An associate degree in Nursing (ADN) has been and continues to be the chosen credential for entry into nursing. Like the Bachelor’s in Nursing (BSN), the ADN is an acceptable educational pathway to take the NCLEX-RN examination and obtain a license to practice and work successfully in Texas. If you’re eager to get started and don’t have the time, money, or inclination to pursue the BSN degree, the associate degree is an ideal first step.
The ongoing shortage of nurses is an assurance that there are jobs available for all nurses. However, as more employers seek to increase their BSN workforce, it is essential that you bridge to the bachelor’s degree to remove barriers to employment in places such as the military, schools, and hospitals. Online RN-to-BSN programs are convenient, affordable, and flexible for working nurses to acquire the BSN degree in 12 to 14 months.
El Paso Community College
The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program offered by El Paso Community College includes classroom and clinical education to prepare students to take the NCLEX-RN. Students will learn and develop skills to provide professional nursing care, communicate effectively, manage patients, and offer counsel in a healthcare setting. Applicants must complete the prerequisite courses before applying to the program. New students are admitted in the Fall and Spring semesters. Admission is limited to 75 students with each cycle. Candidates have a maximum of four years to complete the AAS degree after official enrollment in the first nursing course.
Semester credits: 60
Duration: 2 years (4 semesters)
Method of instruction: Traditional
Prerequisite courses – Anatomy and Physiology I (Lecture & Lab), Anatomy and Physiology II (Lecture & Lab), College Algebra or Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences or Elementary Statistics
Core courses – Lifespan Growth & Development, Dosage Calculations for Nursing, Clinical-Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse, Foundations for Nursing Practice, Clinical-Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse II, Common Concepts of Adult Health, Mental Health Nursing, Clinical-Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse III, Humanities or Fine Arts Elective, Composition I, Care of Children and Families, Clinical-Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse IV, Clinical-Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse V, Maternal/Newborn Nursing and Women’s Health, Complex Concepts of Adult Health, Professional Nursing Review and License Preparation, Clinical-Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse VI, Professional Nursing: Leadership and Management, Clinical-Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse VII, Open Elective
- Obtain acceptance to EPCC as an academic degree-seeking student
- Take and pass the ATI TEAS with a minimum composite score of 57%
- Attend a Nursing Specialized Admissions Orientation to speak with Nursing counselors
- Complete an online Health Careers Orientation to declare Nursing as a secondary major
- Pay the application fee and submit a completed Health Careers Specialized Admissions Application to the Admissions and Registration Office
- Complete the prerequisite courses with a grade C or better
- Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
- Submit official transcripts of all college courses completed
- Must have a high school diploma or GED. Official transcripts must be submitted with the application
- Must have current CPR certification – American Heart Association Healthcare Provider
- Complete immunization and titers – Hepatitis B series, MMR, Tdap, Varicella, Influenza, Meningitis
- Must complete first aid certification – National Safety Council Course or American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon
- Complete a physical exam at the licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant
- Submit the completed Physical Technical Standard form
- Complete two background checks and substance abuse screening
- Provide proof of personal medical insurance
Tuition costs $136 per credit include general use fees. The cost per semester for full-time students is $2,040 (15 credits).
Address: 919 Hunter, El Paso, TX 79915
Phone: (915) 831-3722
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 93.85%
The Associate Degree of Nursing program offered by Southwest University leads to an Associate of Applied Science for successful students. The curriculum delivers content from simple to complex. The core nursing courses, including skills, are covered before the clinical or simulation requirements. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the nurse as outlined by the Texas Board of Nursing. This includes patient-centered care, patient safety advocate, member of the health care team, and member of the profession. Each course will highlight disease prevention, health promotion, and disease management. Graduates will be prepared to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure as a Registered Nurse. They have the option to bridge to the BSN through online study and complete the degree in just 14 months.
Semester credits: 60
Duration: 98 weeks
Method of instruction: Traditional
Courses – Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab, Medical Terminology, Algebra I, Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab, English I, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, Psychology, Nursing Skills I, Lifespan Growth and Development, Pharmacology, Nursing Skills II, Health Assessment, Health Assessment Lab, Pharmacology II, Foundation of Nursing Practice I, Foundations of Nursing Clinical I, Foundations of Nursing Practice II, Foundations of Nursing Clinical II, Common Concepts of Adult Health I, Common Concepts of Adult Clinical I, Common Concepts of Adult Health II, Common Concepts of Adult Clinical II, Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Nursing Clinical, Care of Children and Families, Care of Children and Families Clinical, Maternal Newborn Nursing and Women’s Health, Maternal Newborn Nursing and Women’s Health Clinical, Complex Concepts of Adult Health I, Complex Concepts of Adult Health Clinical, Complex Concepts of Adult Health II, Complex Concepts of Adult Health Clinical II, Professional Nursing Leadership and Management, Jurisprudence, Professional Nursing Review
- A high school diploma or equivalent
- Unencumbered LVN license, or BS in another field of study, or graduate or an SU Associate’s or Bachelor’s program or medical certification with at least 2 years’ work experience
- Complete a successful interview with an intake counselor
- Take and pass the nursing entrance exam. HESI score must be above 75% for admission
- Complete a successful background check and drug test
- Provide proof of citizenship
- Attend an interview with the Nursing Panel
- Submit a written essay
- Submit two letters of recommendation (1 personal and 1 professional)
The total program price is $45,749. It includes tuition, books, technology fee, practice exam fee, and electronic reader.
Address: 1414 Geronimo Dr, El Paso, TX 79925
Phone: (915) 778-4001
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 69.23%
Crystal is a certified Registered Nurse (RN) with a passion for writing about nursing education. Through her articles, Crystal shares insights and tips to help fellow nurses enhance their skills and stay updated with the latest developments in the field. With a focus on practical advice and relevant topics, Crystal's writing is a valuable resource for nursing professionals seeking to advance their careers.