2022-2023 General Catalog 
    May 31, 2023  
2022-2023 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, Advanced Placement Program, AAS

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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:

Complete the following prior to submitting an application for admission:

  •  Apply for Admission with South Plains College
  •  Be TSI compliant
  •  Complete the TEAS test in Reading, English, Math each with a minimum score of 58.7 and the Science with a minimum score of 50.0.

** This is the nursing entrance exam. Arrangements are made through the Testing Center at testing@southplainscollege.edu . If TEAS is taken at other institutions, you will need to provide a copy of your TEAS test scores to the Nursing department with your application.

  •  Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better o Have a minimum prerequisites and co-requisites GPA of 2.8 or better
  •  Complete all non-science prerequisites with a “C” or better o Science prerequisites (A&P 1, A&P 2, and Microbiology) must NOT have more than 1 “C’ in prerequisites, other 2 science prerequisites must be an “A” or “B”.
  •  Have a computer with webcam and have internet access while enrolled in the nursing program.


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 Dr. Tara Strawn, Director of Nursing.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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