Nursing

Course Requirements

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Associate of Applied Science Nursing Program – AD2

The purpose of the Associate Degree Nursing Program is to prepare students with beginning competencies to practice as registered nurses upon successful writing of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The program is accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326.

It is recommended that the applicant complete some or all of the general education courses in the curriculum prior to entry into the program. After successful completion of this program, the graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Upon passing the examination, the graduate is licensed as a Registered Nurse.

Job opportunities include hospitals, clinics, home health care facilities, long-term care facilities, industry, and specialty health care hospital units. The registered nurse works within the scope of nursing as defined by the Nursing Practice Act in the State of Texas.


Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

Program Admission Requirements

Students are required to make application to Lee College before applying to the nursing program. Students are responsible for furnishing official transcript(s) to the Admissions and Records Office. The student is required to request transcript evaluation of transfer courses. Students who have foreign transcripts should plan extended time for transcript evaluation.

Applications will not be accepted without documentation of the state required immunizations and/or titers (contact the Nursing Office or the Counseling Center for an application packet). Applications will be kept on file for one academic year. Applicants interested in maintaining an active application file must notify the nursing office in writing prior to the expiration of one academic year.

Nursing students are required to carry personal health insurance to meet hospital affiliation clinical requirements. A copy of the student’s health insurance card will be required to be submitted to the Nursing Office upon invitation into the Nursing program.

Due to requirements of criminal background checks, pre-admission testing and other processes the following application deadlines are required:

Fall Admission
Applications will be accepted between January 15 and March 15.

Spring Admission
Applications will be accepted between June 15 and August 15.

Because of academic demands of a curriculum that prepares students for national licensing examinations and performance of safe nursing care in clinical situations, applicants must meet the academic criteria outlined for acceptance into nursing programs at Lee College. Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission requirements are monitored continuously and may change between catalogs. Contact the Nursing Office for the most current requirements including:

  • Preadmission Assessment Examination
    • Hesi A-2 score requirements available in the nursing office
  • Overall GPA of 2.7 in degree plan
  • No grade less than “C” earned in the degree plan courses
  • Prerequisite courses GPA of 2.7 minimum (RNSG 1301, BIOL 2401, ENGL 1301, PSYC 2301)
  • Science GPA of 2.5 minimum in degree plan courses completed
  • Computer skills competency
    • Students are encouraged to consider ITSC 1309 or equivalent to enhance computer skills if necessary;

Other areas impacting admission

  • Number of degree plan courses completed
  • Successful completion of non-degree plan academic courses such as Sociology, History, Government, and Statistics, Chemistry, Biology, Life Science, Pathophysiology and Nutrition
  • Previous unsuccessful RN degree plan attempts, at other schools and Lee College, will impact admission
  • Repetitive academic courses may impact overall admission scores
  • Criminal background checks history. See Nursing Office for details
  • Texas Department of Health and Human Services required immunizations and/or titers

Students are required to take a Pre-Admission Assessment Exam. The exam scores will be used by the ADN program for admission, counseling, and progression advisement and decisions. The exam offers study methods which can aid the student with remediation during the course of the nursing program. Required payment is made at the cashier’s office, and the receipt submitted to the Nursing Office prior to taking the exam. Exam dates and testing requirements are available in the nursing office.

The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) requires schools to inform enrolled students (verbally and in writing) about eligibility requirements and to maintain students’ signed receipt of the required information. Applicants for NCLEX and Nurses seeking licensure in Texas are required to submit a complete and legible set of fingerprints on a form prescribed by the board for the purpose of obtaining a criminal history from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. (Section 301.252 (b) and Section 301.252 (e) of the Texas Occupations Code). Positive criminal background history may impact admission and/or progression in the nursing program.

All NCLEX applicants with outstanding eligibility issues that could prevent them from taking the NCLEX examination upon completion of a nursing program are urged to complete a Declaratory Order application. The Declaratory Order process permits the Board to make decisions regarding an applicant’s eligibility for licensure prior to entering or completing a nursing program. The BON has identified certain circumstances that may render a potential candidate ineligible for licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Texas.

The Board provides individuals the opportunity to petition for a Declaratory Order as to their eligibility in accordance with article 4519(a) of the Nursing Practice Act. View www.bon.state.tx.us for further information and forms.

It is suggested that the * courses are taken prior to program admission. Once admitted into the program, all courses must be taken in the sequence listed at the time of admission. If any RNSG course must be repeated, the lab/clinical corresponding course must be repeated also.

