School of Nursing

Associate in Science Degree and NEW Bachelor of 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. 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.

Nursing Programs

Nursing Program Information

All Nursing programs are limited-access.  The Admission Guides and application information for each program be found on the Health Sciences Information links on the Health Sciences page.  Students submit applications once all of the admission criteria requirements have been met.

The Valencia Nursing programs 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).


The Associate of Science in Nursing degree program at Valencia College prepares students for RN licensure, employment in healthcare, and the pursuit of advanced degrees in nursing by promoting academic excellence and high ethical standards. 


The Valencia College Nursing faculty believes learning is a lifelong process. Faculty facilitates a collaborative, inclusive, safe, and supportive learning environment promoting nursing reasoning, clinical decision making, and compassionate caring among a diverse student population. The Valencia College Nursing faculty promotes a culturally competent nursing workforce by exemplifying for students the values of individual knowledge and personal beliefs. 

The Valencia College Nursing faculty believes in multiple pathways to access nursing education.The Nursing Program provides students with opportunities for academic excellence, personal growth, and career development. The Nursing Program is founded on the values of honesty, integrity, professionalism, high ethical standards, and civic responsibility.

Program Outcomes

Evidence of success will be demonstrated as the Valencia College Nursing graduate’s ability to:

  • Foster open communication, mutual respect and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient outcomes with respect to value, safety, preferences, needs, and diversity for patient family and multidisciplinary teams. (T, V, C, A).
  • Integrate clinical decision-making that demonstrates evidence- based practice, competent delivery of patient care, and coordination of multidisciplinary teams to achieve safe patient centered outcomes (T, V, C, A).
  • Utilize technology to communicate and promote coordination of information to mitigate errors, apply knowledge when managing resources, and facilitate safe patient care. (T, V, C, A).
  • Promote lifelong learning and professionalism through exploration of evidence-based practice and professional development. (T, V, C, A).

**Think (T), Value (V), Communicate (C), Act (A)

Nursing Highlights

  • Nursing Student Gabrielle Clark explains why she chose Valencia
  • Valencia Nursing Student Association (VNSA)
  • Simulators
West Campus School of Nursing
Health Sciences Building (HSB), Room 200
M-F 8:00am - 5:00 pm
Applications and Deadlines

School of Nursing Administration

Dean, School of Nursing: Dr. Barbara Ake, RN, BSN, MSA, Ed.D

Administrative Assistants: Marva Devonish and Daira Bonilla Torres

School of Nursing Coordinator: Danielle McKinnon, MC, PhD

BSN Program Coordinator: Debra Fahey, DNP, FNP-BC

Nursing Clinical Coordinator: Leann Hudson, DNP, RN


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