Associate in Science Degree
The Valencia Nursing Program was organized in 1970 with the first nursing class of 44 students admitted in September 1971. The nursing program was implemented in response to the closure of a local diploma program offered by Orange Memorial Hospital, now Orlando Regional Health Care System. The program added a Licensed Practical Nurse bridge option in the Fall of 1983. Today, Valencia's program is one of the best for preparing men and women for a nursing career, by connecting students directly to situations nurses face today. The program offers real-life lessons to help nurses build skills and confidence.
While all teaching programs must be approved by the State Board of Nursing, Valencia's program is also accredited by the
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), which certifies that the program meets both the highest state and national standards. Many universities, including the armed forces, require transfer students to have completed their associate's degree at an ACEN-accredited institution. Students who complete the program are prepared to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) and can go on to work in a nursing career and/or pursue higher degrees.
The Admission Guides and application information for the Generic Track and for the Advanced Standing Track may be found at http://valenciacollege.edu/west/health.
Students submit applications once all of the admission criteria and Test of Essential Academic Skills requirements have been met. Valencia admits 120 students to the Generic Nursing Track in the Fall term, 120 students in the Spring Term, and 70 students in the Summer Term. Please visit http://valenciacollege.edu/west/health for the most current information on applying to the Generic Track Nursing program.
First-term Nursing students select either West or Osceola Campus from the available offerings at the time of course registration. Nursing I and II are taught on Osceola Campus; all other Nursing courses are taught only on West Campus. The Nursing Program is full-time during the week. We do not offer an evening or weekend program.
The Valencia Nursing program, both the Generic Track and the Advanced Standing Track, have been coordinated with local health care agencies, the State Department of Education and the State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).