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School of Registered Nursing (51.3801) Uvalde Campus


Fall 2021 ADN Program Application

To be eligible to register for the Fall 2021 entrance assessments for the Associate Degree Nursing program, all pre-requisite courses must be completed by May 2021. If you plan on taking pre-requisite courses during Summer 2021, you are not eligible to apply for our program at this time. Our next application period will begin September 2021.
2021 ADN Application Form

Faculty and Staff

J Suarez
Jesus Suarez
Allied Health and Human 
Services Division Chair

Email
(830) 591-7364
R Lira
Rolando Lira
Program Director
Email
(830) 703-1583
J Calk
Janna E. Calk
Instructor
Email
(830) 703-1503
C Kern
Carrie Kern
Instructor
Email
(830) 703-1585
A De Los Santos
Alicia De Los Santos
Instructor
Email
(830) 703-1508
M Martinez
Maria Elena Martinez
Instructor
Email
(830) 591-7218
C Castillo
Cynthia Castillo
Instructor
Email
(830) 591-7217 
S Cruz
Mittie Hinz
Instructor
Email
(830) 758-5066
S Cruz
Sonia D. Cruz
Instructor
Email
(830) 758-4139 
C Dean
Chassity Dean
Administrative Assistant/
At-Risk Grant Coordinator

Email
(830) 591-7386 

Adjunct Faculty

Scott Adams
Email

Wilma Carbonel-Mason
Email

Juan Martinez
Email


Purpose

This program is designed to prepare graduates to practice in a complex and ever-changing health care environment. In addition, the integrated concept-based curriculum provides the graduate with foundational potential to progress forward to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.

Preparation for practice as a professional nurse will be concept-based theoretical knowledge associated with concept based clinical activities provided in a structured, supervised clinical practice environment. The program is designed to provide dynamic, interactive classroom information; simulation experiences to enhance clinical capabilities; concept-based simulation scenarios to test clinical expertise; and supervised clinical experiences to complete Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree requirements necessary to become a Registered Nurse (RN). 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.

Differentiated Essential Competencies (DECs) from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) and Professional Clinical Standards of Care in nursing will provide the guidelines for the development of physical skills, clinical reasoning, clinical judgment, ethical reasoning, and therapeutic communication skills. These essentials contribute to the knowledge and skill activities that direct graduates to become active members of the Profession, provide patient-centered care, serve as a patient advocate and become a member of the health care team. 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.

This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree and can be completed in two calendar years. 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 Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) will be sought when eligibility requirements utilizing the concept-based curriculum are met.


Admission Requirements

There are 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 Associate of Applied Science In Nursing Program (AASN). The second step is the APPLICATION PROCESS and the third step is the ADMISSION PROCESS.

 

PREPARATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE AASN PROGRAM

AASN 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 AASN 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 AASN 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 thorough 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. Following is the list of pre-requisite courses that must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better and a minimum GPA of 2.5. All prerequisites must be completed at the end of the spring semester before being accepted into the program.

    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

  3. If any of the science courses are over 5 years old, at the time the program begins, it is required that the applicant has taken RNSG 1311 Nursing Pathophysiology.

APPLICATION PROCESS

1.  To be eligible for the application process, each applicant must complete the Assessment Technologies Institute, Inc. (ATI) Test of Academic Education Skills (TEAS) assessment as well as the English proficiency evaluation Weaver Instructional System (Weaver). Scheduled assessment dates will be posted on the TEAS/WEAVER Registration Form that can be located on the School of Registered Nursing website beginning in September.

2.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to secure a date to complete both the TEAS and Weaver.

3. The application process begins with successful results from the ATI TEAS assessment, and the completion of the Weaver modules.

4. SWTJC AASN Program requires English proficiency of all individuals admitted to the nursing program. Currently the Weaver is used to determine the reading level of each applicant. Nursing students are required to be reading at a college sophomore reading level as assessed by Weaver. There are three modules in the Reading Intervention section that are required, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Medical Terminology. Each module contains fourteen levels ranging from first grade to college sophomore. Applicants are required to complete all levels (Level A – Level N) in all three modules.

5. TEAS scores valid 60 days prior to start of Application Process. For example, if the application process begins in January then November is the earliest time you can take the TEAS. Applicants will have three attempts to achieve the benchmark score of 70 on the TEAS assessment. It is recommended applicant wait 30 days between test dates this allows the student sufficient time to remediate for the TEAS. Two TEAS assessment dates will be will held in January at each of the Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde campuses. Applicant will have the option of testing at an alternate testing location and submitting results to the AASN Administrative Assistant’s office.

