Students in the Associate Degree Nursing Program are taught the knowledge and skills needed to work with patients and their families in a variety of health-care settings. Graduates are prepared to work collectively and collaboratively with other members of the health-care team to provide nursing care for patients and their loved ones. The graduate can find employment in areas such as hospitals, clinics, home health-care agencies and physician's offices. A career in the field provides a vast range of employment and advancement opportunities. Registered nurses are in high demand both state and nationwide.

Degrees and Certificates

Nursing - AAS

Program Information

A Career in Nursing

 
 

Students in the Associate Degree Nursing Program are taught the knowledge and skills needed to work with patients and their families in a variety of health-care settings. Graduates are prepared to work collectively and collaboratively with other members of the health-care team to provide nursing care for patients and their loved ones. The graduate may find employment in areas such as hospitals, clinics, home health-care agencies and physician's offices. A career in the field provides a vast range of employment and advancement opportunities. Registered nurses are in high demand both state and nationwide. Beginning salaries usually range upward from $26 to $33 per hour.

Advisory Commitee Members - A.D.N.

Advisory Committee Members are from Community, Business and Health Care Facilities. All have expressed interest in education of future nurses.

Accreditation Agency

The Board of Nursing for the State of Texas
333 Guadalup, Suite 3-460
Austin, TX 78701

Admission Steps

 
 

The Program will not accept new students for Fall 2016 as a result of the BON approval status. New student applications for the Spring 2017 period will be accepted from April 11, 2016 to August 1, 2016. New students will only be accepted if the 2016 NCLEX-RN examination pass rate is above 80 percent. This information will be available to the Nursing Program by the end of October 2016 from BON.

Are you ready to start the application process for Associate Degree Nursing? Click here to download the admission steps.

LVN to RN Admission Steps

 
 

The Program will not accept new students for Fall 2016 as a result of the BON approval status. New LVN to RN student applications for the transition will start being accepted after the Spring 2017 period. New students will only be accepted if the 2016 NCLEX-RN examination pass rate is above 80 percent. This information will be available to the Nursing Program by the end of October 2016 from BON.

Are you ready to start the application process for LVN to RN? Click here to download the admission steps.

Accreditation Information

 

The A.D.N. Program as of January 2016 is on conditional approval by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). The BON moved the Program's status as a result of the three-year cumulative pass rate falling below 80 percent.

Note this will not affect current students enrolled in the Program, and this will not affect students eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN Board exam.

The Program, however, will not accept new students for Fall 2016 as a result of the status. The Program is currently implementing measures to return to full approval. New student applications for the Spring 2017 period will be accepted from April 11, 2016 to August 1, 2016. New students will only be accepted if the 2016 NCLEX-RN examination pass rate is above 80 percent. This information will be available to the Nursing Program by the end of October 2016 from BON.

The Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin, TX 78701-3944
(512) 305.7401
www.bne.state.tx.us

Pre-Admission & Admission

 
 

Essential Functions of Nursing for the Associate Degree Nursing Program

All individuals who apply for admission to the Nursing Program must be able to perform essential functions included in this document either with or without accommodations. These essential functions are congruent with the State of Texas Board of Nursing expectations of any individual seeking initial licensure as a registered nurse. Texas does not have a limited licensure for the practice of nursing.
Essential functions are the basic activities that a student must be able to complete. Any student applicant who has met the necessary prerequisites and who can perform the essential functions of the nursing program, either with or without reasonable accommodations, will be considered for admission. A candidate must be able to perform the identified essential functions in a reasonable independent manner. The use of trained intermediaries is not permitted, in that the candidate’s judgment would be mediated by someone else’s power of observation and selection.
The essential functions are the basic physical, cognitive, psychomotor, social and affective activities that are necessary to successfully complete the HCC-Coleman College Nursing curriculum leading to initial licensure as a registered nurse. Basic functions included are: gross motor skills, fine motor skills, physical endurance, physical strength, mobility, hearing, visual, tactile, smell, reading, arithmetic competence, emotional stability, analytical thinking, critical
thinking, interpersonal skills, and communication. Communication in this program is based on English.
A student who has been accepted into the Nursing Program and plans to matriculate will:

  • Read the “Essential Functions” of the Nursing Program.
  • Return the signed and dated document related to Essential Functions to the Nursing Office.

