Associate Degree Nursing

This Selective Program has a competitive entry selection process based on a competitive point system. Application requirements are included in the description below.

Associate Degree Nursing

Associate of Applied Science

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Upon completion of the two year, five semester program the graduate will be able to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEXRN) administered by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Registered Nurse.

The program prepares the graduate for patient centered care, to be a patient safety advocate, for membership of the profession and membership of the health care team for a limited number of patients in various health care settings. Such patients may have complex multiple needs with predictable or unpredictable outcomes. With additional experience and continuing education the graduate can increase the numbers of assigned patients, provide independent patient-centered care, supervise health care of patients and their families and receive certification in various specialty areas. Students seeking entry in the Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) must attend a general advisement session, must meet Admission Assessment (A2) exam requirements before being allowed to register for the Introduction to Nursing course and Health Assessment Across the Lifespan, complete the Introduction to Nursing course with a grade of B or better (traditional track only) and complete an application for consideration for the program.

Application Requirements

All applicants must:

  1. Participate in the required Prospective Student Information Session. For the session schedule, access the information online at http://nah.southtexascollege.edu or contact the Associate Degree Nursing Program at 872-3132 or 872-3089.
  2. Be admitted to the college as a high school graduate or GED equivalent
  3. Meet TSI College Readiness Standards, or meet TSI exemption standards.
  4. Complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum of "B" as listed in the Associate Degree Nursing Program Degree plan.
  5. Achieve a HESI A2 Admission Assessment exam test: exam A2 test score of 75% or higher in English Language Composite, Science (Anatomy & Physiology only) and Math and exam test scores must be current within two years.
  6. Earn a minimum grade of “B” in “Introduction to Nursing” course within the last two years. Required HESI A2 exam test scores are needed to register for this course.
  7. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all courses, including transfer courses, and those completed at STC.
  8. Pass a criminal background check through Texas Board of Nursing, 10-panel drug and alcohol screen through approved providers, and complete all required immunizations including Hepatitis B series before beginning any of nursing clinical courses and any additional clinical requirements. For more information contact the NAH Clinical Affairs Specialist at 872-3022.
  9. Meet Technical Standards as stated by the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
  10. Submit a completed Program application by stated deadline. For more information contact Associate Degree Nursing Program at 872-3132 or 872-3089 or access the information online at http://nah.southtexascollege.edu.

NOTE: A new applicant pool is established for each admission period. All students interested in the program who are not granted admission (qualified and nonqualified) must reapply each semester if they wish to be considered for enrollment. Applications will be submitted after meeting with Faculty Advisor.

Competitive Entry Selection Process

The ADN Program selection process is Competitive Entry and is based on a competitive Point System. Points are given for the following selection criteria: ADN Program pre-requisite courses, HESI A2 exam scores, STC Cumulative GPA, and other additional points as listed in the Application Form. A Cutoff Score is calculated for each application period based on the qualified applicant pool, the number of slots available, and may vary for each application period. Qualified applications are ranked from highest to lowest points and admission is based on this ranking. Applicants with total points above the cutoff score will be admitted and applicants with total points below the cutoff score will be denied. Applicants with total points equal to the cutoff score will be designated as alternates. Should any of the admitted applicants decline admission, an alternate will be offered admission to the program. A random draw of alternate applicants will be used as needed. A full description of the competitive entry point system is published in the Prospective Student Guide on the Associate of Nursing Program website.

NOTE: A new applicant pool is established for each admission period. All students interested in the program who are not granted admission (qualified and nonqualified) must reapply each semester if they wish to be considered for enrollment. Applications will be submitted after meeting with Faculty Advisor. Applicants who were not admitted for the current application period must re-apply to be considered for a the next application period. Please see program WEB page for additional information regarding the application process. http://nah.southtexascollege.edu/

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing, a student must meet college graduation requirements and complete all course work as listed in the degree plan with a minimum grade of "C."

