Nursing - Associate Degree Nursing (RN)

Associate's Degree. Transfer.

About the program:

This Nursing Program (ADN) has been providing quality nursing education to this community for many years.  A large percentage of the nurses in practice are graduates of the KC ADN program. The program is accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON), 333 Guadalupe #3-460, Austin TX, (512) 305-7400 and the Accreditation Commission  for Education in Nursing, as well as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Why attend Kilgore College for nursing?

  • Individualized instruction: Highly educated, experienced instructors
  • On-site instruction: Instructors in classroom and clinical settings
  • Easy Transfer: Affiliation agreements with local universities
  • Small classes: 50 students per class
  • Value for $$ spent: Low tuition & fees
  • 9-11 credit hours per semester
  • (Lecture ratio 1:1; 1 hour credit = 1 hour class time)
  • (Clinical ratio 1:3; 1 hour credit = 3 hours clinical)

Course information:

Associate Degree Nursing

Application Checklist - How to Apply and What is Required

Your path to a successful future is made easy with these steps!

Please proceed in order according to your current academic standing.

1) Apply for admission to KC (FREE!) Meningitis vaccine required for all students younger than 22 years old.

2) Apply for Financial Aid

3) Request official transcripts (High school., GED, and college/university):

Send transcripts to:
Kilgore College
Office of the Registrar
1100 Broadway
Kilgore, TX 75662

4) Complete TSI Assessment (if applicable)

5) Complete New Student Orientation: (Transfer students with 12 or more transferable credit hours are not required to attend New Student Orientation.)

6) Register for support courses:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Chemistry, Developmental Psychology, English, Intro to Psychology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Philosophy/Humanities and Speech
  • Successfully complete the support courses with a 2.5 GPA or higher (Additional points given to students who have completed CORE courses)

7) Apply for admission to the A.D.N. Program (Fall admission application deadline is March 1 and spring admission deadline is Oct. 1. All ADN candidates must apply to both Kilgore College and the KC Nursing Program).

8) Register for nursing entrance exam: (TEAS-V offered at KC) HESI A2

  • Passing Scores: TEAS-V 65% in Math, Reading and Grammar
  • Passing Scores: HESI A2 Math-78, Reading-79, and Grammar-78

9) Complete and successfully pass the entrance exam

Please visit or contact the nursing department at (903) 983-8168 to reserve a seat (based on availability) for the Nelson Denny Reading Exam. A passing score of 13 is required.

NOTE: All of the above steps must be completed on or before the application deadline.

Drug and Criminal History Background Check:

A drug and criminal history check will be done prior to admission. No one will be admitted with a positive drug screen. All background checks are now done through the Texas Board of Nursing. Once Kilgore College has submitted your information to the Texas Board of Nursing, it is no longer the responsibility of Kilgore College. If the criminal background check identifies any circumstances that would render you ineligible for licensure by the board, it becomes an issue between the student and the Texas Board of Nursing. No applicants will be admitted into the program without a clean background check or a declaratory order. Please review the following information regarding the criminal history check.

The Board of Nurse Examiners has identified certain circumstances that may render a potential candidate ineligible for licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Texas. The Board provides individuals the opportunity to petition for a Declaratory Order as to their eligibility in accordance with Article 301.257 of the Nursing Practice Act. (Deferred order, prosecution, or adjudication - a determination by a court that is withheld or delayed for a specific time period.)

If you are required to answer "YES" to any of the following questions, please go to the Board of Nurse Examiners website and download, or print, the forms here, complete and submit.

Processing your Petition may take from three (3) to six (6) months after you provide all required documentation and depending on your circumstance. Once all requested documents have been received, you will be notified that the Petition has been transferred to the Enforcement Department for review.

  • Have you ever been denied licensure by any licensing/certifying agency in any state, country or province?
  • Have you ever had disciplinary action taken against you by any licensing/certifying authority in any state, country, or providence?
  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime or received a deferred order, with or without an adjudication of guilt, for felony or misdemeanor offense other than a minor traffic violation?
  • Have you been diagnosed, treated or hospitalized in the past five (5) years for schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder. (You may answer "NO" if you have completed and/or are in compliance with TPAPN for mental illness.)
  • Have you been addicted or treated for the use of alcohol or any drug within the past five (5) years? (You may answer "no" if you have completed and/or are in compliance with TPAPN for substance abuse.)
  • Have you been issued any order concerning your eligibility for examination or licensure by this Board or have you ever received a proposal of ineligibility from the Board?
Admissions Grading Criteria

The typical accepted applicant has completed CHEM 1306 (or, 1411), ENGL 1301, HECO 1322, PSYC 2301, BIOL 2301, BIOL 2302, and Microbiology, has a GPA of 2.5 or better in the completed courses, and has successfully completed the TEAS-V or HESI A2 exams with competitive scores.   The support courses are academic preparation for the nursing courses and it is strongly recommended that all four-science courses and any course that is not an RNSG course be completed.

