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Associate Degree Nursing, Associate of Applied Science

  • Academic Year: 2023-2024
  • Division / Department: Health Professions / Associate Degree Nursing
  • Degree Code: ADN
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Approved by the Texas Board of Nursing for the State of Texas (333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460 Austin, Texas 78701-3944 ( Phone: 512-305-7400;

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)

3390 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326 ( Phone: 404-975-5000

The two-year Associate Degree Nursing Curriculum prepares students to become competent registered nurses to give patient-centered care in hospitals and other health care agencies. The curriculum provides students with nursing theory and clinical experiences that prepare them to be eligible to take the examination for licensure as a registered nurse, as defined by the Texas Board of Nursing. Current LVNs may choose advanced placement, which has special requirements. A grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in the full nursing curriculum and a grade average of C or better in all courses will qualify the graduates to receive the Associate of Applied Science degree and to make application to the NCLEX-RN. Students have five years to complete the Associate Degree Nursing Curriculum after official enrollment in the first Associate Degree Nursing course or three years if the student enters through advanced placement. Successful completion of prerequisite and first-semester courses with a cumulative average of C or better will qualify students to apply for nursing assistant with the state of Texas. Completion of RNSG 1216, 1128, 1125, 1161, 1430, 1533, 1126, 2362, VNSG 1119, and RNSG 2460 or

Completion of RNSG 1216, 1128, 1125, 1161, 1430, 1533, 1126, 2362, 1137, 1538, 2363,VNSG 1119, and

RNSG 2161 with a grade of C or better will qualify students to apply for the NCLEX-PN. Advanced Placement for LVNs (Transition Course) (RNSG 1118, 1163, 1324, and 1128) is designed to appraise the LVNs theory base in nursing content and skills as well as introduce nursing theory not presented in traditional vocational nursing curricula. After successful completion of the transition courses, the LVN is given academic credit for some nursing courses in the Associate Degree Nursing Program and is eligible to enter the second year of the program if all other criteria are met.

Marketable Skills:

The graduate will be able to:

1. Use clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the nursing program of study, evidence-based practice outcomes, and research-based policies and procedures as the basis for decision-making and comprehensive, safe patient-centered care.

2. Demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies and information systems that support safe nursing practice.

3. Promote safety and quality improvement as an advocate and manager of nursing care.

4. Coordinate, collaborate and communicate with diverse patients, families and the interdisciplinary health care team to plan, deliver, and evaluate care that promotes quality of life.

5. Adhere to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse.

6. Demonstrate knowledge of delegation, management, and leadership skills.

7. Demonstrate behavior that reflects the values and ethics of the nursing profession, including a spirit of inquiry.

BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 hours
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3 hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 hours
Total hours:10 hours

Semester I

BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 hours
RNSG 1216 Professional Nursing Competencies 2 hours
RNSG 1128 Introduction to Health Care Concepts 1 hours
RNSG 1125 Professional Nursing Concepts I 1 hours
RNSG 1430 Health Care Concepts I 4 hours
RNSG 1161 Clinical - Registered Nursing/Reg Nurse 1 hours
13 hours

Semester II

BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors 4 hours
RNSG 1533 Health Care Concepts II 5 hours
RNSG 2362 Clinical II - Registered Nursing 3 hours
RNSG 1126 Professional Nursing Concepts II 1 hours
13 hours

Semester III

PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development 3 hours
RNSG 1538 Health Care Concepts III 5 hours
RNSG 2363 Clinical III - Registered Nursing 3 hours
RNSG 1137 Professional Nursing Concepts III 1 hours
12 hours

Semester IV

Language, Philosophy, & Culture elective or
Creative Arts elective
3 hours
RNSG 2360 Clinical IV - Registered Nursing 3 hours
RNSG 2539 Health Care Concepts IV 5 hours
RNSG 2138 Professional Nursing Concepts IV 1 hours
12 hours
Total hours:50 hours

Creative Arts

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation 3 hours
ARTS 1303 Art History I (Prehistoric to the 14th Century) 3 hours
ARTS 1304 Art History II (14th Century to the Present) 3 hours
DRAM 1310 Theater Appreciation 3 hours
DRAM 2361 History of Theater I 3 hours
DRAM 2362 History of Theater II 3 hours
DRAM 2366 Film Appreciation 3 hours
HUMA 1315 Fine Arts Appreciation 3 hours
MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation 3 hours
MUSI 1307 Music Literature 3 hours
MUSI 1310 American Music 3 hours

Language, Philosophy, & Culture

ENGL 2321 British Literature 3 hours
ENGL 2322 British Literature I 3 hours
ENGL 2323 British Literature II 3 hours
ENGL 2326 American Literature 3 hours
ENGL 2327 American Literature I 3 hours
ENGL 2328 American Literature II 3 hours
ENGL 2331 World Literature 3 hours
ENGL 2332 World Literature I 3 hours
ENGL 2333 World Literature II 3 hours
ENGL 2341 Forms of Literature 3 hours
FREN 2311 Intermediate French I 3 hours
GERM 2311 Intermediate German I 3 hours
HUMA 1301 Introduction to Humanities I 3 hours
HUMA 1302 Introduction to Humanities II 3 hours
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours
PHIL 1304 Introduction to World Religions 3 hours
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3 hours
SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I 3 hours
SGNL 2301 Intermediate ASL I 3 hours