Licensures of Persons with Criminal Convictions

Nurse Practice Act for the State of Texas (Senate Bill 1058) made criminal background checks mandatory for students accepted for enrollment in a nursing education program and permits the Board of Nursing (BON or Board) to initiate declaratory orders for eligibility proceedings based on positive criminal background checks; made permanent the Board’s authority to impose deferred disciplinary action; clarified that action may be taken against a nurse’s license based on action taken by a division of the United States Military; authorized the BON, in conjunction with a disciplinary action, to require a nurse to abstain from use of alcohol and drugs and submit to random drug testing; provided for limited non-disclosure of disciplinary proceedings that result in a Board order requiring the nurse to participate in a Board-approved peer assistance program to address a problem that the nurse is experiencing with mental illness or chemical dependency; as well as making other changes relating to disciplinary action taken by the Board.

The STC Board of Trustees approved Board Policy #3337 on July 15, 2004 for all students participating in any Nursing and Allied Health clinical program meet established program standards for professional practice established by the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health. This policy is implemented to ensure compliance with health care agency standards and state licensing regulations.

Chair, Pamela Bond, RN, MBA, Education Director, Rio Grande Regional Hospital
Elma Lopez, RN, Starr County Memorial Hospital
Katherine Dassler, MSN, RN, Chief Nurse Executive, Rio Grande Regional Hospital
Mary Thomas, RN, Education, Mission Regional Medical Center
Candi Constantine, MSN, RN, F.A.C.H.E., CCRN, CEN, Systems CNO, South Texas Health System
Pat Palomo, RN, MSN, Nurse Educator, Valley Baptist Hospital
Cat Domain, Chief Nurse Executive, Edinburg Regional Hospital
Romero Valades, Administrator, Presidente Home Care

Associate Degree Nursing
Associate of Applied Science - Fall Admission

TSI LIABLE

Plan of Study Grid
Pre-requisite SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1,2 3
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 2 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II 2 4
RNSG 1209 Introduction to Nursing 3 2
 Credit Hours13
First Semester
RNSG 1300 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3
RNSG 1513 Foundations for Nursing Practice 5
RNSG 1205 Nursing Skills I 2
RNSG 1262 Clinical I 2
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
RNSG 1144 Nursing Skills II 1
RNSG 1341 Common Concepts of Adult Health 3
RNSG 2161 Clinical - Medical/Surgical (8 weeks) 1
RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing 2
RNSG 2162 Clinical - Mental Health (8 weeks) 1
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 2 3
 Credit Hours11
Third Semester
RNSG 1412 Nursing Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family 4
RNSG 2260 Clinical - Pediatrics/Maternal/Infant (8 weeks) 2
RNSG 1343 Complex Concepts of Adult Health 3
RNSG 2361 Clinical - Complex Medical Surgical (8 weeks) 3
 Credit Hours12
Fourth Semester
Humanities Elective 2 3
RNSG 2331 Advanced Concepts of Adult Health 3
RNSG 2163 Clinical IV (12 weeks) 1
RNSG 2221 Professional Nursing: Leadership and Management 2
RNSG 2363 Clinical V (4 weeks) 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours
1

May substitute ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric.

2

Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement

3

Admission Assessment Exam (A2 test) composite scores of 75% or better in Math, Science and English required prior to registration for RNSG 1209 Introduction to Nursing.

