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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED]

Nursing, AAS

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*Nursing courses must be taken in the semester listed

The Associate Degree Nursing program leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree and allows the graduate to apply to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing licensing exam for registered nursing (NCLEX-RN) and the Texas Board of Nursing jurisprudence exam.

The ADN program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing, www.bon.state.tx.us, and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 404-975-5000, 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 33026.


The mission of the Nursing Department is to foster student success for professional licensure, lifelong learning, and entry-level practice which provides quality, compassionate care within the respective ADN or VN scope of practice to the diverse community we serve. 

Values Statement

Learning – Temple College Nursing Department is committed to preparing students for a profession that requires lifelong learning to promote quality compassionate care. Articulation agreements are in place to facilitate academic progression.

Opportunity – Temple College Nursing Department provides three different entry points into nursing in order to provide opportunity for students to enter the profession.

Integrity – Temple College Nursing Department demonstrates legal-ethical principles expected within the ADN and VN entry level scope of practice.

Community – Temple College Nursing Department serves the local community by partnering with local healthcare facilities to provide care and participating in community events.

Equity – Temple College Nursing Department is dedicated to a fair, impartial, and inclusive educational environment.


 Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Utilize clinical judgement on a basis for professional practice.   
  2. Provide and advocate for the safety of self and other.   
  3. Act as an advocate in providing quality holistic, patient-centered care to a diverse population.
  4. Collaborate with the patient and interdisciplinary healthcare team to facilitate quality patient-centered care.
  5. Communicate effectively in performance of professional roles.
  6. Practice nursing within a legal-ethical framework consistent with nursing practice standards.

Admission to the 2-year ADN Program

Students desiring admission to the ADN program must:

l.          Complete the Temple College (TC) admission process.  All college requirements must be met including TSI requirements. 

2.         Enroll in the prerequisite courses.  These courses are BIOL 2401  Anatomy & Physiology I, ENGL 1301  Composition I, and PSYC 2301  General Psychology. The three prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress during the Spring semester to be able to apply for the Fall or must be completed or in process during the summer to apply for Spring Admission. Corequisite courses may be taken prior to acceptance into the nursing program.

3.         Take the Hesi A2 Admission Test.  The test will be given at the TC Testing Center.  To sign up for the Nursing Admission Test, you must:    

            A.  Pay the test fee at the Testing Center.  Only cash, check, or money orders will be accepted for payment. You may pay by credit card at the Cashier’s Office in One College Centre.

            Take the receipt to the Testing Student Success Centre when you are ready to take the test.  Their phone number is 254-298-8586; verify testing times prior to arriving.

             A minimum of 80% must be achieved in each area tested (Reading Comprehensive, Vocabulary and Math). 

            A study guide can be purchased in the Temple College Bookstore, Arnold Student Center.  Tutoring for the Admission test is available at the Math Tutorial Lab, Room 3606 or Writing Center, Room 3612 of the Student Success Center.  At TC, you may take the test twice per academic year.

4.         Complete the ADN application process by the deadline.  The application and specific instructions for applying are found on the ADN Web page. 

            The application process includes furnishing official transcripts for all colleges attended.  You must have a minimum of a “C” in every course. 

            A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 (in all courses that apply toward the nursing curriculum) is required for application to the ADN program.  Biology courses must have been taken within the past ten years. 

            Applications will not be processed if any of the stated admission requirements are missing or incomplete. 

5.         Applicants will be notified by email of whether or not they are conditionally accepted into the program.  If conditionally accepted into the program, the following must be completed: 

  •     An acknowledgment that you are able to meet the Core Performance Standards for  Nursing.  These standards are available on the nursing website.
  •     A satisfactory drug screen and documentation of current negative TB skin test or chest x-ray is required (specific instructions will be given).
  •     Required immunizations: 2 injections Measles, 1 injection Mumps, 1 injection Rubella, 2 injections Varicella, 3 injections Hepatitis B, OR positive titers for any of the preceding immunizations, and be fully vaccinated for COVID 19.  Also required are Tetanus (valid for 10 years), and the flu vaccine is required annually when it becomes available.   

A satisfactory background check (specific instructions will be given).  The Texas Board of Nursing will conduct a background check.  The student must be cleared before being allowed to register for and attend nursing courses.  Any healthcare facility associated with Temple College may also require background checks.  Permission to perform the background check must be given by the student. Failure to give permission will result in dismissal from the program.  It may be necessary to dismiss students from a program if they are barred from practicing at any healthcare facility.  The ADN student/graduate is held to the registered nurse standards set by the Texas Board of Nursing.  

Written documentation of successful completion of an American Heart Association CPR course designed for health care providers (e.g., Basic Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Providers).  No student will be permitted in the clinical setting without current documentation on file (must remain current throughout the ADN program).  All courses must include a hands-on skills portion.  

Students seeking admission to the ADN program are admitted on the basis of the following criteria, with maximum point totals awarded as indicated:




# of Co-Reqs Completed

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*Any one nursing course failure within the last 10 years in an RN or VN program will result in a deduction of an admission point.  If there is a nursing course failure in any program during the three years prior to admission, the applicant will receive one admission only to the Temple College ADN Program.  The applicant is ineligible for admission/readmission if there are two or more nursing course failures in any program during the three years prior to admission.

 Admission to the nursing program is determined during the late spring for the fall semester and early fall for the spring semester.  In the case of competitive admissions, requirements over and above the minimum will be necessary.

