Associate in Science

Health Sciences

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About this Program

The Nursing (R.N.), A.S. degree prepares students to function effectively and safely in entry-level registered nursing positions and for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

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

For more information about this program including student achievement outcome data, click here.


Total Credit Hours:


Estimated Time to Complete Program:

5 terms*

*based on 15 credit hours per term

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Estimated Tuition Cost:


Eligible for Financial Aid:

Eligible for Veteran's Aid:

*based on current in-state tuition rate of $100.83 per credit hour

Program Overview & Requirements

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

This program meets all requirements of the Florida Department of Health’s Board of Nursing standards. 

The AS Degree nursing program at Tallahassee Community College (which includes the Healthcare Professional-to-RN) located in Tallahassee, Florida is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000 

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the AS degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

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

Program Length:
72 credit hours

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

Prior to 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, and 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:

o 80.0-89.99% = 3 additional points
o 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, veterans and students who have completed all the corequisite non-nursing courses will receive first consideration. Corequisites include one General Education Humanities State Core  course, plus MCB2004 General Microbiology  and MCB2004L Microbiology Laboratory .

Program Application:
The program accepts students for each Fall and each Spring semester. 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 both a TCC application ( and a separate healthcare program application by the published application deadline. Applicants may access the healthcare application here.

See Additional Healthcare Degree Requirements  for important information.

View Healthcare Program Application Deadlines.

Academic Division:
Healthcare Professions, Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education

(850) 558-4500 or

View Information about Graduation Requirements and Year of Entry .

Degree Map:

Nursing R.N., A.S. (2103)