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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

NOTICE TO POTENTIAL STUDENTS – Effective January 1, 2022, all Collin College clinical affiliates now require the COVID 19 vaccine.  If you apply to our program, and you are not vaccinated, and do not plan on becoming vaccinated, we cannot guarantee program completion.  You may also be requested to provide a positive titer of your immunization showing it is still effective.  Please understand this is not a policy of Collin College. This is a requirement of our clinical affiliates.  

 

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. 

Click on the links below for information.

 PUBLIC NOTICE OF UPCOMING ACCREDITATION REVIEW BY THE ACCREDITATION COMMISSION FOR EDUCATION IN NURSING

Please click here for the Public Notice of the upcoming accreditation review by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

A Zoom link for the virtual visit will be posted here on September 12th. 

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. 

U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

 

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Click HERE for Tuition and Fees. 

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.

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program is offered at the McKinney Campus.   

The ADN Program is a two-year program that accepts new students in both the Spring and Fall Semesters.  

The next application deadline is August 31, 2022, for Spring 2023.   To be considered for Spring 2023, applications must be mailed or hand-delivered on or before August 31, 2022.  

PLEASE NOTE:  At this time, the ADN Program is unable to accept students who have been unsuccessful in other nursing programs.  

Nursing Students requesting to transfer and are in good standing with their current Nursing Program will only be considered if they meet the application requirements and fully understand they must start in the First Level of the ADN Program.  

Application to Collin College:

1.    The applicant must apply and be accepted as a student at Collin College.

2.    Applicants must receive a CWID Student Number and a Collin College email.  

3.    Official transcripts from all schools attended must be submitted to Collin College Admissions and a transcript evaluation completed before applying to the ADN Program.

Application to the ADN Program

1.    Complete the steps listed above.  

2.    TEAS:  

a.    Applicants need to register and schedule the TEAS exam through ATI.  Contact ATI through their website www.ATITesting.com.   

b.    The TEAS is offered as an online, proctored exam.  It is not currently available on campus.  

c.     The TEAS can be taken 2 times in-between application deadline dates.  A TEAS score is accepted if it is within one year of the application deadline date.  For Spring 2023, one year is from September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022.  

d.    A TEAS score must be on file with ATI and available to Collin College on or before the application deadline date.  If the TEAS exam is taken at a testing site or at another school, it is your responsibility to contact ATI and authorize the release of your TEAS score to Collin College.   

e.    The application will be considered with a minimum total composite score of 56%.  Both the Reading and Science components must score above 50%. 

3.  Prerequisites:  

a.    There are 3 prerequisites.  Biology 2401 (Anatomy and Physiology I), Biology 2402 (Anatomy and Physiology II), Biology 2420 (Microbiology).   

b.    Must have a satisfactory completion (grade of "C" or better) of the prerequisite courses.  

c.     Biology courses are accepted only if taken within five years of the application deadline date. 

d.    Cumulative GPA on the three prerequisite courses must be 2.5 or above.  

e.    Applicants can apply with two out of the three prerequisite courses complete, the third prerequisite course must be listed on the unofficial transcript as being "in progress".  The course must be complete with a grade before the semester begins.  If the "in progress" course is completed prior to the official application deadline date, an updated transcript must be turned in immediately.    

4    Complete the application by typing or printing legibly.  Print, sign and attach copies of unofficial transcripts from all schools attended (including Collin College) and a copy of the TEAS transcript to the application.

5.   Place the application and supporting documents into an 8”x10” or 9”x12” envelope.  Do not fold the application.  If you are hand delivering your application, take ELEVATOR 2 to the third floor and deposit the envelope into the gray box in front of Elevator 2.    

6.   Mail or Hand Deliver on or before August 31, 2022:

Collin College – Central Park Campus
Cary A. Israel Health Science Center
3rd Floor
2200 West University Drive
McKinney, TX  75071
 
CLICK HERE FOR THE ADN APPLICATION

 7.   COVID-19

Although Collin College does not require this for academic courses, our clinical sites do require that student nurses be fully vaccinated. Without being fully COVID vaccinated, students would not be able to meet the clinical objectives required by the Texas Board of Nursing for successful completion of the ADN Program.  

8.   Immunizations

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 (See Immunization Checklist for Clinical).

 

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

a.    Purchase Liability Insurance (provided through the school, included in your tuition)

b.    Purchase school-approved uniforms for clinical experiences.

c.     Obtain CPR certification -  Basic Life Support (BLS) must be from American Heart Association.

d.    Have a Physical Form completed by your physician.

e.    Complete all required immunizations.

f.      Complete a TB (Tuberculosis) skin test and provide a copy of the results annually.

g.    Agree to a criminal background check.

h.    Complete drug screening at the student’s expense on a date specified by the Director of Nursing prior to the start of school.

i.      Health Insurance documentation. All nursing students must provide documentation of having a health insurance policy.

j.      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

TEAS:  

a.    Applicants need to register and schedule the TEAS exam through ATI.  Contact ATI through their website www.ATITesting.com.   

b.    The TEAS is offered as an online, proctored exam.  It is not currently available on campus.  

c.     The TEAS can be taken 2 times in-between application deadline dates.  A TEAS score is accepted if it is within one year of the application deadline date.  For Spring 2023, one year is from September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022.  

d.    A TEAS score must be on file with ATI and available to Collin College on or before the application deadline date.  If the TEAS exam is taken at a testing site or at another school, it is your responsibility to contact ATI and authorize the release of your TEAS score to Collin College.   

e.    The application will be considered with a minimum total composite score of 56%.  Both the Reading and Science components must score above 50%.

As of June 3, 2022, ATI has released a new version of the TEAS.  Collin College Nursing will continue to utilize the previous TEAS Version 6 results through the Spring 2023 application cycle.   Applicants applying for the Fall 2023 semester with an application deadline date of May 31, 2023, will be required to take the updated TEAS Version 7.    

Here are the current TEAS test dates for Collin College:

July 26, 27

August 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31

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

Click HERE for detailed AAS Degree Plan

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.

TEXAS 2-STEP NURSING PATHWAY PROGRAM

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

Medical City Healthcare ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES:

  • 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)

 ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES:

  • 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 Gary.huey@medicalcityhealth.com

Immunization Checklist for Clinical

NOTICE TO POTENTIAL STUDENTS – Effective January 1, 2022, all Collin College clinical affiliates now require the COVID 19 vaccine.  If you apply to our program, and you are not vaccinated, and do not plan on becoming vaccinated, we cannot guarantee program completion.  You may also be requested to provide a positive titer of your immunization showing it is still effective.  Please understand this is not a policy of Collin College. This is a requirement of our clinical affiliates.  

 

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes (EPSLO):

EPSLO #1: 

The students will demonstrate the knowledge to serve as a member of the profession. 

EPSLO #2: 

The students will demonstrate the ability to serve as a member of the profession. 

EPSLO #3: 

The students will demonstrate the knowledge to serve as a provider of patient-centered care. 

EPSLO #4: 

The students will demonstrate the ability to serve as a provider of patient-centered care using clinical judgment. 

EPSLO #5: 

The students will demonstrate the knowledge to serve as a patient safety advocate by reducing patient risks of harm, including safe medication administration. 

EPSLO #6: 

The students will demonstrate the ability to serve as a patient safety advocate by reducing patient risks of harm, including safe medication administration. 

EPSLO #7: 

The students will demonstrate the knowledge to serve as a member of the health care team through teamwork and collaboration. 

EPSLO #8: 

The students will demonstrate the ability to serve as a member of the health care team through communication.

 

 

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