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WHY STUDY REGISTERED NURSING AT NC?

Thank you for your interest in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Navarro College.  We are committed to promoting the best possible educational experience for our students.  Navarro College nursing faculty have evidence-based practices, attend annual nursing education training, and comply with nationally recognized professional and ethical standards.  We are proud of our high student and customer satisfaction scores.  The Navarro College ADN program is known for

High Pass Rates of Graduates on the NCLEX-RN Licensure Examination

Experienced and Credentialed Faculty

Preparation of Students for Higher Nursing Education

High Retention Rates of Students

The Traditional Associate Degree Nursing program is a two-year curriculum which leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree.  The curriculum includes classroom learning activities, campus skills labs, faculty-directed low tech clinical simulation experiences, and clinical agency learning experiences.  Graduates who meet eligibility requirements as mandated by the Texas Board of Nursing and who successfully complete the NCLEX-RN licensure examination are eligible to begin practice as registered nurses.

 

The Associate Degree Bridge Program is a two-year mobility curriculum with summer bridge or transition courses that allow LVNs (Licensed Vocational Nurses) to “bridge” the gap between Vocational Nursing Education and the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The Bridge program is one year of prerequisite courses, then one year taking nursing (RNSG) courses. Bridge applicants must have a current LVN license and 9-months of work experience in an acute or patient care setting.  (The setting does not have to be a hospital.)  The curriculum includes classroom learning activities, campus skills labs, faculty-directed low tech clinical simulation experiences, and clinical agency learning experiences.  LVN Bridge graduates who meet ADN eligibility requirements as mandated by the Texas Board of Nursing and who successfully complete the NCLEX-RN licensure examination are eligible to begin practice as registered nurses.

 

Traditional ADN applicants must meet all general program admission requirements including attendance at a program Information Session.  Applications are due February 1st every year.  Traditional applications have four (4) pre-requisite courses:

Four (4) Pre-Requisite courses include:

  • BIOL 2401 – Anatomy & Physiology I (A&P I)
  • BIOL 2402 – Anatomy & Physiology II (A&P II)
  • BIOL 2420 – Microbiology
  • HPRS 1101 – Introduction to Health Professions

All pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to admission to the program. Applications sent without the required pre-requisite courses must include a plan for completion of each such course. Any of the other Non-RNSG degree plan courses on the degree plan can be taken prior to entering the program or after admission.

 

ADN Degree Plans will be initiated upon admission to the ADN Program and will be changed if the student drops from the program. New students will be registered for the appropriate RNSG classes by ADN faculty. New students should register themselves for other required classes and, of course, select the schedule the student prefers. A calendar that details the RNSG course lecture, lab, and clinical schedules will be available to students a month or more before the semester starts.

Notice to Students Regarding Licensing

Effective September 1st 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify you a potential or enrolled student that a criminal history may make you ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion.

 

The following website provides links to information about the licensing process and requirements http://www.bne.state.tx.us/licensure_eligibility.asp

 

Should you wish to request a review of the impact of criminal history on your potential ADN License prior to or during your quest for a degree, you can visit this link and request a “Criminal History Evaluation.”  http://www.bne.state.tx.us/enlcnotice.asp

 

This information is being provided to all persons who apply or enroll in the program with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense.

 

Additionally, HB 1508 authorizes licensing agencies to require reimbursements when a student fails to receive the required notice.

Program Approval and Accreditation

The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Navarro College is accredited by The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).

 

Initial national accreditation was in 1996. The program has maintained national accreditation since that date. The last ACEN site visit was a scheduled 8th year visit in the spring of 2017. The program’s current status is pending affirmation by the ACEN Board of Directors of the site visit recommendation: “continued accreditation with a follow-up report due in 18 months for:

 

  1. Noncompliance with Standard 6: Criterion 6.1 has not been met
  2. And the following areas that need development:
    Standard 3: Criterions 3.2 and 3.6 need development
    Standard 4: Criterion 4.3 needs development

 

ACEN Contact information:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA  30326
Phone: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020
Email: info@acenursing.org
Web: www.acenursing.org

 


 

Texas Board of Nursing initial approval was when the first class graduated in 1984.  BON approval has been maintained since that date. The last BON approval letter covered the period from May 2016 to May 2018. This certificate is posted in the Program Director’s office.

