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Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

The Alvin Community College (ACC) 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, graduates are qualified to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). ACC ADN graduates consistently perform above state and national averages on the NCLEX-RN exam. As reported by the BON, ACC ADN pass rates for first-time testers are: Year 2016 - 95%, Year 2015 - 93%, Year 2014 – 92%, Year 2013 – 92%, Year 2012 – 100%. Click here to compare ACC ADN pass rates with other Texas nursing schools.

Pathways to the ADN Degree:

  • 2-YEAR ADN PROGRAM: This is the traditional pathway to earn an ADN degree, which is designed for the student to complete in two years. A new class of approximately 40 students begins each Fall and Spring semester. 
  • 1-YEAR LVN-RN TRANSITION PROGRAM: This program provides an abbreviated pathway to allow nurses who are already LVNs to earn the ADN degree. A new class of 10-20 students starts each June.

Applicants meeting minimum admission requirements for each program 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 ACC ADN program receives commendations from the Texas Board of Nursing for our graduates’ excellent pass rates on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.
  • The ACC ADN program is accredited by the ACEN, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 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 facilities 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 or more.

Application Periods

  • The next 2-YEAR ADN PROGRAM that you can apply to starts August 2017. Click here for application instructions. The application period will be during Spring, 2017 (exact dates and deadline to be announced later).
  • The next LVN-RN TRANSITION PROGRAM that you can apply to starts June 2017.  Click here for application instructions. The application period will be 1/30/2017 through 2/28/2017.

Checking Your Nursing Application Status

After submitting your application, you may click here to see what application items we have for you and what items you still need to complete. We will not contact you unless we need to discuss a specific issue with you. The status screen is your way to make sure you have completed all your application steps by the deadline. Please allow 5 business days after you submit your application for items to be checked off on your status screen.  Also allow 5 business days for items you have completed to be checked off on your status screen.

Acceptance Notifications

Applicants are notified whether they are accepted into a nursing program approximately 6 weeks after the application deadline. 

Notifications are sent via email, so please keep your email address current with the Nursing office. Make sure your email filters direct emails from Alvin Community College to your inbox and not to your spam or junk folder. Email is the official means of communication between ACC and students.

Career Opportunities

Employment of Registered Nurses is expected to grow faster than average compared to other occupations. Numerous job openings will result from the need to replace experienced nurses who leave or retire, especially as the average age of the registered nurse population continues to rise. ACC ADN graduates report that they typically start their careers earning $50,000 per year or more. For examples of job listings, select the "After College" link on the right side of this page.

Program Investment

The two-year degree program costs approximately $6,200 if you live in-district, or $7,800 if you live out-of-district. Approximate cost for the one-year transition program is $6,000 in-district or $7,400 out-of-district. This includes uniforms, tuition, fees, books, and supplies for the nursing (RNSG) courses*, graduation costs, licensure application fee, and the NCLEX-RN exam. Cost breakdown by semester is in the application instructions.

Financial assistance is available to those who qualify; for more information, 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.

Options

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Nursing..........................................................................60 credit hours
Nursing Transition (LVN to RN).....................................60 credit hours

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-RN Transition program. Click here for meeting dates and times (no reservation required).

Answers to frequently asked questions are in the application instructions.

You may also contact the ADN department: nursing@alvincollege.edu or 281-756-5630.

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