Hernando State College's General Education requirements. Students with a diploma in nursing may need to take additional General Education courses.
Area I: Communications (9 credit hours)
- ENC 1101 - English Composition I
- ENC 1102 - English Composition II
- SPC 2608 - Introduction to Public Speaking
Area II: Mathematics (6 credit hours)
- MAC 1105 - College Algebra (or higher MAC course)
- STA 2023 - Introduction to Statistics (required)
Area III: Natural Sciences (6 credit hours)
- BSC 1085 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BSC 1085L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
- BSC 1086 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II and BSC 1086L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
- PSY 1012 - Introduction to Psychology
- Any 3 credit hour course with prefix AMH, DEP, ECO, EUH or POS
Area V: Humanities (6 credit hours)
- PHI 1630 - Applied Ethics
- Any 3 credit hour course with HUM or REL prefix
Area VI: Information Literacy and Technology Fluency (3 credit hours)
- CGS 1100 - Microcomputer Applications
Technical Courses from AS Nursing Degree (42 credits)
Students will also need the following additional courses if not previously taken:
- DEP 2004 - Lifespan Development
- MCB 2010 - Microbiology and MCB 2010L - Microbiology Laboratory
- HUN 2201 - Science of Human Nutrition
The RN to BSN program is entirely online and requires access to a reliable computer and Internet connection. Students are expected to have intermediate to advanced computer competence upon admission.
Students who have started nursing classes in an RN to BSN program at another institution may be able to transfer to the Pasco-Hernando State College program. The student must apply to PHSC and request official transcripts as noted above. Transcripts will be reviewed on a course-by-course basis to determine equivalency to Pasco-Hernando State College courses. In order to receive the baccalaureate degree from Pasco-Hernando State College students must complete at least 25% (30 credits) of the RN to BSN program at PHSC and at least 25% (11 credits) of the upper-division courses required for the program at Pasco-Hernando State College, including the capstone course, NUR 4945 - Nursing Capstone Experience.