If qualified under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), provide a letter of accommodations from the Disability Support Service Counselor (DSSC) at Coleman College for Health Sciences. (For more information, go to www.hccs.edu; click on For Students; click on Counseling; then click on Disability Resources).

  • All Houston Community College System ADN program exams will be computer based to prepare the student for and meet the NCLEX testing requirements.
  • Pregnancy may cause a student to delay completing the program based on the clinical facility requirements.
PSYCHOMOTOR FUNCTIONS

TASKS

 EXAMPLES
Gross motor skills: sufficient to provide the full range of safe and effective nursing care
  • Move within confined spaces
  • Sit and maintain balance
  • Stand and maintain balance
  • Reach above shoulders and below waist
  • Stoop and squat
  • Squeeze with hands
  • Hang solution on IV poles
  • Connect electrical appliance into wall outlets
  • Operate fire extinguisher
  • Assist patients with activities of daily living
Fine motor skills: sufficient to
perform manual psychomotor skills
  • Squeeze with fingers.
  • Write with pen or pencil
  • Pick-up and grasp small object with hands
  • Calibrate equipment
  • Withdraw solution using a syringe
  • Twist objects with fingers
  • Insertion of catheter
Physical endurance: sufficient
physical tolerance
  • Sustain repetitive movement
  • Complete an entire assigned shift
  • Push/pull over 50 pounds
  • Lift 25 pounds
  • Performing CPR
  • Positioning and transferring clients
  • Providing physical assistance when ambulating client
Mobility: ability to carry out
physical activities without jeopardizing client safety
  • Maneuver in small spaces
  • Move independently
  • Respond rapidly to emergency
  • Walk, without a cane, walker, wheelchair or crutches
  • Perform CPR and physical assessment
  • Execute movement required to provide nursing care in all health care setting
OBSERVATION/SENSORY FUNCTIONS TASKS EXAMPLES
Tactile abilities: sufficient for physical monitoring and assessment
  • Feel vibrations
  • Feel differences in sizes, shapes
  • Detect temperature changes
  • Feel differences in surface characteristics
  • palpate pulses
  • palpate vein
  • identify body landmarks
  • skin temperature
  • check for drafts
Visual abilities: sufficient for accurate observation and
performance of nursing care
  • Visual acuity (corrected) within normal range of eye chart
  • Use of depth perception
  • Use of peripheral Color distinction
  • Distinguishing change in skin integrity, breathing patterns , and color intensity such as the ability to
  • identify cyanosis
  • Identification of allergic responses such as skin rashes
  • Access patient information on computer screens
  • Read very fine print on medication labels, monitor strips, equipment calibrations, syringes
  • Prepare correct quantity of medication quantity of medication
Hearing abilities: sufficient for physical monitoring and assessment of client health care needs
  • Hear faint body sounds
  • Hear a range of tones
  • Hear normal speaking level sounds
  • Hear person to person report
  • Hear faint voices
  • Hear blood pressure sounds, assessment placement of tubes
  • Hear in situations when not able to see lips (masks are used)
  • Hear auditory alarms (e.g., monitors, fire alarms, call bells
Olfactory abilities: sufficient to
detect significant environment and client odors
Detect and distinguish odors from client and environment
  • Detect foul smelling drainage, alcohol breath, etc.
  • Detect smoke
  • Detect gases or noxious smells
INTELLECTUAL & COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS TASKS EXAMPLES
Reading ability: sufficient to comprehend
  • Read and understand English printed documents
  • Read measurement marks and graphs
  • Read and understand English printed documents (e.g., policies, protocols, standards of care)
  • Understand measurement marks
  • Read digital displays
Arithmetic abilities: sufficient to do computations
  • Use measurement tools recognized as central to care
  • Perform dosage calculations in a timely manner
  • Convert numbers to and/from metric system
  • Read measurements marks (e.g., measurement tapes, scales, thermometer, etc.)
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and/or divide whole numbers
  • Compute fractions (e.g., medication dosages
  • Use a calculator
  • Write numbers in records
Analytical Thinking: sufficient
to perform deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Evaluate outcomes
  • Transfer knowledge from one situation to another
  • Prioritize tasks
  • Use long and short term memory
  • Handle multiple tasks and problem solve simultaneously
  • Assimilate and apply knowledge acquired from multiple learning experiences
  • Seek supervision and consultation in a timely manner
Communication: sufficient to
communicate effectively and efficiently
  • Teach(e.g. client/family about health care)
  • Explain procedures
  • Give oral reports(e.g. report on client’s condition to others)
  • Interact with others (e.g. health care worker
  • Speak on the telephone
  • Influence people
  • Direct activities of others
  • Convey information through writing (e.g., progress notes)
  • Communicate with patients/clients, family members and health care providers regarding the individual’s
  • plan of care.
  • Read and comprehend printed materials and documents.
  • Document clearly and correctly on patient’s medical record for legal documentation.
  • Transmit information through written documents that use good grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Access laboratory data via automated information system.
  • Clarify the meaning of non-verbal communication.
  • Present oral reports.
  • Use physical touch as a therapeutic nonverbal intervention.
  • Clarify physician orders
Critical thinking abilities:
sufficient to exercise sound nursing judgment
  • Synthesize knowledge and skills
  • Identify cause and effect relationships
  • Sequence information
  • Analyze assessment data in determining nursing diagnoses
  • Prioritize tasks
  • Comprehend and apply abstract concepts
  • Recall recent and remote information including
  • steps of a task/skill.
PROFESSIONAL & SOCIAL ATTRIBUTES TASKS EXAMPLES
Interpersonal Skills
  • Negotiate interpersonal conflict
  • Respect differences in clients
  • Establish rapport with clients
  • Establish rapport with co-workers
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity
  • Consult, negotiate, share, etc as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Participate in partnered and group efforts in classroom and clinical learning activities
  • Practice in a manner that is non-judgmental and non-discriminatory
  • Interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, intellectual and cultural
  • backgrounds
Emotional Stability
  • Establish therapeutic boundaries
  • Adapt to changing environment/stress
  • Deal with the unexpected
  • Focus attention on tasks
  • Provide client with emotional support
  • Monitor own emotions
  • Perform multiple responsibilities concurrently
  • Handle strong emotions
  • Adapt effectively to changing environments and increasing tension levels in a variety of situations
Computer Skills Utilize computer programs for testing purposes and electronic medical records
  • Computer based Unit exams, Quizzes etc.
  • Standardized tests (HESI, NLN, ATI etc.) will be
  • Computer based.

