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Now is the perfect time to consider the Licensed Vocational Nursing pathway or complete the academic course requirements of the Associate Degree Nursing program.

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About the Program

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.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science

AREA OF STUDY: Health Sciences

Degrees and Certificates

Learn more about the Degrees and Certificates offered by this program by visiting the HCC Catalog.

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Program Outcomes

Students will be able to upon graduation from the program (Consistent with rule 215.9):

Associate Degree Nursing Graduates first-time NCLEX pass rates will be at or above the required 80%, per the TBON rule 215.4(c)(2)


Program completion: Student retention will be 70% or higher within 150% of the time from entry into the program.


Program Satisfaction: 80% of the graduates will report satisfaction (3.0 or above mean rating on Associate Degree Graduate exit survey) with the preparation for nursing practice provided by the program.


Employer satisfaction: 80% of employers of graduates will report satisfaction (3.0 or above mean rating on employer survey) with the competency of graduates as defined by the student learning outcomes and graduate competencies. Job placements: 80% or more graduates will be employed within six months of the program completion as Registered Nurses.

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 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin, TX 78701


Accreditation Information

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is conditionally approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON).

The Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin, TX 78701-3944
(512) 305.7401


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.

In order to best prepare students for success in their chosen fields, Health Sciences Programs have high standards for progression. Unlike other HCC programs, most health science programs require a C (75%) or better to progress to the next course in the program. The Nursing Program in particular requires a minimum grade of B (80%) or better in each RNSG course to progress to the next nursing course or level at HCC.

As of Fall 2023, to be eligible for direct admission into the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program, students are required to successfully complete all prerequisite courses as shown below in the degree plan with a grade of “B” or better.  It is important to note that prerequisite courses may only be repeated up to two times.  However, if a student has taken a prerequisite course more than two times and is no longer eligible for admission in the ADN program, there is still an opportunity to pursue a career in nursing at HCC.  These students are encouraged to consider applying to the Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program.  Upon completion of this program and becoming licensed as an LVN, the student may then apply to the LVN to ADN transition program.  If you have any questions about this process, please contact

Some of these programs also require that these grades be earned without rounding of grading points. For specific questions about grades, grading, and progression within Health Science programs, please contact Coleman College at

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; 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.




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
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
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.
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.



Licensure/Certification Exam Results

The Texas Board of Nursing offers resources to assist nurses with primary multistate licensure outside of Texas who choose to practice in Texas using compact privilege to understand the Texas Nursing Practice Act.

The new enhanced licensure compact, or eNLC, is the licensure model that allows registered nurses (RNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) to have one multistate license, with the privilege to practice in the home state and in other eNLC states physically, electronically, and/or telephonically. It replaces the original nurse licensure compact (NLC) and adds extra safeguards that maintain public protection at the state level.


Please note, every attempt is made to ensure the above information is accurate and up to date; however, some information is subject to change.

If you have any questions or encounter problems contacting the appropriate licensing board, please contact the Program Director at (713) 718-7230.


2022 Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results 

Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates reported by Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) (January 1st – December 31st). Results for the 2020 and 2021 calendar years are provided for comparison. 

Program/ Aligned Award

Agency Standard

HCC Standard


Pass Rate 
(# Passed)


Pass Rate 
(# Passed)


Pass Rate
(# Passed)

2022 Results

Nursing AAS



77.78% (105)

57% (134)  49% (97) Below Expectation



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.


The faculty prepares the Associate Degree nursing student in the practice of nursing using a comprehensive educational curriculum with experiences planned in diverse health care settings. The nursing program strives to build on each student's prior experience. The nursing role is characterized by the utilization of a systematic, problem-solving approach, a caring relationship, and commitment to continuing education and professionalism in practice.

Throughout the curriculum, students are provided with experiences that prepare them to care for clients and families with common and complex well-defined health problems. The role of the Associate Degree nurse encompasses four areas: a member of the profession, provider of patient-centered care, an advocate of patient safety, and an 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


HESI Assessment

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


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, and members of the health-care team
  • Utilize a systematic problem-solving approach in caring for patients with common and complex needs.
  • Demonstrate appropriate entry level Associate Degree Nursing Program didactic competencies to pass the NCLEX licensure exam
  • Demonstrate safe entry level nursing practice as defined by the four roles of the Differentiated Essential Competencies of Graduate of Texas Nursing Programs (DECs)


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.



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


Texas Education Association (TEA) Industry Based Certification Resource

Certification NameTEA Resource Link Third-Party Certification AgencyThird-Party Certification Agency Website

Nursing (ADN

Texas Board of Nursing (NCLEX-RN)


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Marketable Skills

Learn more about the marketable skills—skills valued by employers that can be applied in variety of work settings—so you can communicate these to potential employers. Click on the relevant award title below to see descriptions of marketable skills for that area.

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