School of Registered Nursing


Faculty/Staff

J Suarez
G Goosen
R Lira
A De Los Santos

Jesus Suarez
Allied Health and Human 
Services Division Chair

jrsuarez@swtjc.edu
(830) 591-7364

Dr. Geraldine Goosen
Program Director/Instructor
gmgoosen@swtjc.edu
(830) 591-4163
Rolando Lira
Instructor
rlira@swtjc.edu
(830) 703-1583 
Alicia De Los Santos
Instructor
admata123@swtjc.edu
(830) 703-1508
D Kuenstler
J Calk
J Leake
M Martinez

Donna Kuenstler
Instructor
dmkuenstler@swtjc.edu
(830) 703-1585

Janna E. Calk
Instructor
jecalk@swtjc.edu
(830) 703-1503

Jeanne E. Leake
Instructor
jeleake@swtjc.edu
(830) 591-7230
Maria Elena Martinez
Instructor
memartinez36068@swtjc.edu
(830) 591-7218
C Dean
A Maldonado
   

Chassity Dean
Administrative Assistant/
At-Risk Grant Coordinator

cddean@swtjc.edu
(830) 591-7386 

Alexandra Maldonado
Administrative Assistant
ajflores25382@swtjc.edu
(830) 591-7311
   

Adjunct Instructors

Scott Adams
scadams@swtjc.edu

Wilma Carbonel-Mason
wcarbonel-mason@swtjc.edu

Juan Martinez
jjmartinez@swtjc.edu

Ruben Martinez
rmartinez309@swtjc.edu

Noemi Miranda

Meljun Perez
mperez3@swtjc.edu 

Kathleen Rosen
karosen@swtjc.edu

Shannon Schaid
seschaid@swtjc.edu

David Vasquez
davasquez27594@swtjc.edu 


Purpose

This program is designed to provide: dynamic, interactive classroom information; simulation experiences to enhance clinical capabilities; simulation scenarios to evaluate clinical expertise; and supervised clinical experiences to complete the Associate Degree Nursing Curriculum requirements necessary to become a Registered Nurse (RN).  This program is designed to prepare graduates to practice in a complex and ever-changing health care environment.  Preparation for practice will be concept-based theoretical knowledge followed by structured, supervised clinical practice.  This educational process will develop the student as an active participant and through the use of innovative teaching approaches, foster a safe, collaborative, and interactive educational environment.

The Differential Essential Competencies (DECs) of Graduates of Texas Nursing Programs included in the Texas Nurse Practice Act and professional standards of care in nursing will provide the guidelines for the development of clinical reasoning, clinical judgment, ethical reasoning, therapeutic communication skills, and nursing management skills.  Designated curriculum, integrated with global issues and pathophysiological concepts, will ensure that graduates will be able to actively participate in society as educated, culturally astute and socially responsible individuals.  Functioning within a multidisciplinary health care team requires diversity and compassion in traditional and/or non-traditional health care environments serving clients across the life span.

The program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree and can be completed in five semesters.  Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).


Program Objectives/Outcomes

Upon completion of this registered nursing program, the graduate will function within the roles and responsibilities of the Associate Degree nurse and be able to: 

  1. Implement the standards of care as designated by the Board of Nursing for the State of Texas in a variety of health care settings.
  2. Utilize critical reasoning, evidence-based practice and cultural diversity knowledge and skill when assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care across the life-span.
  3. Engage in continuous improvement of cognitive, psychomotor and psychotherapeutic abilities necessary to comprehensively assess and provide safe and effective nursing care.
  4. Demonstrate caring behaviors and utilize teaching strategies that promote wellness, a healthy life style and recovery from illness.
  5. Communicate and work effectively with patients, family members and the multidisciplinary health care team.
  6. Demonstrate ethical and legal principles as a member of the multi-disciplinary health care team.
  7. Maintain competence upon becoming a Registered Nurse through self-evaluation, peer review and continued education.
  8. Continue to develop as an accountable and responsible member of the nursing profession.

Accreditation

Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  The SWTJC Associate Degree Nursing Program is an approved school of nursing under the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Approval from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) will be sought when eligibility requirements utilizing the concept-based curriculum are met. 


Admission Requirements

Due to the complexity of the total admission process, there are essentially three steps that must be completed in sequence before an applicant can be considered a nursing student.  The first step is the  PREPARATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM.  The second step is the APPLICATION PROCESS and the third step is the ADMISSION PROCESS.

 

PREPARATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM

      Nursing students are admitted to the program each fall semester but the official admission process begins during the spring semester.  Students receive guidance from College Counselors and Nursing education staff members to assist them to prepare for the admission process.

  1. Prior to the spring semester it is expected that each applicant has completed requirements for admission to Southwest Texas Junior College which includes assessment and placement in basic courses as guided by the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).

