Nursing, Associate Degree (RN)

The Nursing program provides an integrated nursing curriculum that assists students in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to function as beginning practitioners of nursing.  The curriculum includes classroom, skills lab, and clinical courses.  Students must satisfactorily complete all the nursing courses in each semester concurrently in order to progress to the next semester of the program, and all semesters must be taken in sequence.

Upon completion of the program of study, the student will have earned an Associate Degree in Nursing.  Graduates of the program may then apply to the Board of Nursing to take the licensure exam to become a registered nurse.  The program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON)* and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).**To qualify to take the licensing exam, students must meet eligibility requirements stipulated by the Board of Nursing.  Applicants who have reason to believe they may be ineligible to take the licensing exam may petition the BON for a declaratory order.  This should be done prior to entering the nursing program, since these eligibility issues also prevent the student from enrolling in the clinical courses.  Information about eligibility is available in the RN Information Packet and on the website for the Texas Board of Nursing.

Detailed information about the program is provided in an information packet, available by sending an email request to nursing@grayson.edu. The applicant should request the RN Information Packet.  This packet will be sent to the applicant via email.  Completion of this information packet is required for all applicants to the program.

The following general information about the nursing program is current at the time of printing, but all information is subject to change without notice or obligation.

Core Performance Standards/Physical & Mental Capabilities

In order to accomplish the objectives of the program, students must be able to meet certain core performance standards.  These standards are listed in the RN Information Packet.

Admission Information

Admission to the nursing program is selective, with registration in nursing courses by permission only.  Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.  To be considered for acceptance into the program, applicants must submit all required application information by the deadlines posted in the RN Information Packet. Minimum admission requirements include the following:

  • Admission to Grayson College.
  • Completion of the RN Information Packet (available by emailing nursing@grayson.edu.
  • HESI Admission test score of 75 or higher on cumulative total of required sections.  (May be taken twice in a 12 month period from the first testing date; and there must be 5 years or less from time test was taken to the date of admission into the nursing program).
  • High School degree or GED.
  • College GPA (cumulative) minimum of 2.5.
  • Completion of the pre-requisite math course (MATH 1314 – College Algebra) or (MATH 1342 – Statistics).
  • Completion of Anatomy and Physiology courses I & II (8 college credit hours) with a grade of C or better within first three attempts (including withdrawals). Science courses must have been taken and completed within the past five years.
  • Completion of required immunizations. 

All documentation related to these admission requirements should be submitted to the Health Science Office by the posted deadline.  Applications will not be accepted until the student has passed the HESI Admission Test. Detailed information about the test is provided in the RN Information Packet.

Required Immunizations

All students must submit a copy of the following immunizations with a valid stamp or signature, signed statement from a physician, or lab report indicating serologic immunity. Please note that some of these immunizations take up to six months to complete.  Immunizations must be started in time to complete the series before the FIRST DAY OF CLASS.  If unable to complete the series before beginning of class, the applicant is not eligible for admission. 

  1. Tetanus / Diphtheria / Pertussis  (Tdap) - One dose of the Tetanus / diphtheria / pertussis (Tdap) immunization within the last 10 years.
  2. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)  (Immunization or blood test proving immunity) - If born after January 1, 1957, must have proof of two doses of the MMR vaccine administered on or after the 1st birthday and at least 30 days apart – or – proof of serologic immunity.
  3. Varicella (Chickenpox) (Immunization or blood test proving immunity) - Series of two Varicella vaccines at least 30 days apart – or – proof of serologic immunity.
  4. Hepatitis B (Immunization or blood test proving immunity) - Series of three Hepatitis B vaccines – or proof of serologic immunity
  5. Influenza Vaccine - Annual influenza immunization as recommended by the CDC in the fall of each year.

Due to compliance with clinical facility requirements and the Texas Department of Health recommendations, GC Health Science programs may not waiver immunization requirements for any reason.  If immunizations are not complete, application to the program must be delayed.

Copies of records from physician’s offices, public health department, public schools, other colleges and the military are acceptable.  Students should provide a copy of the records.  Please do not turn in the originals.

