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The Alvin Community College (ACC) Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) to provide an educational program for individuals interested in a career as a Registered Nurse (RN). Upon successfully completing program requirements, graduates are qualified to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). ACC ADN graduates consistently perform above state and national averages on the NCLEX-RN exam.  As reported by the BON, ACC ADN pass rates for first-time testers are: Year 2013 - 92%, Year 2012 - 100%, Year 2011 - 97%, Year 2010 - 96%, Year 2009 - 98%.  Click here to compare ACC ADN pass rates with other Texas nursing schools.


PATHWAYS TO THE ADN DEGREE
  • 2-YEAR ADN PROGRAM: this is the traditional pathway to earn an ADN degree, which is designed for the student to complete in 2 years. A new class of approximately 40 students begins each Fall and Spring semester.  
  • 1-YEAR LVN-RN TRANSITION PROGRAM:  provides an abbreviated pathway to allow nurses who are already LVNs to earn the ADN degree. A new class of 10-20 students starts each mid-May.

Applicants meeting minimum admission requirements for each program become part of an applicant pool and the top applicants from this pool are selected for admission.


REASONS FOR SELECTING ACC FOR YOUR NURSING EDUCATION

  • The ACC ADN program receives commendations from the Texas Board of Nursing for our graduates’ excellent pass rates on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.
  • The ACC ADN program is accredited by the ACEN, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 | Atlanta, Georgia 30326 | P. (404) 975-5000 | F. (404) 975-5020 | www.acenursing.org
  • Clinical affiliations are with community hospitals as well as with hospitals in the world-famous Texas Medical Center in Houston.
  • Graduates report that they start their careers as a Registered Nurse earning $50,000 or more.

APPLICATION PERIODS

  • The next 2-YEAR ADN PROGRAM that you can apply to starts August 2015.  The application period will be during February 2015 (exact dates and deadline to be announced later).  For details, click on 2-YR APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS on the right side of this screen.
  • The next LVN-RN TRANSITION PROGRAM that you can apply to starts May 2015. The application period will be 1/12/2015 through 1/29/2015.  For details, click on TRANSITION APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS on the right side of this screen.

CHECKING YOUR NURSING APPLICATION STATUS

Click CHECK YOUR STATUS on the right side of this screen to see what application items we have for you and what items you still need to complete.  We will not contact you unless we need to discuss a specific issue with you.  The status screen is your way to make sure you have completed all your application steps by the deadline.  Please allow up to a week for items you have completed to be checked off on your status screen.


ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATIONS


Notifications of whether an applicant is accepted into a nursing program are sent approximately:

  • the first part of April for the LVN-RN Transition program
  • the middle of May for the 2-year ADN program that starts in Fall
  • the middle of November for the 2-year ADN program that starts in Spring

Notifications are sent via email so please keep your email address current with the ADN office.


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Employment of Registered Nurses is expected to grow faster than average compared to other occupations. Numerous job openings will result from the need to replace experienced nurses who leave or retire, especially as the average age of the registered nurse population continues to rise. ACC ADN graduates report that they typically start their careers earning $50,000 per year or more.  For examples of job listings click on the "After College" link above.


PROGRAM INVESTMENT


The 2-year degree program costs approximately $6,800 if you live in-district or $8,700 if you live out-of-district. Approximate cost for the 1-year Transition program is $6,000 in-district or $7,400 out-of-district. This includes uniforms, tuition, fees, books, and supplies for the nursing (RNSG) courses*, graduation costs, and the NCLEX-RN exam. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify; for more information please click here to go to the ACC financial aid web page.

*Tuition, books, fees and supplies for academic (non-nursing) courses required to complete the nursing degree are extra.  Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.  Costs breakdowns by semester are in the application instructions on the right side of this screen.


HAVE QUESTIONS?

You are welcome to ask questions at an ADN information meeting or applicant meeting  These meetings are open to all who are interested in finding out more about either the 2-year ADN program or the 1-year LVN-RN Transition program. Click on "Info Meeting Schedule" on this page for information meeting dates and times (no reservation required).

Answers to frequently asked questions are in the application instructions on the right side of this screen.

You may also contact the ADN department: nursing@alvincollege.edu or 281-756-5630.

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