Contact information:
The Texas Board of Nursing 
PO Box 430
Austin, TX  78767-0430
Telephone: 512.305.6818
www.bon.state.tx.us

Program Peer Review Committee

Navarro College has a Peer Review Committee as required by the Texas Board of Nursing. This committee reviews and maintains the Peer Review Policy in addition to reviewing complaints against RNs and LVNs that work for Navarro College.

 

Any person who has reason to believe that an RN or LVN who works for Navarro College is not competent or has engaged in malpractice should report that licensed nurse to this Peer Review Committee. They may call:

 

  • Patricia Lucas, Chair of the Peer Review Committee at 903.875.7558
  • Debbie Carter, LVN Program Director at 903.875.7549
  • Betty Shumate, ADN Program Director at 903.875.7588

Program Outcomes

Graduate NCLEX-RN Pass Rate History

The program has a long history of having a high pass rate for first-time NCLEX-RN candidates. Published data from the BON lists annual pass rates. Pass rate outcomes for Navarro College ADN graduates for the past 10 years are:

201820172016201520142013201220112010200920082007
92%91%84%84%95%94%91%95%94.59%96.77%

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates Compared to National Pass Rates

The ADN goals is for our 3-year average to be greater to the National NCLEX-RN 3-year rate

 

PROGRAM RATENATIONAL AVERAGETRADITIONAL PASS RATEBRIDGE PASS RATE
201381%81.43%81.8%91.3%
201484%79.26%83%85%
201591%82%94.8%83.7%
201692%81.38%92.1%90.6%

Program Completion Rates

Greater than 60% is the NC ADN goal for traditional and greater than 80% for LVN Bridge. Traditional retention rates are not final until one year later.

 

YEARPERCENT OF TRADITIONAL STUDENTSPERCENT OF BRIDGE STUDENTS
201473.5%76%
201568%86%
201665.3%87.5%
2017*64.3%92.8%
*not final until Fall 2018

Graduate & Employer Satisfaction

Goal is greater than 3.5 on a 5.0 scale. Data is from email surveys to major employers in the area and health care agency Advisory Committee members.

 

YEARGRADUATEEMPLOYERS
20132.804.0
20143.254.5
20154.244
20163.91Pending

Graduate Employment Rates

Data is collected 6-12 months after graduation and only for graduates seeking employment – not graduates delaying employment for reasons such as enrollment in BSN program, health issues, or a new baby. The ADN goal is greater than 99% employment. Data is based upon faculty phone calls and emails plus email returns of surveys sent to major employers in the area.

 

YEAR6 MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION12 MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION
201390%99%
201484%99%
201598%100%

Information Session Schedule

All sessions are open to both LVN-to-RN Bridge students and Traditional ADN students.

 

Corsicana Campus
Bain Center, Room 400
DateTime
September 8, 20173:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
September 18, 20175:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Waxahachie Campus
Building C, Room 144
DateTime
October 27, 20171:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
November 6, 201712:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
November 17, 20174:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Mexia Campus
South Campus, Room 116
DateTime
October 10, 20173:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
December 1, 201712:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

A reservation is not required to attend an Information Session. However, attendees must arrive on time as information will not be repeated. Sign-in sheets will not be available once the session has begun. Questions will be answered immediately after the program.

 

The Bridge orientation for new admissions will be Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

The orientation date for new admission Traditional students will be Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

 

Applicants do not have to have all courses completed to apply to the ADN program but must have the pre-requisite courses completed the semester before admission.

 

Written application instructions and the application forms will be part of the Guide to Admission packet – available at information sessions and on the ADN website.

 

NOTE: Information Sessions for the Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program are separate meetings and posted on the Navarro College LVN webpage. You must attend both LVN and ADN sessions to be eligible to send in applications to both programs.

Application Deadlines

NEXT PROGRAM ADMISSION STARTAPPLICATION DEADLINE
Traditional ADNAugust 2018February 1, 2018
LVN BridgeJune 2018December 1, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I take the TEAS entrance test?

