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Nursing R.N.

We are excited to share the School of Nursing is moving to the Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie! All classes and nursing skills laboratories will be held at Pruitt as of Fall 2023.

Applications for the Fall 2023 program are OPEN NOW and will be accepted from January 15, 2023 to May 15, 2023. The deadline for transcripts to be sent to is May 22, 2023.

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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 career. 

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 system. 

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 Examination.

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.

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Information Sessions

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

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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 courses.

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 receipt).
  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.

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

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,
  • American Heart Association 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 School of Nursing will hold three Mandatory Attendance Orientations for incoming Nurse 1 Students for Fall 2023. More information will be sent to your RiverMail once you are accepted into the Program.
Tuesday June 6th – General Orientation 8am-5pm*
Thursday, July 20th – Strategies for Success Boot Camp 5pm-8pm*
Wednesday, August 16th – First Day of Class 8am arrival
*Times are subject to change.


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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