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Associate Degree Nursing

Nursing is a passion and a profession!

Collin College’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program prepares students for a career as a professional registered nurse with state-of-the-art facilities and educators who have years of practical experience working in health care. Collin College has been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN) since 2011, one of only a handful of community colleges in the nation to earn that honor.

Nursing Program Courses are offered at the McKinney Campus located at 2200 W. University Drive, McKinney, TX 75071

Nursing In Action

All of the Nursing Programs at Collin College are approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)  and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Collin College is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Collin College Associate Degree Nursing program in 2017 is Continuing Accreditation. 

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Nursing is a demanding but rewarding career. Upon acceptance into the nursing program, you must make a commitment to hard work and study to be successful in the program. The following suggestions are strongly recommended:

  • Plan to limit full-time work to fewer hours so that you have time to study nursing.
  • Complete as many of the support courses as possible before starting the nursing courses.
  • Allow at least 15 hours per week to study and prepare for class and clinical

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) is a two-year degree offered by community colleges and hospital-based schools of nursing that prepares individuals for a defined technical scope of practice.  The Associate Degree Nursing program prepares students to be registered nurses (RNs).  Registered nurses with an ADN degree can work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare services, outpatient clinics, schools, and nursing care facilities. 



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The nursing student should anticipate other costs in addition to books, tuition and fees paid to the college for courses taken.  

A few general additional fees include: 

  • Uniforms and/or lab coat (as applicable to the specific program)
  • Collin College Nursing Student I.D.
  • CPR Certification
  • Skills packet or medical equipment (as applicable to the specific program)
  • Drug testing
  • State Board of Nursing fee (as applicable to the specific program)
  • FBI fingerprints and background check
  • Health insurance
  • Physical exams
  • Immunizations
  • Online instructional resources

This list is not necessarily all inclusive and nursing students should contact the Collin College Nursing Division office for the most current pricing information.  Special fees and charges may be added as necessary and as approved by the Board of Trustees of Collin College.

The ADN programs consist of 60 credit hours and prepare the student for licensure examination with the State of Texas Board of Nursing (BON). 

The ADN graduate will be able to:

  • Use clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the nursing program of study, evidence- based practice outcomes, and research studies as the basis for decision-making and comprehensive, safe patient care to improve quality of life.
  • Demonstrate skills in using patient care technologies and information systems that support safe nursing practice.
  • Promote safety and quality improvement as an advocate and manager of nursing care.
  • Coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with diverse patients/clients, families, and the interdisciplinary health care team to plan, deliver, and evaluate care.
  • Adhere to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of delegation, management, and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate behavior that reflects the values and ethics of the nursing profession.

Nursing Program Courses are offered at the McKinney Campus. 

Deadline to apply for the Fall 2022 semester is May 31st.  

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Due to the large number of applicants, the ADN program(s) are not able to accept any students that have been unsuccessful in another nursing program.  

Application Directions - Apply to Collin College and the Nursing Program. Once accepted by Collin College, request a transfer evaluation. Complete and print the application. You may add additional sheets to list all schools attended.

Mail your printed application along with unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended.  Applications must be postmarked no later than May 31, 2022 to be considered for Fall 2022.

Completed Applications may also be delivered to the Application Box located outside Room H320 in the Health Science Building.

Mailing address:

Collin College

Attn: ADN - RN Program

2200 W.  University Drive

McKinney, Texas 75071 

Remember, applicants need to include all unofficial transcripts available to submit with the Nursing application but send official transcripts to the College.

  • Satisfactory completion (grade of "C" or better) of the prerequisite courses required for admission: Biology 2401 (Anatomy and Physiology I), Biology 2402 (Anatomy and Physiology II), Biology 2420 (Microbiology). Please note biology courses are acceptable only if taken within five years of application deadline. Cumulative GPA on the three prerequisite courses must be 2.5 or above.  
  • Applicants can apply with two out of the three prerequisite courses completed, and the third prerequisite course must be listed on a transcript as being "in progress" to apply. If the "in progress" course is completed prior to the official application deadline date, an updated transcript must be turned in before the application deadline in order to be considered for admission.

**Immunization records are NOT to be submitted at the time of application.  Accepted students will be provided instructions on how to submit immunization records. Since some immunization are given over time, you are strongly encouraged to carefully review immunization requirements before applying. 