Associate Degree Nursing
Associate of Applied Science - Spring Admission

TSI LIABLE

Plan of Study Grid
Pre-requisite SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1,2 3
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 2 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II 2 4
RNSG 1209 Introduction to Nursing 3 2
 Credit Hours13
First Semester
RNSG 1300 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3
RNSG 1513 Foundations for Nursing Practice 5
RNSG 1205 Nursing Skills I 2
RNSG 1262 Clinical I 2
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
RNSG 1144 Nursing Skills II 1
RNSG 1341 Common Concepts of Adult Health 3
RNSG 2161 Clinical - Medical/Surgical (8 weeks) 1
RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing 2
RNSG 2162 Clinical - Mental Health (8 weeks) 1
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 2 3
 Credit Hours11
Third Semester
RNSG 1412 Nursing Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family 4
RNSG 2260 Clinical - Pediatrics/Maternal/Infant (8 weeks) 2
RNSG 1343 Complex Concepts of Adult Health 3
RNSG 2361 Clinical - Complex Medical Surgical (8 weeks) 3
 Credit Hours12
Fourth Semester
Humanities Elective 2 3
RNSG 2331 Advanced Concepts of Adult Health 3
RNSG 2163 Clinical IV (12 weeks) 1
RNSG 2221 Professional Nursing: Leadership and Management 2
RNSG 2363 Clinical V (4 weeks) 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours
1

May substitute ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric.

2

Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement

3

Admission Assessment Exam (A2 test) composite scores of 75% or better in Math, Science and English required prior to registration for RNSG 1209 Introduction to Nursing.

Associate Degree Nursing
LVN/RN Transition Option Associate of Applied Science - Summer Admission

TSI LIABLE

Designed for the individual who is a licensed vocational nurse and who is interested in pursuing the Registered Nurse degree. Students who complete the LVN program must apply for acceptance to the Associate Degree Nursing program in order to be admitted as a student. Prospective Associate Degree Nursing students must meet all application requirements before being eligible to apply to the program. Meeting the specific application requirements is not a guarantee of program acceptance. This Selective program has a competitive entry selection process based on a competitive point system. A full description of the competitive entry point system is published in the Prospective Student Guide on the Associate of Nursing Program website.

Plan of Study Grid
Pre-requisite SemesterCredit Hours
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 1 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II 1 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1,2 3
Vocational Nursing Hours (Electives) 3 10
 Credit Hours21
First Semester
RNSG 1417 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice I for Articulating Students 4
RNSG 1140 Professional Nursing Skills for Articulating Students 1
RNSG 1162 Transition Clinical (8 weeks) 1
RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing 2
RNSG 2162 Clinical - Mental Health (8 weeks) 1
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 1 3
RNSG 1300 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
RNSG 2361 Clinical - Complex Medical Surgical 3
RNSG 1412 Nursing Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family 4
RNSG 2260 Clinical - Pediatrics/Maternal/Infant 2
RNSG 1343 Complex Concepts of Adult Health 3
 Credit Hours12
Third Semester
Humanities Elective 1 3
RNSG 2331 Advanced Concepts of Adult Health 3
RNSG 2163 Clinical IV (12 weeks) 1
RNSG 2221 Professional Nursing: Leadership and Management 2
RNSG 2363 Clinical V (4 weeks) 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours
1

Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement

2

May substitute ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric

³ Vocational Nursing Hours (Electives)

Upon successful completion of RNSG 1417 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice I for Articulating StudentsRNSG 1140 Professional Nursing Skills for Articulating Students and RNSG 1162 Transition Clinical, an escrow of 10 credit hours will be given for the following courses:

RNSG 1513Foundations for Nursing Practice5
RNSG 1205Nursing Skills I2
RNSG 1144Nursing Skills II1
RNSG 1262Clinical I2
Total Credit Hours10

Associate Degree Nursing
LVN/RN Transition Option Associate of Applied Science - Spring Admission

TSI LIABLE

Designed for the individual who is a licensed vocational nurse and who is interested in pursuing the Registered Nurse degree. Students who complete the LVN program must apply for acceptance to the Associate Degree Nursing program. Prospective Associate Degree Nursing students must meet all application requirements before being eligible to apply to the program. Meeting the specific application requirements is not a guarantee of program acceptance. This Selective Program has a competitive entry selection process based on a competitive point system. A full description of the competitive entry point system is published in the Prospective Student Guide on the Associate of Nursing Program website.

