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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is HCI College accredited?
A: HCI College is institutionally accredited by The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

Q: Are HCI College’s Associate of Science degree in Nursing programs approved by the Florida Board of Nursing?
A: Yes. HCI College’s Associate of Science degree in Nursing programs are approved by The Florida Board of Nursing.

Q: Are HCI College’s Associate of Science Degree in Nursing programs programmatically accredited?
A: No. HCI College’s Associate of Science degree in Nursing programs are not programmatically accredited. HCI College has applied for programmatic accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Associate of Science degree in Nursing programs have been deemed eligible to participate in the candidacy process. This process is the prerequisite step toward formal review for ACEN initial accreditation.

Q: What is the difference between an “approved” and an “accredited” pre-licensure nursing education program in Florida?

  • An “approved” nursing education program is a program for the prelicensure education of professional or practical nurses that is conducted in Florida at an educational institution that is approved and regulated under s.464.019, Florida Statutes. Approved nursing education programs are not required to be accredited; however, many programs are regionally or nationally accredited through educational or vocational accrediting agencies.
  • An “accredited” nursing education program, as defined by s. 464.003, Florida Statutes, is a program for the prelicensure education of professional or practical nurses that is conducted in the United States at an educational institution, whether in Florida, another state, or the District of Columbia, and that is accredited by a specialized nursing accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the United States Secretary of Education to accredit nursing education programs Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)) or National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA).

Q: Will my choice of attending an “approved” versus an “accredited” nursing program impact my eligibility to sit for the licensing examination?
A: Graduates of both approved and accredited nursing education programs are eligible to apply to the Florida Board of Nursing for licensure by examination (NCLEX-RN)

Q: What type of degree will I earn after I graduate from the nursing program?
A: Students earn an Associate of Science degree in Nursing upon successful completion of the Nursing program.

Q: Do I need to take a licensing examination after I graduate?
A: Yes. To practice nursing in the State of Florida, you must have a Registered Nurse RN license.

Q: Can a Firefighter/Paramedic get an Associate Degree in EMS at HCI College for advancement purpose?
A: Yes.

Q: Does HCI College offer an Associate Degree in EMS online? If so, how long is the program?
A: Yes, HCI College offers a fully online Associate of Science Degree in EMS for Paramedics. There are 5 courses that take 2 semesters, or approximately 30 weeks to complete.

Q: I am a working adult and don’t have much time to attend school. What types of schedules are available at HCI College?
A: HCI College is known for having convenient class schedules for working adults. Our Nursing students attend class on campus 1 day per week with 1-3 additional days of clinical rotations. Our Paramedic and EMT students attend class on campus 2 days per week with 1-2 days of ride times in the field to gain practical experience. HCI College is known for having a Firefighter-friendly schedule.

Q: How often does HCI College start classes?
A: HCI College has a variety of start dates throughout the year. Prospective students should contact the campuses directly to learn more about our convenient schedules. Visit these campus specific pages for contact information: Fort Lauderdale ; West Palm Beach

Q: What does it cost to go to school?
A: HCI College generally charges tuition below comparable schools in the area. Since each program has different tuition rates, students are encouraged to visit the school to arrange for a tour and learn about our various tuition payment plans.

Q: Does HCI College accept my credits for other institutions?
A: Yes, HCI College will evaluate credits from other institutions, however, transfer credits will only be issued once an official transcript is received.