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Nursing R.N.

Registered Nurses (R.N.s) assess patient health problems and needs, provide hands-on daily care, monitor patient progress, educate, manage and supervise.

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 (R.N.) program is a selective admission program. Students are selected based on criteria outlined in the Registered Nurse (R.N.) Application Book.

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Nursing Department

The Nursing Department at Indian River State College 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

The Associate Degree Nursing Program may be completed in five semester with one semester of pre-requisites and four semester of nursing courses. Applicants who are eligible for Advanced Placement may complete the program in four semesters with one 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.

Information Sessions

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

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

Applicants for Fall 2020 enrollment may apply between January 16 and May 7, 2020. Applicant must apply and pay for the application fee as well as the NLN fee by May 7, 2020.

New and returning students must check admission requirements listed in the Associate Degree Nursing Application Booklet prior to the application deadline.

All applicants to the IRSC Nursing R.N. program must have an NLN minimum score of 110 A/PI.

The selective admission process is based off of a points based system. Review the ADN Application Booklet for a complete review of the application process.

Admission Criteria

Final consideration for admission into the ADN program will be based upon the scoring of the following criteria by the application deadline:

  1. IRSC Admission status must be complete. All official transcripts must be on file in Educational Services.
  2. Application to Health Science Division must be filed and paid.
  3. Completion of (required) Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (BSC 2093 & BSC 2093L) with grade of “C” or higher.
  4. IRSC and College Cumulative GPA must be a 3.0 or higher.
  5. NLN Pre-Admission Exam score of 110 or higher.
  6. Attend an Information Session.
  7. Meet with an IRSC Advisor.
  8. Grade points earned for specified coursework (see page 6) completed will be tallied.
  9. Applicant must be 18 years of age prior to first day of clinical (within 2 months of the first day of class).
  10. IRSC in district high school students who graduated six months prior to the application deadline may receive priority in selection process. The following criteria must be met to be considered for priority in the selection process. Admission is dependent on seat availability:

    GPA of 3.2 institutional and cumulative A’s or B’s in General Biology (BSC 2010, BSC 2010L or  BSC 1020 & BSC 1020L) and Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (BSC 2093 & BSC 2093L). NLN entrance exam score of 125.

  11. Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Respiratory Therapists, and Licensed Paramedics may be eligible for an Advanced Placement Option. Please review the ADN Application Booklet for additional information.

Health Science Application Process

  1. Complete the IRSC Pre-Admission Questionnaire.
  2. Create an Account/Sign in to your account (this is NOT your Pioneer Portal Account).
  3. Submit your payment for the application fee (this will open a new window).
  4. Go back to your original application window, place a check mark in the box if you have read and understand the information and then click on Submit.
  5. An email will be sent to the email address you provided when you created the account.
  6. Use this link to access your application and upload additional application materials required.


To complete an in-progress application, return to the IRSC's 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’re signed in, select the application type of the application you started under Admissions on the right. You’ll see your in-progress application under Your Applications with a status of Not Submitted. Click on the link to complete it.


To review your application status, return to the IRSC's 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’re signed in, select the application type of the application you started under Admissions on the right. You’ll see your submitted application under Your Applications – click on it to see actions required.


The IRSC Associate Degree in Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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

Gain management and technical skills in the high-demand field of nursing, with the option to continue toward a Bachelor’s Degree at IRSC.

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