Registered Nurse
The Registered Nursing (RN) program is a two year Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program that offers college credit. The program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Big Spring - RN Program


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. 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.

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  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.

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 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.


Performance on Licensure Examination
Expected Level of Achievement (ELA):
80% of graduates will achieve “pass” on the initial attempt of the NCLEX.
Program’s three-year mean pass rate will be at or above the national mean for the same three-year period.
YearNational AverageHC-Big Spring ADN
TX BON Website for all RN School NCLEX pass rates:


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.
ELAYear EnrolledProgram Completion Rate
Same as Above2020Pending
Same as Above2019Pending
Same as Above201881.5%
Same as Above201776%
Same as Above201686.1%
Same as Above201566.6%


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.
ELAYearJob Placement Rate
Same as Above2020Pending
Same as Above2019100%
Same as Above2018100%
Same as Above2017100%
Same as Above2016100%
Same as Above2015100%
Note:  This data excludes students who could not be reached.