Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program prepares the graduate to care for patients as a registered nurse (RN) in four major nursing roles:

  • Member of the Profession
  • Provider of Patient-Centered Care
  • Patient Safety Advocate
  • Member of the Health Care Team

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the middle RN salary in 2015 was $67,490. The BLS also reports that RN employment between 2014 and 2024 is expected to grow 16 percent, which is much faster than the average (www.bls.gov).

The program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). These organizations can be contacted at:

Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe #3-460
Austin, TX 78701
1-512-305-7400
www.bon.texas.gov

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000

There are two tracks in the ADN program. The pre-licensure track is a four semester plan of study designed for unlicensed applicants. New pre-licensure students are admitted in the fall and spring semesters.

The LVN-RN transition track is a three semester plan of study designed for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs). New transition students are admitted in the first summer session.

Both tracks include general education and nursing courses. The degree plan consists of 24 credit hours of non-nursing courses in the humanities and psychobiological sciences and 36 credit hours in nursing science. Program graduates are eligible to apply to the Texas BON to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the ADN program. Students must apply for admission to the ADN program once all prerequisite courses and admission criteria are met. For admission and program information, contact an academic advisor at 409-933-8124 or 409-933-8669. 

Associate of Applied Science - Nursing

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing, students must have

  1. successfully completed (with a grade of “C” or better in each course) the prescribed course of study (Pre-Licensure Track or LVN-RN Transition Track) and have an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better;
  2. have spent a minimum of two academic years in college;
  3. met any individually prescribed behavior or remediation related requirements.

Full-Time Schedules

The Nursing Careers Department provides two tracks in which students may become a Registered Nurse:

Associate of Applied Science - Nursing Pre-Licensure Track 

Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Prerequisite CoursesSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIOL 2420 Microbiology 4
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Semester #1
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development 3
RNSG 1215 Health Assessment 2
RNSG 1205 Nursing Skills I 2
RNSG 1209 Introduction to Nursing 2
RNSG 1260 Introduction to Nursing Clinical 2
 Semester Credit Hours11
Semester #2
RNSG 1441 Common Concepts of Adult Health 4
RNSG 1361 Common Concepts of Adult Health Clinical 3
RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing 2
RNSG 2261 Mental Health Nursing Clinical 2
 Semester Credit Hours11
Semester #3
RNSG 1251 Care of the Childbearing Family 2
RNSG 2260 Childbearing Family Clinical 2
RNSG 2101 Care of Children and Families 1
RNSG 1262 Children and Families Clinical 2
Language, Philosophy and Culture/Creative Arts Select from Core Curriculum3
 Semester Credit Hours10
Semester #4
RNSG 1443 Complex Concepts of Adult Health 4
RNSG 2262 Complex Concepts of Adult Health Clinical 2
RNSG 2230 Professional Nursing Review and Licensure Preparation 2
RNSG 2263 Capstone Clinical 2
 Semester Credit Hours10
 Total Semester Credit Hours60

Associate of Applied Science - LVN-RN Transition Track  

Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Prerequisite CoursesSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIOL 2420 Microbiology 4
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development 3
 Semester Credit Hours21
Transition Track Curriculum Schedule
Upon successful completion of RNSG 1327 and RNSG 1263 (achieving a grade of "C" or better), students will be awarded advanced standing in lieu of the following courses:  
Nursing Skills I  
Introduction to Nursing  
Introduction to Nursing Clinical  
Common Concepts of Adult Health  
Common Concepts of Adult Health Clinical  
 Semester Credit Hours0
Semester #1
RNSG 1327 Transition to Professional Nursing 3
RNSG 1263 Transition Clinical 2
RNSG 1215 Health Assessment 2
RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing 2
RNSG 2261 Mental Health Nursing Clinical 2
 Semester Credit Hours11
Semester #2
RNSG 1251 Care of the Childbearing Family 2
RNSG 2260 Childbearing Family Clinical 2
RNSG 2101 Care of Children and Families 1
RNSG 1262 Children and Families Clinical 2
Language, Philosophy and Culture/Creative Arts Select from Core Curriculum3
 Semester Credit Hours10
Semester #3
RNSG 1443 Complex Concepts of Adult Health 4
RNSG 2262 Complex Concepts of Adult Health Clinical 2
RNSG 2230 Professional Nursing Review and Licensure Preparation 2
RNSG 2263 Capstone Clinical 2
 Semester Credit Hours10
 Total Semester Credit Hours52