The Lone Star College System offers a multiple entry/exit program of study in Associate Degree Nursing. The ADN Basic Track and the LVN/LP to ADN Transition Track lead to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing and eligibility to take the RN State Licensure Examination. The Basic Track Nursing Program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (Texas BON) and is accredited by The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, http://www.nlnac.org.
Basic Track: Beginning nursing students are admitted in July/August of each year to pursue four sequential semesters of nursing courses. Classes include lecture, lab, and clinical. Attendance requirements are 4-5 days per week.
HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION STATUS
Students must be physically and emotionally able to meet all program requirements including the rendering of safe nursing care in the clinical setting. These abilities involve lifting, moving, bathing, and transferring patients in and out of bed, calculating medications, and being able to communicate clearly and effectively with patients and members of the healthcare team. Nursing care involves exposure to patients with infectious and blood-borne diseases. After admission into the program, students must submit a record of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The DSHS is now requiring a completed Hepatitis B series prior to direct patient contact. Students must have a physical exam and a current CPR certificate designed for health care providers prior to the first day of clinical. The physical examination certifies that students are physically and emotionally capable of performing the duties of a nurse.
Students in the nursing program are strongly encouraged to carry a personal health policy. The College and clinical facilities are not responsible for any claims for expenses that result from an action of a student in the clinical setting. Although the clinical facilities provide access to acute emergency care in the event of an accident or injury to a student, the student is responsible for all expenses incurred.
PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE
All nursing students are required to carry professional liability insurance. Fees collected at the time of registration cover the cost of a college student blanket policy with a major insurance carrier.
To remain in good standing and progress within the nursing curriculum, students must maintain a "C" (70%) or higher in EACH COURSE in the nursing degree plan and maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 in the college.
A standardized test will be given at the end of the first year, and students who do not make an acceptable score will be required to remediate to improve their chances of success in the program.
A student must pass all concurrent nursing courses in a single semester to progress to the next semester. A student who fails or withdraws from one or more concurrent nursing courses must repeat all concurrent nursing courses for that semester if readmitted to the program. Grades earned in concurrent nursing courses in the original semester will be recorded.
COMPREHENSIVE EXIT EXAM
Students are required to successfully pass a standardized comprehensive exit exam prior to completion of the program. Obtaining an acceptable score in this exam is required in order to graduate from the program. This exam also serves to identify students' strong and weak areas and provides a valuable study guide to be used in preparation for the national licensing examination. Each student receives a report of the results. Students who do not pass this exam after five (5) attempts will not graduate from the program.
Readmission is not automatic; it is based on remediation of problem areas and space available in the program. Students may only be readmitted to the program one time. If readmitted, the student must enroll in all concurrent nursing courses and is required to adhere to CURRENT nursing program policies. Students who are unsuccessful in any first semester nursing course must reapply to the program. Readmission into the associate degree nursing program must occur within two years of non-completion.
TEXAS BOARD OF NURSING REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE
The Texas Board of Nursing (Texas BON) may refuse to admit persons to its licensure examination, OR may refuse to issue a license or certificate of registration to any individual with lack of fitness to practice by reason of mental or physical health or intemperate use of alcohol or drugs that could potentially result in injury to patients or the public. The Board may also refuse to grant licensure to any individual with a history of a conviction. An individual enrolled or planning to enroll in a nursing program who has reason to believe that he/she may be ineligible may petition the Texas BON for a declaratory order for eligibility. Contact the Texas Board of Nursing at http://www.bon.state.tx.us for additional information or to obtain a Declaratory Order Form. The Declaratory process may take six (6) months to one (1) year to complete.
All accepted and alternate candidates/students will undergo DPS and FBI background checks before their admission to the nursing program is finalized. A person who feels that he/she might have a background issue is strongly advised to begin the Declaratory Process to Texas BON as soon as possible.
A person does not have to be a current nursing student or an applicant to the nursing program to begin the Declaratory process.
In order to be eligible for licensure by the Texas BON, those seeking an LVN license within the ADN program Multiple Entry Exit Program (MEEP) option must not have any records of felony. Also applicants must be high school graduates or have completed their GED.
Applicants to the nursing program and student nurses are expected to conduct themselves professionally at all times. Applicants who become disruptive may jeopardize their applications from being considered or their student status and may face disciplinary action as stated in the Lone Star College System student handbook and college catalog. In the event that a violation of policy is also a violation of State or Federal law, the College may proceed with disciplinary processes.