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Each Howard College Registered Nurse (RN) Program has a different application process and general requirements.  Please be sure to communicate with the location which best fits your needs.

Big Spring

NEW - Application Deadline: April 1 - Nursing Packet Now Available

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The Registered Nursing (RN) program is a two year Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program that offers college credit. The second year of the program, is online for the lecture portion of the class. Students are prepared for upward mobility in a nursing career. The program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The program is also approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  Upon completion, students will make application to take the State Board Examination to become a Registered Nurse. Many of our ADN students take advantage of our articulation agreements with Texas Universities to go on and earn their BSN degree.


 

How to Apply

How to Apply

In order to properly process application material,
it is extremely important that all documentation be mailed to:
Howard College
Attention: Nursing
1001 Birdwell Lane
Big Spring, TX 79720
   
Please read all information carefully.  An incomplete application packet will not be accepted for consideration to the program.
Step 1:  Apply to Howard College - Apply to Howard College.  Submit verification of acceptance in the Application packet.
Step 2:  Nursing Application - Complete and submit the Nursing Application and completed required documents by April 1
Step 3:  TEAS Exam -  Take TEAS exam.  You will schedule this at http://www.atitesting.com.  If taken at the Howard College Testing center, results will be submitted to the college automatically.  If taken elsewhere, you will be responsible for getting your results to the Nursing office.
Step 4:  Required Documents - The following items are required for a complete admission folder:
  • Nursing Application
  • Hepatitis B proof
  • Varicella (chickenpox) proof
  • Official College Transcripts (from other colleges)
  • TEAS Results
  • Proof of Certified Nurse's Aide (see packet for info)
Note:  Due to the heavy academic and clinical time requirements of the Nursing courses, it is recommended that support courses be completed before entry into this program.  Scheduling problems may arise and could delay a student's graduation.  Students using financial aid may choose to delay one or two of the support courses to use during semesters with less than 12 Nursing course hours.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Nursing has been an integral part of Howard College’s history for fifty years. The LVN program at the college began in 1958.  The Associate Degree program began in January of 1976.  The Big Spring Campus hosts a LVN, RN, and Transition program.  The LVN program has a branch at the San Angelo campus as well. Since June 2003, the didactic portion of the second year of the RN program has taken place in the online learning environment.

Clinical rotations for all programs are excellent and varied. We are fortunate to have Affiliation Agreements with many hospitals and clinics in Big Spring, San Angelo, and the surrounding areas.

“Unless we are making progress in our nursing every year, every month, every week, take my word for it we are going back."
~Florence Nightingale, 1914

Philosophy

Philosophy

We, the faculty, believe nursing is a practice discipline with a unique body of knowledge based on principles and concepts derived from the sciences and humanities.  The goal of nursing as a caring profession is to assist individuals, families, and communities in health promotion, maintenance and restoration throughout the life process.

Student Achievement Data

Student Achievement Data

First Time Pass Rate on National Council Licensure Exam for Nurses (NCLEX)

Performance on Licensure Examination
Expected Level of Achievement (ELA):
          80% of graduates will achieve “pass” on the initial attempt of the NCLEX.
Year National Average HC-Big Spring ADN
2016 84.57% 95.6%
2015 84.53% 100%
2014 81.78% 95.6%
2013 83.04% 100%
2012 90.34% 94.7%
TX BON Website for all RN School NCLEX pass rates: http://www.bon.state.tx.us/education_school_resultsRN.asp.
 

Students Completing the Program

HC Big Spring ADN Program Completion
Expected Level of Achievement (ELA):
          65% of all (Generic and/or Transition) ADN students entering the Howard College program will graduate within the
          150% or Program Length.
ELA Year Enrolled Program Completion Rate
Same as Above 2016 Pending
Same as Above 2015 66.6%
Same as Above 2014 65.7%
Same as Above 2013 73.4%
Same as Above 2012 73.6%
Same as Above 2011 58%

Graduates Obtaining Jobs

Job Placement Rates
Expected Level of Achievement (ELA):
          At least 90% of all students will be employed in nursing or attending a secondary intuition working towards
          a bachelor’s degree or higher.
ELA Year Job Placement Rate
Same as Above 2016 100%
Same as Above 2015 100%
Same as Above 2014 100%
Same as Above 2013 100%
Same as Above 2012 91.6%
Note:  This data excludes students who could not be reached.

San Angelo

NEW - Application Deadline: June 1 - Nursing Packet Now Available

Resources

The Registered Nursing (RN) program is a two year Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program that offers college credit. The second year of the program, is online for the lecture portion of the class. Students are prepared for upward mobility in a nursing career. The program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Upon completion, students will make application to take the State Board Examination to become a Registered Nurse. Many of our ADN students take advantage of articulation agreements with Universities to go on and earn their BSN degree.


 

How to Apply

How to Apply

In order to properly process application material,
it is extremely important that all documentation be submitted to:
Health Professions Assistant
3501 N. US Highway 67
San Angelo, TX 76905
   
Please read all information carefully.  An incomplete application packet will not be accepted for consideration to the program.
Step 1:  Attend a Health Professions Orientation - See the schedule online or contact the HCSA Health Professions Division at (325) 481-8371, ext. 3435.
Step 2:  Apply to Howard College - Apply to Howard College.
Step 3:  Become TSI Complete and Complete Prerequisites with a 'C' or better.
Step 4:  Take the TEAS Exam
Step 5:  Submit Required Documents by June 1 Deadline - The following items are required for a complete admission folder:
  • Immunizations
  • Background Clearance
  • Active CNA License
  • Application
  • TEAS Results
Note:  Due to the heavy academic and clinical time requirements of the Nursing courses, it is recommended that support courses be completed before entry into this program.  Scheduling problems may arise and could delay a student's graduation.  Students using financial aid may choose to delay one or two of the support courses to use during semesters with less than 12 Nursing course hours.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Nursing has been an integral part of Howard College’s history for over fifty years. The LVN program at the college began in 1958.  The Associate Degree program began in January of 1976.  The Big Spring Campus hosts an LVN, RN, and Transition program with an LVN program at the San Angelo campus as well. Since June 2003, the didactic portion of the second year of the RN program has taken place in the online learning environment.  The Texas Board of Nursing Approved the RN program in San Angelo and classes began in August of 2016.

Clinical rotations for all programs are excellent and varied. We are fortunate to have Affiliation Agreements with many hospitals and clinics in Big Spring, San Angelo, and the surrounding areas.

“Unless we are making progress in our nursing every year, every month, every week, take my word for it we are going back."
~Florence Nightingale, 1914

Philosophy

Philosophy

We, the faculty, believe nursing is a practice discipline with a unique body of knowledge based on principles and concepts derived from the sciences and humanities.  The goal of nursing as a caring profession is to assist individuals, families, and communities in health promotion, maintenance and restoration throughout the life process.

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