Broward College, formerly known as Broward Community College, has two nursing programs for students who wish to become a registered nurse. There is a generic option as well as an option for LPN-RN transition. Graduation from either program gives the student eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN exam. Those who pass that exam can get employment as a registered nurse. Due to high demand for both programs, there are many specific requirements that applicants must meet including prerequisite courses and a nursing entrance exam in order to gain admission. The cost to complete the entire nursing program for either LPN-RN Transition or Generic RN is around $6,000.
Broward College Prerequisite Course Requirements for Nursing
The following prerequisite courses need to be completed with a grade of “C” or better prior to application:
- ENC1101 (English Composition 1) 3 credits
- CHM 1032 (Chemistry for Health Science) 3 credits
- BSC 1085 (Human Anatomy and Physiology 1) 3 credits
- BSC 1085L (Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab) 1 credit
- BSC 1086 (Human Anatomy and Physiology 2) 3 credits
- BSC 1086L (Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab) 1 credit
- HCP 0130 (Health Career Core) 75 contact hours (this course is not counted towards the GPA)
Waiver for HCP 0130 is possible for those who have a license in another direct patient-care health care profession.
Science courses taken more than 10 years ago may have to be repeated.
Students will need to have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.00 in order to apply. Applicants also need to achieve a GPA of 2.50 in the above prerequisite courses as well. Keep in mind that meeting these minimum requirements will not be enough to gain acceptance to the nursing program.
HESI A2 Nursing Entrance Exam at Broward College
Applicants will also need to take the HESI A2 entrance exam in order to apply. It is recommended that the exam be taken right after the completion of the A&P courses and the English composition course. The test components are reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, math, and anatomy-physiology.
A score of 75% is required for math, A&P, and English composite score. The individual reading comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar scores must be at least 70%.
Broward College Nursing Admissions Point System
The prerequisite GPA is worth up to 16 points. A GPA of 2.5 is worth one point. For each 0.1 increase in GPA, add one point. For example, a GPA of 3.4 is worth 10 points. There is one bonus point available for Broward county residence. If the address is a PO Box number, the bonus point is not awarded. 5 bonus points are awarded for meeting the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) requirements. HOSA is completed during high school, mainly in Broward County schools. Highest number of points gets a seat.
Admissions Statistics at Broward College’s Nursing Program
For August 2009, students with 9 points (GPA of 3.30 or better) were accepted. Students with 8 points (GPA of 3.20-3.29) were put on the list of alternates. The alternates ended up getting accepted as well. Typically, students with a prerequisite GPA of 3.4 or better should expect to get in.
For the August 2010 class, 595 candidates applied for 252 seats available.