Big Spring - RN Program
NEW – APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 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, 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 associate degree nursing program at Howard College, 1001 Birdwell Lane in Big Spring, TX, is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone # (404) 975-5000 https://www.acenursing.org/. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. Upon completion, students will make application to take the National Council Licensure Exam 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.
- Step 3: Required Pre- Requisite Courses:
ENGL 1301 Composition I
*BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology I (lecture)
*BIOL 2101 Anatomy and Physiology I (lab)
BIOL 2302 Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture)
BIOL 2102 Anatomy and Physiology II (lab)
*BIOL 2320 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors (lecture)
*BIOL 2120 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors (lab)
HPRS 1206 Essentials of Medical Terminology (not pre-req but strongly recommended for success, additional points if taken toward selection criteria).
*Courses must be completed before the start of Summer II.
CNA Certification or Proof of Class. CNA classes are offered @ HC contact Crecia Little @ 432-264-5649 for more information.
+Official college transcripts are required for courses taken other than at Howard College.
- Step 4: Take the TEAS exam:
You will register for this at https://www.atitesting.com/teas/register. Please contact the testing center at Howard College 432-264-5637 or visit www.howardcollege.edu/testing/testing-bigspring for more information and to schedule. TEAS scores not taken at Howard College will be accepted from ATI and must be submitted with the application.
- Step 5: Other Required Documents:
Hepatitis B Three Shots OR a positive titer.
Measles (MMR) Two doses OR a positive titer. Varicella Two doses OR a positive titer.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) One dose required within the last 10 year
+ Influenza and TB once accepted into the program. All vaccines once accepted will be uploaded to Castle Branch code (HQ91im)
Successful completion of a background clearance through castle branch @ https://portal.castlebranch.com/HH80/package-selection. In addition, all applicants must review TX BON Licensure Eligibility prior to acceptance @ https://www.bon.texas.gov/licensure_eligibility.asp. It is mandatory to have a clearance letter/blue card prior to completion of the Nursing Program. Responding NO when the answer is YES may result in program dismissal.
Once selected must show proof of BLS card (American Heart Association- Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers) contact 432-264-5649 for more information, copy of health insurance card, copy of driver’s license, physical exam (form to be provided) and TB/PPD test.