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TEAS / Weaver Entrance Assessment

TEAS VI entrance exams for the School of Registered Nursing (ADN) will be held in January 2019 on the Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde campuses. Please contact Chassity Dean at (830) 591-7386 for more information.
Exam Registration

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
A Castro
Alison E. Castro
Instructor
Email
(830) 703-1585
J Calk
Janna E. Calk
Instructor
Email
(830) 703-1503
J Leake
Jeanne E. Leake
Instructor
Email
(830) 591-7230
M Martinez
Maria Elena Martinez
Instructor
Email
(830) 591-7218
M Hinz
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 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 Nurse 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.  Ability to function 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 Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) 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 PROCESS for admission to the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program.  The second step is the APPLICATION PROCESS and the third step is the ADMITTANCE PROCESS.

 

PREPARATION PROCESS

Nursing students are admitted to the program each fall semester but the official admission process begins during the spring semester.  Students receive guidance from Southwest Texas Junior College Advisors and the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) Director and Administrative Assistant to assist them to prepare for the admission process.

  1. Prior to the spring semester it is expected that each potential nursing 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).

  2. All official college level academic transcripts must be on file in the SWTJC Admission and Records Office.

  3. Following is the list of pre-requisite courses that must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better.

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

  4. If potential nursing applicants are enrolled in pre-requisites during the spring semester, mid-term grades for their courses must be submitted to the AASN Administrative Assistant prior to being considered for the fall nursing student pool.

  5. Must have a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale prior to implementation of the ADMISSION PROCESS.

  6. 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.

  7. To complete the PREPARATION PROCESS, all pre-requisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester in which the student is applying.  It is recommended that potential nursing applicants have all pre-requisites finished prior to the spring semester. This allows faculty members 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.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To be eligible for the APPLICATION PROCESS, each potential nursing applicant must be assessed by Assessment Technologies Institute, Inc. (ATI) and an English proficiency evaluation.  These two assessments will be completed on the same day as scheduled by the AASN Administrative Assistant.  Two assessment dates will be held in January at each of the Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde campuses with one test date possibly being scheduled in December.  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 November.  In the event all test dates are full potential nursing applicant will be added to a wait list and be notified if space becomes available.  If the student is unable to test at an SWTJC campus they will have the option of testing at an alternate testing location and submitting results to the AASN Administrative Assistant’s office.

 

1.  The application process begins with successful results from the ATI TEAS assessment with a recommended Total Score of 70.  Scores that comprise the benchmark for the following TEAS categories are determined by ATI and reflect the national mean, include: 

a.     Reading - 72.4
b.     Math – 68.6
c.     Science – 57.2
d.     English (Grammar) – 66.3

2. SWTJC AASN Program requires English proficiency of all individuals admitted to the nursing program. Currently the Weaver Instructional System (Weaver) assessment is used to determine the reading level of each applicant.  Nursing students are required to be reading at a 14th grade reading level as assessed by the Weaver assessment.  Upon completion of the initial assessment instructions on how to proceed with the English proficiency process will be provided by e-mail.

3. On Monday after spring break each individual student must have completed designated English proficiency requirements (Reading Comprehension, vocabulary, and medical terminology lessons) to remain eligible for the program.

4. An optional retest will be given at each of the Uvalde, Del Rio, and Eagle Pass campuses after Spring Break. This test date is for those students who did not reach the benchmark score of 70 on their first TEAS attempt and have completed the English proficiency requirements.  The students must remediate with ATI using the focused review. Remediation is important and essential for succeeding the second time taking the TEAS. Please note special consideration is given to students who achieved the TEAS benchmark of 70 on the 1st attempt.

5. Potential nursing applicants have the option of testing a third time at an alternate testing site. No results after the third attempt will be accepted.  All results must be submitted to the AASN Administrative Assistant’s office no later than March 31st.

6. Once both the ATI and English Proficiency requirements have been successfully completed by the stated deadline an application form will be emailed to the applicant for completion. The completed application form must be received by the AASN Administrative Assistant’s office within two weeks of postdate mark on the email.

7. 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.  Reference contact will have two weeks to complete form and return it to the AASN Administrative Assistant’s office.  All three references must be on file in order to proceed with the interview.