Call the Navarro College Testing Center at 903.875.7457 or 972.923.6429

 

May I apply before taking all the pre-requisities?

Yes. Just have a plan for completion of pre-requisities prior to the admission date.

 

How many points do I need to be admitted to the ADN program?

  • Admission is contingent upon three things: passing all sections of the TEAS exam, a 3.0 GPA, and the TEAS reading comprehension score.
  • Applicants with a 3.0 GPA are ranked by the TEAS Reading Comprehension scores and those applicants with the highest scores are offered admission. (If there are not enough qualified applicants with a GPA of 3.0, then applicants with a GAP of 2.9, then 2.8 will be ranked).
  • Ties among 2 or more applicant scores will be broken by selecting the student(s) who live in Navarro County first. If that does not break the tie, then the student who has the highest score on the TEAS math will be selected. Finally, if there is still a tie, faculty will use grades on prerequisite science courses (A&P I, A&P II, and Microbiology). The last step will be to admit all with tying scores or admit none of those with tying scores.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Registered Nurses (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Course Descriptions

RNSG 1201 Pharmacology

Introduction to the science of pharmacology with emphasis on the actions, interactions, adverse effects, and nursing implications of each drug classification. Topics include the roles and responsibilities as well as the skills of the nurse in safe administration of medications within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420, HPRS 1101. Co-requisites: RNSG 1413, RNSG 1261. 

 

RNSG 1261 Clinical – Nursing Foundations

Clinical experience involving direct patient/client nursing care in selected long-term care and acute care clinical facilities. The student will be expected to apply foundations of nursing practice theory concepts and skills as well as demonstrate
legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate communication. Prerequisites: BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420, HPRS 1101. Co-requisites: RNSG 1413, RNSG 1201. 

 

RNSG 1262 Clinical – Nursing Practice I for Articulating Students

Clinical experience involving direct patient/client care in selected clinical facilities. The student will be expected to begin the application of the concepts and skills of the associate degree nurse with adult as well as begin to demonstrate professional registered nurse-level legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate communication. Twenty-four (24) hours of general education courses specified on degree plan: (BIOL2401, BIOL2402, BIOL2420, PSYC2301, PSYC2314, ENGL1301, SPCH13ll or 1315). Co-requisite: RNSG 1417. 

 

RNSG 1263 Clinical – Nursing Practice II for Articulating Students

Observations, virtual technology, and faculty directed simulation clinical experiences in nursing care of the childbearing family during the perinatal periods and children from birth to adolescence. The articulating LVN student will expand the application of concepts and skills of the associate degree registered nurse and demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate communication.Prerequisites: RNSG 1417, RNSG 1262. Co-requisite: RNSG 1442. 

 

RNSG 1361 Clinical – Nursing Care of Clients with Common Health Care Needs

Clinical experience involving the provision of nursing care to diverse clients/families experiencing common health care needs. The student will be expected to apply related theory, concepts, and skills as well as demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate communication. Prerequisites: RNSG 1413, RNSG 1261, RNSG 1201. Co-requisite: RNSG 2504. 

 

RNSG 1413 Foundations of Nursing Practice

Introduction to the role of the associate degree nurse as a provider of care, coordinator of care, and member of a profession. Topics include fundamentals of nursing, and nursing knowledge, judgment, skills and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420, HPRS 1101. Co-requisites: RNSG 1261, RNSG 1201. 

 

RNSG 1417 Concepts of Nursing Practice I for Articulating Students

Provides the articulating LVN student the opportunity to examine the role of the professional nurse; , a systematic problem solving process, and critical thinking skills. The focus is on the adult population; and competency in knowledge, judgment, skill, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: 24 hours of general education courses specified on degree plan: (BIOL2401, BIOL2402, BIOL2420, PSYC2301, PSYC2314, ENGL1301, SPCH13ll or 1315). Co-requisite: RNSG 1262. 

 

RNSG 1442 Concepts of Nursing Practice II for Articulating Students

Provides the articulating LVN student the opportunity to examine the role of the professional nurse; a systematic problem solving process, and critical thinking skills. Focuses on the utilization of leadership and management skills in the provision of care to the childbearing family during the perinatal periods and children from birth to adolescence. Includes knowledge, judgment, skills and professional values within a legal/ethical framework.Prerequisites: RNSG 1417, RNSG 1262. Co-requisite: RNSG 1263.

