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Program Overview

Registered Nursing, Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASDN) is designed to provide the student with basic nursing knowledge and skills to successfully assess, plan, and implement the care of patients. Graduates of this program enter a challenging and exciting filed with a variety of employment opportunities, such as acute, emergency, critical, home health, maternal, and infant care.


Florida Gateway College (Main Campus)

Testing Entrance Requirements

To be officially considered for admission into this program, a student must:

Provide ACT, SAT or PERT standardized testing scores to the FGC Enrollment Services.

Complete the nursing entrance exam with a score of 75 or higher. This exam is available through the FGC Testing Center.

Clear the Level II Background and 10-panel Drug/Alcohol Screening.


Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m. The ASDN program is 4 semesters in length. This program begins each fall term with completion the following spring. Clinicals are required for this program and may not follow the regular college schedule. Clinical assignments may include weekdays, evenings, or weekends.


  • Tuition: Based on $103.32 per credit hour for in-state tuition. (Based on previous year’s fees. Fees are subject to change.) Standardized tests must be taken in order to remain in the program.
    • Prerequisites: $2,169.72
    • Co-requisites: $929.88
    • Fall: $1,030.20
    • Spring: $1,030.20
  • Lab Fees (includes standardized testing): $1,639.28
  • Professional Liability Insurance: $24.00
  • Background and Drug Screens: $226.00
  • Nurse Entrance Exam: $55.00
  • Books and Supplies: $2,024.00
  • CPR Certification: $40.00
  • (Costs will be higher if prep courses are required.)
  • Total: $11,447.32
  • The following expenses are not paid to the college:
  • Uniforms (2): approximately $180
  • Lab Coat (1): approximately $30
  • Name, pin, shoes, watch: $100
  • Clinical Supplies: $25
  • Physical Exam: $160
  • Personal Health Insurance: $200
  • State Board Application Fee: $110
  • NCLEX-RN Fee: $200.00
  • Total: $1,005.00
  • Program Total: $12,452.32






State Licensure rate

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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

The average Registered Nurse Salary in Florida (FL) is $66,210. The monthly salary is $5,517, and it breaks down as an average of $30.96 per hour. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on the city and many other important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, and the number of years you have spent in your profession.

Employment Opportunities

Career opportunities as a Registered Nurse include, but are not limited to, working in acute care facilities, critical care, emergency care, maternal and infant care, doctor’s office, home healthcare, public health, the corrections system, long-term care, and hospice centers.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • North Florida Regional Medical Center 
  • Lake City Medical Center
  • Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center 
  • Malcom Randall VA Medical Center 
  • Shands Lakeshore Regional Medical Center
  • Shands Live Oak
  • Haven Hospice  
  • UF Health at the University of Florida 
  • Frank Wells Nursing and Rehabilitation 
  • Baptist Medical Center
  • Solaris Health Center 
  • Baya Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Avalon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center 
  • Ayers Nursing and Rehabilitation 
  • Tri- County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center  
  • The Rehabilitation Center of Lake City
  • Wolfson Children’s Hospital 
  • Plaza Nursing and Rehabilitation-Gainesville
  • Mayo Clinic
  • North East Florida State Hospital 
  • Fresenius Dialysis Center
  • Columbia County Correctional
  • Ascension St. Vincent’s
  • Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
  • Florida Department of Corrections
  • Columbia County School District
  • Select Specialty Hospital
  • Suwannee Healthcare Center

Program Details

Admission Requirements

To be considered for this program a student must:

  • Be 18 years of age prior to the start of the program. 
  • Must complete all pre-requisite courses (see the list on page 9) with a GPA of 2.8 or higher. Pre-requisite classes must be completed by the end of the spring term of the year the applicant is applying to the program.
  • All science courses (BSC 2085/L, BSC 2086/L, and MCB 1020/L) must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • All co-requisite courses completed by the end of the spring term in which you are applying must have a GPA of 2.8 or higher.
  • Applicants must score 75 or higher on the Nurse Entrance Exam admission test. Scores must be submitted to the nursing department no later than the application deadline indicated on the front page of the packet.

Prior to starting the Associate of Science in Nursing program:

  • Prospective students who have completed the steps above will be required to complete the clinical eligibility requirements listed in the Associate of Science Traditional Generic Nursing application booklet.
  • To meet clinical agency requirements for clinical experience, all students in the Nursing and Health Sciences Programs must meet state and federal regulations as described by Florida Statutes S. 400.211. A Level II background check and drug/alcohol screening are required. Further instructions regarding the background and 10-panel drug/alcohol screen are provided on the first day of the course. Please note that random screening may be required while in the program. Students are responsible for the cost of all screening done for admission and randomly during the program.
  • Additional costs are required when admitted to this program, including costs of uniforms, clinic shoes, liability insurance, health insurance, medical exam, standardized testing, graduation costs, immunizations, Level II background check, and 10-panel drug/alcohol screening, books, and licensing fees. 
Program Notes
  • The program begins each fall term.
  • There is limited access to this program.
  • This program offers students:
    • Low student to faculty ratio
    • A hands-on learning environment 
  • The ASDN degree qualifies the graduate to apply to the Florida Board of Nursing to take the National Council of State Board of Nursing Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse (RN).
Program Guide & Syllabi

Pre-Requisite Courses:

The following 21 semester hours of courses must be completed prior to admission into the Nursing Program:

  • BSC 2085 Anatomy and Physiology 1 3 Credits
  • BSC 2085L Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab 1 Credit 
  • BSC 2086 Anatomy and Physiology 2 3 Credits
  • BSC 2086L Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab 1 Credit
  • MCB 2010 Microbiology 3 Credits 
  • MCB 2010L Microbiology Lab 1 Credit 
  • ENC 1101 Freshman Composition 3 Credits 
  • SPC 2608 Public Speaking 3 Credits
  • MAC 1105 College Algebra 3 Credits 
  • or MGF 1106
  • or any higher level 3 credit math course.

