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Nursing

Frequently Asked Questions*


* FAQs may not apply to current high school students seeking admission. For assistance, please call FLCC Admissions Office.

 

How competitive is the nursing program?

The nursing program is very competitive. Each year we receive 500 to 1,000 applications for the 80 seats in the program. Admission is based on a point system. For more information on admission requirements/the point system, please review the self evaluation sheet on the nursing department's webpage. Students admitted to the nursing program typically have all A's and B's.

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How many points do I need to get accepted?

There are no set point limits, but the 80 individuals with the highest number of points on the point system will be accepted into the FLCC nursing program. Historically, people with A's and B's have been accepted. Last year the minimum number of points required for admission was 50, but that number varies from year to year, based upon the pool of applicants.

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What grade point average is needed?

Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree must have a cumulative GPA above 2.0. You also need to have a C or better in all courses required for the nursing program. This includes ENG 101, ENG 102, PSY 100, PSY 200, SOC 100, BIO 171, BIO 172, BIO 230, one Humanities Elective, one Physical Education Elective (1 credit) and one General Elective (2 credits).

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I have a C- in one of my required general education courses** for Nursing. Can I be accepted into Nursing?

You must acheive a C or better in the general education courses required for the degree. You will not be considered for admission into the Nursing program if you do not meet this criteria.

** General education courses include ENG 101, ENG 102, PSY 100, PSY 200, SOC 100, BIO 171, BIO 172 (or BIO 110 if BIO 171 not yet taken), BIO 230, a humanities elective (3 credits), a PE activity course (1 credit) and a general education elective (2 credits).

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I am considering withdrawing from a required general education course for nursing. Will I be penalized when I apply for Nursing?

Yes, you will lose half of the points earned when you repeat the course. If you are repeating a required course as the result of a withdrawal (regardless of the reason), a ‘Q' grade, or an unsuccessful attempt (earned grade below C), new points assigned for a successful completion will be reduced by 1/2. Remember, you won't be considered for admission until you successfully retake the course.

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What if I want to retake a course that I successfully completed (with a grade of C or better) for a higher grade to get more points? Will I be penalized?

No, if you retake a point getting course for a higher grade, you will not be penalized if you successfully completed the course with a grade of C or better the first time. You will receive the full point value for the retaken course. However, it is important to remember that financial aid will usually not cover repeated courses that have already been successfully completed. If you are unsure as to whether or not you should retake a course for a higher grade, please contact the admissions office.

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Do I have to take Chemistry?

If you took and passed high school chemistry or its college equivalent (CHM 102 at FLCC), then you do not need to take a chemistry course.

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Do I have to take math?

If you successfully completed one unit of high school algebra or its college equivalent (GST 142 at FLCC), then you do not need to take a math course. However, if you need to take CHM 102 (Intro to Chemistry) because you did not take and pass high school chemistry or its college equivalent, you must test into math level 2 or higher in order to enroll in CHM 102. If you place into math level 1 and need chemistry, you'll have to take GST 142 (Fundamentals of Math & Algebraic Skills) before you can enroll in CHM 102.

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What are the minimum requirements to apply?

In order to be considered for admission to the nursing program, students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA (or 2.0 if you have a bachelor's degree), earned a grade of C or better in all courses required for the nursing program, and completed high school biology or one semester of college biology.

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How long will I have to spend as a student in the Liberal Arts and Sciences program?

The amount of time spent varies, especially depending on full-time or part-time study. Completing Nursing prerequisite courses in no way guarantees eventual admission into the Nursing program. Placement into Developmental Studies courses will delay the completion of required general education courses. Generally, students should expect to spend anywhere from one to two years in the Liberal Arts program.

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Once I am admitted into the nursing program, how long will it take to complete?

If you are attending full time, it will take two years (four semesters) if you complete all nursing courses and required general education courses successfully.

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Can I start the nursing program in the spring?

No, we only admit students to the nursing program in the fall. Students can enroll in Liberal Arts and Sciences in the spring. Only licensed practical nurses (LPN's) can apply for an accelerated LPN to RN program that starts in the spring semester. Contact the Nursing Department directly for information on the accelerated LPN to RN program.