Selection and Acceptance Procedure (Point system)

  1. Applications are reviewed for required documentation (after submission deadlines) by the ADN Admissions Committee.  Only those with complete files will be considered for admission.
  2. Applicants with incomplete files will be kept for one additional admission period.
  3. Students with the highest points will be selected first. In the case where applicants having equal points must be chosen for limited space availability, the selection will be made by the Admissions committee and/or Program Director.
  4. Applicants will be notified via email regarding selection or non-selection within six weeks of final deadline date. Final acceptance is contingent upon completion of final acceptance requirements, listed below:
  5. Applicants with complete files will be evaluated for selection by a point system.  A grade of “C” or better must be obtained in all required courses.
    •  Required science courses (Microbiology, and Anatomy & Physiology I & II) earn points based on grade received. (Maximum = 18 points)
      • A = 6 points
      • B = 4 points 
      • C = 2 points
    • Required academic courses earn one (1) point for each course completed with a “C” or better (English Composition I, General Psychology,Language/Philosophy/Culture/Creative Arts Core, Algebra/Statistics, and Life Span Psychology). (Maximum = 5 points)
    • Evolve Admission Test (Maximum = 3 points)
      • 89.5 – 100 = 3 points
      • 79.5 – 89.4 = 2 points
      • 74.5 – 79.4 = 1 point
      • < 74.4 = ineligible for admission into the ADN program
    • Grayson College Service Area residency (Maximum = 2 points)
    • The total maximum number of points that can be earned is 28 points

Final Acceptance Requirements (Following notification of admission)

  1. Complete background checks required by the Board of Nursing within the time frame specified in the acceptance letter.  Failure to do so will result in loss of accepted status.
  2. Return form verifying intent to accept or decline admission.
  3. Complete mandatory orientation requirements.
  4. Pass a urine drug screen (as stipulated by the nursing program).
  5. Pass an additional background check (as stipulated by the nursing program).
  6. Obtain CPR certification.  (American Heart; Healthcare Provider level with a face to face demonstration check off).
  7. Submit proof of a current negative TB (tuberculosis) test or negative chest x-ray.
  8. Obtain annual influenza vaccination as recommended by the CDC in the fall of each year.
  9. Obtain a physical exam from a healthcare provider (form provided with acceptance packet).

Transfer of College Coursework

Students who desire admission via transfer to GC must adhere to the GC course transfer policies outlined in the GC Student Handbook. This includes submitting official copies of transcripts from each college or university previously attended to the Office of Admissions and Records and a copy of the transcripts to the ADN program. The Office of Admissions and Records will not send a copy to the ADN office. Prerequisite and co-requisite general education courses will be accepted for transfer and application toward the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing if the course is evaluated as equivalent to the required course at GC. Nursing courses are accepted for transfer only with prior approval of the ADN Program Director. Students wishing to transfer nursing courses should request an Information Packet at nursing@grayson.edu. Copies of course syllabi from all previous nursing courses must be submitted to the ADN Program Director to determine eligibility for transfer.  Applicants must also provide a letter from the previous nursing program director stating that the applicant is currently passing and in good standing.

 

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

Year

Grayson College Pass Rate

Texas Pass Rate

National Pass Rate

2016

86.15%

87.14%

84.3%

2015

86.44%

85.22%

84.18%

2014

78.79%

81.02%

81.74%

2013

90.08%

83.93%

84.29%

2012

91.13%

90.7%

90.22%

 

Grayson College 3 Year mean pass rate = 83.79%

Texas 3 year mean pass rate = 84.46%

Nation 3 year mean pass rate = 83.41%

 

 

Program Completion Rates

Admission Year

Students Admitted

Completion in 150% time

2012

124

89.52%

2013

142

86.62%

2014

156

82.69%

2015

146

Still in progress

 

 

Job Placement Rate Data from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Year

Placement Percentage

2010/2011

98.3%

2012/2013

97.5%

2013/2014

93.89%

2014/2015

Unavailable

2015/2016

Unavailable

2016/2017

Unavailable

 

Contact information regarding program approval and accreditation:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
33 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
http://www.acenursing.org

 

Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe Street #3-460
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 305-7400
http://www.bon.state.tx.us 

Application Information

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018 (for Fall 2018) and May 1, 2018 (for Spring 2019)

Packet: RN information packetTE information packet

 

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

Year Grayson College Pass Rate Texas Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2016 86.15% 87.14% 84.3%
2015 86.44% 85.22% 84.18%
2014 78.79% 81.02% 81.74%
2013 90.08% 83.93% 84.29%
2012 91.13% 90.7% 90.22%




Grayson College 3 year mean pass rate = 83.79%
Texas 3 year mean pass rate = 84.4%
National 3 year mean pass rate = 83.41%

 

Program Completion Rates

Admission Year Students Admitted Completion in 150% time
2012 124 89.52%
2013 142 86.62%
2014 156 82.69%
2015 146 Still in progress


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Job Placement Rate Data from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Year Placement Percentage
2010/2011 98.3%
2012/2013 97.5%
2013/2014 93.89%
2014/2015 Unavailable
2015/2016 Unavailable
2016/2017 Unavailable

