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Nursing R.N.

Applications for the Fall 2021 Associate Degree Nursing (Track 1) will be accepted from February 1 to May 6, 2021. Learn more.

Registered Nurses (R.N.s) are essential members of the healthcare team. Knowledge and skills unique to R.N.s place them at the frontline of healthcare as leaders, advocates, educators and caregivers of those in need in our community. This rewarding career provides R.N.s the ability to work in diverse settings, caring for clients throughout the lifespan.

Once You Complete the Program

Graduates seek employment at a hospital, physician’s office, clinic, surgery center, nursing home, school system, private home or residential care facility after passing the National Council Licensure Examination.

Getting Started

The Associate Degree in Nursing program is offered through the IRSC Health Science Division. Applicants should carefully review the application procedures outlined in the Application Booklet and on this page. Admissions to the Associate Degree Nursing program is on a selective-admissions basis. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application process is completed.

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Information Sessions

Free information sessions are held periodically throughout the year. Upcoming Information Sessions:

 Associate Degree Nursing Program Tracks

The Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) may be completed in six semester with two semester of prerequisites and four semester of nursing courses. Applicants who are eligible for Advanced Placement may complete the program in five semesters with two semester of pre-requisites and three semesters of Nursing Courses. Attainment of the Associate Degree in Nursing includes 42 credits in nursing courses and 30 credits in general education courses.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program offers two tracks:

Track One: Regular admission track. Students complete four semesters of nursing course along with required general education courses. The program length is a total of six semester.

Track Two: Advanced Placement Option is for Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Respiratory Therapists and Licensed Paramedics. This program is a four-semester program; as some students are eligible to test out of the first semester of nursing courses. See Advanced Placement section of the Associate Degree Nursing Application Booklet for more information.

Nursing Department

The Nursing Department at Indian River State College (IRSC) is committed to meeting the educational needs of future and current professional and vocational nurses within an ever-changing healthcare system. Faculty facilitates student achievement utilizing various teaching modalities.

In our effort to serve the diverse communities and cultures within the four-county area, we provide:

  • Quality, student-centered learning to promote student success
  • Innovative multi-dimensional learning experiences
  • Partnerships within the community that promote cultural enrichment and opportunities to strengthen involvement in local, natural, and global health issues
  • Commitment to excellence in nursing education, practice, and lifelong learning

Indian River State College offers a number of different degrees and certificates leading to professional licensure in the state of Florida.  Some professions require both a degree and the successful completion of additional criteria such as licensure exams, field placements, or clinical hours. Student eligibility to apply to sit for the NCLEX exam in the State of Florida is defined in 464.008, F.S., and also includes possession of a valid form of identification and a social security number. Please visit the Florida Board of Nursing to ensure your eligibility.

If your future plans include achieving licensure or certification, you should know that requirements vary by state. It is important for all students to review the Florida Board of Nursing.

If you are a student who may choose to reside outside of Florida or one of the compact states after graduation, Indian River State College cannot confirm whether this degree program meets educational requirements for professional licensure in your state. Since the Associate Degree in Nursing program at Indian River State College is nationally accredited, the curriculum should meet the requirements of other states; however, some states have requirements in addition to the program’s curriculum.  If you wish to take the NCLEX exam in a non-compact state, please contact the board of nursing in the state to determine whether this degree will meet their licensure requirements.

For the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, completion of program requirements makes you eligible to apply to take the National Counsel Licensure Examination (NCLEX) RN in Florida or one of the other 27 nursing compact states if you apply for a multi-state license under the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). A list of current compact states can be located on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website (


Applying to the Associate Degree in Nursing (R.N.) Program

Track One: Applications accepted from February 1, 2021 to May 6, 2021.

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2021 Associate Degree in Nursing program. All applicants are expected to have read the Associate Degree Nursing Application Booklet. Final consideration for admission into the Associate Degree in Nursing program (ADN) is based upon the scoring/completion of the following criteria by the application deadline:

  1. Complete the IRSC Application for Admission (all applicants must submit  the IRSC Application prior to submitting a Health Science Application for your program of choice). All applicants should have an IRSC student ID, access to Rivermail, and the Pioneer Portal.
  2. Complete the IRSC Health Science Application for the Associate Degree Nursing Program ($30.00 fee; keep a copy of your receipt).
  3. Ensure all official transcripts are on file in Educational Services at IRSC prior to the application deadline date.
  4. Completion of (required) Anatomy & Physiology I 
  5. IRSC and College Cumulative GPA above 3.0.
  6. Register and pay for the HESI A2 test. A Cumulative Composite score of 80 on the HESI A2 Admission Assessment exam as well in the subcategories of Math and Anatomy and Physiology. Grade points earned for specified coursework completed will be tallied (see Application Booklet).
  7. Applicant must be 18 years of age prior to the first day of clinical (within the first month).
  8. IRSC in-district students are given priority in selection process.
  9. Meets eligibility criteria determined by the Florida Board of Nursing (valid government ID & social security number)
  10. Meet with an advisor to review general education degree requirements

Applicants who have graduated from high school in Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie, or Okeechobee county are eligible for preferential admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing program if they achieve the following requirements:

  1. GPA of 3.2 institutional and cumulative.
  2. A’s or B’s in General Biology and Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab.
  3. A cumulative composite score of 90 in the HESI A2 Admission Assessment exam and a minimum score of 80 in the subject-areas of Basic Math, Anatomy and Physiology, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge, and Biology

Note: If at any time during the application process you have a change in personal information (name change, address, phone number, or emails), submit the changes to your Pioneer Portal and to the Nursing Department at 772-462-7570.

