Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)
NURSING INFORMATION - Step by Step Process
Central Texas College's ADN program is approved by
Board of Nursing and has full accreditation from the
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
(NLNAC: 3343 Peachtree Rd NE Ste 850, Atlanta GA 30326 Telephone: (404)
975-500. Program Learning Outcomes are the Differentiated Essential Competencies (DEC) as outlined by the Texas Board of Nursing.
admitted to North Central Texas College does NOT mean you
are automatically admitted to the ADN program. To be officially
admitted to the ADN program at NCTC, students must meet additional
qualification requirements and carefully follow the step-by-step
process described in Phase One and Phase Two below.
following steps must be completed by ALL applicants before
they will be considered for admission to the ADN program:
Apply for Admission to NCTC through Apply Texas or print the NCTC Admissions Application in PDF format. Please submit your application as far in advance of registration as possible. Complete the college admission process as outlined on the NCTC web site. Fill out and submit a Degree Audit/Transcript Evaluation form to the NCTC Admissions Office. This should be done a minimum of two months prior to applying to the nursing program.
Attend a pre-nursing advisement/information session. Times
and locations of information sessions are updated and posted as changes occur on the Information Session link. Applying for the Next Class has more detailed information regarding testing and a
checklist of things to be gathered before entering the program. Attendance is encouraged, but not mandatory.
Once all admission requirements are
met, you will be notified by the Registrar's Office of your
acceptance to the college and will be ready to begin the process
of registering for the prerequisite and support courses. See the Associate Degree Nursing curriculum for a list of required courses.
following procedure is to be followed by applicants who have
met all the requirements of Phase One and are asking for clearance
to enroll in the ADN program.
Once you have completed all items under PHASE
ONE, you are ready to seek official admission to the ADN Program.
First, you must complete and submit an Associate Degree Nursing Application to the ADN Program Office (in person)
at the Gainesville campus. Copies of transcripts from all colleges other than NCTC and a copy of the degree audit must be provided
at the time the ADN Application is completed. (The nursing office can print a copy of the NCTC transcript so it is not necessary to provide a copy). The application must be completed
nursing applications do NOT "carry over." If for any
reason you are not admitted to the ADN Program after submitting
your first nursing application, you must submit a new form in
order to be considered again for admission.
After you have completed Step One above, your
transcripts will then be evaluated to determine priority points. Applicants will be ranked according to the priority points.
All applicants who have submitted nursing applications will be notified of their enrollment status
BY MAIL. Only a limited
number of applicants with the highest Priority Point scores
will receive letters stating that they are candidates to take
the pre-admission exam (Kaplan).
with the highest pre-admission exam scores will be
considered for admission to the Associate
Degree Nursing Program. Candidates with the next
highest exam scores will be listed as alternates. If any of those
who have been admitted are not able to begin the
that particular semester, the next highest scoring
will be admitted. Minimum passing score is 70%. Any applicant (including
did not get in) wishing to reapply the following
must go through this admission procedure again in
be considered for the upcoming semester. (The
pre-admission exam may only
be taken one time in any given semester--Potential students may not take the exam more than twice.)
students accepted for admission to the ADN Program
registered in the first semester nursing courses.
Those students selected for admission will need to have the following items:
• Physical Examination form signed by a physician certifying
that the applicant has been examined thoroughly.
• Proof of current CPR Certification (American Heart
Association Health Care Provider) and required Immunizations
• Proof of major medical insurance or accident insurance coverage.
• Students must also purchase malpractice insurance (costing
approximately $18). This is added to the tuition/fees bill
at registration. Malpractice insurance must be renewed each
• A student must have a valid social security number in order to enter the
ADN program as clinical affiliations require valid Social Security
numbers for Criminal Background checks
• A Drug Screen and a Criminal Background Check will be required
of all students.
Any student who has a history of mental illness or
substance abuse must file paperwork with the
Board of Nursing (BON) BEFORE applying to the
ADN Program. Any student who has ever been
arrested will need to
submit a Petition for a Declaratory Order
to the Board of Nursing and receive resolution from the BON prior to applying to the nursing program. Contact
the ADN Program Director for more details.
Criminal background checks will be completed
on all applicants to the program.
The following histories will disqualify an
individual from consideration for clinical rotations.
1) felony convictions, 2) misdemeanor convictions
or felony deferred adjudications involving
crimes against persons (personal or sexual),
3) felony deferred adjudications for the sale,
possession, distribution, or transfer of narcotics
or controlled substances, and 4) registered
sex offenders. Applicants with these histories will not be accepted into the program.
If a clinical agency does not allow a student to attend clinicals at their site, the student may be dropped from the program since they may not be able to meet the objectives of the program.
by Transfer is considered on a space available basis.
Applicants must meet all requirements of the nursing
program in addition to those of North Central Texas
College. All college credits from other institutions
will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine
their possible application to the nursing curriculum
requirements. A letter grade of "C" (75) or
better is required for transfer for all previous nursing
courses and academic support courses. Students
who have not been academically successful in other
nursing programs will not be considered for transfer.