Associate Degree Nursing


Subject

Semester Hours



PREREQUISITES

BIOL 2101 or 2301 and 2101 4

4


PREREQUISITES

BIOL 2404 or 2302 and 2102 4
MATH 1314 or 1342 3

7


First Semester

RNSG 1423 4
RNSG 1119 1
RNSG 1360 3
BIOL 2420 or 2320 and 2120 4
PSYC 2301 3

15


Second Semester

RNSG 2404 4
RNSG 1144 1
RNSG 1461 4
ENGL 1301 3

12


Third Semester (Summer I)

Lang/Phil/Culture/Creative Arts Core 3

3


Fourth Semester (Summer II)
PSYC 2314 3

3


Fifth Semester

RNSG 2414 4
RNSG 2462 4

8



Sixth Semester

RNSG 2435 4
RNSG 2463 4

8
Capstone Requirement: Successful completion of RNSG 2435 and 2463.

The Nursing program facilitates upward educational mobility for the licensed vocational/practical nurse by offering advanced placement into the nursing program through two transitional entry courses (RNSG 1413 and RNSG 1227).  These courses are offered as hybrid courses, combining online and classroom learning and must be taken and passed concurrently to progress to the Nursing 3 semester.  Students may only take the TE courses one time. If unsuccessful in one or both of the TE courses, eligible students may apply for admission to Nursing 1 or 2 in the generic program.

Upon successful completion of the two TE courses, students receive 11 semester credits for prior vocational nursing courses.  TE students then continue in the nursing program following the traditional ADN course schedule for the third and fourth semesters.  Grading and progression policies are the same for all students in the nursing program regardless of entry as a traditional or TE student.

Detailed information about the program is provided in a TE information packet, available by sending an email request to nursing@grayson.edu. The applicant should request the Transitional Entry Nursing Information Packet.  This packet will be sent to the applicant via email.  Completion of this information packet is required for all applicants to the program.

The following general information about the TE program is current at the time of printing, but all information is subject to change without notice or obligation.

Admission Information

Admission to the Nursing program is selective, with registration in TE nursing courses by permission only. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the program.  To be considered for acceptance into the program, applicants must submit all required application information by the deadlines posted in the Information Packet.  Minimum admission requirements include the following:

  • Admission to Grayson College.
  • Completion of the TE Information Packet (available by emailing nursing@grayson.edu).
  • HESI Admission test score of 75 or higher on cumulative total of required sections.  (May be taken twice in a 12 month period from the first testing date; and there must be 5 years or less from time test was taken to the date of admission into the nursing program).
  • High School degree or GED.
  • College GPA (cumulative) minimum of 2.5.
  • Satisfactory completion (grade of “C” or better) of the program prerequisites required for admission and required co-requisite courses, including: Anatomy and Physiology courses 1 & 2 and Microbiology within three attempts and within the past 10 years; General Psychology, Lifespan Growth and Development, English I, and Math (College Algebra or Statistics).
  • Completion of required immunizations. (See Immunization Requirements under the Associate Degree Nursing section). Some of these immunizations are taken as a series and may take up to 6 months to complete.
  • Submission of copy of current VN license
  • Transcript showing successful completion of a Vocational/Practical Nursing Program
  • Letter from current employer stating length and type of employment (one year of clinical experience as an LVN/LPN is preferred)
  • All documentation related to these admission requirements should be submitted to the Health Science Office by the posted deadline.  Applications will not be accepted until the student has passed the HESI Admission Test. Detailed information about the test is provided in the TE Nursing Program Information Packet.

Selection and Acceptance Procedure (Point system)

  • Applications are reviewed for required documentation (after submission deadlines) by the ADN Admissions Committee.  Only those with complete files will be considered for admission.
  • Applicants with incomplete files will be kept for one additional admission period.
  • Students with the highest points will be selected first. In the case where applicants having equal points must be chosen for limited space availability, the selection will be made by the Admissions committee and/or Program Director.
  • Applicants will be notified via email regarding selection or non-selection within six weeks of final deadline date. Final acceptance is contingent upon completion of final acceptance requirements, listed below:
  • Applicants with complete files will be evaluated for selection by a point system.  A grade of “C” or better must be obtained in all required courses.
    •  Required science courses (Microbiology, and Anatomy & Physiology I & II) earn points based on grade received. (Maximum = 18 points)
      • For 4 credit hour courses
        • A = 6 points
        • B = 4 points 
        • C = 2 points
      • For each separate theory/lab course
        • A = 3 points
        • B = 2 points
        • C = 1 point
    • Required academic courses earn one (1) point for each course completed with a “C” or better (English Composition I, General Psychology, Life Span Growth and Development, Algebra/Statistics and Language/Philosophy/Culture/Creative Core Course). (Maximum = 5 points)             
    • Hesi Admission Test (Maximum = 3 points)
      • 89.5 – 100 = 3 points
      • 79.5 – 89.4 = 2 points
      • 74.5 – 79.4 = 1 point
      • < 74.4 = ineligible for admission into the ADN program                     
    • Grayson College Service Area residency (Maximum = 2 points)
    • The total maximum number of points that can be earned is 28 points