 

Employment

 
 

There are 47,346 Registered Nurses employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 15.1% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 3, 078 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $37.03 hourly, $77,000 annually

Mission, Vision, and Philosophy

 
 

Mission Statement
The Associate Degree Nursing Faculty at Coleman College for Health Sciences is committed to upholding the mission of the Houston Community College by establishing a learning environment that promotes the development of nursing values, to provide excellence in nursing education, to foster preparation of students to work in a collaborative environment and to cultivate a life-long pursuit of learning.

Vision Statement
Our vision is congruent with the vision of Houston Community College Coleman College for Health Careers.

Philosophy
The philosophy of the Associate Degree Nursing Program represents the belief that nursing is an applied science using the principles of evidence based practice and patient-centered care to assist individuals and families to meet their health care needs as they progress through the life span.

The faculty prepares the Associate Degree nursing student in the practice of nursing through a comprehensive educational curriculum. Experiences are planned in diverse health care settings. The nursing program strives to build on each student’s prior experience. Learning becomes more effective when the learner is an active participant. The nursing role is characterized by the utilization of a systematic, problem-solving approach, a caring relationship; and a commitment to continuing education and professionalism in practice.

Progressive and pervasive concepts are throughout the curriculum. Students are provided with experiences which prepare them to care for clients and families with common and complex well-defined health problems. The role of the nurse encompasses four areas: member of the profession, provider of patient-centered care, patient safety advocate, and active member of the health care team.

Program Objectives

 
 

Program objectives for students upon graduation are consistent with Rule 215.9

  • 1. To prepare graduates to practice according to the standards of nursing practice as set forth in the Board’s Rules and Regulations
  • 2. To prepare students to demonstrate the Differentiated Essential Competencies for Graduates of Texas Nursing Programs evidenced by knowledge, clinical judgement, and behaviors for Diploma/Associate Degree students
  • 3. To prepare students to utilize a systematic approach to clinical decision making and safe patient care.

Texas Administrative Code, Title 22, Part 11, Chapter 215, Rule 215.9

TEAS Assessment

 
 

Admission tests (Either Teas or HESI) are required for admission. More information available in Information Session or by contacting the department.

Transfer Option

 
 

Transfer options available for students wishing to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at area schools or on-line programs. Contact Department Adviser for more details.