Palm Beach State College (PBSC), previously known as Palm Beach Community (PBCC) College, is Florida’s first public community college and was founded in 1933. Today, the college offers certificate, associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs. There are over 50,000 students enrolled in the college’s four campuses, which now constitutes the 6th largest of out of the twenty-eight colleges in the Florida college system.
Palm Beach State College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Review of Palm Beach State College Nursing Degree Programs
The Practical Nursing certificate program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing. The ADN program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing. The Patient Care Assistant program is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing.
Palm Beach State College Undergraduate Nursing Programs
Associate Degree in Nursing ADN Program
The Associate Degree in Nursing program is for nurses seeking to take the next step in their career by becoming Registered Nurses (RNs). Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the exam for national certification, NCLEX-RN. The program can be completed in two or three years for full and part time study respectively. Admission requirements for the program include the HESI RN entrance exam and a 2.5 GPA overall in all previous college coursework.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree Program
The BSN program allows nurses to progress in their career by taking on leadership roles. The program is designed for nurses holding an ADN and can normally be completed in two years as it is assumed the first two years of general education and requirements are completed during the ADN. Admission requirements for the program include a 2.5 GPA overall in previous coursework. This program can be completed both on-campus and online. Upon completion of the program with a 2.0 or higher overall GPA, students are awarded a BSN qualification.
Palm Beach State College Certificate Programs
Practical Nursing Certificate (Licensed Practical Nurse-LPN) Program
The LPN program is for nurses entering in the first part of their nursing education. The practical nursing program at Palm Beach State College prepares nurses to serve in a variety of nursing settings including geriatric, obstetric and pediatric settings. The program prepares nurses to take the national certification exam for practical nurses, the NCLEX-PN. The program is 1,350 hours and be completed in approximately 16 months.
Patient Care Assistant Program
The Patient Care Assistant expands on roles completed by the nurse assistant and involves providing support and care to patients under the direction of physicians and nurses. The program can be completed full or part time and in approximately 3.5 months. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded a CNA and Patient Care Assisting certificate as well as a Home Health Care Aide (HHCA) certificate. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the course to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in Florida.
Palm Beach State College
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Lake Worth, FL 33461