Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program


North Central Texas College’s Associate Degree in Nursing program is located on the Gainesville campus and is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and has full accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc.

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Programmatic Outcomes

Upon completion of an Associate Degree in Nursing a student should be able to:

  • Act as a Member of the Profession.
  • Function within the nurse’s legal scope of practice and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the employing health care institution or practice setting.
  • Assume responsibility and accountability for the quality of nursing care provided to patients and their families.
  • Participate in activities that promote the development and practice of professional nursing.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for continued competence in nursing practice, and develop insight through reflection, self-analysis, self-care, and lifelong learning.
  • Become a Provider of Patient-Centered Care.
  • Use clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the diploma or associate degree nursing program of study and evidence-based practice outcomes a basis for decision making in nursing practice.
  • Determine the physical and mental health status, needs, and preferences of culturally, ethnically, and socially diverse patients and their families based upon interpretation of comprehensive health assessment findings compared with evidence-based health data derived from the diploma or associate degree nursing program of study.
  • Analyze assessment data to identify problems,formulate goals/outcomes, and develop plans of care for patients and their families using information from evidence-based practice in collaboration with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team.
  • Provide safe, compassionate, comprehensive nursing care to patients and their families through a broad array of health care services.
  • Implement the plan of care for patients and their families within legal, ethical, and regulatory parameters and in consideration of disease prevention, wellness, and promotion of healthy lifestyles.
  • Evaluate and report patient outcomes and responses to therapeutic interventions in comparison to benchmarks from evidence-based practice and plan follow-up nursing care.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate teaching plans for patients and their families to address health promotion, maintenance and restoration.
  • Coordinate human, information, and material resources in providing care for patients and their families.
  • Serve as a Patient Safety Advocate, and demonstrate knowledge of the Texas Nursing Practice Act and the Texas Board of NursingRules that emphasize safety, as well as all federal, state, and local government and accreditation organization safety requirements and standards.
  • Implement measures to promote quality and a safe environment for patients, self, and others.
  • Formulate goals and outcomes using evidence-based data to reduce patient risks.
  • Obtain instruction, supervision, or training as needed when implementing nursing procedures or practices.
  • Comply with mandatory reporting requirements of the Texas Nursing Practice Act.
  • Accept and make assignments and delegate tasks that take into consideration patient safety and organizational policy.
  • Become a Member of the Health Care Team: Coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient-centered care.
  • Serve as a health care advocate in monitoring and promoting quality and access to health care for patients and their families.
  • Refer patients and their families to resources that facilitate continuity of care, health promotion, maintenance, and restoration and ensure confidentiality and communicate and collaborate in a timely manner with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to promote and maintain optimal health status of patients and their families.
  • Communicate and manage information using technology to support decision making to improve patient care.
  • Assign and/or delegate nursing care to other members of the health care team based upon an analysis of patient or unit need.
  • Supervise nursing care provided by others for whom the nurse is responsible by using evidence-based nursing practice.

Admission

To be officially admitted to the Associate Degree in Nursing program at NCTC students must meet qualification requirements beyond college standards and carefully follow the step-by-step process outlined below. 

Attending an Associate Degree in Nursing program information session is recommended, but not mandatory. Times and locations for the information sessions are posted and updated on the Information Session link of the nursing program website. Applying for the next class has additional detailed information regarding testing including a checklist of things needed before making application to the program.

Step One

A student may apply for Admission to NCTC through Apply Texas or print the NCTC Admissions Application in PDF format. Complete the college admission process as outlined on https://www.applytexas.org

An applicant should submit official transcripts from every college attended by sending them to the Admissions Office. To complete the process, an applicant should submit a Degree Audit/Transcript Evaluation form to the NCTC Admissions Office. This must be done early enough so that a degree audit can be completed by the Admissions Office before making application to the nursing program, August 1st for Spring admission and March 15th for Fall admission.

Step Two

Once all admission requirements are met, an applicant will be notified by the Admissions Office of acceptance to NCTC. At this point an applicant may begin the process of registering for the pre-requisite and general academic (non-nursing) courses as needed.

Any applicant who has a history of mental illness or substance abuse must file paperwork with the Board of Nursing (BON) previous to making application to the Associate Degree in Nursing program.

Step Three

After an applicant has completed steps one and two, an applicant should apply for admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing Program. Associate Degree Nursing Applications should be submitted online to the myNCTC page. Copies of transcripts from all colleges other than NCTC and a copy of a degree audit must be provided at the time submission.

Applications may be completed between:

  • March 1 – March 31 for Fall Semester admission
  • August 1 – August 31 for Spring Semester admission
  • Transition LVN to RN - April 15 - May 15 for Summer admission
If an applicant is not admitted to the Associate Degree in Nursing Program after submitting an application, must submit a new application during the next application period in order to be considered for admission in subsequent semesters.

Step Four

An applicant's transcript will be evaluated to determine eligibility for the Associate Degree in Nursing program. Refer to the Points requirement.

Applicants will be ranked according to application points and scores on the TEAS Entrance Exam:

  • Application points will be given for the prerequisite courses including Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Points may be deducted for any prerequisite course that was repeated.
  • The TEAS Entrance Exam consists of four areas; Reading, Math, Writing, and Science. Applicants will be given point based on their scores.

Step Five

Candidates with the highest application points will be considered for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Applicants may not take the entrance exam more than twice during an academic year (August through July). Applicants accepted into the program will be registered in nursing courses by the nursing program. Students do not enroll themselves in nursing courses.

  • 50 entry level applicants are accepted each spring and fall
  • The LVN-to-RN applicants are accepted during the Summer
  • Candidates with the next highest application points will be listed as alternates.

