Associate Degree Nursing Admission Guide
ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING
(Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admissions)
Insurance/Physical Examination form submission
deadline to Castlebranch
Student Notified of
|Spring: January 2022||
June 3, 2021 –
August 2, 2021
August 13, 2021
August 26, 2021
|November 26, 2021|
Fall: August 2022
November 1, 2021 –
February 1, 2022
|February 15, 2022||
By February 25, 2022
|May 24, 2022|
Program Duration, Study Mode and Class Schedule Information
|Program Duration (Number of Semesters)||Study Mode|
|Full Time: 5 semesters||Part Time: N/A||Classroom & Clinical Sites|
- Program days and times may vary but you should plan to attend classes 3-4 days a week.
- Day classes are generally between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Evening classes are generally between 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (if scheduled).
- Clinical sites are located in the Medical Center and surrounding areas.
- Students only attend clinical once per week per course. Some clinicals are offered on Saturday or Sunday depending on clinic availability. Please plan accordingly to ensure you have proper transportation. Clinical is offered days (7 a.m.-7 p.m.), evenings (3 p.m.-11 p.m.), and nights (7 p.m.-7 a.m.).
Program Admissions Statistics
On average, approximately 450 students apply for admission each application period. Of these, approximately 90-100 applicants are typically accepted.
How Do I Submit An Application?
- If you are new to Houston Community College (HCC) or transferring to HCC, your first step is to become an HCC Eagle by submitting a free admissions application to HCC. Please create a profile and complete the application to obtain an HCC student identification (ID) number at https://www.applytexas.org/. (If you need assistance with the Apply Texas application, please view the instructional video). If you have filled out an HCC application at any point, or you already have an HCC student ID number, please do not submit another HCC application. Multiple HCC new student applications and/or ID numbers are not allowed and may impede you from progressing to the next steps of submitting a nursing program application. Alert! In addition to this HCC online application, you must complete and submit the Nursing program application form via online (more information below).
- Complete Program Information Session via online.
Please register at: https://www.hccs.edu/programs/areas-of-study/health-sciences/nursing/ to complete the online program session. You will be contacted by the program prior to the date and time of your registered session. If you have questions regarding the online delivery of program information sessions, please contact the program administrative assistant via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note this is not mandatory, but is highly recommended.
- Complete all academic prerequisites, scan your unofficial transcript(s) in pdf format, (if you attended more than one college/university, please combine all files into one pdf file and attach to the online application showing completion of general academic prerequisite/requisite courses. Please note, all official transcripts must be emailed to email@example.com. ***If your prerequisites are from HCC, you do not need to submit an official transcript. For more information, please visit: https://www.hccs.edu/applying-and-paying/. If you an international student please visit : https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/international-students/. If you are Veteran student, please visit:https://www.hccs.edu/support-services/veteran-affairs/
- Download the FERPA form, complete and attach to the online application.
- Complete the Health Education Systems, Inc (HESI) – A2 Pre-entrance exam for the Nursing program, download assessment results from the website https://www.elsevier.com/, save it on pdf format and attach to the online application. The application will be incomplete if HESI exam results, including Critical Thinking are not attached to the online application upon submission.
- Once you have completed all of your academic prerequisites courses, the HESI exam, and previously mentioned pdf file documents, you are ready to submit a Nursing program application form via online: www.hccs.edu/coleman-application using your HCC Student ID number.
- Complete immunizations and other health requirements, and upload proof of completions to the CastleBranch website by specified deadlines. How to create a CastleBranch account and instructions will be found in the section of Program Application: Immunization & Other Health Requirements.
Program Application: Academic Course Requirements
|Course Description||Credit Hours|
Student Success Course
Required only if new to college or transferring to HCC with less than 12 college level credits
Minimum Prerequisite GPA 3.0 or higher
Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of ‘C’ upon application deadline.
|BIOL 2301 and BIOL 2101 (formerly BIOL 2401) – Anatomy & Physiology I (LEC/LAB) Must be completed within 5 years of the application deadline.||4|
|PSYC 2301 – Introduction to Psychology||3|
|ENGL 1301 – English Composition I||3|
|BIOL 2320/2120 (formerly BIOL 2420) – Microbiology (LEC/LAB) Must be completed within 5 years of the application deadline. (Successfully completion of General Biology - BIOL 1306 & BIOL 1106* (formerly BIOL 1406) OR BIOL 2301 & BIOL 2101 (formerly BIOL 2401) is required for enrollment in Microbiology)||4|
Academic Requisite Courses
Academic courses are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to be taken in advance, but are not required for the application. These courses will give you additional points on your application score. Note: a minimum grade of “C” is required in all corequisite courses.