8. A criminal background investigation is required for all SWTJC Nursing applicants planning to enter 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 AASN Administrative Assistant’s office to be filed in the student’s record.

9. 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 petition for a Declaratory Order as to their eligibility in accordance with Article 301.257 of the Nursing Practice Act.  The TBON website, 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 AASN 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 PROCESS and APPLICATION PROCESS is completed, faculty members and the director will begin discussions for applicant selection.  Once selections have been finalized a letter will be sent via e-mail and United States Postal Service identifying your status in the program.

To finalize the ADMISSION PROCESS, all requirements listed below must be completed and evidence of these requirements presented to the AASN Administrative Assistant’s office prior to August 1st.  Students will not be registered for classes until they have completed the ADMISSION PROCESS.

  1. Selected applications are required to notify AASN Administrative Assistant’s Office of accepted position within 2 weeks of dated Letter of Acceptance.
  2. Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification from the American Heart Association class “C” for Health Care Providers.  Non-American Heart Association certifications will not be accepted. Certification must remain current throughout the program.
  3. Evidence of mental and physical health as documented in a physical examination within 60 days of program start date. Physical examination form will be provided. 
  4. Evidence of all immunizations or acceptable serological proof of immunity (titer levels) within the past two years, in writing, as required by the Texas Department of Health and by clinical facilities. Immunization document will be provided for completion by physician.
    1. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) – Two doses or titer levels
    2. DTap (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) – One dose within 10 years or titer levels
    3. Varicella – two doses or titer levels
    4. Meningitis – One dose within five years or titer levels
    5. Hepatitis “B” series – Three doses or titer levels
  5. Written evidence of negative Tuberculin (TB) screen or negative chest x-ray.  Documentation must be within one year. TB document will be provided for physician to complete.
  6. Evidence of health insurance coverage as of September 1st.  Such insurance must be maintained for the duration of enrollment in the nursing program. A break in enrollment of health insurance coverage will result in the student’s inability to attend required clinical experiences.
  7. Evidence of negative drug urine screen within 30 days of classes beginning (instructions will be provided).
  8. Purchase of the approved school uniform.
    1. Minimum of two scrub tops and two scrub bottoms which will be purchased through the AASN Administrative Assistant’s office.
    2. White lab coat
    3. Registered Nursing patch which will be purchased at the campus book store. Patch to be sewn onto scrub tops and lab coat.
    4. Fully enclosed white shoes
    5. Approved stethoscope
    6. Pen light
    7. Watch with second hand
    8. Bandage scissors
    9. Hemostat
  9.  Basic computer skills must be evident by a course grade or ability to demonstrate computer competence.
  10. It is required that the student have a computer and continuous access to the internet.
  11. Students are required to attend the mandatory student orientation that will be scheduled in August.
  12. It is mandatory that students purchase all required textbooks and supplies identified by the AASN program.
  13. Students are required to carry liability insurance throughout the program.  The fee for this insurance is included in the admission fees.

Notification of Selected Applicants

Selected applicants will be notified of their acceptance in writing, via e-mail and United States Postal Service.  Applicants who are not selected may be placed on an alternate list if applicant agrees.  In the event of cancellations, eligible applicants will be moved up the list and these candidates will be notified. The alternate list will be maintained until the program begins in August. Students who are selected for the AASN program will be required to attend an orientation session at the time and date notified in the confirmation letter.  Failure to attend will result in forfeiture of your place in the program.

 

Point System for Applicants

*This is for your own reference to understand how your interview points are calculated. You do not have to submit this page.

 

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

  1. One point will be given for each of the required general education courses in the curriculum completed with a grade of “B” or better.  Points will not be given for science courses if they are older than 5 years. Points ______.
  2. Two points will be given if the applicant is a resident of Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kinney, LaSalle, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, or Zavala County.   Points ________.
  3. One 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. Points ________.
  4. Three points will be given if the applicant receives a grade of “A” on the first attempt of Anatomy & Physiology I or II.  Five points will be given if the applicant receives a grade of “A” on the first attempt of both Anatomy & Physiology I and II. Points _______.
  5. One point will be given if the applicant has not had to repeat a general education course within the past 5 years.  Points ______.
  6. One point will be given if at least 10 semester credit hours have been successfully completed at SWTJC. Points _______.
  7. Points will be given based on cumulative GPA; two points will be given for cumulative GPA between 3.5 and 4.0; one point will be given for cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.49. Points ______.
  8. Points will be given if the applicant has had clinical experience between graduation from the Vocational Program and application to the ADN Program.  Points _______.
    1. 1 – 2 years experience           1 Point
    2. 3 – 5 years experience           2 Points
    3. 6 – 10 years experience         3 Points
    4. 11 or more years experience 4 Points
  9. Two points will be given if the clinical experience has been in an acute care setting. Points ______.

