Accelerated Track in Nursing

Associate in Science (A.S.) (CIP# 1351380100)


This option is designed for LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses), Paramedics, Registered Invasive Cardiovascular Specialists (CVTs), and RRTs (Registered Respiratory Therapists) who want to earn an A.S. Nursing degree. Some Prerequisite for Admission Courses may be available online. Graduates of this track are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse. All theory components of the nursing courses (the courses with the prefix NUR) are offered primarily in an on-line format with course orientation and testing being completed on campus; all nursing courses have a clinical component to be completed in a Central Florida healthcare facility.

The R.N. Accelerated Track in Nursing is a limited-access program. Admission to Valencia does not imply acceptance to the R.N. Advanced Standing Track of the Nursing Program; students must apply and be accepted to the program. General admission procedures for this program are found in the Admission Section of this catalog. The Division of Nursing provides specific information about the admission process to this track. Estimated program expenses are given in the Financial Section of this catalog.

This program has been coordinated with local healthcare agencies, the State Department of Education and the State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326.


Program Overview

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Program Length

Program lasts for 3 semesters, after all the pre-admission course requirements have been met.


Alternative Credit

Did you know that you may already be eligible to receive college credit toward this program? You may receive college credit for approved Industry Certifications.


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Information Sessions

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Admission into Accelerated Nursing Track


Important Information

Application Information

Health Sciences Advising

Health Sciences Advising

The advising staff can answer program-specific questions, assist in career and educational planning, and offer expert educational guidance for students seeking career opportunities through the completion of an A.S. or B.S. Degree or a Certificate program.

Location, Hours and Contact

West Campus, Building 1, Room 130
Mon-Thur: 8am-5pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Summer Hours Friday: 9am-12pm

Steps for Admission to Program

  • 1Attend a Program Information Session. Please bring a copy of the program guide for your desired track with you. If you are not local and cannot attend the information session, review the  program guide and read the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • 2Apply to Valencia College.
  • 3Complete required general education courses before applying to the program.
  • 4Once your transcripts have been received and evaluated, and if you meet eligibility requirements, you can apply to the program.

General Nursing Program Information

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.

Students can submit an application once all of the admission criteria and requirements have been met. Valencia College admits 120 students to the Traditional Daytime Nursing Track in the Fall, 120 students in the Spring, and 120 students in the Summer Term.  The Traditional Daytime Program is offered on the Valencia College West and Osceola Campuses.  We now offer a Evening and Weekend Program with 40 students admitted in the Fall, 40 in the Spring and 40 in the Summer Term.  The Evening and Weekend Program is only offered on the Valencia College West Campus.  Our Accelerated Track in Nursing (ATN) Program admits 40 students in the Fall, 40 in Spring and 40 in the Summer Term.

The Valencia Nursing program, both the Traditional Track (Daytime, Evening/Weekend) and the Accelerated Track in Nursing (ATN), 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 Valencia College Nursing Program has been coordinated with local health care agencies, the State Department of Education and the State Board of Nursing.

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 Associate of Science in Nursing program at Valencia College located in Orlando, FL. 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 Associate of Science in Nursing program is continuing accreditation.

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

Statement of Philosophy

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 Educational 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)


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.