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I already have a bachelor's degree, why did I get admitted to the Liberal Arts and Sciences program?

Admission to the nursing program is strictly based on a point system. If you were not admitted, it means you did not have enough points to be in our top 80 applicants. Having a bachelor's degree will earn you 8 extra points, but it does not put you to the top of the applicant pool. If you were admitted to the Liberal Arts and Sciences program, you most likely still have some point getting courses left to take. If you have a bachelor's degree and applied to the nursing program in the spring semester, you were automatically admitted to Liberal Arts and Sciences because we do not take a spring nursing class.

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What courses can I register for as a first semester Liberal Arts and Sciences student on a path to Nursing?

You can take any courses required for the nursing program that do not have the NUR prefix. In their first semester, students could take: BIO 110 OR 171, ENG 101, PSY 100, SOC 100, a PE activity course (1 credit) and a Humanities elective (3 credits). If you have tested into DST courses, you should take those in your first semester. It is always best to consult with an advisor or admissions counselor on what courses to take.

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If I can't get into FLCC's nursing program, what other options do I have?

You can pursue another degree, and many students with an interest in Nursing are also interested in one of the following: Therapeutic Massage/Integrated Health Care, Human Services, Biotechnology, Chemical Dependency Counseling, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. After two years, you may be eligible to graduate with a Liberal Arts and Sciences degree without completing additional courses. With this degree, you can transfer to a four-year school and earn a bachelor's degree in Nursing or another field of study. For assistance in exploring other career fields, contact FLCC's Career Services Office by calling 585.785.1267 or emailing eduplanning@flcc.edu.

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Why do I have to take a math and English placement test?

All new students are required to take a math and English placement test to assure proper placement in courses; this is the college's policy. You may be exempt from the English test if you: (a) have previously received an associate or bachelor's degree, (b) are a high school graduate and have completed a course equivalent to FLCC's Freshman English with a grade of C- or better, (c) are a high school graduate who scored 500 or higher on the SAT critical reading exam or a 21 or higher on the ACT English exam; (d) are a re-entry student who previously completed Freshman English and/or the Basic Skills test at FLCC. You may be exempt from the math placement test if you have completed College Algebra (MAT 145 at FLCC) or a higher level math course with a grade of C- or better.

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Does working in health care increase my chances of admission into the program?

No, admission is based solely upon the number of points earned. However, experience in health care is advantageous for skillful performance in the clinical area.

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Is there a waitlist to get accepted into the nursing program?

Yes, there is a waitlist for the nursing program. The waitlist is created and ranked by the admissions office in June after spring grades are released. If you want to be ranked on the waitlist and you are currently taking courses required for the nursing program at another college, you must submit your spring grades to the admissions office by June 1st. Students are taken off the waitlist as spaces become available through the end of the summer. If you are on the waitlist and a space becomes available for you, you will be called by an admissions counselor and offered the space. The waitlist does not carry over from year to year. We start a fresh review process each year, with all applicants on a level playing field. Waitlisted students not offered admission into the nursing program must reapply for the next year.

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What is the process for applying to the nursing program?

New students and non-matriculated students must complete the FLCC application for admission online at www.flcc.edu by February 1 of the year in which admission to the nursing program is being sought. An official high school transcript, all college transcripts (regardless of whether or not coursework is relevant to the nursing program) and any additional supporting documents must also be submitted to the admissions office prior to the February 1 deadline.

Currently matriculated students must contact the admissions office to complete a request to be considered for the next fall nursing class by the application deadline of February 1. The admissions office begins to take these requests as of December 1 for the upcoming fall class. If you are a current Liberal Arts and Sciences student on a path to Nursing, it is recommended that you contact the admissions office before you leave for winter break.

Admissions Counselors begin evaluating the applicant pool in February and decisions are mailed out in mid to late March. In June, the waitlist is ranked for eligible applicants who did not receive acceptance in March.

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How do I know if I'm ready to apply to the nursing program?

If you have a 2.5 GPA or better, a C or better in all courses required for the nursing program and have completed either high school biology or one semester of college biology, you are eligible to apply to the nursing program. Please keep in mind that you do not need to have all of the Liberal Arts and Sciences coursework completed to be admitted to the nursing program.

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