2019-2020 General Catalog 
    Oct 03, 2023  
2019-2020 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, Advanced Placement Program, AAS -Major Code 8022, CIP Code 240102

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Offered at the Levelland Campus. 

The Associate Degree Nursing program offers an advanced placement option for qualifying students who are Licensed Vocational Nurses or who have equivalent prior nursing education and experience. The course of study is comprised of 60 semester credit hours and is designed to prepare graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurse Licensure.  Advanced placement will be granted to qualifying students in accordance with their previous nursing education, nursing experience and successful completion of RNSG 1115, 2260, 2307 and 2213. Credit for specific nursing courses will be granted to students on an individual basis and in accordance with the nursing curriculum by examinations and evaluation. The ADN program is accredited by the following: the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Rd., NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.  The program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Program Admission Requirements

The number of students admitted to the program is limited, therefore all prospective candidates who wish to be admitted should contact the Associate Degree Nursing program and request an admissions application packet. Applicants must submit a copy of their high school transcript or GED scores, an official copy of all college transcripts, and:

  1. Complete the requirements for admission to SPC. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program.
  2. Score satisfactorily on entrance examinations administered by the Testing Center.
  3. Admission to the program is determined by the Associate Degree Nursing Program Admission/ Academic Standards Committee. Applicants will be notified by letter of the committee’s action. Due to limited class numbers, some applicants who meet all the admission requirements may not be accepted. Students must apply each time they wish to be considered.
  4. All students applying to the ADN program must be TSI compliant. Students who have repeated any science course or combination of science courses 3 times without passing, are not eligible for admission to the ADN program.
  5. All students applying to the ADN program (generic and advanced placement) will undergo a criminal background check required by the Texas Board of Nursing.
  6. All prerequisite and corequisite non-nursing courses must a have grade of C or better.

Any student wishing to enroll in the ADN program who has been convicted, adjudged guilty by a court, plead guilty, no contest or nolo contendre to any crime in any state, territory or country, whether or not a sentence was imposed, including pending criminal charges or unresolved arrests must submit a declaratory order to the Texas Board of Nursing prior to applying for admission to the program. This includes expunged offenses and deferred adjudications with or without prejudice of guilt.

No student will be considered for the ADN program until they have been deemed eligible for licensure by the Texas Board of Nursing. The student must present a copy of licensure eligibility to the Director of the ADN program upon receipt of this information from the Board of Nursing.

Student acceptance into the advanced placement program will be conditional pending a negative drug screen. All students conditionally accepted for admission into the ADN program will be required to undergo drug screening. Failure to submit to drug screening will result in forfeiture of their admission into the program. Any conditionally admitted student whose drug screen is positive will forfeit their admission into the program. The presence of an adulterant constitutes a positive drug screen.  Random and “for cause” testing will also be done throughout the program.

Students accepted into the program will receive physical examination forms provided by the Nursing Department which must be completed and returned when they see their advisor.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification (American Heart Association only) must be current and maintained throughout the Associate Degree Nursing program. Non-nursing courses may be taken before enrollment in nursing courses, but not later than sequentially required. If testing indicates a need, Math 0311 Fundamentals of Arithmetic for Allied Health must be taken concurrently with RNSG 1115, 2260, 2307 and 2213.

All nursing and non-nursing courses must have a grade of C or better.

The Associate Degree Nursing program reserves the right to change the curriculum and program policies as deemed necessary for the maintenance of a high quality education. Policies regarding advanced placement, dismissal, probation, class and clinical attendance, liability insurance, grading and readmission are available in the current Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook.

The program and courses within the program are subject to approval and changes mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, and the Texas Board of Nursing.

The following curriculum meets all requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree and for eligibility to apply to write the NCLEX-RN Exam. To qualify for the Associate of Applied Science degree, the student must complete a Capstone Experience during the final semester of the program.

Program advisor is Melissia Tomblin, Director of Nursing.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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