PSYC 2314 – Human Growth and Development: Life Span, if taken, must be completed within five years of the application deadline.
BIOL 2302 and BIOL 2102 (formerly BIOL 2402) – Anatomy & Physiology II (LEC/LAB), if taken, must be completed within five years of the application deadline.
If assessed below college-level math, applicant must show proof of completion of MATH 0314P, with a grade of “C” or higher)
College level reading and writing are required to take the academic prerequisite courses. If assessed below college-level math, applicant must show proof of completion of MATH 0314P, with a grade of “C” or higher).
If you would like to determine your eligibility by calculating your cumulative points earned, please use our Admission Rubric.
Program Application: HESI Pre-Entrance Exam
Applicant must score 80% or higher on each of the following subject areas:
- Anatomy & Physiology
- A score of 800 or higher is required on Critical Thinking section.
- Payment of $75.00 must be made by either credit or debit card.
- Applicant is allowed maximum two attempts on HESI A2 Entrance Exam which must be completed within 12 months (between February 2, 2021 and February 1, 2022) of the application deadline date – February 1, 2021.
- Applicant may retake the unsatisfactory section(s) and must not exceeded the allowed attempts for the HESI A2 entrance exam for that application period.
- Applicant is allowed to submit up to two HESI transcripts for that application period. It is recommended to wait at least 60 days before retesting.
- Please note HESI official scores must be downloaded directly from Elsevier/Evolve website on a .pdf format (regardless taken at HCC or outside of HCC) - No exceptions.
- HESI Remediation through Elsevier is FREE.
How to obtain your HESI exam scores, including Critical Thinking
To find your HESI exam scoring information on evolve.elsevier.com
- Go to the Students Welcome page.
- Log in to your Evolve Account, then click “HESI Assessment – Student access.”
- Under the “My Exams” tab locate your exam
- Click “View Results.”
- Click “Results Report.”
Critical Thinking Scores
- Log on to evolve.elsevier.com
- Click on “Student Access3."
- Click on “Admission Assessment Report” under “Exam History” (This is for the bar graph page of the HESI; save this document as a PDF.)
- Go back to “My Exams.”
- Click on the plus sign (+) next to “Admissions Assessment Report.”
- “Critical Thinking” will appear in the drop-down list. Click on the link “View Results.
- Click on “Results Report.pdf” under “View Your Detailed Scoring Report” on the right. (Save this document as PDF.)
Applicant must attach HESI A2 exam scores, including Critical Thinking to HCC Coleman Nursing program online application. The application will be declined if the HESI A2 pre-entrance exam scores are not submitted with the application upon submission.
Program Application: Immunizations and Other Health Requirements
Student must complete and upload the following documentation to www.castlebranch.com using code: “HF72” (Compliance Tracker Package) by the specified deadline.
Proof of the followings:
- Hepatitis B Series and Positive Titer (within five years)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Positive Titer (within five years)
- Varicella (Chickenpox) and Positive Titer (within five years)
- Tuberculosis (TB) skin test or blood test (required every year). If the results are positive, a chest x-ray (repeated every two years) is required.
- Tetanus (Tdap) – within the past 10 years
- Meningococcal Conjugate (MenACWY) vaccine (Meningitis) if under age 22. For more information regarding the bacterial meningitis vaccination, please click here.
- Current American Heart Association (AHA), Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR Card (course must follow AHA guidelines): Cards will not be accepted from any other source besides AHA:https://cpr.heart.org/en/course-catalog-search/purchase-options
- Proof of health insurance: Student’s name must be on card. – Proof of personal health insurance: If you need to purchase health insurance, please visit: https://www.hccs.edu/resourcesfor/current-students/student-health-insurance/ for a list of health care insurance providers that HCC has compiled as a courtesy to students who wish to contact a potential provider to meet their personal health insurance needs. Students are advised to contact more than one company and compare offerings. Please note Harris County Gold Card is not acceptable for this purpose.
- If you are an international student, a valid F-1 student visa must be uploaded.
- Physical Examination Form (found on CastleBranch) completed and signed by the physician. A physical examination is required and must be within one year prior to start term. Once the form is complete, please upload the form back to CastleBranch.
- Payment of $30.00 must be made directly to Castlebranch. Payment methods include MasterCard, Visa, debit card, electronic check, money order, and installment payment.
Instructions of How to Place order on Immunization & Other Health Requirements on CastleBranch website.