The HESI A2 Admissions Assessment Exam is a computerized test used by the IRSC Nursing Department to assess the academic ability of perspective PN and RN students. The HESI A2 is a multiple-choice exam consisting of six sections (Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge, Basic Math, Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and a Learning Style Inventory) and it takes approximately 4 hours to complete. Only students who are applying to an IRSC Nursing Program should register for this test. 

Indian River State College provides equal employment and educational opportunities to all without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, and any other factor protected under applicable federal, state, and local civil rights laws, rules and regulations.

Once the minimum entry requirement is achieved students are then selected based on a point system. The points are tallied and the most qualified (highest scores) are selected until all seats are filled.  The learning styles assessment section of the exam is not factored into the selection process and no points are earned for this component.

Note: Meeting admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program. All components of the applicant’s criteria must be met by the application deadline or the applicant’s file will not be reviewed and scored.

Complete the IRSC Application for Admission:

  • Current/returning students: Log into MyPioneerPortal with your IRSC RiverMail address and your password. Login to confirm that your IRSC admissions (transcripts, residency, New Student orientation and holds) are completed prior to the application deadline date.  
  • New students: complete the IRSC Online Application for Admission.

Complete the Health Science Application and Pay the $30 fee:

To get started, CLICK HERE.

  • On the Admission Application Instructions webpage, click on the blue SIGN IN button.
  • If you have not submitted a health science application for the 2020-2021 school year (July 2020 to present), you will need to select Create Account at the bottom of the Sign In box.
    • You will need to check your email for the address provided to verify the account before signing in.  Please check both the junk/spam and inbox folders for this email.  The email will be from IRSC Workday.
    • Once you have clicked on the link or copied and pasted it in a new web browser, sign in to the Health Science Application Portal. 
  • If you have submitted a health science application for the 2020-2021 school year (July 2020 to present), sign in using the email address provided when you created the account (this will NOT be your RiverMail or Pioneer Portal sign in).
  • On the Admissions Application Instruction webpage, select Nursing Career Training Application.
  • Click on the blue Apply Now.
  • Once you complete all of the questions, select Pay Now in blue to submit the $30 application fee.  
  • A new screen will open to enter you payment information. SAVE YOUR RECEIPT.

Submit Your Application:

Go back to the application screen (in a different tab/window) and click the blue NEXT button.  Check the box next to the acknowledgement and click on the blue SUBMIT button.

Send in Your Applications Documents:

Send your application documents to before the application deadline date.

To complete an in-progress application, return to the IRSC Admissions Application site and sign into your account using the SIGN IN Button at the top right corner of the page with the credentials you created when you submitted your application. Once you are signed in, select the application type of the application you started under ADMISSIONS (in the right). You will see your in-progress application under Your Applications with a status of NOT SUBMITTED. Click on the link to complete your application.

To review your application status, return to the IRSC Admissions Application site and sign into your account using the SIGN IN button at the top right corner of the page. Use the credentials you created when you submitted your application. Once you are signed in, select the application type (type of the application you started under Admissions on the right side of the page). You will see your submitted application under Your Applications. Please click on Your Applications to see actions required.

The Nursing Department will use students IRSC RiverMail accounts to notify applicants who have been provisionally accepted into the program. This occurs approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the deadline date.  Final acceptance in the program is contingent upon satisfactory results from a physical examination with immunization, drug screen, CPR certification and Federal Bureau of Investigations National Background Check (FBI/NBC). Specific dates will be required for submission of immunizations and CPR certification. Information on obtaining these tests/reports will be provided in a mandatory specified meeting date in the acceptance letter.

These reports should not be submitted with initial application materials.


The Associate Degree Nursing program at Indian River State College, located in Fort Pierce, Florida, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information regarding this program.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

Additional Program Information


This is a national organization which supplements and complements the health occupations education curriculum. HOSA provides students in secondary, postsecondary and collegiate programs with opportunities to develop personal, leadership and career skills needed by healthcare providers. HOSA helps develop the total person, not just job-specific skills. The rapidly changing healthcare system needs workers who are technically skilled, people-oriented and capable of accepting leadership positions as a member of a team.  Join now.

Academic Plan/Guided Pathway for (R.N.) Nursing

To view and print an Academic Plan/Guided Pathway, double-click on the program title.  For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.  

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways are recommended sequences of courses and prerequisites needed to complete your degree. It is a general suggestion for when to take your courses; it is not a course schedule. Students should meet with their advisors to make appropriate course selections. The Academic Plans/Guided Pathways listed below are for the current academic year. Students should consult with their advisors for plan requirements specific to their academic year.

Associate in Science

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