Prepare for an exciting and rewarding career in healthcare at The College of the Florida Keys.  CFK’s Nursing and Health Sciences faculty hold years of experience and expertise in the field as well as a passion for training the next generation of healthcare professionals.

Instruction is practical and hands-on.  Coursework expands beyond the classroom to include real clinical practice in local hospitals and healthcare facilities, which will have you confident and ready to fill the ongoing demand for skilled healthcare workers.

The Department of Nursing & Health Sciences offers the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Associate in Science in Nursing
  • Associate in Science in Emergency Medical Services
  • Paramedic Certificate
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)


BS: Nursing (RN to BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing at CFK provides an opportunity for licensed registered nurses to further their education, increase their potential for career advancement, and earn higher salaries. The RN to BSN program includes coursework and field experience in supervision, community health, and nursing practice. The program prepares nurses to pursue opportunities that require a BSN as well as to pursue an advanced practice degree. Students must maintain a clear and active nursing license throughout the program.

AS: Nursing

Approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing and fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), this program is designed to prepare individuals to function with intellectual and technical competence as registered nurses. The instructional staff is dedicated to helping students achieve individual academic success and enter the field of nursing as competent clinicians. The Associate in Science degree in Nursing is awarded upon completion of the 22-month generic RN program.

AS: Emergency Medical Services

The Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services degree offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with the challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in Emergency Medical Services. This 73-credit hour degree provides students the opportunity to obtain certifications to be able to work in Emergency Medical Services.

EMT: Emergency Medical Technician

This program is designed for persons involved in emergency care of the sick and injured. EMT program participants have included firefighters, law enforcement officers, volunteer rescue personnel, lifeguards and those wishing to enter the EMS profession at hospitals and other healthcare agencies. Graduates may find employment in agencies such as city/ county EMS systems, private ambulance services, hospitals, clinics, physician/ doctor offices, laboratories, dialysis centers, paid and/ or volunteer fire departments, air ambulance services, home health care agencies and hyperbaric chambers.

Certificate: Paramedic

This 42 college credit certificate program prepares students for employment as paramedics (Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics) to function at the basic pre-hospital paramedic level and treat various medical/trauma conditions, using appropriate equipment and materials.

Medical Assistant (Pending SACSCOC Approval)

The College Credit Certificate in Medical Assistant prepares individuals to provide health services in ambulatory out-patient facilities, including medical offices and clinics. Medical Assistants participate in diagnostic, clinical, and administrative functions.

Phlebotomy Technician (Pending SACSCOC Approval)

The Phlebotomy Technician program is designed to prepare students for employment in a hospital laboratory, blood center, or other health care facility to draw blood by venipuncture and capillary puncture. Students are taught safe and efficient work practices in obtaining adequate and correct blood specimens, labeling specimens, and transporting specimens correctly to the appropriate laboratory sections.