FIRST SEMESTER PREREQUISITES SCH
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I — 4 SCH
RNSG 1301 Pharmacology — 3 SCH
ENGL 1301 English Composition I — 3 SCH
PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology — 3 SCH

TOTAL: 13 SCH

SECOND SEMESTER
PSYC 2314 Life Span Growth & Development* — 3 SCH
RNSG 1413 Foundations for Nursing Practice — 4 SCH
RNSG 1205 Nursing Skills I — 2 SCH
RNSG 1247 Concepts of Clinical Decision-Making — 2 SCH
RNSG 1261 Clinical -Registered Nursing/ Registered Nurse — 2 SCH
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II* — 4 SCH
TOTAL: 17 SCH

THIRD SEMESTER
RNSG 1343 Complex Concepts of Adult Health — 3 SCH
RNSG 1362 Clinical-Nursing: Registered Nurse Training — 3 SCH
RNSG 2201 Care of Children & Families — 2 SCH
RNSG 2161 Clinical-Registered Nursing/ Registered Nurse — 1 SCH
BIOL 2421 Microbiology* — 4 SCH
TOTAL: 13 SCH

FOURTH SEMESTER
Creative Arts/LPC * — 3 SCH
ENGL 1302 English Composition II* — 3 SCH
SPCH Oral Communication — 3 SCH
TOTAL: 9 SCH

FIFTH SEMESTER
RNSG 1251 Care of the Childbearing Family — 2 SCH
RNSG 1162 Clinical-Nursing: Registered Nurse Training — 1 SCH
RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing — 2 SCH
RNSG 2160 Clinical -Registered Nursing/ Registered Nurse — 1 SCH
TOTAL: 6 SCH

SIXTH SEMESTER
RNSG 2432 Enhanced Concepts of Adult Health — 4 SCH
RNSG 2263 Clinical -Registered Nursing/ Registered Nurse — 2 SCH
• RNSG 2221 Professional Nursing: Leadership & Management — 2 SCH
TOTAL: 8 SCH

Total Semester Credit Hours for Degree: 66

AAS-AD2 revision pending THECB approval.

Students are encouraged to consider taking Healthcare Spanish. SPNL1301 Health Care Spanish develops the practical Spanish communication skill for healthcare employees including medical terminology, greetings, common expressions, commands, and phrases normally used within a hospital or physician’s office.


Associate of Applied Science Nursing – Transitional Entry – TN2

Students are required to make application to Lee College before applying to the nursing program. Students are responsible for furnishing official transcript(s) to the Admissions and Records Office. The student is required to request transcript evaluation of transfer courses. Students who have foreign transcripts should plan extended time for transcript evaluation.

Applications will not be accepted without documentation of the state required immunizations and/or titers (contact the Nursing Office or the Counseling Center for an application packet). Applications will be kept on file for one academic year. Applicants interested in maintaining an active application file must notify the nursing office in writing prior to the expiration of one academic year.

Nursing students are required to carry personal health insurance to meet hospital affiliation clinical requirements. A copy of the student’s health insurance card will be required to be submitted to the Nursing Office upon invitation into the Nursing program.

Due to requirements of criminal background checks, pre-admission testing and other processes the following application deadlines are required:

Fall Admission
Applications will be accepted between March 15 and May 15.

Spring Admission
Applications will be accepted between August 15 and October 15.

Because of academic demands of a curriculum that prepares students for national licensing examinations and performance of safe nursing care in clinical situations, applicants must meet the academic criteria outlined for acceptance into nursing programs at Lee College. Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission requirements are monitored continuously and may change between catalogs. Contact the Nursing Office for most current requirements including:

  • Texas Vocational Nursing License in good standing
  • Comprehensive Standardized Examination
    • VN Comprehensive Standardized Examination (HESI) with a score of 900 or higher within the previous 2 years. Students who have not taken the HESI VN Comprehensive Standardized Examination within the last two years or who have not demonstrated a score of 900 or higher should apply in the nursing office to take the standardized exam.
    • Copies of scores from other schools may be submitted for review through a transcript request process with HESI (Evolve/Elsevier).
  • Preadmission Assessment Examination
    • Score requirements available in the nursing office
    • Math competency must be demonstrated
  • Overall GPA of 2.7 in degree plan
  • No grade less than “C” earned in the degree plan courses
  • Prerequisite courses GPA of 2.7 minimum (BIOL 2401, ENGL 1301, PSYC 2301)
  • Science GPA of 2.5 minimum in degree plan courses completed
  • Computer skills competency
    • Students are encouraged to consider ITSC 1309 or equivalent to enhance computer skills if necessary

Other areas impacting admission

  • Number of degree plan courses completed
  • Successful completion of non-degree plan academic courses such as Sociology, History, Government, and Statistics, Chemistry, Biology, Life Science, Pathophysiology and Nutrition
  • Previous unsuccessful RN degree plan attempts, at other schools and Lee College, will impact admission
  • Repetitive academic courses may impact overall admission scores
  • Criminal background checks history. See Nursing Office for details
  • Texas Department of Health and Human Services required immunizations and/or titers

Students are required to take a Pre-Admission Assessment Exam. The exam scores will be used by the ADN program for admission, counseling, and progression advisement and decisions.

The exam offers study methods which can aid the student with remediation during the course of the nursing program. Required payment is made at the cashier’s office, and the receipt submitted to the Nursing Office prior to taking the exam. Exam dates and testing requirements are available in the nursing office.

