Midland College offers traditional and transition options to earn the associate degree in applied science (AAS) for nursing. 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 licensed vocational nurses (L.V.N.s) 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 prerequisite requirements.
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, clinics 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.
Initial academic advisement should begin with a college advisor to ensure all college requirements are met. Prospective nursing students are encouraged to confer with the nursing department for program-specific advisement.
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 those courses. Application deadlines for the traditional option are May 15 for admission for the fall semester and September 25 for the spring semester. The number of students admitted each semester depends 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 a Health Sciences Division Application for Admission (available from Division Office and Program Chair).
- Hold a high school diploma or GED.
- Applicants must provide transcripts of all college work to the nursing department.
- 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 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. The exam can be taken once per admission cycle.
- 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. See the nursing department to discuss options if either or both courses are older than the five-year limit.
- Show evidence of a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on all college coursework.
- A criminal background check will be conducted and students are required to pay the fees associated with fingerprint analysis and the criminal background check through the Texas BON. 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 BON 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 option applicants must hold a current unencumbered license to practice nursing as an L.V.N. in the State of Texas.
- 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, and varicella vaccine or proof of chicken pox illness. Clinical agencies require students to have the current influenza vaccine and tuberculosis screening each year.
- CPR training as a Professional Rescuer must be current at the time of the application deadline and maintained throughout the nursing program. Online training is not accepted.
Students must comply with all school and nursing program policies. Urine drug screening is conducted throughout the program at the student's expense. The results must be negative to continue in the program. Professional liability insurance is required and is paid for as part of college fees. Health and accident insurance is required throughout the program.
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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Kathy Sanchez, Nursing Clerk
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