The Nursing and Health Sciences programs end in a certificate or degree in a particular health professional field. Employment is available in the area of the specialized certificate or degree. Please note: All licensure Health Sciences at Florida Gateway College are limited access programs.

Health Information Technology, A.S.

A criminal background check is required prior to starting the program’s internship courses.

The Health Information Technology Associate in Science degree is designed to prepare graduates to work with and manage health-related information. Health Information Technicians collect, organize, analyze and manage data used in the healthcare profession. HIT professionals find their home in a variety of settings including healthcare facilities, insurance companies and government agencies.

Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 22% by 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Department of Labor.

The median annual wage for Health Information Technicians in the state of Florida, according to the Department of Labor is $37,760

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Please see Practical Nursing Program application packet on the FGC website.

Program Notes

  • The Health Information Technology Associate in Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
  • Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) National Certification Exam offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA.

Careers

  • Management, C.C.C. include:
  • Health Data Analyst
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist
  • Release of Information Specialist
  • Inpatient CoderOutpatient Coder
  • Revenue Cycle Manager
  • Privacy Officer
  • EHR Specialist
  • Cancer Registrar
  • HIM Manager

Accreditation

The Health Information Technology Associate in Science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Industry Associations

Program Effectiveness

2017-2018

Student Satisfaction Employer Satisfaction Retention Rate
94% 88% 76%

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LPN-RN Bridge: Fast Track

Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon the satisfactory results from physical examination, drug and alcohol screen and in-depth background screen. Clinicals are required for this program. Classes and clinicals may not follow regular college schedule. Clinical assignments may include weekdays, evenings and/or weekends.

The LPN-RN Bridge Fast Track program is designed to provide Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) with the basic nursing knowledge and skills to successfully assess, plan and implement care of patients. Graduates of this program enter a challenging and exciting field with a variety of employment opportunities such as; acute, emergency, critical, home health, maternal and infant care.

Additional Admission Requirements

Please see the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (ASDN) LPN-RN Bridge Fast Track application packet on the FGC website that will provide additional information regarding the admission requirements of the program.

Program Notes

  • Limited access
  • Available spring term of each year
  • ACEN accreditation
  • Patient simulation lab

Careers

Completion of this program qualifies the graduate to apply to the Florida State Board of Nursing to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Licensed Register Nurse (RN).
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LPN-RN Bridge: Traditional Full-Time

Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon satisfactory results from a physical examination, drug screen and in-depth background screen. Classes and clinicals may not follow regular college schedule. Clinicals are a requirement of this program. Clinical assignments may include weekdays, evenings and/or weekends.

The LPN-RN Bridge Traditional Full-time program is designed to provide the Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) with the basic nursing knowledge and skills to successfully assess, plan and implement care of patients. Graduates of this program enter a challenging and exciting field with a variety of employment opportunities such as; acute, emergency, critical, home health, maternal and infant care.

Additional Admission Requirements

Please see the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (ASDN) LPN-RN Bridge: Traditional Full-time application packet on the FGC website that will provide additional information regarding the admission requirements of the program.

Program Notes

  • Limited access
  • Spring term of each year
  • ACEN accreditation
  • Patient simulation lab

Careers

Completion of this program qualifies the graduate to apply to the Florida State Board of Nursing to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Licensed Register Nurse (RN)

Medical Coder/Biller, A.T.D.

The Medical Coder/Biller program is designed to prepare students for coding careers in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities and insurance companies. Coding professionals read and analyze medical records, convert medical record data to diagnosis and procedure codes and use codes to receive proper reimbursement for healthcare services.