Upon acceptance into the ADN program, students are required to:

  • Purchase Liability Insurance (provided through the school, included in your tuition)
  • Purchase school-approved uniforms for clinical experiences.
  • Obtain current CPR certification (Healthcare Provider) must be from American Heart Association.
  • Have a Physical Form completed by your physician.
  • Complete all required immunizations.
  • Complete a TB (Tuberculosis) skin test and provide a copy of the results annually.
  • Agree to a criminal background check.
  • Complete drug screening at the student’s expense on a date specified by Dean of Nursing prior to the start of school.
  • Health Insurance documentation. All nursing students must provide documentation of having a health insurance policy.
  • Purchase required supplies, uniforms and textbook to include mandatory instructional resources from ATI 

For information purposes only.  Do not submit this form with your application:

ADN Selection Criteria

Here are the current Spring 2022 TEAS test dates for Collin College

February 8, 10, 15, 16 & 17

March 8, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23, 29, 30

April 5, 7, 11, 13, 19, 26, 27, 28

May 16, 18, 23

Applications to the Nursing program will be considered if the total composite score on the TEAS is a minimum of 56%.

The TEAS exam can be taken twice between the application deadline dates. The date of the submitted TEAS score must be within 1 year of the application deadline date.

To register for the TEAS, please go to or call 800-667-7531.

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In response to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a national survey of administrators of health care facilities, which employ nurses, validated a list of essential competencies a nurse must possess in order to function safely and effectively in a variety of clinical settings. Results indicate that relatively high numbers of activities were identified in each essential competency category by the health care agencies as being necessary for nursing practice.

These competencies include:

  • extended walking and standing daily
  • ability to grasp, push, and/or pull
  • ability to bend and stoop
  • moving quickly in response to an emergency
  • using upper body movements
  • ability to reach carrying and moving equipment
  • reaching and/or lifting

Other essential competencies identified for nursing care include:

  • vision that allows detecting physical changes
  • hearing that allows responding to physical and verbal cues
  • a sense of touch that allows for assessment and palpation

Adaptations most frequently reported as being used by nursing staff were hearing aids, adaptive phones, and calculators.

*The ADN Nursing Program at Collin College has also accepted these physical competencies as expectations for success in the program. Applicants will complete a Functional Abilities/Core Performance Standards Form upon conditional acceptance to the nursing program.

It is important to understand the licensing process in order to minimize potential problems nursing graduates might experience in obtaining a nursing license. Schools of nursing do not have the power to grant licensure for the Registered Nurse (RN). The nursing program has accreditation by the Texas Board of Nursing to provide education and training which qualifies the student to take a state licensing examination. The graduate of the program must make application to the Texas Board of Nursing to take the licensing examination.

An individual enrolled or planning to enroll in a basic nursing program who has reason to believe that he/she might be ineligible for licensure must petition the Board for a declaratory order to determine his/her eligibility. Factors affecting eligibility for licensure include:

  1. been convicted of a misdemeanor?
  2. been convicted of a felony?
  3. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
  4. received deferred adjudication?
  5. been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
  6. been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? court-ordered confinement?
  7. been granted pre-trial diversion?
  8. been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
  9. been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
  10. been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgment/punishment/action?
  1. Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?
  2. Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, canceled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a professional license, certificate or multi-state privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
  3. Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?
  4. Within the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder? Additional eligibility criteria may be present and the requirements may change. The interested applicant is urged to review the information published by the Texas Board of Nursing.


In partnership with Collin College, HCA offers the ADN program to eligible employees.


  • Must be employed at a Medical City Healthcare facility for a minimum of six months.  
  • Is in good standing with the facility - no disciplinary action/write-ups within previous six months. 
  • Submission to the site coordinator for our respective facilities, a recommendation letter from your manager or director on hospital letter head addressing your professional behavior, attendance, work ethic and attitude. 
  • Two-year employment commitment and completion of BSN degree (2nd step)


  • Application to Collin College
  • Completion of all primary prerequisites with a minimum GPA of 2.5:
    • A&P I (BIOL 2401)
    • A & P II (BIOL 2402)
    • Micro (BIOL 2420)
  • Completion of all secondary prerequisites with minimum grade of “C”:
    • ENGL 1301
    • PSYC 2314
    • PSYC 2301
    • Humanities course
  • Completion of ATI TEAS Exam with a minimum composite score of 56%
  • Submission of completed application material to Collin College Nursing Department

For more information regarding the program or to obtain a packet, contact Learning Institute Manager at