 

Total Points: _________      

 

 

Checklist to Complete Associate of Degree Nursing Program Admission Requirements:

Students will turn in a complete application packet to the Nursing Office prior to the identified application deadlines. Incomplete packets will not be accepted. Each step below must be completed and checked to verify all requirements have been completed to meet the ADMISSION PROCESS.

 

PREPARATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE NURSING PROGRAM:

Step 1: Fulfill admission requirements of and be admitted to Southwest Texas Junior College.

Step 2: Completed requirements for TSI assessment

Step 3: Ensure all official transcripts have been submitted and are available at the SWTJC Admissions Office.

Step 4: Completed all Nursing prerequisite courses with a grade of C and/or be enrolled in remaining prerequisites with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Step 5: Submitted Licensure Eligibility form, Background Check Waiver, and Technical Standards form

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Step 6: Successfully completed the ATI and English proficiency requirements.

Step 7: Submitted completed Application for Admission form by the date identified in the email sent with application packet.

Step 8: Assured that all references are on file in the Associate Degree Nursing Program.


ADMISSION PROCESS: This form must be completed and signed when submitting items for steps 11 – 17.

Step 9: Been scheduled for and completed an interview with Director of faculty member.

Step 10: Notified Administrative Assistant of acceptance, in writing, by the required deadline.

Step 11: Submitted CPR Certification from the American Heart Association class “C” for Health Care Providers.

Step 12: Provided proof of mental and physical health as required by a physical examination.

Step 13: Provided proof of completion of ALL required immunizations on the attached Immunization Record Form.

Immunizations include:

    • Proof of Varicella (Chicken Pox) immunity as shown by documentation of two immunizations or a serum titer indicating immunity. Either option is REQUIRED, regardless if you have had the chicken pox before.
    • Proof of Hepatitis B immunity as shown by documentation of 3 injection series or a serum titer indicating immunity.
    • Proof of Measles immunity as shown by documentation of two immunizations or a serum titer indicating immunity.
    • Proof of Mumps immunity as shown by documentation of one immunizations or a serum titer indicating immunity.
    • Proof of Rubella immunity as shown by documentation of one immunizations or a serum titer indicating immunity.
    • Proof of Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination within the last 10 years.
    • Proof of Meningitis vaccination within the last 5 years.

Step 14: Provided proof of negative Tuberculin screen or negative chest x-ray using attached TB Screen Form.

Step 15: Provided evidence of health insurance beginning no later than September 1st. Such insurance must be maintained for the duration of enrollment in the nursing program.

Step 16: Submitted all correspondence with Texas Board of Nursing including documentation of clearance in form of ‘Blue Card’ or Letter.

Step 17: Submitted signed checklist form verifying you have turned in a complete application packet. (All items must be checked off this list to be considered as a complete application packet.)

  • DRUG SCREEN: Please check if you have already completed the required drug screen.

Once requirements have been verified you will be registered for nursing classes.

 

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Student (PRINT)                   Student Signature                                       Date

 

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Received By (PRINT)            Received By Signature                                  Date

 

 

*By signing this form, you are acknowledging you have met the requirements as stated above


Program of Study

Registered Nurse Associate of Applied Science Degree add
Registered Nurse Associate of Applied Science Degree Program of Study 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 1100π 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 competed 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 1100 or COLS 0300; however, EDUC 1100/COLS 0300 do 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 1100π 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 competed before 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 1100; however, EDUC 1100 does not count toward degree requirements.

Registered Nursing Resources

2018 - 2020 Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree Student Handbook

2017 - 2019 Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree Student Handbook

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