 

RNSG 2161 Clinical – Mental Health Nursing

Clinical experience involving patient/client nursing care in selected mental health clinical facilities. The student will be expected to apply mental health concepts and skills as well as demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate communication. Prerequisites: RNSG 2504 and RNSG 1361 or RNSG 1442 and RNSG 1263.

 

RNSG 2201 Care of Children and Families

Study of concepts related to the provision of nursing care for children and families. Content includes applicable competencies in knowledge, judgment, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: RNSG 2504, RNSG 1361. Co-requisite: RNSG 2261.

 

RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing

Study of the principles and concepts of mental health, psychopathology, and treatment modalities related to mental health nursing care of clients and their families. Emphasis on therapeutic communication, critical thinking skills, and a systematic problem-solving process as a framework for providing care to clients and families experiencing mental health problems as well as the role of the associate degree nurse in caring for clients and families experiencing mental health problems. Prerequisites: RNSG 2504 and RNG 1361 or RNSG 1442 and RNSG 1263.

 

RNSG 2261 Clinical – Nursing Care of Children and Families

Clinical experience involving the provision of nursing care to children and families in selected clinical facilities. The student will be expected to apply nursing of children and families theory, concepts, and skills as well as demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate communication. Prerequisites: RNSG 2504, RNSG1361. Co-requisite: RNSG 2201.

 

RNSG 2262 Clinical – Integrated Client Management

Clinical experience involving direct patient/client care in selected clinical facilities. The student will be expected to apply management/leadership skills of the associate degree nurse as well as demonstrate critical thinking skills, legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate communication. Prerequisites: RNSG 2514, RNSG 2461. Co-requisite: RNSG 2435.

 

RNSG 2435 Integrated Client Care Management

Application of independent nursing interventions to care for diverse patients and families throughout the life span whose health care needs may be difficult to predict. Emphasis on collaborative clinical reasoning, nursing leadership skills, and patient management. Content includes the significance of professional development, trends in nursing and health care, and applicable knowledge, judgment, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: RNSG 2514, RNSG 2461. Co-requisite: RNSG 2262.

 

RNSG 2461 Clinical – Nursing Care of Clients with Complex Health Care Needs

Clinical experience involving the provision of nursing care to patients/clients with complex health care needs in selected clinical facilities. The student will be expected to apply related theory, concepts, and skills as well as demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate communication. Prerequisites: RNSG 2504/1361 or RNSG 1442/1263. Co-requisite: RNSG 2514.

 

RNSG 2504 Integrated Care of the Patient with Common Health Care Needs

Application of a systematic problem-solving process and critical thinking skills to provide nursing care to diverse patients and families across the life span with common health care needs. Emphasis on secondary disease prevention and collaboration with members of the interdisciplinary health care team. Content includes applicable competencies in knowledge, judgment, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: RNSG 1413, RNSG 1261, RNSG 1201. Co-requisite: RNSG 1361.

 

RNSG 2514 Care of the Client with Complex Health Care Needs

Application of a systematic problem-solving process, critical thinking skills and concepts to provide comprehensive nursing care to diverse patients and families across the life span with complex health care needs. Emphasis on tertiary disease prevention, health maintenance/restoration and collaboration with members of the interdisciplinary health care team. Content includes the roles of the professional nurse and applicable competencies in knowledge, judgment, skills, and professional values within a legal/ethical framework. Prerequisites: RNSG 2504/1361 or RNSG 1442/1263. Co-requisite: RNSG 2461.

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Complete your degree and begin your career or transfer to a 4-year college to continue your studies.

 

Have transfer credits from another college or university? Send your official transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions & Records at 3200 W. 7th Avenue, Corsicana, TX 75110

ACCREDITATION
Navarro College is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees; approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and is a member of the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the American Association of Community Colleges. The Associates Degree Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

Office of Executive Dean, Corsicana Campus | 903.875.7594

Dean’s Office, Corsicana Campus | 903.875.7496

OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.