Nursing Program Overview
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR FALL 2013 NURSING PROGRAM: MAY 24, 2013
ATTENTION INTERESTED APPLICANTS: For program information and questions, contact :
Coordinator of Allied Health & Nursing - Carrie Groomes-Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff Assistant - Jenny Hardin email@example.com
Interim Dean of Allied Health & Nursing - Mary E Turner, MSN, ARNP-BC
Approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing, this program is designed to prepare men and women to function with intellectual and technical competence as professional registered nurses. The instructional staff and faculty are dedicated to helping students to achieve individual academic success and enter the field of nursing as competent and caring healers.
The Associate in Science Degree in Nursing is awarded upon completion of the twenty-two month generic RN program. The graduate then becomes eligible to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse. Please be advised that nurses come in contact with communicable diseases and may be subject to work related injuries.
For the year 2009 & 2010, our NCLEX-RN pass rate for the Nursing Program at Florida Keys Community College was 100%
For questions regarding: Passing Rates, Nurse Practice Act, Disciplinary Actions, and Licensure please visit: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing/
The mission of the nursing program at the Florida Keys Community College is to promote quality nursing education of the students. This is done in an effort to prepare them to meet the needs of the broadly diverse populations present in the continually changing healthcare environment of today's society. Using the nursing process as a framework, the nursing care taught is evidenced-based practice rooted in research. The goal is to bridge the gap between nursing theory and clinical performance. The focus of care is directed toward the client. Central to this practice is the consideration of individual needs, as well as those of the family and the community. We endeavor to help develop the associate degree nurse who can provide quality, humanistic, holistic care across the lifespan in a variety of community and clinical settings. The provision of this care is culturally sensitive and done with empathy and genuineness.
Nursing Program Admission Process
Step 1. Fill out an application for General Admission to FKCC.
Step 2. Send official copies of your transcripts to the Enrollment Services Department.
Step 3. Once your transcripts have been evaluated, download a copy of your FKCC
unofficial transcripts off of the FKCC online services.
Step 4. Download a copy of the Nursing Application, follow the checklist and include a
copy of your FKCC unofficial transcripts.
Step 5. Mail in, or walk-in your Nursing Application and non-refundable $30 application fee.
Acceptance into the Nursing Program requires completion of the Nursing Application Packet, application fee, copy of FKCC unofficial transcripts, TEAS examination (with a score of 70% or better), GPA of 2.9 or better, and written essay. Admission is based on a competitive point system. Please click here to view the TEAS testing schedule. Review the TEAS FAQ page for any questions regarding the TEAS examination. Contact the Continuing Education Department at 305-809-3185 to schedule a TEAS appointment. All applicants, except high school seniors, must have completed the 3 required prerequisites prior to acceptance. These prerequisites are:
ENC 1101- English Composition I
MAC 1105- College Algebra
PSY 2012- General Psychology
Senior high school students must complete these prerequisites over the summer before the Fall start date.
Course substitutions for co-requisites will not be evaluated until after acceptance into the nursing program.
For any questions regarding English or Algebra course substitutions contact Student Services at 305-809-3196. The Nursing Program Director will make decisions regarding course substitutions for General Psychology. In addition, a medical clearance, completed immunization record/verification, acceptable criminal background check , OIG check, and a 10 panel urine drug screen must be completed (The drug screen is repeated randomly at least one other time during the program). Certain arrests could result in the inability to attend clinical experiences at our affiliated health care agencies. These clinical experiences are a required component of each nursing class. Falsification of any arrest record or medical record will result in dismissal from the program.
The following is State law effective July 1, 2009:
Health care boards or the Department of Health shall refuse to issue a license, certificate, or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the candidate has been:
1. Convicted or pleaded guilty or nolo contendre to a felony violation regardless of adjudication... unless the sentence or any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application.
2. Terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid Program unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent 5 years.
3. Terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of application and the applicant has been in good standing within the most recent 5 years.
Students are admitted twice a year for the Fall and Spring term. Admission is competitive. There typically is a maximum of 44 students (number may depend on space and clinical site availability) allowed to enter for each start date. Candidates for admission will be decided twice a year, after the twice yearly deadline. This acceptance is conditional based on all the above criteria being met and attendance at the mandatory on-site nursing orientation.
Classes and labs are held at the Key West and Coral Shores Campuses.
(The TEAS test may be taken twice within a calendar year but must be at least 6 months apart. For other questions related to the TEAS test please read FAQ or contact the Continuing Education Department at 305-809-3185)
Application Deadline Date For Fall 2013: May 24, 2013
Course Substitution Form ( Submit course substitutions ONLY after your transcripts have been evaluated by the Enrollment Services Department. Once your transcripts have been evaluated (if needed) submit a course substitution form with a course description from your previous University or Community College in the Nursing Application packet. ONLY submit paperwork for Pre-requisite courses that do not match our plan of study. Co-requisite courses will be evaluated once you are accepted. )
FKCC Nursing Program
Terminal ADN Program Outcomes
Our graduates will be able to:
Pass successfully, on first attempt, the NCLEX-RN licensing examination.
Function within the prescribed role of the RN as identified in the Nurse Practice Act.
Integrate the key concepts of the following in their nursing practice:
Quality Care Delivery & Evidence-Based Practice
Healing Environment and Presence
Culturally Competent Care & Respect for Diversity
Clinical Problem Solving
General Nursing Program Announcements
Pinning and Graduation for Spring Term will be May 3, 2013.
Remember, all students are subject to random urine drug screens throughout the program.
Effective 2010 our nursing program graduates have the opportunity to complete their BSN through a 3:1 affiliation agreement with St. Joseph's College of Maine. This is a distance learning program (RN to BSN). Please contact the nursing program for more information. Information about St. Joseph's College can be obtained at http://online.sjcme.edu/florida-keys-community-college.php or 1-800-752-4723.