2020 - 2021 Dallas College Catalog

2020 - 2021 Catalog
Program: Associate Degree Nursing
Degree Plan: Associate Degree Nursing A.A.S. (ECC and NLC)

Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit: https://www.dcccd.edu/hb1508.

(Associate of Applied Science Degree)

El Centro campus only (North Lake is an authorized site.)

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.ECC.NURS.14

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is a two-year, 60 credit hour program, leading to the Associate of Applied Science Degree. The program prepares graduates to be eligible to write the NCLEX-RN Examination to become licensed as a Registered Nurse (R.N.) in Texas. The program is accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing (333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460, Austin, Texas 78701; Phone: 512-305-7400; Fax: 512-305-7401) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; Phone: 404-975-5000; Fax: 404-975-5020).

The program offered at North Lake campus is under the administration and accreditation of the El Centro Campus Associate Degree Nursing Program. The program combines classroom and skills laboratory experience.

A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) may complete the Associate Degree Nursing Program (LVN to RN).

Advanced Placement ("Bridge") Program at El Centro Campus only:

Integration of previous health care knowledge and skills into the role development of the professional nurse as a provider of patient-centered care, patient safety advocate, member of health care team, and member of the profession. This program lends itself to a concept-based approach.

LVN's who are accepted to the Advanced Placement Program enroll into three advanced placement or "bridge" courses: a three-credit hour lecture course (RNSG 1324), a one-credit-hour skills component (RNSG 1118), and a one-credit hour nursing competencies component (RNSG 1126) which involve 2-3 full days of classes for the first semester of the Advanced Placement Program. After successful completion of the "bridge" semester courses, the student transitions into the third semester of the Associate Degree curriculum to complete the final two semesters of the traditional Associate Degree Nursing program. At the completion of the program, 13 additional credit hours are awarded for selected courses from the first two semesters of the traditional Associate Degree Nursing program.

Contact the Assessment Center at El Centro Campus for the pre-entrance assessment and, Health Occupations Admissions to receive an information packet.

Students who are pursuing an Associate Degree to be a registered nurse will follow the degree plan below.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
ENGL 1301 Composition 1 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
Prequisite Total 10
Course Course Title Credit Hours
RNSG 1216 Professional Nursing Competencies 2
RNSG 1128 Introduction to Health Care Concepts 1
RNSG 1430 Health Care Concepts 1 4
RNSG 1125 Professional Nursing Concepts 1 1
RNSG 1161 Clinical-Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology 2 4
Semester Total 13
Course Course Title Credit Hours
RNSG 1533 Health Care Concepts 2 5
RNSG 1126 Professional Nursing Concepts 2 1
RNSG 2362 Clinical-Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development 3
BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors 4
Semester Total 16
Course Course Title Credit Hours
RNSG 1538 Health Care Concepts 3 5
RNSG 1137 Professional Nursing Concepts 3 1
RNSG 2363 Clinical-Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3
+Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Semester Total 12
Course Course Title Credit Hours
RNSG 2539 Health Care Concepts 4 5
RNSG 2138 Professional Nursing Concepts 4 1
RNSG 2360 Clinical-Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3
Semester Total 9
Minimum Hours Required 60

LVN licensed students admitted into the Associate Degree Nursing program will follow the degree plan below.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
++BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
ENGL 1301 Composition 1 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development 3
Semester Total 13
Course Course Title Credit Hours
RNSG 1118 Transition to Professional Nursing Competencies 1
*RNSG 1324 Concept-Based Transition to Professional Nursing Practice 3
RNSG 1126 Professional Nursing Concepts 2 1
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology 2 4
BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors 4
Semester Total 13
Course Course Title Credit Hours
RNSG 1538 Health Care Concepts 3 5
RNSG 1137 Professional Nursing Concepts 3 1
RNSG 2363 Clinical-Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3
+Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Semester Total 12
Course Course Title Credit Hours
RNSG 2539 Health Care Concepts 4 5
RNSG 2138 Professional Nursing Concepts 4 1
RNSG 2360 Clinical-Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3
Semester Total 9

*Upon successful completion of RNSG 1324, the student will be awarded an additional 13 semester credit hours of equivalency (articulated) credit for the following courses:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
RNSG 1430 Health Care Concepts 1 4
RNSG 1161 Clinical-Registered Nursing/Nurse Registered 1
RNSG 1533 Health Care Concepts 2 5
RNSG 2362 Clinical-Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3
Semester Total 13
Minimum Hours Required 60

+Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.

++BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors 1 or CLEP exam are prerequisites to BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology 1.

A grade of "C" or better is required for all courses. Support courses must be completed before or during the semester indicated.