6. An optional retest will be given at each of the Uvalde, Del Rio, and Eagle Pass campuses prior to Spring Break for those applicants who have not reached the benchmark score of 70 and have completed the Weaver Instructional System. Please note special consideration is given to applicants who achieved the TEAS benchmark of 70 on the first attempt.

7. On Monday after spring break applicant must have completed the Weaver designated English proficiency requirements (Reading comprehension, vocabulary, and medical terminology lessons) and submitted all TEAS assessment results to the AASN Administrative Assistant’s office.

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

9. Applicant is responsible for obtaining permission from three non-family members to use as references. Preferred references should include current/previous employer, current/previous instructor, and community member. A reference form will be emailed directly to applicant’s reference contact for completion. All three references must be on file in order to proceed with the interview. Any reference form received by applicant will not be accepted.

10. A criminal background investigation is required for all SWTJC AASN applicants planning to enter the AASN program. Upon application to the AASN Program, applicant’s data will be submitted to the Texas Board of Nursing so a criminal background check can be performed. A copy of all correspondence received from the BON must be submitted to the AASN office to be filed in the student’s record.

11. Each applicant is required to go through an interview with the AASN director. The interview will be scheduled once all three reference forms have been received.

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

When the activities required for the PREPARATION FOR ADMISSION and APPLICATION PROCESS are completed, applicant selections will be made. A letter will be sent via e-mail identifying your status in the program.

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 August 1st.

  1. Declared a Registered Nursing major with the office of admissions by completing the Declaration of Major Field of Student Form.
  2. Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification* from the American Heart Association class “C” for Health Care Providers. A current BLS card is required before the applicant can attend clinical rotations.
  3. Evidence* of mental and physical health as documented in a physical examination.
  4. Evidence* of all immunizations or acceptable serum 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).
  5. Current documentation* of negative Tuberculin screen either through a TB skin test (TST) or blood assay for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (T-Spot or QFT-GIT) or chest X-ray if previous positive blood assay. For applicants who have received the bacilli Clamette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine or those who are a positive reactor to TST must show documentation of a negative blood assay. Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if applicant has had positive blood assay, a chest X-ray is required with accompanying documentation indicating no active symptoms of active TB such as productive cough, night sweats, or unexplained weight loss. Prophylactic treatment for TB may be recommend by primary provider. Annual TB Skin test or blood assay is required.
  6. Evidence* of health insurance. Such insurance must be maintained for the duration of enrollment in the nursing program.
  7. Negative drug urine screen* (instructions will be provided). A positive drug screen on admission to the program for an unauthorized substance will cause the applicant to no longer be eligible to come into the program.
  8. Purchase of the approved school uniform, patch, lab coat, fully enclosed white shoes, and laboratory supplies (approved blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, pen light, bandage scissors, hemostat, and watch with second hand) as required
  9. Basic computer skills must be evident by a course grade or ability to demonstrate computer competence.
  10. All nursing students are required to have a working computer and continuous access to Internet. Ability to scan documents for uploading into Canvas and Typhon is also required. This can be done on a computer or using one of many free phone apps. Scanners are also available in the SWTJC libraries.
  11. Students are required to carry liability insurance* throughout the program. The fee for this insurance is included in the admission fees.

*All health documentation and insurance carriers must be based in the United States. No foreign insurance or health documentation will be accepted for any reason.

Notification of Selected Applicants

All applicants will be notified via e-mail regarding their acceptance status. Selected applicants and alternates will be required to attend an orientation session as specified in the notification letter. Failure to attend the orientation will result in forfeiture of acceptance in the program. The alternate list will be maintained until the program begins in August. Alternates will be notified in the order determined if openings become available.

