Nursing A.S. Degree

  • AS iconGetting your nursing degree from SPC means you’ve made a solid career choice. With 2.6 million jobs, registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation in the United States. With many nurses retiring and an aging population, Florida could face a critical nursing shortage in the coming years.

    Paramedic to RN
    SPC also offers a transitional education program for paramedics who want to pursue an Associate in Science Nursing degree. See the admissions information for the Paramedic to RN degree program.


    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) 
    • Prepares you for the national exam to become a Registered Nurse
    • Offers a transitional program for paramedics
    • Provides lecture and hands-on clinical classes as part of your learning experience
    • Takes two years to complete
    • Fully approved by the Florida Board of Nursing
    • Offers a day or evening schedule
    • Transfers to SPC's B.S. degree in Nursing

    What You Should Know

    To be successful in the nursing program, you must be able to demonstrate these technical standards.

    Program Curriculum

    Program Admissions

    View the College of Nursing Philosophy 

    Continuing Your Education

    Our Nursing A.S. degree transfers to our Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion degree for RNs.

    To be admitted to the BSN program, you need:

    • An active, unrestricted, unencumbered RN license
    • An A.S. degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution
    • To have completed certain prerequisite courses.


    Our program trains you to become a registered nurse.

    Career Outlook

    Through 2020, registered nursing will create more jobs than any other occupation: 711,900. With many nurses retiring, the economy recovering and the health care needs of an aging population increasing, Florida may soon face a critical nursing shortage. Salaries and opportunities for advancement also are expected to continue to increase.
    Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 

    Career Opportunities

    • Hospitals
    • Clinics
    • Long-term care facilities
    • Physician offices

    You Will Learn

    • Theoretical instruction and clinical experience in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric and geriatric nursing
    • Theoretical instruction and clinical experience in acute, long term and community settings
    • Personal, family, community and mental health concepts
    • Pharmacology and medication administration
    • Legal and ethical requirements of the profession

    The SCENE

    The Simulation Center for Excellence in Nursing Education (SCENE) is a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art simulation lab which provides a supportive environment in a realistic clinical setting for students to learn and master nursing skills. The SCENE is a safe, non-threatening teaching/learning environment which fosters the development of the level of critical thinking essential for the professional nurse.

    The area is comprised of four rooms, two of which are set up as our hospital ICU/ER simulation units. These rooms contain medium- and high-fidelity simulators which offer a wide age range from infants to adults and are capable of simulating various clinical scenarios. We have medium fidelity simulators capable of programmable heart sounds, lung sounds, bowel sounds, blood pressure and heart rhythms.

    In addition we have high fidelity simulators with physiological appropriate responses to treatment interventions, including airway and oxygenation management, fluid administration, defibrillation and the administration of drugs. One SCENE room has four Laerdal VitalSim medium fidelity simulators (three adult and one infant) as well as one high fidelity CAE (Healthcare) Apollo. In the other SCENE room there are five high fidelity CAE simulators including one iSTAN, one Adult ECS, one PediaSim ECS, one BabySim, one Lucina Birthing simulator. Simulation is extended outside of the SCENE area to all nursing classrooms which are equipped with task trainers, static manikins, Laerdal VitalSims, and one additional CAE iStan.


    SPC's Associate in Science Degree in Nursing Program is fully approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326.

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