Associate Degree Nursing Admission Requirements

Candidates for the nursing program are expected to be proficient in communication skills, math, science, computer, and learning skills, as well as have physical and mental abilities to practice nursing. To be considered for admission, the candidate must complete the procedures listed below. (Incomplete files are not considered). Download the Associate Degree Nursing Admissions checklist (.pdf).

Steps for Admission to be completed by the first Monday in April.

  1. Register for mandatory informal sessions with the Enrollment Management Specialist (903-823-3351).
  2. A college application for admission indicating Nursing as your major.
  3. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or above on all college-level work.
  4. A “New APPLICANT COUNSELING INTERVIEW” form (dated after February 1). Call the Health Science Division to schedule an appointment.
  5. TSI met (see advisement staff).
  6. Score of at least 75% on reading, math and grammar sections of the A-2 Admission Assessment test.  All 3 sections must be passed on the same test, and the test must be taken at Texarkana College.  (Contact the Health Science Division to schedule a test date and time.)
  7. An official high school transcript, GED scored or transcripts from all colleges attended. High school seniors must submit a current transcript with an overall “B” average by the application deadline.
  8. Meet requirement for Priority Ranking (See I, II, III, and IV below).Additional requirements:
  9. A current physical examination on the Nursing Physical Examination form, negative drug screen, and satisfactory background check.  NOTE:  The physical includes proof of childhood immunizations, including a completed hepatitis B vaccine series which takes a minimum of 4 months, as required by Texas law, and a TB skin test or a chest x-ray or documentation of follow-up.  This is required after notification in writing of “Conditional Acceptance” into the Nursing Program. The applicant must bring proof of having at least begun the Hepatitis B series when having the interview.
  10. American Heart Association Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider course, (AHA/BLS-HCP). Must be current throughout enrollment in the program. Must be completed prior to enrollment in RNSG 1513 (Basic students) and RNSG 1327 (Transition students). Basic student are advised not to take AHA/BLS/HCP prior to May of the year of acceptance or may take after “Conditional Acceptance”. Contact the Continuing Education Office regarding registration.

Additional Information

  1. If low grades earned early in the applicant’s college career are making the GPA less competitive, the student is encouraged to ask about the “Second Chance Policy. See Second Chance Policy in the Texarkana College catalog.
  2. Turn in the admission checklist to the Office of Admissions with an original signature and date.

To learn more, please contact us.

Karen Holt
Health Sciences
Enrollment Management Specialist
(903) 823-3351
email
Letha Colquitt MNSc, RN, FNP-BC
ADN Program Coordinator
Associate Professor
(903) 823-3202
email
Courtney Shoalmire, MNSc, MSN, RN
Dean of Health Sciences
(903) 823-3142
email

Process for Selection of Students

I. Priority Ranking

  1. All applicant files will be ranked according to Priorities I-IV.
  2. Applicants from Priority I will be selected first; if spaces remain, applicants will be accepted from Priority II, III, and IV successively.

II. Notification of Selected Applicants

  1. Selected applicants will be sent notification of their acceptance and asked to return written acceptance or non-acceptance of the position by a specified postmark date. Acceptance must be returned certified or by delivery confirmation via U.S. mail.
  2. If the written acceptance is not returned to the Enrollment Management Specialist on or before the specified postmark date, the applicant’s name will be removed from the list, and the applicant must re-apply to be considered for next year.
  3. Applicants who were not selected will be placed on an alternate list.
    1. In the event of cancellations eligible applicants will be notified.
    2. The Alternate list will be maintained until the class begins in the Fall semester.
    3. Applicants who are not selected and those who decline must re-apply the next year to be considered for admission.
    4. Any questions regarding the status of an application should be directed to the Enrollment Management Specialist.

Criteria for Priorities I-IV are as follows:

Geographic Area definitions

Geographic service area includes these counties:

Texas – Bowie, Cass, Red River, Marion, Morris, Titus
Arkansas – Miller, Columbia, Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Nevada, Sevier
Louisiana – Caddo and Bossier
Oklahoma – McCurtain

Priority I

  1. Meet the general admission criteria.
  2. Complete a minimum of ten semester hours of required Associate Degree Nursing general education courses with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
  3. Complete BIOL 2301/2101 or 2302/2102 with a grade of “C” or higher.
  4. Reside in the geographic service area. (See Geographic Area definitions)
  5. After meeting Priority I A, B, C, and D criteria, candidates will be ranked in order from those who have completed the greater number of semester hours of Associate Degree Nursing general academic support courses to those with the fewest within Priority I.

Priority II

  1. Meet the general admission criteria.
  2. Complete a minimum of ten semester hours of required Associate Degree Nursing general education courses with a 2.5-2.99 GPA.
  3. Complete BIOL 2301/2101 or 2302/2102 with a grade of “C” or higher.
  4. Reside in the geographic service area. (See Geographic Area definitions)
  5. After meeting Priority II A, B, C, and D criteria, candidates will be ranked in order from those who have completed the greater number of semester hours of associate degree nursing general academic support courses to those with the fewest within Priority II.

Priority III

  1. Meet the general admission criteria.
  2. Complete a minimum of nine semester hours of required Associate Degree Nursing general education courses with a 2.5-2.99 GPA.
  3. Reside in the geographic service area. (See Geographic Area definitions)
  4. After meeting Priority III A, B and C criteria, candidates will be ranked in order from those who have completed the greater number of semester hours of Associate Degree Nursing general academic courses to those with the fewest within Priority III. BIOL 2301/2101 or 2302/2102 must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in RNSG 1413.

Priority IV

  1. Meet the general admission criteria.
  2. Complete a minimum of nine semester hours of required Associate Degree Nursing general education courses with a 2.5-2.99 GPA.
  3. Reside outside the geographic service area. (See Geographic Area definitions)
  4. After meeting Priority IV A, B and C criteria, candidates will be ranked in order from those who have completed the greater number of semester hours of Associate Degree Nursing general academic courses to those with the fewest within Priority IV. BIOL 2301/2101 or 2302/2102 must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in RNSG 1413.

Re-Entry Candidates

Re-entry into the program will be considered on a space available basis only.  A student who leaves the program for any reason will be permitted one other opportunity to re-enroll.  Under extenuating circumstances, the student may petition the Admissions Committee for an additional admission.  Re-entry candidates, no later than Midterm of the Fall or Spring semester prior to re-entry, must have on file with the Enrollment Management Specialist:

  1. All General Admission Criteria (pg. 1), including the A-2 Admission Assessment.
  2. A completed “Health Science Re-Entry Counseling Interview form”.  Call Health Science Division office to schedule an appointment.
  3. A personal guidance conference with the Chair or designated faculty member of the Health Science Division regarding goals and plans.
  4. Priority will be given to those who reside in the geographic service area.

NOTE:  Students must re-enter within 2 years to retain credit for nursing courses.  Some remedial work may be required prior to re-admission.

Transfer Procedure

Transfer candidates, no later than midterm of the Fall or Spring semester prior to entry, must have on file with the Enrollment Management Specialist:

  1. All General Admission Requirements (pg. 1), including the A-2 Admission Assessment.
  2. A “New Applicant Counseling Interview”.  (Call Health Science Division office to schedule an appointment.)
  3. An official transcript, and nursing course syllabi, or outlines with earned grades.
  4. Written permission and the address of the previous school of nursing for Texarkana College to obtain a letter of reference.(Late applications may result in delay of transfer process)

NOTE:  Credit will not be granted for nursing courses taken more than 2 years prior to application. Some remedial work may be required prior to admission as a transfer student.