Big Spring Transition LVN to RN Program
PLEASE NOTE: THE BIG SPRING TRANSITION (LVN TO RN) PROGRAM IS OFFERED TWICE PER YEAR WITH ENTRY IN EITHER THE SUMMER OR SPRING.
NEW – APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 1 AND OCTOBER 1
TRANSITION PACKET NOW AVAILABLE
The Transition Associate Degree Nursing Program is a 12 month program that has been developed for the currently licensed Vocational Nurse. 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 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. 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 semester, and upon successful completion of this class will merge with the second year generic ADN students. Some of our ADN students take advantage of our articulation agreements with Texas Universities and go on to earn their BSN degree.
- Step 1: Apply to Howard College
- Step 2: Nursing Application
- Step 3: Required Pre- Requisite Courses:
PSYCH 2314 Life Span Growth and Development
*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)
*Courses must be completed before Summer II.
LVN Unencumbered License or Official Transcript of LVN program if waiting to take NCLEX.
+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 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. (HQ91bg) prior to acceptance.
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.