Jersey College School of Nursing at Largo Medical Center

Professional Nursing Program - Nurse Residency Track

The Nurse Residency Track of the Professional Nursing program educates and prepares student for entry level registered nursing positions in a variety of health care settings. The program consists of course work in nursing, science, general education, and clinical practice at select health care institutions. The Nurse Residency Track is an on-site hospital-based Registered Nursing program through an affiliation between Largo Medical Center and Jersey College.

The goals of the Nurse Residency Track are to:

  • Provide pathways for individuals seeking to enter the nursing profession;
  • Produce competent nurses prepared to enter the acute care setting and other healthcare environments;
  • Complement and supplement graduate nursing residency programs established at hospitals;
  • Assimilate the nursing values and philosophies of our affiliated hospitals into the nursing curriculum;
  • Expose students to patients and the healthcare environment early in the nursing program with an emphasis on bedside care delivered to patients;
  • Offer students opportunities to learn about the inner workings of a hospital; and
  • Establish a pipeline of nursing graduates for associated hospitals that have been orientated to their mission, goals and nursing philosophies.

At the conclusion of the Nurse Residency Track, graduates are expected to understand the patient care system, nursing philosophy and healthcare initiatives of the hospital, and have developed collegial and professional relationships with members of Largo Medical Center. The graduate of the Nurse Residency Track will earn an Associate Degree in Nursing and will be eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN(tm) examination to become licensed as a Registered Nurse.

Program Philosophy

The Professional Nursing curriculum is based on holistic nursing and incorporates Sr. Callista Roy's Adaptation Model (RAM) and the Evidence-Based Practice Impact Model described by Brown (2009) for the provision of nursing care. Our students learn to understand the importance of addressing the physical, emotional, social, economic, and spiritual needs of the patient in an ever-changing, complex society.

Accreditation and Licenses

Jersey College is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education*, a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. Jersey College is also accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award diplomas and associate's degrees. Jersey is licensed by New Jersey Higher Education and the Florida Commission for Independent Education, and its nursing programs are accredited and approved, respectively, by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and the Florida Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements**

* It is our goal to graduate students who exhibit distinctive characteristics valued by their community of interest. To accomplish this goal, the following admission criteria has been established:

  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
  • Submit proof of high school education or its equivalent (as defined by the US DOE);
  • Present proof of U.S. citizenship or a green card;
  • Complete an application for admissions;
  • Participate in interviews with administration and/or faculty members and obtain a recommendation for admissions;
  • Make an advanced program deposit for tuition and fees;
  • Meet minimum skill levels in verbal and math as demonstrated through ACT, SAT or HESI A2 examinations.

*The Council on Occupational Education can be contacted at 7840 Roswell Road, Bldg. 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, Georgia 30350; (770) 396-3898.

To learn more about Jersey College at Largo Medical Center, please call (727) 588-5200 and ask for the Jersey College office.