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Associate Degree Nursing ADN AAS


nursing – associate degree nursing (aDN) AAS


The Associate Degree Nursing AAS program is a two-year, 60-credit hour curriculum leading to an associate of applied science degree.


NOTE: Criminal history MAY disqualify individuals from obtaining or maintaining nursing certifications.

All nursing ADN applicants will be given instructions for obtaining fingerprints for an FBI criminal background check for the Texas Board of Nursing. These must be completed at least 90 days prior to the start of nursing classes.

The student must have a “blue” card, a positive outcome letter or an eligibility letter (declaratory order) BEFORE starting classes. Students who need to complete this requirement will be sent an email in January with instructions.

Any nursing applicant who has been arrested, convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized in the past five years for schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder, or addicted to or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug within the past five years, must petition the Texas Board of Nursing for a declaratory order concerning their eligibility to take the licensing examination, the NCLEX-RN.

The Texas Board of Nursing can be reached at 512-305-7400. The application for a declaratory order can be downloaded from the BON website at This declaratory order must be completed and the eligibility letter received before the student starts nursing courses. If the case must be sent to the enforcement division, the processing may take 6-24 months, so applicants must apply early. If a student is not able to start nursing courses due to waiting for a declaratory order, a space will be reserved for the following year pending a positive outcome from the Texas Board of Nursing.



*Although not designed to transfer, this AAS program leads to an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree with participating universities. See an academic advisor for more information about the BSN.





First Semester (Summer)

BIOL 2401

Anatomy and Physiology I**


BIOL 2402

Anatomy and Physiology II**


PSYC 2301

General Psychology OR

EDUC/PSYC 1300 Learning Framework**



Total Semester Hours




Second Semester (Fall)

PSYC 2314

Lifespan Growth & Development


RNSG 1128

Intro. to Health Care Concepts


RNSG 1216

Professional Nursing Competencies


RNSG 1125

Professional Nursing Concepts I


RNSG 1430

Health Care Concepts I


RNSG 1161

Clinical I



Total Semester Hours




Third Semester (Spring)

BIOL 2420



RNSG 1126

Professional Nursing Concepts II


RNSG 1533

Health Care Concepts II


RNSG 2362

Clinical II



Total Semester Hours




Fourth Semester (Fall)

ENGL 1301

English Composition I


RNSG 1137

Professional Nursing Concepts III


RNSG 1538

Health Care Concepts III


RNSG 2368

Clinical IIIA



Total Semester Hours




Fifth Semester (Spring)


Lang, Phil and Culture/Creative Arts


RNSG 2138

Professional Nursing Concepts IV


RNSG 2539

Health Care Concepts IV


RNSG 2360

Clinical IV



Total Semester Hours



Total Hours…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….60

** BIOL 2401, 2402 and PSYC 2301 or1300 and application to the ADN program are prerequisite to RNSG 1430. Students with less than 15 semester hours should take PSYC 1300; others should take PSYC 2301.


To be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination-RN and qualify as a registered nurse, students must attain a grade of C or better in all courses, nursing and non-nursing.

Support courses must be completed prior to or taken concurrently with nursing courses as outlined each semester in the curriculum plan.


Posted Date:
11/14/2018 2:36:44 PM