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Registered Nursing (Associate in Science)

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What is the Associate Degree Nursing Program?

Approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326; 404.975.5000), the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Miami Dade College is a course of study that prepares graduates to become licensed as registered nurses (RN). Four different options are available

  1. Generic Option at Medical Campus (Full and Part–time)
  2. Generic Option at Homestead Campus, including on-site sections at Baptist Hospital
  3. Bridge Option designed for PN’s and similarly qualified health care workers (Full-time, Part-time and Online), and
  4. Accelerated Option (for students who currently hold a baccalaureate degree in any field).

What Will I Learn?
Students gain knowledge and skills needed for registered nurse practice in a variety of settings. Supervised clinical assignments in obstetric, pediatric, medical/surgical, geriatric, psychiatric and community health settings provide patient care experiences and offer students the opportunity to interact with individuals in other health related professions.

RN’s are vital members of the health care team who assess, plan, and provide direct patient care. They work closely with physicians and other health care professionals.
What Are the Admission Eligibility Requirements?

  • Current status as a Miami Dade degree-seeking student with all pre-requisites college preparatory courses successfully completed
  • Cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or higher for any college level courses completed and a grade of C or above for any course required for the Nursing Program
  • No more than a total of 3 grades of D, F or W in the natural science courses required for the Program -
  • No more than 2 enrollments (D, F or W) for any individual natural science course required for the Program

Bridge Option

All of the above and PN licensure (or have educational preparation for a similar health career)

Accelerated Option

Accelerated Option applicants must hold bachelors or higher degrees from an accredited, domestic institution and are exempt from the general education core courses, They must have 15 credits in any natural science/math courses, including complete course(s) in human anatomy and physiology. CPT reading scores of 78 or higher are required.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Complete an Application for Admission or Readmission to College Credit Courses ($30).
  2. Submit an Application for Program Admission to the New Student Center ($25) by May 1 for Fall Term and September 1 for Spring term.
  3. Please note options are offered only as follows: Fall term; Full and Part-time Generic Bridge Online ic, Full time Bridge, Bridge Online and Accelerated, Spring term: Full and Part-time Generic, Full and Part- time Bridge, and Accelerated.

Note: All transcripts, applications, and fees must be received by the deadline dates above.

How Will I Be Selected?

All students who meet basic admission requirements will be considered. Selection criteria will be based on cumulative GPA and successful completion of or enrollment in the required program pre-requisite courses listed below:

  • CHM 1033 and 1033L
  • PHI 2604 and ENC 1101
  • BSC 2085 and 2085L*
  • BSC 2086 and 2086L*

 *Completed within 10 years of program entry date

Applicants not selected may re-apply for a subsequent term.

Students who believe they have a valid reason to be granted an exception to these requirements may appeal by securing a petition form from the Medical Campus Registrar’s Office or Academic Advisement department.

What are the Program Graduation Requirements?

To earn the A.S. degree in nursing, students must complete all courses or their equivalent required in the curriculum
(72 credits) with a “C” or better, including the required pre-requisite and co-requisite courses designated for each option.

All students must apply for graduation by a published deadline date.

What are Employment Opportunities?

Nursing is a high demand career with expanding opportunities. Graduates provide direct patient care in hospitals, clinics, medical offices, schools, home health, and in a variety of governmental and community organizations, The A.S. degree in nursing articulates with baccalaureate programs in Florida‘s State University System.

Information is subject to change. Please contact The New Student Center (305 237-4141) or visit the college’s web site at

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All Medical Campus students must complete the FDLE Waiver and Statement form.This form is to authorize dissemination to Miami Dade College - Medical Campus of any national criminal history record that may pertain to you.

In addition, all program students must complete a "background check" through the identified MDC agent and cleared by the 1st day of class. Depending on your program of study an additional background check may be required. In addition, prior to entry into a clinical site, some clinical sites will require more frequent background checks and clearance.

Successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate's eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted of any felony crime during the last 15 years are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

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