Previous nursing courses must be from an accredited
program of nursing. A transfer will not be considered
if the student has
missed a full semester of enrollment in a nursing
program. The student must submit
- • A letter stating the reason
- • Course descriptions and/or
course syllabi for previous nursing courses.
- • Resume of previous clinical
experience to include documentation of skills
provided by the faculty of the transferring school.
- • Letter of recommendation from
the Department Head of the school from which the
applicant is transferring.
- • Students
will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Program
Director to determine their level of entry.
Earn Your Associate Degree
successfully complete the ADN program, earn an Associate
of Applied Science Degree and apply to take the state
licensing exam for Registered Nurses, students at
NCTC must complete a total of 60 semester credit hours
-- 36 in Nursing courses and 24 in prerequisites and
required support courses. Transition students complete fewer hours due to credit given for LVN license. Remember
that nursing courses are grouped in progressive levels
of complexity, and students must successfully complete
all course work in one level before progressing to
If students remain on the prescribed track,
completing all coursework and clinicals required to
graduate with an Associate Degree normally takes two years from the time they
enroll in the first nursing course. Failure to successfully complete the Clinical Math Exams will result in a clinical failure and dismissal from the nursing program.
In the ADN Program
Criteria: To remain in good standing and progress
within the ADN curriculum, students must:
• Make a grade of "C" or higher in all required
courses and maintain an overall grade point average
• Have already taken the support courses required in
the degree plan for that level or be enrolled concurrently
• Maintain current CPR certification and immunization
student not satisfying these criteria will not be
allowed to continue enrolling in ADN courses. However,
when deficiencies are corrected, the student may be
readmitted to the appropriate courses but ONLY on
a space-available basis.
in classroom (non-clinical) work are based on numerical
average with corresponding letter grades. A
grade of "C" or higher is required in ALL
courses in the ADN curriculum.
= A 81-89 = B 75-80 = C 66-74
= D 65 or lower = F
for clinical courses are based on
performance in the
clinical area and other assignments. Failure
to successfully complete the Clinical Math Exams will result in
clinical failure and dismissal from the nursing program.
to the ADN Program should understand that clinical
courses require students to travel to sites off the
college campus. Clinical sites include, but are not limited to, hospitals
and other health care facilities in Gainesville, Ardmore, Denton, Muenster, and Corinth. Students
must be prepared to drive to ANY of these locations
for clinicals; sites close to your home are not always
who have an interruption in the normal progression
of their nursing studies--whether by withdrawal from
a nursing course or earning a grade lower than a "C"
in a nursing course - will no longer be enrolled in
the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The ADN
Admission, Progression, Advisement (APA) Committee considers
appeals for readmission on an individual
basis. Refer to the NCTC Associate Degree Nursing
Student Handbook for more detailed information about
Considerations for ADN Students
Summary of Costs:
The total per-semester
cost of enrolling in the ADN Program at North Central
Texas College is the sum of: (1) tuition; (2) "combined" student fees; (3) laboratory fees; (4) textbooks; (5) supplies & incidentals;
and (6) nursing kits. Except for items 5 and 6, charges
are figured just as they are for all other students.
However, ADN students should be aware that, due to
the special nature of the program, expenses in categories
3-6 will probably be considerably higher than those
paid by students in most other majors. Estimated cost
for the entire Associate Degree Nursing portion of the program is
These are extra fees charged for all
courses requiring a lab (in addition to the classroom
lecture). For ADN students, a lab fee of $24 will
also be charged for each clinical
course. Lab fees for other non-nursing science
courses are normally $24.
Nursing textbooks are highly specialized
medical books and can be expensive. You will spend as much as $1100 for books for the program.You'll buy all of your nursing books during the first semester. Therefore, book costs
will be considerably less in later semesters of the ADN portion of the program.
Supplies & Incidentals:
to the program,
ADN students will need to buy uniforms,
lab coat, shoes, stethoscope, and skills kit. A good wristwatch with second
is essential. Also, the student will need
supplies, and other costs will include such
as major medical insurance, physical
immunizations), Hepatitis B vaccine, CPR
assessment test fees, graduation fees, state
fees, and school pin. Additional fees for
Insurance and Drug Screening will be added
to the tuition/fees bill.
Additional costs may include Criminal
Background Testing and a State Board Review Course. Most of these expenses occur at the beginning of the program so expect the first semester to cost around $3500. A computer with internet access,
printer, ink, and computer paper are a necessity during the nursing
All tuition rates, fees and other elements of expense
for attending North Central
Texas College are subject to change
by the NCTC Board of Regents.
ADN students completing requirements for their Associate
of Applied Science Degree are highly encouraged, as are all
graduates, to participate in the college's formal
Graduates may apply
to take the National Council Licensure
Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) which is
administered by the Texas Board of
Nursing. Graduates must pass the state-mandated jurisprudence with a minimum grade of 75 before applying for the NCLEX-RN. Graduates become Registered Nurses after passing the exam. NCTC ADN graduates are encouraged to continue nursing education toward a bachelor's degree or higher.