Plan of Study Grid
Pre-requisite SemesterCredit Hours
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 1 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II 1 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1,2 3
Vocational Nursing Hours (Electives) 3 10
 Credit Hours21
First Semester
RNSG 1417 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice I for Articulating Students 4
RNSG 1140 Professional Nursing Skills for Articulating Students 1
RNSG 1162 Transition Clinical (8 weeks) 1
RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing 2
RNSG 2162 Clinical - Mental Health (8 weeks) 1
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 1 3
RNSG 1300 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
RNSG 2361 Clinical - Complex Medical Surgical (8 weeks) 3
RNSG 1412 Nursing Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family 4
RNSG 2260 Clinical - Pediatrics/Maternal/Infant (8 weeks) 2
RNSG 1343 Complex Concepts of Adult Health 3
 Credit Hours12
Third Semester
Humanities Elective 1 3
RNSG 2331 Advanced Concepts of Adult Health 3
RNSG 2163 Clinical IV (12 weeks) 1
RNSG 2221 Professional Nursing: Leadership and Management 2
RNSG 2363 Clinical V (4 weeks) 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours
1

Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement

2

May substitute ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric

³ Vocational Nursing Hours (Electives)

Upon successful completion of RNSG 1417 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice I for Articulating StudentsRNSG 1140 Professional Nursing Skills for Articulating Students and RNSG 1162 Transition Clinical, an escrow of 10 credit hours will be given for the following courses:

RNSG 1513Foundations for Nursing Practice5
RNSG 1205Nursing Skills I2
RNSG 1144Nursing Skills II1
RNSG 1262Clinical I2
Total Credit Hours10

Associate Degree Nursing
EMT Paramedic to RN Track Associate of Applied Science - Fall Admission

TSI LIABLE

Designed for the individual who is a licensed Emergency Medical Technology (formally Paramedic) under either Texas or National Registry, and who is interested in pursuing the Registered Nurse degree. Students who complete the EMT-Paramedic program must apply for acceptance to the Associate Degree Nursing program. Prospective Associate Degree Nursing students must meet all application requirements before being eligible to apply to the program. Meeting the specific application requirements is not a guarantee of program acceptance. This Selective Program has a competitive entry selection process based on a competitive point system. A full description of the competitive entry point system is published in the Prospective Student Guide on the Associate of Nursing Program website.

Plan of Study Grid
Pre-requisite SemesterCredit Hours
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 1 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II 1 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1,2 3
Paramedic Nursing Hours (Electives) 3 10
 Credit Hours21
First Semester
RNSG 1417 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice I for Articulating Students 4
RNSG 1140 Professional Nursing Skills for Articulating Students 1
RNSG 1162 Transition Clinical (8 weeks) 1
RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing 2
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 1 3
RNSG 2162 Clinical - Mental Health (8 weeks) 1
RNSG 1300 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
RNSG 1412 Nursing Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family 4
RNSG 2260 Clinical - Pediatrics/Maternal/Infant (8 weeks) 2
RNSG 2361 Clinical - Complex Medical Surgical (8 weeks) 3
RNSG 1343 Complex Concepts of Adult Health 3
 Credit Hours12
Third Semester
Humanities Elective 1 3
RNSG 2331 Advanced Concepts of Adult Health 3
RNSG 2163 Clinical IV (12 weeks) 1
RNSG 2221 Professional Nursing: Leadership and Management 2
RNSG 2363 Clinical V (4 weeks) 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours
1

Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement

2

May substitute ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric.

³ Paramedic Nursing Hours (Electives)

Upon successful completion of RNSG 1417 Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice I for Articulating StudentsRNSG 1140 Professional Nursing Skills for Articulating Students and RNSG 1162 Transition Clinical, an escrow of 10 credit hours will be given for the following courses:

RNSG 1513Foundations for Nursing Practice5
RNSG 1205Nursing Skills I2
RNSG 1144Nursing Skills II1
RNSG 1262Clinical I2
Total Credit Hours10