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

Transition (LVN to RN) ADN

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Please Note: The Transition Program is offered twice per year with Entry in either the Summer or Spring.

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NEW - Application Deadline: April 1 and October 15 - Transition Packet Now Available


The Accelerated (Transition) Associate Degree Nursing Program is a 12 month program that has been developed for the currently licensed Vocational Nurses. The lecture portion of this program is performed in the online learning environment.The program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  The students who enter this program are Vocational Nurses who have recently completed their VN requirements or who have been practicing a year or, in some cases many years, and who wish to further their education and become a Registered Nurse. The Vocational Nurse who is admitted to this program will take a Transition Nursing course in the first summer semester, and upon successful completion of this class will merge with the second year generic ADN students for Mental Health Nursing in the second summer semester. These students will continue on to take Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Medical/Surgical II nursing, and will all graduate together the following May.   In just one year after they began the program. Some of our ADN students take advantage of our articulation agreements with two West Texas Universities and go on to 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 or October 15 (depending on which entry you apply for).  Required documents listed below (step 5).
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
  • 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 Office Hours:  Monday to Thursday  8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Closed Weekends
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.