Point System for Applicants 

Points will be accumulated from data supplied by the applicant and address the following issues:

1. One (1) point will be given for each of the required pre-requisite courses in the curriculum completed with a grade of “B” or better. (6) Points ______

2. One (1) point will be given if the applicant has been on the SWTJC President’s List; SWTJC Dean’s List, member of PTK or can show evidence of academic recognition from other colleges or universities attended. (1) Points ______

3. Three (3) points will be given if the applicant receives a grade of “A” on the first attempt of Anatomy & Physiology I or II. Five (5) points will be given if the applicant receives a grade of “A” on the first attempt of both Anatomy & Physiology I and II. (5) Points _____

4. One (1) point will be given if the applicant has received a “C” or better on all general education courses within the past 5 years. (1) Points _____

5. One (1) point will be given if at least 10 semester credit hours have been successfully completed at SWTJC. (1) Points _____

6. Points will be given based on cumulative GPA; two (2) points will be given for cumulative GPA between 3.5 and 4.0; one (1) point will be given for cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.49. (2) Points _____

7. Points will be given if the applicant has had clinical experience and has a current licensure/certification as a Vocational Nurse, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Military Medic, Certified Nurse Assistant, or Patient Care Technician (4) Points _____

a. 1 - 2 years experience             1 Point
b. 3 – 5 years experience            2 Points
c. 6 – 10 years experience          3 Points
d. 11 or more years experience   4 Points

8. Five (5) points will be given to applicant with military service. (5) Points _____


(25) Total Points: _____


Program of Study

Registered Nurse Associate of Applied Science Degree add
Registered Nurse Associate of Applied Science Degree General Education Courses
General Education Courses Credit
Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
Humanities & Fine Arts 3
Natural Science & Math 12
Other 3
Total General Education Courses 21
Technical Education Courses 39
Total Credit Hours for A.A.S. 60

 

Program of Study

Prior Semesters

Registered Nurse Associate of Applied Science Degree Program of Study Prior Semesters
Course Number Title Credit
EDUC 1300π Learning Framework
BIOL 24011 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIOL 24021 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIOL 24201 Microbiology 4
ENGL 13011 Composition I 3
PSYC 23141 Lifespan Growth and Development 3
PHIL 23061 Introduction to Ethics 3
Total 21

First Year

Fall Semester

Registered Nurse Associate of Applied Science Degree Program of Study First Year Fall Semester
Course Number Title Credit
RNSG 1128 Introduction to Health Care Concepts 1
RNSG 1430 Health Care Concepts I 4
RNSG 1125 Professional Nursing Concepts I 1
RNSG 1301 Pharmacology 3
RNSG 1161 Clinical - Registered Nursing 1
Total 103

Spring Semester

Registered Nurse Associate of Applied Science Degree Program of Study First Year Spring Semester
Course Number Title Credit
RNSG 1126 Professional Nursing Concepts II 1
RNSG 1216 Professional Nursing Competencies 2
RNSG 1533 Health Care Concepts II 5
RNSG 1362 Clinical - Registered Nursing 3
Total 113

Second Year

Fall Semester

Registered Nurse Associate of Applied Science Degree Program of Study Second Year Fall Semester
Course Number Title Credit
RNSG 1137 Professional Nursing Concepts III 1
RNSG 1538 Health Care Concepts III 5
RNSG 2361 Clinical - Registered Nursing 3
Total 93

Spring Semester

Registered Nurse Associate of Applied Science Degree Program of Study Second Year Spring Semester
Course Number Title Credit
RNSG 2539 Health Care Concepts IV 5
RNSG 21382 Professional Nursing Concepts IV 1
RNSG 2362 Clinical - Registered Nursing 3
Total 93
Total Credit hours for A.A.S. 60

Notes:

  1. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of "C". It is recommended that all these courses be completed before applying to the ADN program.
  2. Capstone course that consolidates the student's learning experiences.
  3. Students who need to be enrolled in full-time study may enroll in courses that meet the BSN requirements.
π All students are required to take EDUC 1300; however, EDUC 1300 does not count toward degree requirements.
Associate Degree Nursing Associate of Applied Science Degree (LVN to RN Pathway) add
Associate Degree Nursing Associate of Applied Science Degree Program of Study (LVN to RN Pathway) General Education Courses
General Education Courses Credit
Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
Humanities & Fine Arts 3
Natural Science & Math 12
Other 3
Total General Education Courses 21
Technical Education Courses 37
LVN Advanced Placement Credits 2
Total Credit Hours for A.A.S. 60

 

Program of Study

Prior Semesters

Associate Degree Nursing Associate of Applied Science Degree Program of Study (LVN to RN Pathway) Prior Semesters
Course Number Title Credit
EDUC 1300π Learning Framework
BIOL 24011 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIOL 24021 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIOL 24201 Microbiology 4
ENGL 13011 Composition I 3
PSYC 23141 Lifespan Growth and Development 3
PHIL 23061 Introduction to Ethics 3
Total 21