The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) requires schools to inform enrolled students (verbally and in writing) about eligibility requirements and to maintain students’ signed receipt of the required information. Applicants for NCLEX and Nurses seeking licensure in Texas are required to submit a complete and legible set of fingerprints on a form prescribed by the board for the purpose of obtaining a criminal history from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. (Section 301.252 (b) and Section 301.252 (e) of the Texas Occupations Code). LVN with a current license in the state of Texas may not be required to complete the fingerprinting component of the criminal background check process. Positive criminal background history may impact admission and/or progression in the nursing program.

All NCLEX applicants with outstanding eligibility issues that could prevent them from taking the NCLEX examination upon completion of a nursing program are urged to complete a Declaratory Order application. The Declaratory Order process permits the Board to make decisions regarding an applicant’s eligibility for licensure prior to entering or completing a nursing program. The BON has identified certain circumstances that may render a potential candidate ineligible for licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Texas. The Board provides individuals the opportunity to petition for a Declaratory Order as to their eligibility in accordance with article 4519(a) of the Nursing Practice Act. View www.bon.state.tx.us for further information and forms.

Transitional Entry Prerequisites:

All academic courses with the exception of Creative Arts/LPC and Oral Communication must be completed for the student to be eligible for admission to RNSG 2207. It is suggested that the * courses are taken prior to program admission. Once admitted into the program, all courses must be taken in the sequence listed at the time of admission. If any RNSG course must be repeated, the lab/clinical corresponding course must be repeated also.

FIRST SEMESTER
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I — 4 SCH
ENGL 1301 English Composition I — 3 SCH
PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology — 3 SCH

TOTAL: 10 SCH

SECOND SEMESTER
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II — 4 SCH
ENGL 1302 English Composition II — 3 SCH
PSYC 2314 Life Span Growth & Development — 3 SCH
Creative Arts/LPC* — 3 SCH
SPCH Oral Communication* — 3 SCH

TOTAL: 16 SCH

THIRD SEMESTER
BIOL 2421 Microbiology — 4 SCH
RNSG 1413 Foundations for Nursing Practice# — 4 SCH
RNSG 1205 Nursing Skills I# — 2 SCH
RNSG 1247 Concepts of Clinical Decision-Making# — 2 SCH
RNSG 1261 Clinical – Registered Nursing / Registered Nurse — 2 SCH
RNSG 2207 Adaptation to Role of Professional Nurse — 2 SCH
TOTAL: 16 SCH

FOURTH SEMESTER SCH
RNSG 1343 Complex Concepts of Adult Health## — 3 SCH
RNSG 1362 Clinical- Nursing: Registered Nurse Training## — 3 SCH
RNSG 2201 Care of Children & Families## — 2 SCH
RNSG 2161 Clinical-Registered Nursing / Registered Nurse## — 1 SCH
TOTAL: 9 SCH

FIFTH SEMESTER
RNSG 1251 Care of the Childbearing Family — 2 SCH
RNSG 1162 Clinical-Nursing: Registered Nurse Training — 1 SCH
RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing — 2 SCH
RNSG 2160 Clinical-Registered Nursing / Registered Nurse — 1 SCH
TOTAL: 6 SCH

SIXTH SEMESTER
RNSG 2432 Enhanced Concepts of Adult Health I — 4 SCH
RNSG 2263 Clinical-Registered Nursing / Registered Nurse — 2 SCH
• RNSG 2221 Professional Nursing: Leadership & Management — 2 SCH
TOTAL: 8 SCH

Total Semester Credit Hours for Degree: 65

AAS-TN2 revision pending THECB approval

*These concepts may be taken after admission to the program.
#Credit awarded upon completion of RNSG 1343, 1362, 2201, and 2161.
##Credit is given for RNSG 1205, 1247, 1261, 1413.

Students are encouraged to consider taking Healthcare Spanish. SPNL 1301 Health Care Spanish develops the practical Spanish communication skill for healthcare employees including medical terminology, greetings, common expressions, commands, and phrases normally used within a hospital or physician’s office.


Bachelor of Science Nursing Program

Lee College does not grant nursing baccalaureate degrees; however, our students’ articulation into Lamar University RNBSN track is facilitated. Students interested in the Lamar RNBSN track upon completion of Lee’s ADN program should contact http://dept.lamar.edu/cde. In addition, Lee College also maintains a long standing articulation agreement with the University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston for RN-BSN education for our ADN graduates. See the Nursing Admission Office for more information on current RN-BSN articulation agreements.

Notes:
• Students should plan to take indicated capstone course in their last semester and should speak with their advisor prior to registering for the final semester.
Core curriculum courses are shown in bold type. If a particular course is not specified, refer to Core Curriculum Options.

LP Science = Life and Physical Science
LPC = Language, Philosophy and Culture
GOVT PS = Government/Political Science
SBS = Social/Behavioral Science