The Associate Degree Nursing program at Texarkana College began in 1959, with the first class graduating in 1962. The program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission). The Education Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is responsible for the evaluation and accreditation of nursing education schools/programs.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Rd. N.E. Ste. 850
Atlanta, GA 39326
404-975-5000 – www.acenursing.org
At its origin, the program was designed to be completed in two years; however, currently most students take at least three years to complete the entire curriculum – a year for general education requirements and two years for nursing courses.
The curriculum prepares graduates to assume beginning staff positions under supervision as providers of care, coordinators of care, and members of a profession. On completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed as Registered Nurses. Employment may be sought in a variety of structured health care settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, ambulatory care centers, home health and hospice, schools and other community settings.
There are two educational tracks in the Associate Degree Nursing Program: the basic (for unlicensed students) and the transition (for licensed vocational/practical nurses). Students who wish to transfer from another institution are managed on an individual basis and must contact the Division Dean or the Assistant Division Dean/Coordinator.
Legal Limitations for Licensure
The Texas Board of Nursing may refuse to admit a candidate to the licensing examination and refuse to issue a license to any applicant who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or who has been hospitalized or treated for mental illness and/or chemical dependency.
Note for All Applicants:
The faculty of the Health Science Division reserve the right to alter the curriculum and admission policies whenever change is deemed necessary. Notification to all enrolled students and those who have completed the application process will constitute means to effectuate policy changes.