If any of those who have been admitted are not able to begin the program for that particular semester, the alternate with the next highest application points may be admitted.  Any applicant wishing to re-apply for the following semester must go through the admission process again in order to be considered.

Step Six

Those students selected for admission will be sent details on the following items:

  • Physical Examination form signed by a physician
  • Proof of major medical insurance coverage or accident insurance coverage.
  • Malpractice insurance. This is added to the tuition/fees bill at the time of registration. Malpractice insurance must be renewed each fall semester.
  • A Urine Drug Screen will be required of all students
  • Proof of current CPR certification (American Heart Association Health Care Provider)
  • Meet the required Immunizations

Students must complete a total of 60 semester credit hours — 36 in Nursing courses and 24 in pre-requisites and required support courses in order to complete the degree requirements for an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Sutdents in the Transition program may complete less hours - a total of 52 hours - to provide credit for LVN licensure. The LVN Transition Program is 12 months. Nursing courses are grouped in progressive levels of complexity, and students must successfully complete all course work in one level before progressing to the next. The Associate Degree in Nursing program is designed to be completed in four long semesters.

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" or better is required for transfer for all previous nursing courses and academic support courses.
  • Previous nursing courses must be from a regionally 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 for transfer
    • 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 Division Chair to determine their level of entry.
In order to succeed in the Associate Degree in Nursing Program students must:
  •  Make a grade of “C” or higher in all required courses
  • Adhere to the program’s course of study– including completion of support courses
  • Maintain current CPR certification and immunization status.
  • Successfully complete the Clinical Math Exams with a grade of 100 each semester. Failure to make a 100 will result in a clinical failure and dismissal from the nursing program. Three attempts are given for each Clinical Math Exam.
Students will not be allowed to continue in the Associate Degree in Nursing program without satisfying these criteria. However, when deficiencies are corrected, the student may petition to be readmitted to the appropriate courses. Students will be allowed to continue only with approval of the ADN Program Admission, Progression,and Advisement (APA) Committee.

Grading Policy

Course grades (non-clinical performance) are based on a numerical average with corresponding letter grades. A grade of “C” or higher is required in all courses in the Associate Degree in Nursing curriculum. Grades will not be rounded.

  • 90-100 = A
  • 81-89 = B
  • 75-80 = C
  • 66-74 = D
  • 65 or lower = F

About Clinicals

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, Muenster, Sherman, Denton, Decatur, Corinth, Flower Mound, and Lewisville. Students must be prepared to drive to any of these locations for clinicals.

Students not successful in completing any course in their first semester are required to reapply to the program and start the process from the beginning. Refer to the NCTC Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook for more detailed information about this procedure.

Summary of Costs for ADN Students 

The total per-semester cost for the Associate Degree in Nursing Program at North Central Texas College is the sum of:

  • Tuition
  • “Combined” student fees (such as malpractice insurance and testing fees)
  • Textbooks
  • Supplies and incidentals
  • Nursing kits
  • Laboratory fees

These are extra fees charged for all courses requiring a lab (in addition to the classroom lecture). For Associate Degree in Nursing 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.

Except for items 4 and 5, charges are calculated the same for all NCTC students. Due to the special nature of the Associate Degree in Nursing program, expenses in categories 3-5 may be higher than those paid by students in most other majors. 

Supplies & Incidentals
Students admitted to the ADN program are required to buy:

  • Uniforms – specific scrubs for class and clinical
  • Patches
  • Lab coat
  • Nursing shoes
  • Stethoscope
  • Skills kit
  • Wristwatch with a second hand
  • Students will need normal school supplies

Other costs include Major Medical Insurance

  • Physical examination and immunizations
  • CPR training
  • Graduation fees
  • State Board of Nursing fees
  • NCLEX-RN testing fees.

ADN students must have access to a computer with internet access.

Credit Hours

  • A 1:1 ratio is used for lecture hours – 1 lecture hour is equivalent to one credit.
  • A 2:1 ratio is used to determine lab hours to credit hours – 2 lab hours are equivalent to 1 credit.
  • A 3:1 ratio is used to determine clinical hours – 3 clinical hours are equivalent to 1 credit.

See catalog course descriptions for the number of hours, lecture, laboratory, and clinical hours required for each course.

Graduation

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 become RNs once the NCLEX-RN is passed.

Graduates must pass the state-mandated jurisprudence exam with a minimum grade of 75 before applying for the NCLEX-RN.

NCTC Associate Degree in Nursing graduates are encouraged to continue nursing education toward a bachelor's degree or higher. Associate Degree in Nursing students completing requirements for their Associate of Applied Science Degree are highly encouraged, as are all graduates, to participate in the College’s formal commencement ceremonies. 

Criminal Offenses

Criminal background checks will be completed on all applicants to the program. The following histories may disqualify an individual from consideration for clinical rotations and could affect acceptance into the Associate Degree in Nursing program:

  • Felony convictions, even if deferred or adjudicated
  • Misdemeanor convictions involving crimes against persons (personal or sexual)
  • Felony deferred adjudications for the sale, possession, distribution, or transfer of narcotics or controlled substances
  • Registered sex offender

Any applicant who has been arrested or charged with a serious criminal offense must submit a Petition for a Declaratory Order to the Texas Board of Nursing and receive resolution from the BON prior to applying to the nursing program. Contact the Associate Degree in Nursing Program Director for additional information. 

BSN Pathway

The Associate Degree in Nursing program at NCTC partners with major universities to offer students the opportunity for a smoother transition from Associate Degree in Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing through the Consortium for the Advancement of Baccalaureate Nursing Education in Texas (CABNET) agreement. Since the BSN Pathway curriculum has been standardized, students that graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing from NCTC, pass the NCLEX-RN, and complete all BSN pre-requisite courses will be able to complete the BSN program with 30 hours of online courses at one of our partner universities.