- Go to https://mycb.castlebranch.com/
- When you place your initial order, you will be prompted to create your secure myCB account
- In the “Place Order” field, enter the following package code specific to your organization: HF72- Compliance Tracker Only.
- The email address you use when placing your order will become your username for your myCB and will be the primary form of communication for alerts and messages.
- During order placement you will be asked for personal identifying information needed for security or compliance purposes. Supplying accurate and comprehensive information is important to the speed in which your order is completed.
- You can respond to any active alerts or To-Do List items now or return later by logging into your myCB. You will receive alerts if information is needed to process your order.
From within your myCB account, you will be able to:
- View your order results.
- Upload and store important documents and records.
- Manage requirements specific to your program.
- Place additional orders as needed.
- Complete tasks as directed to meet deadlines.
CastleBranch is a third-party organization. Make your payments directly by following payment instructions on their website. Your myCB Service Desk is available to assist you via phone, chat and email Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday/Sunday 10 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. EST 888-914-7279 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Castlebranch to update your profile to the current semester in which you are applying.
Drug Screening will have to be repeated for the current semester in which you are applying.
The Blue Card or Board Of Nursing Clearance letter is only good for One year. If the Blue Card or clearance letter is beyond one year you will need to upload the new card or letter received for the current semester in which you are applying.
All immunizations must be up to date.
Physical exam is only good for one year.
Pre-Enrollment Process & Requirements
When the number of eligible applications exceeds program seat availability, selective criteria are used to determine which applicants are offered admission. All application requirements must be satisfied by the close of the application deadline date.
If you are offered admission, you will need to complete the following pre-enrollment requirements by a specific due date to maintain eligible status:
- Complete the Letter of Intent form by the deadline stated in the Admission Acceptance Offer email that will be sent to your program application email address.
- Cleared criminal background from Texas State Board of Nursing - for more information, visit:https://www.bon.texas.gov/
- Passing drug screen - Complete your Drug Screening through CastleBranch using code HF72dt by specified deadline. If you miss the drug screen deadline you will no longer be considered for the current application period and will need to reapply during the next application period.
- Complete the mandatory Program and Student Services Orientation on the date provided in your admission email. (Please clear your calendar so you are available to attend the mandatory orientations, if you are offered admission as follows: Fall Term – plan to attend program orientation between March - May; Student services orientation in July).
- Influenza (seasonal). If you are admitted for the Fall 2022 term, flu shot must be taken after August 1,2022, but before the first day of class.
Tuition is estimated using the Texas resident rates. Out of district and out of state residents will have a higher tuition fees. Please visit http://www.hccs.edu/applying-and-paying/tuition-calculator/ for more information. Tuition is for core coursework only. General Education and Support courses are not included. These are high estimates; actual costs will vary depending on health insurance coverage.
Due to increases/decreases in books and supplements, please check the book store website at https://hccs.bncollege.com/shop/hccs-central/home for updated cost information. Only required books are included in the estimate.
Estimated Costs per Semester for Associate Degree of Nursing Courses – (In District)
|Pre Entrance||Amount $|
|Criminal Background/Drug Screening||27|
|Transcript / Parking for info session||Varies|
|1st Semester (14 Semester hours)|
|2nd Semester (14 semester hours)|
|Tuition and fees||1,187|
|3nd Semester (13 semester hours)|
|4th Semester (9 Semester hours)|
|5th Semester (10 Semester hours)|
|Total Program Cost||8,967|
Required Essential Functions
|Required Essential Functions||Standards (Tasks)|
|Gross Motor||Move within confined spaces (e.g., hang solution IV poles). Sit and maintain balance. Stand and maintain balance. Reach above shoulders and below waist (e.g., connect electrical appliance into wall outlet). Stoop and squat (e.g., assist patients/clients with daily living activities). Squeeze with hands (e.g., operate fire extinguisher).|
|Fine Motor||Squeeze with fingers (e.g., calibrate equipment). Pick up, grasp, and twist small objects (e.g., withdraw solution using a syringe). Use writing utensils (e.g., record numbers in records/charts; document clearly and correctly on patient/client medical records for legal documentation). Key/type and otherwise operate common desktop computer accessories.|
|Physical Strength & Endurance||Sustain repetitive movement (e.g., Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, physical assessment). Complete an entire assigned shift (e.g., 8-12 hours). Push and pull a minimum of 50 pounds (e.g., positioning and transferring patients/clients). Lift a minimum of 25 pounds (e.g., providing physical assistance when ambulating patient/client).|
|Mobility||Maneuver in small spaces. Move independently. Respond rapidly to emergencies.|
|Critical & Analytical Thinking||
Perform dosage calculations in a timely manner (e.g., 10-60 minutes in non-emergency; 2-3 minutes in an emergency). Convert numbers to and/or from the Metric System. Add, subtract, multiply, and/or divide whole numbers. Compute fractions (e.g., medication dosages) both manually and with calculator. Transfer knowledge from one situation to another using long-term and short-term memory (e.g., assimilate and apply knowledge acquired from multiple learning experiences).
