Associate Degree Nursing

Program Learning Outcomes

1.  The student will be able to perform an independent holistic health assessment on assigned patient.

2.  The student will develop a patient-centered plan of care based on the nursing process, in collaboration with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team.
 
3.  The student will provide safe and competent nursing care within the legal framework of the nursing profession, to assigned patients and their families in collaboration with the interdisciplinary health care team.
 
4.  The student will develop and implement a teaching plan on healthy lifestyles for a selected community population.
 
5.  The student will be able to document patient care in simulated electronic healthcare record (EHR) accurately.
 
6.  The graduate nurse will pass the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) on the first attempt.

Advisory Committee Members

Anna Hinojosa, RN, MSN - Chief Nursing Officer, Knapp Hospital  
Janete Sheiner, PhD, MSN, RN, GNP, CCRN-K - Executive VP & Chief Nursing Officer, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance
Kathy Dassler, MS, RN - Chief Nursing Officer, Rio Grande Regional Hospital
Kennetha Foster, MSN, RN - Chief Nursing Officer, South Texas Health System - McAllen Medical Center
Macario Villarreal - Director of Nursing, Retama Manor
Martha Saldivar, BSN, RN, MHA - Chief  Nurse Executive, Starr County Memorial Hospital 
Romeo Valadares - Administrator, Presidente Home Care

Associate Degree Nursing
Associate of Applied Science - Fall Admission

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Plan of Study Grid
Pre-requisitesCredit 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 Year
Fall
RNSG 1301 Pharmacology 3
RNSG 1513 Foundations for Nursing Practice 5
RNSG 1205 Nursing Skills I 2
RNSG 1262 Clinical I 2
 Credit Hours12
Spring
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
Second Year
Fall
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
Spring
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

Associate Degree Nursing
Associate of Applied Science - Spring Admission

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Plan of Study Grid
Pre-requisitesCredit 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 Year
Spring
RNSG 1301 Pharmacology 3
RNSG 1513 Foundations for Nursing Practice 5
RNSG 1205 Nursing Skills I 2
RNSG 1262 Clinical I 2
 Credit Hours12
Fall
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
Second Year
Spring
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
Fall
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

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

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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 Degree Nursing Program website.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Pre-requisitesCredit 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
Second Year
Summer
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 1301 Pharmacology 3
 Credit Hours15
Fall
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
Spring
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

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 - 
Specialization: LVN/RN Transition Option Associate of Applied Science - Spring Admission

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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 Degree Nursing Program website.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Pre-requisitesCredit 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
Second Year
Spring
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
RNSG 1301 Pharmacology 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 1 3
 Credit Hours15
Summer
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
Fall
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

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 - 
Specialization: EMT Paramedic to RN Track Associate of Applied Science - Fall Admission

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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 Degree Nursing Program website.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Pre-requisitesCredit 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
Fall
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 1301 Pharmacology 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 1 3
RNSG 2162 Clinical - Mental Health (8 weeks) 1
 Credit Hours15
Spring
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
Second Year
Fall
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

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