ADN Transition Program

Degree Plan

Students who have been unsuccessful in the Basic ADN or Transition program previously are not eligible for the Transition program.  Degree Requirements: A minimum of 60 semester hours of credit with a 2.0 GPA, A grade of “C” or above in science and nursing courses, and a passing score on a comprehensive exit exam.  Students must see policy in Health Sciences Student Handbook for details.

Candidates must be a licensed vocational nurse, or a recent graduate from a vocational nursing program and eligible to take the licensure examination.

Candidates must have the following on file in the Office of Admissions by the posted deadline.  1) All basic admission criteria. 2) An official transcript from the VN program.  3) A copy of the LVN or LPN license. Recent graduates of VN programs who have not taken the licensure exam must have a license before they register for the Transition Nursing courses.

Freshman Year

First Semester Hours   Summer Semesters (I & II) Hours
BIOL 2301/2101 or BIOL 2302/2102
Anatomy & Physiology I or Anatomy & Physiology II
4 BIOL 2301/2101 or BIOL 2302/2102*
Anatomy & Physiology I or Anatomy & Physiology II
4
BIOL 2320/2120
Microbiology for Non-Science Majors & Lab
4 RNSG 1327
Transition to Professional Nursing
3
PSYC 2301
General Psychology
3 RNSG 1251
Care of the Childbearing Family
2
PSYC 2314
Lifespan Growth & Development
3 RNSG 1160 (Clinical)
Registered Nurse Training (Transition)
1
Total 14   Total 10

 

Upon successful completion of summer sessions, VN Transition students will receive 13 hours of Prior Learning Credit for the following courses:

  • RNSG 1413 Foundations of Nursing Practice – 4 hours
  • RNSG 1360 Clinical Nursing-Registered Nurse Training (Foundations) – 3 hours
  • RNSG 1431 Principles of Clinical Decision-Making – 4 hours
  • RNSG 1260 Clinical Nursing-Registered Nurse Training (CDM) – 2 hours

Sophomore Year

First Semester Hours   Second Semester Hours
ENGL 1301** (core)
Composition I
3 ARTS 1301 or MUSI 1306 or DRAM 1310** (core) 3
RNSG 1441
Common Concepts of Adult Health
4 RNSG 1443
Complex Concepts of Adult Health
4
RNSG 2360 (Clinical)
Registered Nurse Training (CDM / Mental Health)
3 RNSG 2463 (Clinical)
Registered Nurse Training (CDM / Mental Health)
4
RNSG 2213
Mental Health Nursing
2
Total 12   Total
Nursing – Transition Program AAS Total
11
60

 

#Prerequisite to RNSG 1413 and 1360.
*Co-requisite to Nursing courses taught in this semester, or may be taken in advance.

 

Please be advised that licensure for this program includes a criminal background check.  If you have a question about this action, please speak to the division dean.

Legal Limitations for Licensure: The Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners 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.

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

Nursing Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Several courses for this degree can be found in the Academic Core. View the Academic Core

RNSG 1201 Pharmacology

Introduction to the science of pharmacology with emphasis on the actions, interactions, adverse effects, and nursing implications of each drug classification. Topics include the roles and responsibilities of the nurse in safe administration of medications within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisite: Meet TSI Math Requirement.

RNSG 1327 Transition to Professional Nursing

Content include health promotion, expanded assessment, analysis of data, critical thinking skills and systematic problem solving process, pharmacology, interdisciplinary teamwork, communication, and applicable competencies in knowledge, judgment, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework throughout the lifespan. Prerequisites: BIOL 2401, 2402, 2420 and 1322; PSYC 2301 and 2314; BCIS 1305; RNSG 1201 and AHA/BLS-HCP. Co-requisites: RNSG 1251 and 1160.

RNSG 1251 Care of the Childbearing Family

Study of concepts related to the provision of perinatal nursing care for childbearing families. Content may include selected complications. Content includes knowledge, judgment, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: BIOL 2401, 2402, 2420 and 1322; PSYC 2301 and 2314; BCIS 1305; RNSG 1201 and AHA/BLS-HCP. Co-requisites: RNSG 1160 and 1327.