Program Notes

This program may be started during any semester»Upon completion of the curriculum, students are eligible to take the national Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

Careers

  • Entry Level Coder
  • Medical Record Coder
  • Clinical Coder
  • Coding Technician
  • Coding Clerk
  • Medical Coder/Biller

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Nursing, B.S. (RN-BSN)

There are 90 total required hours of clinical (practicum) and lab in this program. Nursing Assessment course has virtual simulation lab and Community Health has virtual simulation combined with planned assignments in the student’s own community.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) program is offered online and is designed for the associate of science degree nursing (ASDN) graduate who has a current Registered Nursing (RN) license. Consistent with the mission of Florida Gateway College (FGC), the mission of the RN-BSN program is to prepare registered nurses with an affordable, high quality, generalist baccalaureate nursing education to meet present and future healthcare needs of their community and engage in life-long learning to advance the nursing profession. The program allows ASDN graduates to develop skills necessary to prepare for leadership and administrative roles in coordinating and directing nursing practice and management of care teams. Students could choose to enroll full-time (3 semesters) or part-time (6 semesters). There are 10 upper division nursing courses totaling 31 credit hours. These courses include nursing theory, pathophysiology, health assessment, cultural diversity in healthcare, pharmacology, ethical and legal aspects of care, research and informatics, leadership, health care policy and economics, and community health.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have an Associate of Science degree in Nursing (ASDN) awarded from a regionally accredited college and a current, valid, unrestricted, unencumbered Florida RN license:
  • Two (2) completed applications: the FGC Baccalaureate Application and the RN-BSN Program Application.
  • A letter of interest describing reasons for pursuing a BSN degree and future career goals.
  • One (1) professional, signed letter of recommendation written on paper.
  • Documentation of a current, valid, unrestricted, unencumbered Florida RN License which must be current throughout the duration of the program.
  • A photocopy of a current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider Card/Letter or Professional Rescuer for American Red Cross (ARC) Card/Letter. Please note that no other CPR cards will be accepted. CPR care must be current throughout the duration of the program.
  • A brief, professionally written resume.
  • Copies of transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Documentation of earning a grade of ‘C’ or better in all general education requirements and a GPA of 2.5 or higher in all ASDN prerequisite courses.
  • Upon acceptance to the RN-BSN program, a Level II background check and paperless drug screening (10 Panel) plus, an alcohol test must be completed prior to clinical practicums using the program’s contracted vendor and current status must be maintained throughout the program.

Program Notes

  • Limited Access
  • Students are accepted into the program twice per year. During the fall semester (deadline for application is March 31st) and in the spring semester (deadline for applications is September 30th). Our RN-BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655. K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
  • Excellent retention and graduation rates»Faculty are academically and experientially qualified
  • Real-life assignments that benefit the students’ workplace
  • Students are kept engaged with learning throughout the program
  • Clear expectations for students and faculty
  • Supportive and caring faculty who respond quickly to students

Careers

  • Prepared for graduate nursing programs (Master’s and doctoral degrees)
  • Change in nursing practice with enhanced clinical reasoning and clinical judgment skills
  • Promotion
  • Eligible to take various certification courses in nursing
  • Enhanced nursing leadership skills with focus on quality and positive outcomes
  • Broader perspective about nursing and healthcare
  • Enhanced soft skills: professionalism, caring, compassion, respect, ethics, empathy
  • Ability to assume more responsibilities in nursing and healthcare

RN-BSN Application

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Physical Therapist Assistant, A.S.

Clinical experiences are completed during the spring (6 weeks) and summer (8 weeks). Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for state licensure and to register for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).

The PTA program at FGC is a competitive, selective admission program following a 1+1 model. After completing the prerequisites in Phase I, students apply for Phase II. Phase II consists of 3 full-time semesters (fall, spring and summer).

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Submit the Supplemental PTA Application Packet and required documents by the deadline (if you are not already a student at FGC).
  • Submit the signed Drug Screen and Background Check Policy.
    Complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better and an overall 2.8 GPA in those courses.
  • Complete a minimum of 50 observation hours, with 25 spent in an inpatient setting.
  • Submit a Student Interview Form.
  • Submit a minimum of 2 professional recommendations.

Program Notes

  • Limited access»Fall semester
  • CAPTE Accreditation
  • Small Student/Instructor ratio
  • High state board pass rates
  • Simulation lab
  • Well equipped clinical lab
  • Variety in clinical affiliates
  • Hands-on practical intensive
  • Variety in learning approaches
  • Dedicated instructors
  • Supportive atmosphere

Careers

  • Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapy is a health profession whose purpose is to apply evidence-based interventions to preserve, enhance and restore optimal physical function. Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants implement treatment strategies under the direction and supervision of the Physical Therapist. Physical Therapist Assistants work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centers, long term care facilities, home health agencies, the school system and in academic institutions.

