Thank you for your interest in The College of the Florida Keys (CFK) Associate of Science in Nursing Program! The CFK AS in Nursing Program began in 1967.  Since that time, the program has consistently ranked among the top nursing schools in the country for first-time NCLEX pass-rates.  The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  There are two entry points per year in fall and spring and students are given the opportunity to choose the Key West Campus or The Upper Keys Center for didactic and clinical courses.  Admission to the nursing program is competitive; therefore, applicants should be aware that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Applicants are encouraged to review eligibility requirements carefully and apply early.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the nursing program at The College of the Florida Keys is to prepare nursing students for personal success, responsible citizenship and entry into the nursing profession. We strive to develop nurses who can provide safe, quality evidence based patient-centered care to the diverse populations that encompass the islands of the Florida Keys as well to the greater global community.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

Approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing, this program is designed to prepare men and women 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 twenty-two month generic RN program.

The graduate then becomes eligible to apply to the Florida Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse.

CFK’s AS in Nursing, a limited-access program, is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.

The Associate in Science in Nursing Program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The College of the Florida Keys is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The College of the Florida Keys.

Admissions/Eligibility

Completed Application

All potential students must complete The College of the Florida Keys application including all supplemental documents. 

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from high school and post-secondary institutions must be uploaded upon submission of application. Official transcripts will be required prior to the end of the first semester, so please proactively request them from ALL institutions of higher learning.

Completed Application

All potential students must complete The College of the Florida Keys application including all supplemental documents. 

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from high school and post-secondary institutions must be uploaded upon submission of application. Official transcripts will be required prior to the end of the first semester, so please proactively request them from ALL institutions of higher learning.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

All applicants for the AS in Nursing must complete the TEAS and achieve a minimum score of 65.  For information about this Standardized Test including study materials, visit https://www.atitesting.com/teas/register

2021 TEAS Test Dates- Key West Campus
All tests begin at 9 a.m.

February 3 & 17
March 3 & 31
April 14 & 28
May 12 & 26
June 9 & 23
July 14 & 28
August 11 & 25
September 8 & 22
October 13 & 27
November 10
December 8

Please contact the CFK Testing Center at 305-809-3185 to schedule the TEAS in Key West. Students who wish to test in the Upper Keys should contact Julia Sharkey at Julia.sharkey@cfk.edu. Applicants will not be considered for admission until the TEAS results are on file at CFK.

Grade Point Average

The minimum GPA to apply to the AS in Nursing Program is 2.7 on 4.0 scale for High School and/or College transcripts.

Essay

All applicants are required to submit an essay with their application. Please pay particular attention to the instructions provided and answer the question(s) directly.  (Essay topics are provided in the online application).

Interview

All AS in Nursing applicants who meet eligibility criteria above will be scheduled for a short 15-minute interview with Nursing Faculty.  Interviews are designed to give faculty and students an opportunity to get to know one another and ask questions.  Interviews are conducted face to face for in-state applicants and via Skype for those who live outside of Florida. 

Our Clinical Partners (Hospitals, Clinics, Long Term Care Facilities, etc.) do not accept students with a significant criminal history into Clinical.  As such, students with a criminal background that includes a felony conviction may not be able to complete program requirements for the AS in Nursing Program. Individual questions pertaining to this statement should be discussed with the program director prior to application.

ASN Program Outcomes

NCLEX Pass Rates
  2017 2018 2019
National Average 84.2% 82% 81.6%
CFK Total 100% (27/27) 90% (36/40) 87.5% (28/32)


Student Program Completion (Academic year fall-summer)

Program completion rates are the number of graduates who completed the program in less
than three years.

  2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Program Total 89% (34/38) 92.7% (38/41) 97.6% (40/41)

Job Placement Rates

The CFK Nursing and Health Sciences department conducts a survey of recent graduates during the fall of each year. This most recent survey showed that 100% of respondents reported employment in nursing in 2018. The next survey will be conducted on October 2019.

Program Costs

Nursing Program Cost (72 Credits)*

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $7,863.84 $31,588.56
Fees $3,751.00 $2,603.81
Books $3,675.00 $3,675.00
Total $15,289.84 $39,014.56

Post-graduation licensure fees: 

$110.00 Application and Licensing Fee Florida Board of Nursing

$200.00 Pearson VUE testing fee for licensure exam.

Fingerprinting fees will vary by service provider.

For more information regarding Registered Nursing licensure in Florida please visit: https://floridasnursing.gov/licensing/

Students applying for licensure outside of Florida will want to check with the particular state for associated fees.

*This is an estimated cost of the program.  Fees do not include the cost of required vaccinations, health screening or basic life support certification.


*** Nursing Core Classes Only and associated fees****

Nursing Courses Cost (42 Credits)*

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $4,587.24 $15,355.55
Fees $3,751.00      $3,751.00
Books $3,000.00 $3,000.00
Total $11,338.24 $22,106.55

Post-graduation licensure fees: 

$110.00 Application and Licensing Fee Florida Board of Nursing

$200.00 Pearson VUE testing fee for licensure exam.

Fingerprinting fees will vary by service provider.

For more information regarding Registered Nursing licensure in Florida please visit: https://floridasnursing.gov/licensing/

Students applying for licensure outside of Florida will want to check with the particular state for associated fees.

*This is an estimated cost of the program.  Fees do not include the cost of required vaccinations, health screening or basic life support certification.

Coursework

Core Requirements – 30 credit hours
  • ENC1101 English Composition I (3)
  • MAC1105 College Algebra (3)
  • PSY2012 General Psychology (3)
  • BSC 1085 Anatomy & Physiology I (3)
  • BSC 1085L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1)
  • DEP 2004 Human Growth & Development (3)
  • BSC 1086 Anatomy & Physiology II (3)
  • BSC 1086L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (1)
  • CHM 1033 Chemistry for Health Sciences (3)
  • MCB 2010 Microbiology (3)
  • MCB 2010L Microbiology Lab (1)
  • PHI 2010 Intro to Philosophy (3)
Nursing Core Classes - 42 total credit hours

Please note these classes may only be taken AFTER admission into the Nursing Program

  • NUR 1020C Fundamentals of Nursing (7)
  • NUR 1142 Pharmacology in Nursing (3)
  • NUR 1211C Clinical Nursing I (8)
  • NUR 1520C Nursing in Mental Health (5)
  • NUR 2213C Clinical Nursing II (8)
  • NUR 2462C Maternal Child Health (7)
  • NUR 2818C Clinical Nursing III (4)

The courses listed above are only a guide.  Following these tracks does not guarantee admission into a university.  Course requirements may change each year.  You are responsible and encouraged to work closely with your advisor.