Program of Study

Advanced Placement Credit Courses

Associate Degree Nursing Associate of Applied Science Degree Program of Study (LVN to RN Pathway) Advanced Placement Credit Courses
Course Number Title Credit
RNSG 11252 Professional Nursing Concepts I 1
RNSG 11612 Clinical - Registered Nursing 1
Total LVN Advanced Placement Credit Hours2 2

First Year

Fall Semester

Associate Degree Nursing Associate of Applied Science Degree Program of Study (LVN to RN Pathway) First Year Fall Semester
Course Number Title Credit
RNSG 1128 Introduction to Health Care Concepts 1
RNSG 1430 Health Care Concepts I 4
RNSG 1301 Pharmacology 3
Total 84

Spring Semester

Associate Degree Nursing Associate of Applied Science Degree Program of Study (LVN to RN Pathway) First Year Spring Semester
Course Number Title Credit
RNSG 1126 Professional Nursing Concepts II 1
RNSG 1533 Health Care Concepts II 5
RNSG 1362 Clinical - Registered Nursing 3
RNSG 1216 Professional Nursing Competencies 2
Total 114

Second Year

Fall Semester

Associate Degree Nursing Associate of Applied Science Degree Program of Study (LVN to RN Pathway) Second Year Fall Semester
Course Number Title Credit
RNSG 1137 Professional Nursing Concepts III 1
RNSG 1538 Health Care Concepts III 5
RNSG 2361 Clinical - Registered Nursing 3
Total 94

Spring Semester

Associate Degree Nursing Associate of Applied Science Degree Program of Study (LVN to RN Pathway) Second Year Spring Semester
Course Number Title Credit
RNSG 2539 Health Care Concepts IV 5
RNSG 21383 Professional Nursing Concepts IV 1
RNSG 2362 Clinical - Registered Nursing 3
Total 94
Total Credit hours for A.A.S. 60

Notes:

  1. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of "C". It is recommended that all these courses be completed prior to applying for admission. All science courses are required to be completed prior to applying to the ADN program.
  2. LVN Advanced Placement credits awarded upon successful completion of the Fall and Spring of First Year.
  3. Capstone course that consolidates the student's learning experiences.
  4. Students who need to be enrolled in full-time study may enroll in courses that meet the BSN requirement.
π All students are required to take EDUC 1300; however, EDUC 1300 does not count toward degree requirements.

Tuition and Fees

Students enrolling in the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program pay the regular college tuition, fees, and an additional $300 Allied Health surcharge each fall and spring semester. If you have questions regarding general tuition, please refer to a current SWTJC Catalog. Other costs the student may accrue include traveling to special clinical sites: psychiatric rotations, wound care centers or acute care sites. Listed below are some additional fees and expenses that are required throughout the program. Some of these amounts are actual costs and some are approximate to assist the student in financial planning:

Pre-Admission

Pre-Admission
Pre-Admission Fee
1 Entrance ATI Examination $65.00
2 WEAVER License $60.00
3 Criminal Background Check $50.00
4 Required Physical Examination $100.00
5 Immunizations (Hepatitis B Series – 3 doses) $95.00
6 Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccine (MMR – 2 doses) $105.00
7 Tdap Vaccine $65.00
8 Meningitis Vaccine $135.00
9 Varicella (2 doses) $300.00
10 Tuberculin Screen $25.00
11 Uniforms, white lab coat, and fully enclosed white shoes $250.00
12 School patch (purchase at bookstore) $15.00
13 Nursing Equipment (stethoscope, bandage scissors, hemostats, penlight, calculator, and watch with second hand) $150.00
Total $1,415.00

Fall Semester I

Fall Semester I
Fall Semester I Fee
1 ATI National Assessment and Remediation $647.50
2 Computer Documentation for Clinical Experiences $50.00
3 Textbooks $1,000.00
4 Allied Health Surcharge $300.00
5 Health Insurance (EJ Smith) $150.00
6 Drug Screen $60.00
6 Influenza Vaccine $50.00
6 Liability Insurance $24.00
Total $2,281.50

Spring Semester I

Spring Semester I
Spring Semester I Fee
1 ATI National Assessment and Remediation $617.50
2 Textbooks $200.00
4 Allied Health Surcharge $300.00
5 Health Insurance $150.00
Total $1,267.50

Fall Semester II

Fall Semester II
Fall Semester II Fee
1 ATI National Assessment and Remediation $617.50
2 Allied Health Surcharge $300.00
3 Drug Screen $60.00
4 Tuberculin Skin Test $25.00
5 Influenza Vaccine $50.00
6 Drug Screen $60.00
7 Health Insurance $150.00
Total $1,260.50