    To complete the PREPARATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM process, it is recommended that potential nursing applicants complete all prerequisites prior to the spring semester so faculty members have sufficient data to make through decisions regarding the potential success of the applicant to complete the nursing program in a successful manner.  Grades from science and English courses are especially meaningful for this predictive process.

  2. If applicants are enrolled in prerequisites during the spring semester, mid-term grades for their courses must be made available to nursing faculty members prior to being considered for the fall nursing student pool.
  3. Following is the list of pre-requisite courses that must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to implementation of the ADMISSION PROCESS.

    BIOL 2401  Anatomy & Physiology I
    BIOL 2402  Anatomy & Physiology II
    BIOL 2420  Microbiology
    ENGL 1301  Composition I
    PSYC 2314  Human Growth & Development
    PHIL 2306  Ethics

  4. If any of the science courses are over 5 years old, at the time of applying, it is required that the applicant take RNSG 1311 Nursing Pathophysiology.


APPLICATION PROCESS

1.   To be eligible for the application process, each applicant must be assessed by ATI and an English proficiency evaluation.  These two assessments will be completed on the same day as scheduled by the Administrative Assistant of the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  Assessment dates, along with instructions on how to schedule your assessment, will be announced on the SWTJC home page at the end of the Fall semester.

2.   The application process begins with successful results from the TEAS Examination by the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) with a recommended Adjusted Individual Total Score of 70.  Scores that comprise the benchmark for the following TEAS categories are determined by ATI and reflect the national mean, including: 

a.     Reading - 70
b.     Math – 69
c.     Science – 54
d.     English (Grammar) – 64

3.   Instructions on how to proceed with the English proficiency assessment process will be provided in writing at the time of the assessment.

4.   On Monday after spring break each individual student must have completed designated English proficiency requirements (Reading Comprehension, vocabulary, and medical terminology lessons).

5.   An application form will be forwarded to the applicant for completion when the student has completed the ATI and English proficiency requirements.  The application form must be completed and returned to the  ANN Administrative Assistant’s office within two weeks of receiving the application.

6.  Three completed reference forms must be submitted directly to the ADN program from your point of reference prior to the due date allotted in your application packet.

7.   A criminal background investigation is required for all SWTJC Nursing applicants planning to enter the nursing program.  Upon application to the Nursing Program, your personal data will be submitted to the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) so a criminal background check can be performed.  A copy of all correspondence received from the TBON must be submitted to the ADN office to be filed in the student’s record.

8.   Licensure Eligibility – The TBON has identified certain circumstances that may render a potential candidate ineligible for licensure as a Registered Nurse.  The TBON provides individuals with one opportunity for petitionfora Declaratory Order as to their eligibility in accordance with Article 301.257 of the Nursing Practice Act.  The TBON website, www.bon.state.tx.us, contains eligibility questions and the declaratory order.  Each applicant must review the following documents in the TBON Rules and Regulations:

213.27 Good Professional Conduct
213.28 Licensure of Persons with Criminal Offenses
213.29 Criteria and Procedures Regarding Intemperate Use and Lack of Fitness in Eligibility and Disciplinary Matters
213.30 Declaratory Order of Eligibility for Licensure


ADMISSION PROCESS

The third and most extensive process begins with an interview scheduled by the ADN Administrative Assistants.  This interview will occur after the student has completed previous steps in the application process as designated.  When the activities required for the PREPARATION FOR ADMISSION and APPLICATION PROCESS is completed, and documentation placed in your student file, a letter will be sent via e-mail and United States Postal Service identifying your status.

To complete the admission process, all requirements listed below must be completed and evidence of these requirements presented to the ADN Administrative Assistant prior to June 1st.

1.     Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification from the American Heart Association class “C” for Health Care Providers.  A current BCLS card is required before the applicant can attend clinical rotations.

2.   Evidence of mental and physical health as documented in a physical examination. 

3.   Evidence of all immunizations or acceptable titer levels, in writing, as required by the Texas Department of Health (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, (MMR): Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTap); Varicella; Meningitis; and Hepatitis “B” series).

4.   Written evidence of negative Tuberculin screen or negative chest x-ray.  Documentation must be current.

5.   Evidence of health insurance.  Such insurance must be maintained for the duration of enrollment in the nursing program.

6.   Negative drug urine screen (instructions will be provided).

7.   Purchase of the approved school uniform, logo, lab coat, fully enclosed white shoes, and laboratory supplies (approved stethoscope, pen light, and watch with second hand) as required.

8.   Basic computer skills must be evident by a course grade or ability to demonstrate computer competence.

9.   It is required that the student have a computer and continuous access to the internet.

10.   Students are required to carry liability insurance throughout the program.  The fee for this insurance is included in the admission fees.


Program of Study

School of Registered Nursing Program of Study


Registered Nursing Resources

2014 - 2016 Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree Student Handbook

SWTJC Student Handbook

Occupations

Occupational Profiles