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.
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 the care teams. Students could choose to enroll full-time (3 semesters) or part-time (6 semesters). Applications are accepted year-round (please click on the RN-BSN application link below for the most current information about the program).
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.
The RN-BSN program at Florida Gateway College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655. K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
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. This program requires 5 semesters to complete. 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. 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). Average starting salary is $31.48 per hour.
Florida Gateway College nursing faculty believes in opportunities for upward mobility in education. We feel there are common bodies of knowledge to the Practical Nursing and Paramedic programs and that of the ASDN-RN program. Therefore, we offer two LPN-RN Tracks and one PM-RN Track. The traditional LPN-RN Bridge may be completed in four semesters of full-time classwork. The LPN-RN Fast Track is a 12 month nights and weekends. The PM-RN is a 12 month, 1day per week of class and mostly weekend clinicals. Graduates of these programs have the same employment opportunities as the ASDN-RN. Completion of these bridge tracks 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). Average starting salary is $31.48 per hour.
All ASDN Nursing programs and the PN program are approved by the
Florida Board of Nursing, 4042 Bald Cypress Way,
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3253:
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
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.
NCLEX-RN Pass Rates:
Year: Florida Rate: National: FGC:
2013 76.77% 81.43% 84.62%
2014 72.61% 79.26% 87.8%
2015: 72.02% 82% 79.8%
2016: 72.68% 81.68% 83.33%
2017: 75.11% 84.24% 88.79%
2012 Cohort: 62.5% Traditional, 90% Bridge options
2013: Cohort: 67.3% Traditional, 84.4% Bridge options
2014: Cohort: 62.8% Traditional, 58% of those who left are returning to the 2015 cohort, 89.9% Bridge options
2015 Cohort: 59.5% Traditional, 92.9% Bridge options to date
2016 Cohort: In progress, 68.8% Bridge options to date
Job Rates gathered from the completed Graduate Surveys:
2016: in progress
The PTA program is a 2 year program to prepare a student to work in a health profession that’s purpose is to optimize human movement and function by applying scientific interventions to alleviate musculoskeletal pain and discomfort. Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant program, the graduate is eligible to apply for a Florida license. To gain licensure, a graduate must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). PTA’s initial earnings are between $29,000-$40,000 annually. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Florida Gateway College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com;website: http://www.capteonline.org.
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 such areas as a doctor’s office, home health, prison system, or long term care facilities. The graduate of this program contributes to the health and wellbeing of patients through direct care, administration of medications and medical treatments. 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). Average starting salary is $19 per hour.
Practical Nursing (PN) Pass Rates:
Year: Florida Rate: National: FGC:
2017 75.11% 83.84% 88.89%
The Medical Assisting Occupational Certificate program is a 4 semester program and includes instruction in computer applications, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology courses, in addition to core courses covering administrative and clinical skills utilized by the entry-level medical assistant. Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. This program will be seeking accreditation once the first cohort begins.
This program is being phased out in fall 2017.
The Patient Care Technician program is a certificate program which prepares a student to provide basic nursing care in the hospital, long-term care, outpatient clinic, or at home. This includes specialty areas such as phlebotomy and electrocardiography. This will be phased out during the 2017-2018 academic year.
The Phlebotomy portion of the PCT program 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.
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.
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).
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. Industry job titles include entry level coder, medical record coder, clinical coder, coding technician, coding clerk, and medical coder/biller.
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).