Valencia Community College (VCC) in Orlando, FL has several nursing programs at two campuses available for students looking to become a registered nurse. One of the programs available is the generic track for students with no prior nursing experience to gain a RN. VCC is well known in the state for admitting students with low GPA and test scores. This article describes the Valencia Community College’s generic nursing major which leads to an associate of science degree in nursing and eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become a registered nurse.
All nursing programs at the college is full-time during the week. There is no option for evenings or weekends. Those who need a part time nursing program in Florida should look at Miami Dade College’s nursing program.
Valencia Community College Nursing Prerequisite Courses
The following nursing prerequisites must be completed prior to submitting the admissions application with a grade of “C” or better (and all grades must already be posted to the Valencia college transcript):
- Anatomy and Physiology I
- Anatomy and Physiology II
- Developmental Psychology
- General Psychology
- Freshman Composition
- Essentials of Nutrition
- Any class with the HUM prefix that meets AA degree requirements or PHI 2010 (Philosophy) or Philosophy 2600 (Ethics and Critical Thinking).
You must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 to apply. There is no separate science GPA requirement.
TEAS Testing Requirement for Valencia Community College
Students will also need to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The TEAS score must have a minimum composite score of 75% and a reading composite score of 75%. An exception is made if the candidate took the Nurse Entrance Test (NET) at Valencia Community College within the past 5 years with a 65% score in reading and 65% overall.
120 students are admitted for each fall term. 120 students are admitted for the spring term. 70 students are admitted for the summer term. Applications are always open on a rolling basis.
Once students are accepted, they need to decide which campus to complete their programs. During fall and spring, some students begin on the West Campus and some begin on the Osceola campus. During the summer, only the West Campus is available. The location of the Nursing I class will determine where students take Nursing II. During the remaining three terms on the program, all students will take classes at West Campus.
Currently, there is a two or three semester waiting period before starting the nursing program once admitted. During the waiting period students can complete their AA degree or additional courses required for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
The estimated total cost for the entire nursing program at Valencia Community College including tuition, books, course fees, equipment, and licensing is around $10,300.
VCC is one of the easiest nursing programs to enter since it is not competitive. You are placed on the waiting list if you complete the minimum GPA, prerequisite course, and testing requirements. The only drawback is the 1+ year waiting list before starting the program.
The bottom line is this:
VCC Advantages and Disadvantages:
- Pro: don’t need a high GPA or TEAS score to get into the nursing program
- Con: 1+ year waiting time to start
Other Nursing Schools:
- Pro: You don’t have to go through a waiting list like at VCC
- Con: You may not get in if your GPA and test scores are not good enough.