Are You Ready for the Future of Nursing?


A report by the Institute of Medicine released in 2010 calls for 80% of the nursing workforce to hold at least a bachelor’s degree by 2020. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported in October 2015 that more than 83% of healthcare industry employers are exhibiting a strong preference for BSN program graduates, and nearly 50% are requiring new hires to have a bachelor's degree in nursing. Are you planning for your future?

Current registered nurses can advance their careers and increase their wages with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.  Learn more about the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at PHSC on Wednesday, February 10 at the Spring Hill campus beginning at 6 p.m. in B105. Program faculty and advisors will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about admission requirements and prerequisite courses that can be taken at any of the five PHSC campuses. The deadline to RSVP is approaching quickly so take the next step forward in your future right now.  This event is free and open to anyone interested in the BSN program at PHSC. For more information call 727.816.3274.



Grab your sneakers and join us for a good cause!  PHSC’s Disabilities Services will host a Run, Walk and Roll 5K on Saturday, February 13 at the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel, 2727 Mansfield Blvd. The race starts at 8 a.m. Prize categories include overall top three in each category—male, female and wheelchair finishers. All proceeds will benefit students seeking disabilities services at PHSC. This family-friendly event also offers a fun run for children beginning at 8:45 a.m.

Register no later than Friday, February 5, 2016 to receive race T-shirt and goody bag. Registration fee is $25 for the public and $15 for PHSC students; Fun Run event fee is $15.

PHSC’s Synergy Plants 2,900 Literacy Seeds


In fall, PHSC’s Synergy Sociology Club began its second annual Plant a Seed Book Drive by issuing a challenge. The club urged community participation in an effort to exceed the 1,300 book donations distributed by the fledgling literacy project in 2014. Community response was overwhelming and in December Synergy members and faculty advisor Bridey Collins delivered 2,900 books to local schools and community service organizations.

The club donated to Cypress Elementary, Moon Lake Elementary, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Dawn Center, New Beginnings Youth Shelter, West Hernando Middle School, and Central High School. The books were greeted with enthusiasm by Cypress Peer Mentors who picked a book to read with their mentees, and the principal at Hernando Middle School, Lori Lessley, shed tears of joy. Moon Lake Elementary Assistant Principal Ellen Thomas escorted the club to a third grade classroom where reading was already in session. Club president Leigh Rignola was invited to conduct story time while the students encircled her attentively.

The day culminated with a stop at Central High School where books will be officially handed over in honor of Sebastian Rivera at a special service later this year. Rivera, Central’s varsity quarterback, tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident traveling to school in September 2015.

Synergy sincerely thanks all those who participated in this year’s enormously successful book drive and offers these words to ponder:

“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change…companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.” ― Barbara W. Tuchman

Synergy Sociology club members with Cypress Elementary peer mentors.

Fort Mose Exhibit Important Piece of History


Pasco-Hernando State College’s Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery presents
Fort Mose: Colonial America’s Black Fortress of Freedom, produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Travel back to America’s first legally sanctioned free black community. Visitors will explore the 500 square foot exhibit to learn the little known story of Fort Mose, a remote island in a Florida marsh, buried from history for more than 150 years.

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Thank You, First Responders


In recognition and support of Florida First Responder Appreciation Week, January 4-8, PHSC extends our appreciation to all those who so valiantly protect and serve us. We acknowledge and honor law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and all frontline responders for their bravery, courage and selflessness.

Please join us as we extend thanks to these local and statewide protectors—our everyday heroes.

PHSC is training future first responders! Learn more at or contact Executive Director of Public Service Programs Charlie May at 352-518-1361

23% Job Growth Expected!


According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, employment opportunities for engineering technicians are expected to grow by 23 percent from 2014 to 2022. Additionally, the FDEO states that engineering technicians working full time in Pasco and Hernando counties can earn $45,400 per year, or $21.83 per hour. Take advantage of this trend with PHSC’s Associate in Science in Engineering Technology! For more information please contact Jessica Bennet at 727-816-3250 or via email at You still have time as spring classes begin January 11, 2016.

Sen. Legg and Tim Moore to Speak at Commencement


At Winter Commencement, guest speakers and PHSC alumni Senator John Legg and Tim Moore will offer a special Charge to the Graduates. Senator Legg will speak at the morning ceremony and Tim Moore, Director at Diamond View Studios, will speak at the afternoon ceremony. PHSC will also confer its first baccalaureate degree to Jamal Roberts.

Live webcast link

Other graduation speakers include: District Board of Trustees Vice Chair Edward C. Blommel; Regina Mirabella, professor, nursing (ADN) and faculty senate president; Reflections Speaker Bonnie Clark, Ed.D., vice president of instruction/provost West Campus; and Student Speakers Annie Hillin (morning) and Casey Fox (afternoon). PHSC alumna Olivia Gentile will offer an inspirational musical selection and Briana Beard will sing the national anthem.

Sen. John Legg

Tim Moore, Director at Diamond View Studios

Free Family Fun!


PHSC East Campus in Dade City welcomes the community to an evening of family fun and interactive holiday safety exhibits on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Hosted by PHSC's Public Safety Leadership, the event will feature Pasco County Fire Rescue, Dade City Police, local veterinarian services, and county and PHSC health services. Learn holiday fire safety and crime prevention tips, pet safety, and budgeting techniques. Health services will conduct free health screenings such as blood pressure check. The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. and for more information please contact Charlie May at 352-518-1361 or email


Push the Easy Button With Career and Testing Services


Career and Testing Services has been working diligently behind the scenes to simplify the testing registration process. Those interested in any of the tests offered such as College-Level Exam Program (CLEP), Common Placement Testing (CPT), Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT), General Education Diploma (GED), or Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), to name just a few, please take note. Visiting a PHSC campus is no longer required to schedule your test! Access this simple, online registration portal, pick a date and time for your test, and then simply show up at the campus location you selected. 

PHSC’s Career and Testing Services department is affiliated with the Consortium of College Testing Centers, NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines, and the Florida Association of College Test Administrators. For more information, please call 727-816-3381.