Nursing R.N. – Indian River State College

Applications for the Spring 2023 program will be accepted from June 15, 2022 to September
15, 2022. The deadline for transcripts to be sent to is September 22, 2022.

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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
their lifespan. Completing your Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.) through
the School of Nursing at Indian River State College (IRSC) prepares you for a rewarding

The School of Nursing at IRSC is committed to meeting the educational needs of future
and current professional and vocational nurses within an ever-changing healthcare

Once You Complete the Program

Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam in Florida and 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

Getting Started

Applicants should carefully review the application procedures outlined in the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing Application Booklet. Admissions to the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.) program is on a
selective-admissions basis. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the
application process is completed prior to the deadline.

For more information, email:

    • Registered Nurse Program Expenses
    • Graduate Outcomes
    • Florida Board of Nursing NCLEX Pass Rate


Information Sessions

All applicants are encouraged to attend our free virtual Information Sessions offered
on the third Thursday of each month.

Upcoming Information Sessions:

The Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.) includes 42 credits of nursing
courses and 30 credits of General Education/program required courses. These are offered
through two tracks:

Associate in Science Degree in Nursing Program Tracks

Due to House Bill 1507, admission criteria can be affected. This bill has a possibility
to change admission requirements for 2022 and beyond based on the Florida Department
of Education rule development.  For more information on House Bill 1507, visit 

Track One: Traditional admission track. Students complete five semesters with one semester
of prerequisites and four semesters of nursing courses with required co-requisite

Track Two: Advanced Placement Option is for Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Respiratory
Therapists and Licensed Paramedics. Students complete four semesters with one semester
of prerequisites and three semesters of nursing courses with required co-requisite
courses. Review the Advanced Placement section of the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing Application Booklet for more information.

For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.

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

Prior to beginning the application process:

  1. Read the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing Application Booklet.
  2. Complete and submit the IRSC Nursing Application for the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing program ($30 fee; keep a copy of your
  3. Register, pay and complete the HESI A2 Admission Assessment Exam. Registration dates
    for the exam will be posted on the HESI A2 information page found in the drop-down
    menu below.

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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 through MyPioneerPortal
and to the School of Nursing at 772-462-7570.

Only students who are applying to an IRSC Nursing Program should register for this

The HESI A2 Admissions Assessment Exam is a computerized test used by the IRSC School of Nursing to assess the academic ability of prospective P.N. and R.N. 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.

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-RN
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 you are a student who may choose to reside outside of Florida or one of the compact
states after graduation, IRSC cannot confirm whether this degree program meets educational
requirements for professional licensure in your state. Since the A.D.N. program at
IRSC 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-RN exam in a non-compact state, contact the board of nursing
in the state to determine whether this degree will meet their licensure requirements.

Completion of the A.D.N. program requirements makes you eligible to apply to take
the 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 (

Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure Table for Nursing

The School of Nursing will notify applicants via email regarding the status of their
application six to eight weeks after the application closes. An initial email will
be sent to those who have been provisionally accepted into the program to their IRSC
RiverMail account or personal email if RiverMail account is not yet active.

Final acceptance into 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).

Additional information regarding physical examination, immunizations, drug screen,
background check, CPR and Performance Standards for Admission and Progression is available
in the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing Application Booklet. 

Specific deadline dates will be required for submission of these documents. Information
for obtaining these tests/reports will be provided in a mandatory meeting—date to
be specified in the provisional acceptance letter from the School of Nursing.

These reports should not be submitted with initial application materials.


The Associate in Science Degree in Nursing program at Indian River State College at
the Massey Campus, Fort Pierce, Florida, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 

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

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.

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