Prioritize tasks and evaluate outcomes (e.g., handle multipletasks and problem solve simultaneously). Synthesize knowledge and skills (e.g., analyze assessment data in determining nursing diagnoses, and while participating in planning and modifying of nursing care plan). Sequence information and prioritize tasks (e.g., recall recent and remote information including steps of a task/skill). Identify cause-and-effect type relationships (e.g., comprehend and apply abstract concepts). Utilize computer programs for electronic medical records and educational testing purposes (e.g., unit exams, quizzes, and standardized tests including HESI, NLN, ATI, etc. are computer based).
|Safety||Perceive and appropriately respond to alarms and emergency signals (e.g., monitors, fire alarms, hospital codes, call bells, etc.). Abide by safety policies and procedures in classroom, laboratory, and clinical facility settings.|
|Observation||Observe and recognize objects up to 20 inches away (e.g., access patient/client information on computer screens, recognize very fine print on medication labels, monitor strips, equipment calibrations, syringes, etc.). Perceive depth in surrounding environment (e.g., prepare correct quantity of medication). Peripheral color distinction (e.g., distinguish change in skin integrity, breathing patters, and color intensity such as the ability to identify cyanosis; identify allergic responses such as skin rashes).|
Perceive vibrations, and differences in sizes, shapes, and surface characteristics (e.g., palpate pulses and veins, identify body landmarks, and check for drafts). Detect temperature changes (e.g., skin temperature). Recognize a range of tones (e.g., assess placement of tubes, faint body sounds, patient/client reports, faint voices, blood pressure sounds).
Recognize interpersonal communication in situations when faces are partially covered (e.g., lips are covered by face mask). Detect and distinguish odors from patient/client versus environment (e.g., detect foul smelling drainage, alcohol breath, etc. versus detection of smoke; detect gases or noxious smells).
|Interpretation||Recognize and understand content printed in English (e.g., policies, protocols, standards of care). Recognize and understand measurement marks and graphs (e.g., measurement tapes, scales, thermometer, etc.). Interpret digital displays.|
Communicate with patients’/clients’ family members, and healthcare providers regarding the individual’s plan of care. Teach, instruct, and explain procedures (e.g.,patient/client/family about health care).
Provide status reports (e.g., report on condition of patient/client to others). Direct activities of others. Clarify the meaning of nonverbal communication. Convey information through writing using proper communication techniques (e.g., correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling) in printed and typed correspondence. Correspond via telephone using proper technique and etiquette. Influence people (e.g., use physical touch as a therapeutic nonverbal intervention).
Adapt effectively to changing environments and increasing tension levels in a variety of situations. Demonstrate flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties and ambiguities inherent in the clinical problems of many patients/clients.
Establish therapeutic boundaries (e.g., provide patients/clients with emotional support; monitor and appropriately regulate own emotions without prompting from others). Carry out responsibilities that can often be taxing and stressful, and function effectively under stress (e.g., stressful issues can include human suffering, threats to personal safety, conflict, disagreements, and the need for collaboration and working as a member of the healthcare team). Focus sustained attention and concentration on tasks (e.g., perform multiple responsibilities concurrently). Recognize constructive criticism and performance feedback as avenues for improvement.
Negotiate interpersonal conflict (e.g., consult, negotiate, share, etc. as a member of an interdisciplinary team). Respect differences in patients/clients and peers (e.g., participate in partnered and group efforts in classroom and clinical learning activities). Establish report with patients/clients and co-workers (e.g., practice in a manner that is non-judgmental and non-discriminatory). Demonstrate cultural sensitivity (e.g., interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, intellectual, and cultural backgrounds). Develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with health care team members and patients/clients.
|Ethics & Professionalism||
Seek supervision and consultation in a timely manner, before performing any activity or procedure in which the provider feels unprepared or unsure. Present self to public, coworkers, patients/clients, families, administration, faculty, and all others in a polite and respectful manner at all times. Protect patients’/clients’ privacy and confidential information (e.g., adhere to HIPPA restrictions).