Howard College - Big Spring, Lamesa, San Angelo, SWCID

RN (Registered Nurse)

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


The Registered Nursing (RN) program is a two year Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program that offers college credit. The second year of the program, beginning with Mental Health Nursing in the Summer II Session, 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 two West 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.  Required documents listed below (Step 4).
Step 3:  TEAS Exam -  Take TEAS exam.  You will schedule this at  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 a semester 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



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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Hours Summer Office Hours:  Monday to Thursday  7:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday to Sunday Closed
Howard College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director of Human Resources, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX 79720, 432-264-5100.  For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, visit this link for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.