Spring Semester II

Spring Semester II
Spring Semester II Fee
1 ATI National Assessment and Remediation $617.50
2 Allied Health Surcharge $300.00
3 Health Insurance $150.00
4 BON Licensure Application $186.00
5 Pearson Vue NCLEX Fee $200.00
6 Graduation Cap, Gown, Tassel, and Diploma $50.00
7 Class Graduation Composite $5.00
8 Class Pin $100.00
Total $1,608.00
Approximate Total (without tuition) $7,835.00

Progression Policy

Students’ progress through the curriculum according to the outlined Program of Studies. For progression in the ADN program, the student must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Abide by the Rules, Regulations, and Procedures outlined in the Southwest Texas Junior College catalog and the Associate of Applied Science Degree Nursing Student Handbook.
  2. Complete all nursing courses in sequence as outlined in the degree plan with a grade of C=75% or better and meet all clinical objectives as specified in the course syllabus.  For each didactic nursing course, the student must achieve an average grade of 80% or above on examinations, including the mid-term and final examination.  After it is determined that the student has achieved 80% on the examinations, other class assignments will be calculated to determine the final grade.  The student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater to progress to the next semester.
  3. Complete all college support courses designated for the nursing program with a grade of C or better.
  4. Once enrolled in the nursing program, a student who receives a D, F, or W in a nursing course or drops a nursing course, must, if eligible, re-enroll in that course before enrolling in a subsequent nursing course.
  5. A student will be readmitted only one time to the nursing program.  Following a second D, F, I, or break in enrollment during the program, a student is not eligible for readmission to the nursing program.
  6. Consideration for readmission will be on an individual basis and as space permits. 
  7. Have declared a Registered Nursing major with the office of admissions by completing the Declaration of Major Field Student Form.
  8. A grade of Incomplete “I” will need to be completed within the next semester that the “I” has been acquired.  Progression within the nursing curriculum will be interrupted since students cannot progress in the nursing program with a grade of D, F, or I in a nursing course.
  9. After admission to the program, the student has three years to complete the graduation requirements.
  10. Throughout the program, students will be encouraged to work no more than 24 clock hours per week.  If academic status is compromised, it will be recommended that the student decrease their working hours.  Any activity associated with gainful employment must not interfere with classroom or clinical requirements.

Withdrawal

SWTJC Associate Degree Nursing Program reserves the right to request withdrawal of any student whose health, attendance, conduct, personal qualities or scholastic records indicate that it would be inadvisable for the student to continue.

A student considering withdrawal from a Nursing Course(s) should refer to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing Student Handbook and make an appointment with their course Faculty of Record, Faculty Advisor, and the Program Director. All reasonable effort must be made to complete the course as designated since withdrawal from a course will mean that the student must wait a year to re-enroll in the program or seek admission to another school.

Completion of the Program

Successful completion of all course requirements in addition to completion of required ATI evaluation, remedial work, and focused reviews will lead to submission of student credentials to the Texas State Board of Nursing to verify that the student is prepared to take the National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) examination. Throughout the program each course will contain assignments for activities and standardized examinations that will provide faculty with information related to the achievement level of each student. It is the prerogative of the faculty to assign additional activities toward the latter part of the program to assign standardized evaluation that has the potential to provide data regarding achievement level of the student that has been acquired to successfully complete the nursing program and predictability to pass NCLEX-RN. This may be in the form of an assessment program in addition to ATI requirements.

All registered nursing graduates must successfully complete a jurisprudence examination given by the Texas Board of Nursing before they will be allowed to take the NCLEX-RN. Additional information related to graduation activities is available in the Associate Degree Nursing Student Handbook.

Potential graduates must apply for graduation and pay the cap, gown, and diploma fees at the Admissions Office. Nursing graduates are encouraged to participate in the SWTJC graduation ceremonies where they will receive the Associate of Applied Science Degree. Participating in additional ceremonies such as pinning is encouraged since both provide graduates and their families an opportunity to celebrate this achievement.

 


Registered Nursing Resources

2020 - 2021 Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree Student Handbook

TEAS Assessment Preparation Information

SWTJC Student Handbook

Occupations

Occupational Profiles

 

Registered Nursing Program Costs

$5,475 for in-state tuition and fees

$11,355 for out-of-state tuition and fees

$2,789 for books and supplies

$8,264 for off-campus room and board

$14,144 for on-campus room and board