Final Acceptance Requirements (Following notification of admission)

  • Complete background checks required by the Board of Nursing within the time frame specified in the acceptance letter.  Failure to do so will result in loss of accepted status.
  • Return form verifying intent to accept or decline admission.
  • Complete mandatory orientation requirements.
  • Pass a urine drug screen (as stipulated by the nursing program).
  • Pass an additional background check (as stipulated by the nursing program).
  • Obtain CPR certification.  (American Heart; Healthcare Provider level with a face to face demonstration check off).
  • Submit proof of a current negative TB (tuberculosis) test or negative chest x-ray.
  • Obtain annual influenza vaccination as recommended by the CDC in the fall of each year.
  • Obtain a physical exam from a healthcare provider (form provided with acceptance packet).

Contact information regarding program approval and accreditation:

Texas Board of Nursing, 333 Guadalupe Street #3-460, Austin, TX 78701, (512) 305-7400 http://www.bon.state.tx.us 
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 33 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000 http://www.acenursing.org

LVN to RN Transitional Entry Option


Subject

Semester Hours



PREREQUISITES

BIOL 2401 or 2301 and 2101 4
BIOL 2420 or 2320 and 2120 4
PSYC 2301 3

11


PREREQUISITES

BIOL 2402 or 2301 and 2102 4
PSYC 2314 3
ENGL 1301 3
MATH 1314 or 1342 3

13


Co-Requisites

Lang/Phil/Culture/Creative Arts Core 3

3


First Semester

RNSG 1227 2
RNSG 1413 4

6


Second Semester 

RNSG 2414 4
RNSG 2462 4

8


Third Semester 
RNSG 2435 4
RNSG 2463 4

8


Upon successful completion of the two TE courses, the TE student will receive 11 semester credits for courses equivalent to vocational nursing courses to make a total of 60 hours.

Capstone Requirement: Successful completion of RNSG 2435 and 2463.

Students earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree at Grayson College must complete fifteen semester hours of a general education core. Nursing has specific core requirements (see notations below). The core courses are distributed as follows:                                                                                                      

Mathematics/Life and Physical Sciences (3 hours)

MATH 1314 College Algebra*                                                    

MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences

MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I

MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods*          

MATH 2312 Pre-Calculus Math

BIOL 1306/1106 Biology for Science Majors  

BIOL 1307/1107 Biology for Science Majors II

BIOL 1308/1108 Biology for Non-Science Majors  

BIOL 1309/1109 Biology for Non-Science Majors II

BIOL 1414 Introduction to Biotechnology I

BIOL 2301/2101 Anatomy & Physiology I 

BIOL 2302/2102 Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOL 2404 Anatomy & Physiology (specialized, single-semester course, lecture + lab) 

BIOL 2320/2120 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors

BIOL 2321/2121 Microbiology for Science Majors

CHEM 1406 Introductory Chemistry I (lecture + lab, allied health emphasis)

CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry I

CHEM 1312/1112 General Chemistry II

GEOL 1301/1101 Earth Sciences for Non-Science Majors I

GEOL 1303/1103 Physical Geology

GEOL 1304/1104 Historical Geology

GEOL 1305/1105 Environmental Science

 

Social and Behavioral Science (3 hours)

CRIJ 1307 Crime in America

ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 2302 Principles of Macroeconomics

GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography

GOVT 2305 Federal Government

GOVT 2306 Texas Government 

HIST 1301 United States History I

HIST 1302 United States History II

PSYC 2301 General Psychology*

PSYC 2314 Lifespan, Growth & Development 

SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 1306 Social Problems

 

Language, Philosophy, Culture/Creative Arts (3 hours)

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation 

DRAM 1310 Stagecraft I

HUMA 1301 Introduction to the Humanities

HUMA 1302 Introduction to the Humanities II

MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation 

PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy

 

Component Area Option (6 hours) 

EDUC OR PSYC 1300 Learning Frameworks           

SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication

SPCH 1315 Public Speaking

SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication

ENGL 1301 Composition I*

ENGL 1302 Composition II

ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing

SPAN 1411 Beginning Spanish I

SPAN 1412 Beginning Spanish II

 

*Courses required for nursing majors.

**Any of the courses listed above in the previous Component Areas may be used for the hours toward the Component Area Option.

 

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Last updated: 08/31/2017