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PTA Application Booklet_2019

PTA Handbook 2018-2019

PTA Student Outcomes

Phlebotomy, O.C.

Clinicals are required for this course. Clinicals may not follow regular college schedule. Clinical assignments may include weekdays, evenings or weekends. Students will be required to submit current physical and immunizations. Drug alcohol and background screen must be completed and student must be cleared prior to attending clinicals.

The Phlebotomy course prepares a student for employment as a phlebotomist. A phlebotomist obtains blood by venipuncture or skin puncture and is an integral part of a clinical laboratory. Please see course information packet on the FGC website.

Program Notes

  • Fall term each year
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Hands-on learning environment

Careers

  • Phlebotomist

Phlebotomy Application Packet

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Practical Nursing, O.C. (PN)

Physical, immunizations, drug and background screen required for program admission. Clinicals are a required part of this program. Clinicals may not follow regular college schedule. Clinical assignments may include weekdays, evenings and/or weekends.

The Practical Nursing (PN) program is a 12-month certificate program designed to prepare a student for nursing employment in the healthcare field. This field includes employment in areas such as a doctor’s office, home health, corrections system, or long term care facilities. The graduate of this program contributes to the health and well-being of patients through direct care, administration of medications and medical treatments. Average starting salary is $19 per hour.

Additional Admission Requirements

Please see Practical Nursing Program application packet on the FGC website.

Program Notes

  • Limited access
  • Spring term each year
  • High NCLEX pass rates
  • Job placement rates exceptional

Careers

The Practical Nurse Certificate program qualifies the graduate to apply to the Florida Board of Nursing to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

PN 2020 Application Packet

Practical Nursing (PN) Pass Rates:
Year: Florida Rate: National: FGC:
2017 75.11% 83.84% 88.89%
2018 77.19% 86.09% 93.33%

Practical Nursing Application

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Registered Nursing, A.S. (ASDN-RN)

Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon satisfactory results from your physical examination, drug screen and in-depth background screen. Clinicals are a requirement of this program. Classes and clinicals may not follow regular college schedule. Clinical assignments may include weekdays, evenings and/or weekends.

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

Additional Admission Requirements

Please see the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (ASDN) Traditional Generic application packet on the FGC website that will provide additional information regarding the admission requirements of the program.

Program Notes

  • Limited access
  • Fall term each year
  • ACEN accreditation
  • Patient simulation lab

Careers

Completion of this program qualifies the graduate to apply to the Florida State Board of Nursing to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Licensed Register Nurse (RN)

Traditional RN Application

LPN-RN Bridge: Fast Track Application

LPN-RN Bridge Traditional Full-Time Application

ASDN Traditional Generic Application for Paramedics

All ASDN Nursing programs and the PN program are approved by the

Florida Board of Nursing, 4042 Bald Cypress Way,

Bin C02

Tallahassee, FL 32399-3253:

(850) 245-4158

All ASDN-RN program options are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850, Atlanta Georgia 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org

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The ASDN program options are highly ranked in excellence as evidenced by a consistent state board passing rate above state and/or national levels for over five years.

Year: Florida Rate: National: FGC:
2016: 72.68%  81.68%  83.33%
2017: 75.11%  84.24%  88.79%
2018: 80.74%  88.29%  68.14%

Retention Rates:
2016: 79.3%
2017: 95.5%, to be updated
2018: 95.3%, to be updated

Job Rates gathered from the completed Graduate Surveys:
2016: 100%
2017: 100%
2018: Incomplete

Respiratory Care, A.S.

This specialized program is in partnership with Santa Fe College. Students will enroll at Florida Gateway College to complete their general education courses. Specialized respiratory care courses will be offered by Santa Fe College (SFC), and the A.S. degree in Respiratory Care is awarded by SFC. This is a selective admission program. For more information about the program, please contact Paul Stephan, SFC Respiratory Care Director, at 352-395-5706 or visit the website at https://www.sfcollege.edu/programs/3310

Program Notes

  • Offered in fall, spring and summer

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