RNSG 1160 Clinical Nursing – Registered Nurse Training (Transition)

A health related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. Prerequisites: BIOL 2401, 2402, 2420 and 1322; PSYC 2301 and 2314; BCIS 1305; RNSG 1201 and AHA/BLS-HCP. Co-requisites: RNSG 1251 and 1327.

RNSG 1441 Common Concepts of Adult Health

Basic integration of the role of the professional nurse as a provider of patient-centered care, patient safety advocate, member of health care team, and member of the profession. Study of the common concepts of caring for adult patients and families with medical-surgical health care needs related to body systems, emphasizing knowledge, judgment, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. This course lends itself to a blocked approach.

Prerequisites: BIOL 2301/2101, 2302/2102, 2320/2120; PSYC 2301 and 2314; RNSG 1413, 1360, 1431, 1260, 1412, 1261 for Basic Students; RNSG 1327, 1251, and 1160 for Transition Students and AHA/BLS-HCP. Co-requisites: ARTS 1301 or MUSI 1306 or DRAM 1310; RNSG 2360 and RNSG 2213.

RNSG 2360 Clinical Nursing—Registered Nurse Training II (CDM II/Mental Health)

A health related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skill and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

Prerequisites: BIOL 2301/2101, 2302/2102, 2320/2120; PSYC 2301 and 2314; RNSG 1413, 1360, 1431, 1260, 1412, 1261 for Basic Students; RNSG 1327, 1251, and 1160 for Transition Students and AHA/BLS-HCP. Co-requisites: ARTS 1301 or MUSI 1306 or DRAM 1310; RNSG 1441 and RNSG 2213.

RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing

Principles and concepts of mental health, psychopathology, and treatment modalities related to the nursing care of patients and their families. This course lends itself to a blocked approach.

Prerequisites: BIOL 2301/2101, 2302/2102, 2320/2120; PSYC 2301 and 2314; RNSG 1413, 1360, 1431, 1260, 1412, 1261 for Basic Students; RNSG 1327, 1251, and 1160 for Transition Students and AHA/BLS-HCP. Co-requisites: ARTS 1301 or MUSI 1306 or DRAM 1310; RNSG 1441 and RNSG 2360.

RNSG 1443 Complex Concepts of Adult Health

Integration of previous knowledge and skills related to common adult health needs into the continued development of the professional nurse as a provider of patient-centered care, patient safety advocate, member of health care team, and member of the profession in the care of adult patients and families with complex medical-surgical health care needs associated with body systems. Emphasis on complex knowledge, judgments, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. This course lends itself to a blocked approach.

Prerequisites: BIOL 2301/2101, 2302/2102, 2320/2120; PSYC 2301 and 2314; RNSG 1413, 1360, 1431, 1260, 1412, 1261, 1441, 2360 and 2213 for Basic Students; RNSG 1327, 1251, 1160, 1441, 2360 and 2213 for Transition Students and AHA/BLS-HCP. Co-requisites: RNSG 2463.

RNSG 2463 Clinical Nursing-Registered Nurse Training III (CDM/Management)

A health related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skill and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

Prerequisites: BIOL 2301/2101, 2302/2102, 2320/2120; PSYC 2301 and 2314; RNSG 1413, 1360, 1431, 1260, 1412, 1261, 1441, 2360 and 2213 for Basic Students; RNSG 1327, 1251, 1160, 1441, 2360 and 2213 for Transition Students and AHA/BLS-HCP. Co-requisites: RNSG 1443.

RNSG 2121 Professional Nursing: Leadership and Management

Exploration of leadership and management principles applicable to the role of the professional nurse. Includes application of knowledge, judgment, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: BIOL 2401, 2402, 2420, and 1322; PSYC 2301 and 2314, BCIS 1305; ARTS 1301 or MUSI 1306 or DRAM 1310; RNSG 1201. Co-requisites: RNSG 1443 and RNSG 2560.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program has full approval from the Texas State Board of Nursing.  Information regarding program status can be obtained at the following link: http://www.bon.texas.gov/pdfs/education_pdfs/education_programs/ApprovedRNschools.pdf