If you are interested in applying to a Northwest Florida State College Nursing and Allied Health Program, please review the details about programs below. Each program has specific admission requirements and deadlines.

Nursing and Allied Health programs at Northwest Florida State College help meet the area's need for health care services as well as provide graduates with unlimited job opportunities as professionals.  Health care occupations rank among the fastest growing careers in Florida and the nation. Northwest Florida State College programs include Nursing RN-to-BSN, Nursing - RN, Dental Assisting, Paramedic, Radiography and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - all programs which lead to high-wage, high-demand jobs.

The Nursing and Allied Health programs at the college provide challenging contemporary courses, rigorous clinical training and rewarding interaction with local health care clients within a variety of settings.  All programs have a once-per-year admissions process that is selective and highly competitive.  Prospective students are strongly encouraged to explore all health programs available at the college and to potentially apply for more than one program, if qualified and interested, to increase chances of selection. 

Aside from academic ability, prospective students must also possess the desire to help and work with the sick and injured; to be healthy, empathetic, flexible, accountable and willing to become a life-long learner.  Each program prepares graduates for entry level positions in the field.  You must continue your education in order to maintain essential practice competencies and keep abreast of your ever-changing career.  Each program will indeed prepare you for a career, not just a job.



Allied Health & Nursing Programs Length

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) 

A career ladder for current Registered Nurses to obtain a BSN. 


  • 3 semesters full time or 4 semesters part time
  • Graduates meet degree requirements to progress to Master's Degree in Nursing and any number of leadership and case management positions.

Associate of Science in Nursing

Associate degree prepared nurses are prepared to work in hospitals, physicians offices, nursing homes, & other agencies offering professional nursing services

  • 6 semester program (2 years)Graduates are eligible to take a national exam to become Registered Nurses.  


Associate of Science in Radiography

Radiographers use radiation to produce images of tissues, organs, bones, & vessels in the body. 


  • 6 Semester Program
  • Graduates eligible to take a national exam to become Registered Radiologic Technologists

Dental Assisting Certificate

Dental Assistants work chair-side with the dentist passing instruments, preparing materials and instruments for the dentist and also take radiographs.


  • 3 semesters (one year) of study for a vocational certificate in Dental Assisting in the state of Florida.
  • Graduates are eligible to take a national certification exam

Emergency Medical Technician (E.M.T.) Certificate

EMTs provide basic life support to the sick and injured.  The curriculum serves as part of the A.S. degree in EMS and is required for entry into the Paramedic Program. 


  • 11 credit hour course of study is taken over 2 semesters for a college credit certificate in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)Graduates are eligible to take a national & state certification exam

Paramedic Certificate & EMS Associate of Science

Paramedics serve as the leader of the EMS team and start Intravenous Therapy, stabilize airways, administer medications, interpret heart rhythm, & defibrillate patients.


  • 3 semesters (one year) of study for a Paramedic Certificate
  • Graduates are eligible to take a national and state certification exam
  • The curriculum forms the core for the A.S. in EMS degree which may be added on by completing general education requirements.