The Lone Star College 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, http://www.acenursing.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" (75%) 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.
CLEAR CRIMINAL HISTORY (BON)
Applicants who have a criminal history, mental illness, or chemical dependency of any kind must apply to and resolve it with the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) by completing a Declaratory Order prior to the beginning of the program.
Important Changes in Texas Board of Nursing Background Check and Declatory Order Process
The process for filing a Declaratory Order (DO) with the Texas Board of Nursing has changed. Students can no longer file a DO in advance. All prospective applicants who were fingerprinted PRIOR to 2010 will be required by the Texas Board of Nursing to redo their fingerprints. Here is the process for filing a DO:
Any student with a positive criminal background, history of mental illness within the last five years, or chemical dependency within the last five years must contact the Director of Nursing at the campus of their first choice.
The Director of Nursing will email the student a FERPA form
Students will download, sign, and email the form back to the Director.
The signed FERPA form provides Directors with the permission to send personal information to the TBON (address, DOB, SS#) for the initial background check.
After Lone Star College submits your name on a roster, the TBON will send you an initial outcome letter detailing the next steps in the DO process. Students are advised to gather official legal/medical documents that may be requested by the TBON to expedite the process.
Students should allow 30 days for the TBON to respond after the initial review.
In-depth reviews are conducted by the Enforcement Department of the TBON and the cost to the student is $150. Students can expect to receive an outcome letter approximately 90 days after an in-depth review.
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.
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 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.