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Program Description

The Alvin Community College 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, our graduates are qualified to make application to write the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Alvin Community College ADN graduates consistently perform above state and national averages on the RN licensure exam. As reported by the BON, the Alvin Community College 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.

Two Pathways to the ADN Degree

FIRST PATHWAY: the 2-year ADN program is the traditional pathway to enter the ADN program. ADN coursework is designed for completion within 2 years. A new class begins each Fall and Spring semester.  Approximately 40 students are admitted to each class.. The application period is February for the Fall class, and September for the Spring class. Applicants meeting minimum admission requirements become part of an applicant pool and the top applicants from this pool are selected for admission.

SECOND PATHWAY:  the 1-year LVN-ADN Transition program provides an abbreviated pathway to allow nurses who are already LVN’s to earn their ADN. A new class of 10-20 students starts each mid-May. The application period is February each year. Applicants meeting minimum admission requirements 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 program receives commendations from the Texas Board of Nursing for our graduates’ excellent pass rates on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.
  • The program is accredited by the ACEN, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly NLNAC, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.) 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.

Application Periods

The next 2-year ADN program that you can apply to starts January 2015.  The application period will be 8/4/2014 through 9/4/2014.  For details, click on the "2-year" 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 the "Transition" application instructions on the right side of this screen.

Checking the status of your Nursing Application

Click the "Check your status" link on this web page to see what application items we have for you and what items you still need to complete.  We will not contact you during the application period unless we need to discuss a specific issue with you.  The status link 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 show up at the status link.

Acceptance Notifications

Notifications of whether an applicant is accepted into a nursing program occur:
Approximately the first part of April for LVN-RN Transition program
Approximately the middle of May for 2-year ADN program that starts the Fall semester
Approximately the middle of November for the 2-year ADN program that starts the Spring semester.

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

Steps to Prepare for Nursing Application

  • Catalog Information - Read and understand the information from the College Catalog at the application instructions links on this web page, which includes a list of courses in the nursing program and detailed information on eligibility and progression requirements. 
  • Take HESI-A2 Nursing Admission Exam - All nursing applicants must take the HESI-A2 test  - no exemptions.  Required minimum scores: 75 or higher on the Reading Comprehension section and 75 or higher on the Cumulative score, which is the average of these section scores:  Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and General Knowledge, Grammar, Anatomy and Physiology.  You must take the HESI-A2 on or before the nursing application deadline if you take the HESI-A2 at ACC; if you take it elsewhere, HESI-A2 scores are due in the ADN office by the nursing application deadline. Most accepted applicants have higher than the minimum scores.  HESI-A2 details are at the application instructions links on this web page.
  • Begin Academic Coursework - Although there are no pre-requisite courses for applying to the 2-year ADN program, it is to your advantage to strive to earn high grades in as many of the academic nursing curriculum courses as possible by the nursing application deadline.  Most applicants accepted to the 2-year ADN program have completed many of the academic nursing curriculum courses with GPAs of 3.5 or higher.  You may optionally take RNSG-1108  and/or RNSG-1215 before acceptance into the 2-year ADN program.  For more details, go to the 2-year application instructions link on this web page.  The Transition program does have prerequisite courses; for details go to the Transition application instructions link on this web page.
  • Complete the Hepatitis B immunization series - It is very important to start the Hepatitis-B series now.  Applicants must submit proof of either Hepatitis-B immunity or proof of at least the first two Hepatitis-B injections to the ADN department by the nursing application deadline. The Hepatitis-B series takes approximately 6 months to complete.  If accepted into the nursing program, by the first day of class you must have either proof of Hepatitis-B immunity or proof of completing the entire Hepatitis-B series.  This is the only immunization required to apply to nursing; other immunizations are required only if you are accepted into a nursing program.
  • Apply to ACC - You must be admitted to the College before applying to a nursing program.  Click here to start the College admission process 
  • TSI Requirements - TSI means “Texas Success Initiative” which is a Texas law to ensure all college students meet minimum educational standards in Math, Reading, and Writing.  By the ADN application deadline, you must ensure that at least one of your Texas college transcripts states you have met all TSI standards.  If all your college transcripts are from outside of Texas, call the ACC Enrollment Services Center 281-756-3531 to find out how to make your ACC transcript say TSI has been met.  Click here for more information on TSI.
  • Attend an ADN Applicant Meeting - Prepare for your nursing education by attending one of our optional information meetings. During application periods, there are ADN Applicant Meetings that all applicants must attend. Attending an information meeting does not substitute for attending an ADN Applicant Meeting. Click on "Info Meeting Schedule" on this web page for information meeting dates and times.  Applicant Meeting schedules are at the application instructions links on this web page
  • Apply on-line to ADN - Apply on-line to the ADN program during an application period by clicking the "APPLY TO ADN" link on this web page.  Application dates are under the link.
  • Criminal, psychiatric, or substance abuse history -Two clear background checks are required as a condition of full acceptance after an applicant's initial acceptance into the ADN program and before the student may enroll in ADN courses:  (1) an FBI background check conducted by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON); and (2) an additional background check required by clinical affiliates. For further information please go to the "Background Checks" page at the application instructions links on this web page.  Individuals with felonies (felony conviction, deferred adjudication felony, or pending felony) are not eligible for admission to Alvin Community College nursing programs.

Career Opportunities

Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Thousands of job openings also will result from the need to replace experienced nurses who leave the occupation, especially as the age of the registered nurse population continues to rise. Graduates from Alvin report that they typically start their careers earning over $50,000 per year.  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 $5,300 in-district or $6,600 out-of-district. This includes uniforms, tuition, fees, books, and supplies for the nursing (RNSG) courses*, graduation costs, and the National Council Licensure 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 at the application instructions links on this web page.

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-to-ADN 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 at the application instructions links on this web page.

For more information, contact the ADN department: nursing@alvincollege.edu or 281-756-5630.

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