Midland College offers traditional and transition options to earn an Associate Degree in Applied Science (AAS) for nursing. In addition, the College offers a Nursing Field of Study (FOS) Certificate for those students seeking to transfer to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
The curriculum of the Midland College Associate Degree Nursing program prepares graduates for entry-level nursing practice as a professional nurse. Upon completion of the program, receiving approval for licensure by the Texas Board of Nursing, and successful completion of the licensing exam, NCLEX-RN, the graduate is licensed as a registered nurse (R.N.).
The Midland College Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing, located at 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460, Austin, Texas 78701; phone (512) 305-7400.
The transition option is for the licensed vocational nurse (L.V.N.) who seek career mobility. The traditional option is for students entering the field of nursing. Both options require the same general education courses to complete the degree. The degree plans specify the required nursing courses for traditional and transition students. L.V.N.s can complete the transition track in three semesters, after earning all of the general education credits for the degree. The traditional option requires five semesters to complete, including the required nursing prerequisites.
The traditional option is taught at the Midland College main campus. The L.V.N. to A.D.N. transition option is taught at the Midland College main campus and transmitted via interactive video to Fort Stockton’s Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC). Students in the Fort Stockton area can take nursing courses and selected general education courses at the WRTTC. Clinical instruction is an important component of the nursing program. Various hospitals and community agencies are used each semester for the clinical component. The F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College is used for simulated learning experiences.
The Nursing Field of Study Curriculum is a block of courses that are fully transferable to nursing programs at public upper level institutions in Texas. A student who successfully completes the Field of Study Curriculum shall receive full academic credit toward the degree program for the block of courses transferred. A student who transfers without completing the Field of Study Curriculum shall receive academic credit toward the major at the receiving institution for each of the courses successfully completed in the Field of Study Curriculum. Credit shall be granted on a course-for-course basis at the credit-hour level of the receiving institution.
Initial academic advisement should begin with a college Pathways advisor to obtain assistance in making program decisions and to ensure that all college requirements are met. Prospective nursing students are encouraged to speak with the nursing department for program-specific advisement.
A.D.N Program Admission
Admission to the program is competitive. The A.D.N. program uses selective admission criteria. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission into the nursing program. Ranking applicants is based on the number of general education courses completed in the A.D.N. degree plan and the grade earned in each course. The application deadlines for the Fall semester traditional option is May 25 and September 25 for the Spring semester traditional option. The application deadline for LVN to A.D.N. transition option is April 1. The LVN to A.D.N. transition option begins in June. Admission is dependent upon resources and faculty availability.
Admission Requirements - Traditional and Transition Options: After admission to Midland College, an applicant to the A.D.N. program must meet these additional requirements:
- Complete the online Health Sciences Division Application for Admission.
- Hold a high school diploma or GED.
- Provide transcripts of all college work to the nursing department and the Midland College Registrar’s office.
- Obtain a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language). This requirement is for students born and educated through high school outside the United States. The TOEFL exam score is valid for two years.
- Complete requirements for the college’s Texas Success Initiative (TSI) unless an exemption has been granted.
- Obtain a satisfactory score on the nursing entrance examination, Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), most current version. The minimum acceptable score is in the academic preparedness category of Proficient. Applicants must wait 6-weeks between retakes. The TEAS score is valid for 2 years.
- Prerequisite courses must be completed according to the degree plan.
- All course work for the degree must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.
- BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II must be current within five years of program admission and require a grade of “B” or better in both classes. See the nursing department to discuss options if either or both courses are older than five-years.
- Show evidence of a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on all college coursework. (This includes all transcripts.)
- The BON requires a criminal background check be conducted. Students are required to pay the fees associated with the DPS and FBI. A person who has been convicted of or received deferred adjudication for anything other than a minor traffic violation, has been diagnosed with mental illness, or has a history of substance abuse should contact the Texas Board of Nursing prior to seeking program admission. Clearance on the criminal background check must be obtained in order to be admitted to the nursing program. Eligibility questions can be discussed with the nursing program chair.
- Transition applicants must hold a current unencumbered license to practice nursing as an L.V.N. in the State of Texas.
- Applicants must provide a record of required immunizations. Immunizations include three doses of the hepatitis B vaccine, two doses of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, a current tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, varicella vaccine or proof of chicken pox illness, and COVID-19 vaccination or approved medical/religious exemption. Clinical agencies require students to have the current influenza vaccine and tuberculosis screening each year.
- CPR training through the American Heart Association as a Professional Rescuer must be current at the time of the application deadline and maintained throughout the nursing program. No online CPR training will be accepted.
Students must comply with all school and nursing program policies. Urine drug screening is conducted throughout the program at the student’s expense. A negative result is required to continue in the program. Professional liability insurance is required. Health and accident insurance is required throughout the program and payment is the responsibility of the student.
In addition to completing all course requirements in the degree plan, the candidate for graduation must:
- score satisfactorily on the exit exam or prescribed alternative;
- complete the NCLEX-RN review course the same semester as graduation; and,
- score satisfactorily on the Texas Board of Nursing’s jurisprudence exam or satisfactorily complete the alternate assignment.
All general education core courses for the degree may be taken prior to the semester in which they are listed; however, they must be taken no later than the semester they appear on the curriculum plan. Nursing (RNSG) courses must be taken according to the sequence shown.
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Arely Torres, Nursing Clerk
Dian White, MSN, MBA-HC, RN
Program Chair, Associate Degree Nursing
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