Total 21 Credits

The following general education courses may be taken prior to or after admission to the Nursing Program. All must be completed in order to graduate from the Nursing Program. Each co-requisite course completed is averaged into the student’s GPA for admission purposes. 

  • HUN 1201 Nutrition 3 credits
  • DEP 2004 Human Growth and Development
  • PHI 2600 Ethics (preferred) or
  • HUM 2020 Introduction to Humanities or
  • HUM 2210 World Humanities: Prehistory to 1400 C.E. or
  • HUM 2230 World Humanities: 1400 to 1800 C.E. or
  • HUM2310 Mythology in the Arts or
  • HUM 2551 Philosophy and Religion

Total: 9 credits

First Semester: 

NUR 1020C Nursing Foundations 10 Credits 

Co-requisite Courses (if not previously completed)

  • HUN 1201 Nutrition 3 Credits 

Second Semester: 

NUR 1213C Nursing Process I 10 Credits

Co-requisite Courses (if not previously completed)

  • DEP 2004 Human Growth and Development 3 Credits 

Third Semester: 

NUR 2241C Nursing Process II    12 Credits 

Fourth Semester:

  • NUR 2412C Transition Maternal, Infant, Child, Adolescent 6 Credits
  • NUR2804C Nursing Roles and Leadership 4 Credits

Co-requisite Courses (if not previously completed)

ONE of the following: 3 Credits 

  • PHI 2600 Ethics (preferred)
  • HUM 2020 Intro to Humanities or
  • HUM 2210 World Humanities: Prehistory to 1400 C.E. or
  • HUM 2230 World Humanities: 1400 to 1800 C.E. or
  • HUM 2310 Mythology in the Arts or 
  • HUM 2551 Philosophy and Religion

Total: ASDN Program 72 credit hours

Learning Outcomes
  • The student will recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for the patient’s preferences values and needs. QSEN: Patient Centered
  • The student will minimize the risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance. QSEN: Safety
  • The student will be able to use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making. QSEN: Informatics                                    
  • The student will function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care. QSEN: Teamwork and Collaboration
  • The student will integrate evidence-based practice with clinical expertise to include quality improvement methods for the delivery of optimal health care. QSEN: Evidence-based Practice, Quality Improvement
Book List & Materials

Required Textbooks for Foundations NUR1020C (Fall 2020):

  • Doenges, M. E., Moorhouse, M.F., & Murr, A.C. (2019). Nurses pocket guide: Diagnoses, Prioritized Interventions, and Rationales (15th ed.). Philadelphia:  F. A. Davis.       
  • Hoffman, J., & Sullivan, N. (2019) Medical-Surgical Nursing: Making Connections to Practice. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. 
  • Horntvedt, T. (2019). Calculating Dosages Safely: A Dimensional Analysis Approach. (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company. 
  • Townsend, M. C. (2017). Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: Concepts of Care in Evidence-Based Practice (7th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. 
  • Treas, L., Wilkinson, J., Barnett, K., & Smith, M. (2018). Basic nursing: thinking, doing, caring (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company. 
  • Vallerand, A., Sanoski, C., & Deglin, J. (2019). Davis’s drug guide for nurses (16th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.  
  • Van Leeuwen, A.M. & Bladh, M.L. (2019). Davis’s Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications (8th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. 

Optional Textbooks for Foundations NUR1020C (Fall 2020): 

  • Nugent, T., & Vitale, B.A. (2018). Test success: Test-Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students (8th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
  • Porth, C. M. (2014). Essentials of Pathophysiology (5th ed). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer  
  • Venes, D. (Ed.). (2017). Taber’s cyclopedic medical dictionary (23rd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. 

NUR 1213C Nursing Process 1 Spring 2021

  •  Hoffman, J., & Sullivan, N. (2017) Medical-Surgical Nursing: Making Connections to Practice. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. 

NUR 2241C Nursing Process 2 Fall 2021

  • Hoffman, J., & Sullivan, N. (2017) Medical-Surgical Nursing: Making Connections to Practice. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. 
  • Townsend, M. C. (2017). Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: Concepts of Care in Evidence-Based Practice (7th ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. 

NUR2412 C Maternal Infant Child Adolescent Spring 2022

  • Chapman, L. & Durham, R. (2019) Maternal-Newborn Nursing: The Critical Components of Nursing Care. (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis. 
  • Rudd, K. & Kocisko, D. (2019). Pediatric Nursing: The Critical Components of Nursing Care. (2nd ed.) Philadelphia: F.A.Davis.

NUR 2804C Transition Nursing Roles and Leadership Spring 2022

  • Weiss, S. A. & Tappen, R. M. (2019). Essentials of Nursing Leadership & Management. (7thed.). Philadelphia. F. A. Davis. 


  • The program requires scrub top, bottom, lab jacket, shoes, name badge, uniform patch, and FGC student ID.