Admission to Temple College does not constitute automatic acceptance into the nursing program.  In the event the application is rejected, the applicant may request a review by the Department Chair of Nursing or designee.


Once a student is accepted into and begins the ADN program curriculum, it is expected that the student will continue to progress directly to the next semester’s courses. In order to do this, the student must:

  1. Have completed all previously required courses with a “C” grade (2.0 based on a 4.0 scale) or better;
  2. Be concurrently enrolled in required non-nursing courses scheduled for that semester, or have previously passed these courses with a minimum grade of “C” (2.0);
  3. Maintain good academic standing (See the College Catalog, Academic Standards, Scholastic Probation, & Scholastic Suspension policies):
  4. Meet all general Temple College requirements (be approved for registration).

Failure in any required nursing course indicates possibility of failure on the board exam. Therefore, no more than one nursing course may be repeated during the program, due to failure, and that course may be repeated only once. In all nursing courses, the following grading scale will be used.

Numerical Value Letter Grade Points
90-100 A 4.0
80-89.99 B 3.0
78-79.99 C 2.0
77.99 & below F 0

Grades are not rounded in the program.  In all courses, both nursing and non-nursing that count toward graduation, the minimum passing grade is a “C” or 2.0 on the 4.0 scale. Further grading criteria can be found in each course outline.

Returning Students

If a student is unsuccessful in one course, the student must return within one academic year. A student is allowed to withdraw from courses one semester only and the student must return within one academic year. Upon returning, the student must be successful in all remaining coursework throughout the program. If the student does not return within that time frame, they must reapply to the program as a new student and repeat all nursing coursework.

Students that are returning must sign a contract for readmission in order to remain in the ADN Program.


If a student is unsuccessful in two or more courses, or withdraws from any course as a returning student, then they will be dismissed from the program. The student must wait three years to reapply. At that time, they will be required to apply as a new student and repeat any previous nursing courses. All policies specified by Temple College for readmitting students will apply (see the College Catalog). Students who were dismissed from the nursing program for unsafe practice or for unprofessional conduct are not eligible for re-admittance.

Transfer to the TC ADN Program from Another Nursing Program

Transfer applicants who have been successful in an accredited traditional RN level nursing school will be considered for admission on a space available basis using the Prioritization Listing below.  Bridging courses are not eligible for transfer.  Transfer students who have more than one nursing course failure within three years of transfer will not be considered for transfer.  Transfer students must meet all ADN Department requirements for admission. All policies specified by Temple College for accepting transfer students will apply (see the College Catalog). All nursing courses must be completed within (3) three years of expected graduation date. Any nursing coursework outside this timeframe will not be accepted for transfer. The student will be required to re-enroll in the nursing courses.

Required non-nursing courses will be evaluated for transferability by the Director of Admissions and Records.  The student must have all official transcripts sent directly to the Admissions and Records office.  In addition, if a course description is necessary, the student will be responsible for providing a copy of the appropriate course description prior to the final determination.  An official copy of all transcripts should also be sent to the ADN Department office. Some learning activities may be required to review and validate the student’s knowledge and skills.

Upon final determination of the transferability of any courses, the Department Chair of Nursing will approve the curriculum plan to be followed by the transfer student. Any student transferring into the nursing program from another nursing program will enter Temple College ADN program with only one attempt to complete the program.

Prioritization Listing for Readmission and Transfers

Request for readmission or transfer students will be prioritized as follows:

  1. First priority: Former Temple College students with a passing grade in previous nursing courses.
  2. Second priority: Transfer students with passing grades in previous nursing courses.
  3. Third priority: Former Temple College students with one previous nursing course failure.
  4. Fourth priority: Transfer students with one previous nursing course failure.

Within each priority group, preference is given based on nursing GPA.

Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degree Nursing

In order to graduate from Temple College and receive the Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing, the student must meet all Temple College requirements and the following specific requirements:

  1. Three semester hours of English: ENGL 1301  
  2. Six semester hours in behavioral sciences: PSYC 2301  and PSYC 2314 .
  3. Three semester hours to be selected from the Temple College approved core curriculum disciplines of Language, Philosophy, Culture, or Creative Arts. 
  4. Eight semester hours of anatomy and physiology within the last 10 years: BIOL 2401  and BIOL 2402 
  5. For the basic level entry student: 60 semester hours of course credit, exclusive of developmental courses.  Included in the 60 semester hours of course work must be all of the required RNSG nursing courses, or their equivalent, for a total of 40 hours of credit. 
    For the Bridging student: 60 semester hours of course credit, exclusive of developmental courses.  Included in the 60 semester hours of course work must be all of the RNSG nursing courses required in the Bridging curriculum, or their equivalent, for a total of 28 hours of credit.  For both programs, all prescribed courses must be completed with a minimum of a C grade. 

    For any variation from these prescribed requirements to be counted toward graduation, a written statement to this effect, signed by the Department Chair of Nursing, and the Vice President, Academic Affairs and Student Services must be on file in the student’s record. 

  6. Completion of at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree at Temple College. Meet all other requirements for graduation as specified by Temple College.

  7. Complete the Application for Graduation by deadline date.

  8. Resolve all holds on the student’s record.

Degree Requirements 

Associate of Applied Science Degree (ADN Program Traditional)

Grand Total Hours: 60

  1. Course can be taken before acceptance into the program.

  2. Come talk to an advisor about your Temple College graduation and your university transfer plans.

Career Outlook

Registered Nurse - $59,040   w/Associate degree + State Certification

*Based on entry wages for Central Texas

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