Health Profession to Registered Nursing (R.N.), A.S.

The Health Profession to Registered Nursing (R.N.), A.S. degree prepares Florida-licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and Florida-licensed paramedics for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to function effectively and safely in entry-level registered nursing positions.

This is a limited-access and limited enrollment program. See all Healthcare Program requirements.

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Program Overview & Requirements

Program Purpose:
To prepare Florida-licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and Florida-licensed paramedics for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to function effectively and safely in entry-level registered nursing positions.

Employment Types:
Registered nurses are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, home health, public health, schools, physician’s offices, nursing homes and educational organizations.

Program Length:
72 credit hours

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must be Florida-licensed practical nurses or Florida-licensed paramedics. The license must be current and unencumbered. Applicants must have documentation from their employer of two years of full-time employment as an LPN or paramedic within the last five years.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and meet all admission requirements of the College.

Before submitting the application for admission, students must complete all prerequisite courses and the Health Education Systems, Inc., Admission Assessment (HESI A2 ).

  • Grade Point Average (GPA for Nursing ). Students must earn a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course and have an overall minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.5. Points are earned by multiplying the GPA x 10. For example, a student earning a 3.2 GPA would earn 32 points towards admission (e.g., 3.2 x 10=32). The maximum number of points granted for GPA is 40.
  • HESI A2. A minimum score of 75% on each subtest of the HESI A2 is required to be considered for admission. The test scores are translated into points. For example, a score of 81% provides 81 points toward admission. Only scores on the following subtests are considered for admission: reading, vocabulary, grammar, math.

    Students may earn additional points by achieving certain subtest scores. The score ranges required to earn additional points for a subtest are as follows:
    • 80.0-89.99% = 3 additional points
    • 90.0-100% = 5 additional points

A total of 20 additional points toward admission may be earned in this manner.

The total number of possible points = 120

The points earned from the HESI A2 and GPA are added together, and this total determines who is offered admission. The total maximum points possible = 160.

If two or more students have an equal number of points, residents of TCC’s service district and veterans will receive first consideration.

Program Application:

The program accepts students for the Summer semester only. This is a limited-access program with a limited number of seats per class; applicants are accepted based on the admission requirements point system described above. There is no waiting list for this program.

Applicants must submit a TCC admissions application ( and a separate healthcare program application by the published deadline. Students may access the healthcare application through their TCC Passport account.

See Additional Healthcare Program Requirements  for more important information.

View Healthcare Program Application Deadlines.

Program Division:
Healthcare Professions, Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education

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View Information about Graduation Requirements and Year of Entry .

Course Information

General Education (21 credit hours)


To satisfy State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.030, students must earn a grade of “C” or better in any Communications, Humanities, Social Science or Mathematics course used to fulfill general education requirements.

Course Exemptions (13 credit hours)

Note: During the final semester of the program, students will be granted a block of 13 credit hours for the following courses, from which they are exempt:

  • NUR1020C Fundamental Concepts of Nursing
  • NUR1141 Pharmacology I
  • NUR1213C Nursing Concepts I
  • NUR1440C Family Nursing
  • NUR1520C Mental Health Nursing


* Prerequisite course

All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.


Health Profession to Registered Nursing, A.S.


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