Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)
(Hint: Clicking the hyperlinks in blue such as Nursing Information - Step-by-Step Process will take you to links with additional information. Also, the links in the right hand column will allow you to navigate easily through the Nursing web site.)
a Registered Nurse
Associate Degree Nursing program is designed to prepare graduates to give direct patient care in a variety
of health care settings. Upon completing the curriculum at NCTC, graduates
may apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination administered
by the Texas Board of Nursing. After passing
the exam, they are ready to begin their careers as Registered Nurses or continue their education toward a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN).
Degree Nursing program includes educational and integrated
curriculum that assists students in acquiring the
skills to function as beginning practitioners of nursing. (See Differentiated Essential Competencies.)
receive classroom instruction and coordinated clinical
in the nursing care of clients at local hospitals and
agencies under the supervision and guidance of the nursing
Nursing courses are grouped in progressive levels of
and students must successfully complete all course work in
before progressing to the next. After completing the
prerequisite courses, students may enter the generic two year track
without prior medical education or the two year Transition to Professional Nursing track with a vocational nursing
license (LVN/LPN). NCTC does not offer a Paramedic to RN
Criminal Background Checks
Anyone who has ever had any kind of criminal offense must get
clearance from the Board of Nursing (BON) before applying to the nursing
program. Applicants with offenses should not apply unless they have already received a letter from the BON stating that upon meeting the requirements for graduation, they would be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN. See the link regarding Criminal Background Checks.
The Texas Department of
Health requires that all students enrolled in health-related courses
must have completed all vaccinations prior to patient
contact. The Hepatitis B series is administered over a period
of 6 months. The first dose must be obtained no later than
February 15th for Fall Admission or July
6th for Spring admission in order to have the series complete
prior to beginning the program. Additional immunizations will be required prior to admission to the nursing program.
Students who are not currently enrolled at NCTC and are under 30 years of age will need to submit proof of a meningitis vaccine to the Registrar's Office prior to registering for any classes.
nurses provide direct patient care, assess patient's condition,
perform treatments and procedures, administer medications, and educate
patient and family members. A registered nurse in the North Texas area may expect to earn from $31,700 to $61,100
annually. Many hospitals now desire Bachelor's prepared nurses; therefore, NCTC is partnering with several universities to help their graduates obtain their Bachelor's Degrees in Nursing.
Where to Begin
Read through the information in all of the links on the nursing web site. The admission process is the same for the Generic (not already an LVN) applicant and the Transition to Professional Nursing (already an LVN) applicant.
1. The best place to begin is the Nursing Information - Step by Step Process.
2. Look at the Associate Degree Nursing Curriculum and determine which courses you still need to take before you will be ready to apply to the actual nursing portion of the program. Enroll in those non-nursing courses. (Students who are already LVN's will want to check out the Transition to Professional Nursing link). A BSN Pathway is also available.
3. If you have ever been arrested, follow the instructions in the Criminal Background Check link to start the process for clearance with the Board of Nursing. This process may take several months to complete.
4. Attend a Nursing Information Session to help you better understand the process and have an opportunity to ask questions.
5. Remember that Hepatitis B is a 6-month series and must be completed before you can enter the program so start the series early.
6. When you have completed all of the prerequisite and preferably most of the co-requisite non-nursing courses, figure your Priority Points and follow the instructions in Applying for the Next Class. Fill out the Degree Audit/Transcript Evaluation Request form and submit it to the Registrar's Office at least 6-8 weeks prior to applying to the nursing program.
7. Prepare for the pre-admission exam (Kaplan - $30 fee) and start gathering immunizations. You will want to continue watching the Applying for the Next Class link for updates until classes begin.
8. After admission into the program and as classes begin, log into your ANGEL account for additional information from faculty members regarding your classes.