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Nursing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Allied Health Student
A career in health care can be highly rewarding both personally and financially. Florida Gateway College has a strong reputation for providing quality health care training in Florida. The College’s new Medical Technology Building houses spacious classrooms with state-of-the-art equipment. The College offers a variety of allied health programs in both associate in science degree programs as well as certificate programs. Please view individual program application packets for further information.


The Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) program is designed for the associate degree nursing graduate who has a current Registered Nursing (RN) license. The mission of the RN-BSN program is to provide registered nurses with a baccalaureate nursing education, which includes community and population-focused care, leadership, management and research learning experiences. BSN graduates will be qualified for supervisory positions such as nurse managers and patient unit coordinators.


Associate in Science (A.S.) degree programs are designed for the student seeking training in business, health, technical, industrial, or public service fields. Applicants must meet all general admission requirements, special program admission requirements, and achieve acceptable scores on the College placement exam. Associate in Science degrees are not designed to transfer to four-year institutions.

Physical Therapist Assistant

The associate in science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant program is designed to prepare students to assist a licensed Physical Therapist in the physical rehabilitation of patients. Physical Therapist Assistants generally work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, school systems, and home health agencies. In Florida alone, over 2,000 new jobs were expected between 1990 and 2005. This limited access program is highly competitive and has special admission requirements. For more information about FGC’s PTA degree contact the program director.

Registered Nursing

The associate in science degree in Nursing qualifies students to take the national licensing examination to become a registered nurse. Florida Gateway College’s Nursing graduates have passed this national exam for the past five years with pass rates above state and/or national passage rates. This challenging program of study is limited access and has many special admission requirements. Final selection for admission to the Nursing program is based upon a detailed point system. For more information contact the Advising department.

LPN to RN Fast Track Bridge Program

Florida Gateway College offers opportunities for Licensed Practical Nurses to become Registered Nursing students through an accelerated Registered Nursing program. Because of the common body of knowledge between the Practical Nursing program and the Registered Nursing program, it is possible for accepted Licensed Practical Nurses to complete this program in approximately fourteen months. For more information contact the Advising department.

Paramedic to RN Bridge Program

The Paramedic-RN Bridge (PM-RN) is designed for licensed Paramedics.  Accepted Paramedics can complete the core nursing courses of the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing PM-RN Bridge Program within approximately 3 semesters.



Certificate programs are designed for students who wish to enroll in relatively short-term training programs for immediate entry into the job market.

Patient Care Assistant and Patient Care Technician

Click above link to go find the Patient Care Technician Admissions Booklet and Application.

Nursing Degrees

Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing program is a twelve month program designed to assist a student with entry-level nursing employment in such areas as hospitals, physician’s offices, or nursing care facilities. This limited access program has special admission requirements. For more information contact the Advising department.


Click here to read some of the Frequently Asked Questions and here for information on the Process for Challenge Examination.

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