Acceptance is based on a points system:

Each student is give points for their TEAS-V testing score or HESI A2 scores, Nelson-Denny testing score, Science GPA (which includes CHEM, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, and MICRO), and their cumulative GPA in the courses our program requires.

Students are then ranked according to these points:

  • TEAS-V or HESI A2: Each student will receive 1/10th of a point for every point above the required reading score (TEAS-V 65 or the HESI A2 79). Ex: A score of 77 on the TEAS-V would give the student 1.2 points.
  • Nelson Denny Test: Each student will receive 1 point for every point above the required 13th grade reading level. Ex: A score of 18 would give the student 5 points.
  • SGPA: Each student will receive points equal to their SGPA. Ex: An SGPA of 3.43 would give the student 3.4 points. Effective for the 10/1/2014 Admission Deadline: Science courses are acceptable within the last seven (7) years prior to the application deadline.  Science course taken more than once will be averaged.
  • GPA: Each student will receive points equal to their GPA. Ex: A GPA of 3.43 would give the student 3.4 points.
  • Example: TEAS-V: 77=1.2 points, Nelson-Denny: 18=5 points, SPGA: 3.43=3.4 points, GPA: 3.43=3.4 points
  • TOTAL POINTS: 13 points

**Additional 0.5  points per course will be given to applicants for completion of each the following CORE courses with a “C” or better: ENGL 1302, MATH 1342, Creative Arts, HIST 1301, HIST 1302, GOVT 2305 & GOVT 2306. BCIS is required or a passing grade on the Computer literacy Exam ***

How many students are accepted each year?

The Associate Degree Nursing Program generally accepts 50 students for the spring class and 50 students for the fall class. The State Board requires one instructor for every 10 students, so our enrollment is limited by the number of qualified faculty.

How good is "good enough"?

Since the selection is based primarily on grades, students with grades of "B" or better are more likely to be accepted. This does not mean that students with an occasional grade of "C" will not be accepted.

How long will my application be considered?

An application is valid for the application period only. If you apply for Fall admission, your application will be valid until the first class day of the fall semester. If you apply for Spring admission, your application is valid until the first class day of the spring semester. If you are not accepted, you need to re-apply to assure us of your continued interest in our program. We do not maintain a waiting list.

What about LVNs?

LVNs must meet the same entrance requirements as an entering applicant.  The first semester will be a nine (9) week, one (1) day-a-week transition course.  During the second semester, the student will join the Level II class.

Information Session Dates & Times

To more learn about our nursing program please join us for a general information session held once a month.  For information session dates and times, call (903) 983-8168.

Mission, Program Design and Statement of Beliefs

Mission Statement:

The Kilgore College Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares the student for success in life and a career in nursing.  The program operates within the mission of Kilgore College subscribing to the college values of providing educational opportunities that have high quality, great value, easy access and community focus.

Program Design:

The program design of the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Kilgore College is based on the belief that the individual is a unique product of environment, cultural and life experiences. The curriculum addresses the changing needs of the community and the health profession as well as the physiological, psychological and spiritual needs of individuals and families.

The following concepts form the basis of the program design: THE ROLE OF THE NURSE, CLINICAL DECISION MAKING and EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE. Caring, ethical integrity, professional growth and communication are unifying threads that support the concepts and are integrated throughout the courses.

  • The ROLE OF THE NURSE is as a Member of the Profession, a Provider of Patient-Centered Care, a Patient Safety Advocate and a Member of the Health Care Team. As Member of the Profession, the nurse practices within the ethical/legal framework of the profession, with responsibility and accountability for nursing practice, through promotion of excellence, a commitment to lifelong learning, and projects of a positive nursing image. As Provider of Patient-Centered Care, the nurse provides safe nursing care for individuals and families with caring, competence and commitment. Through the use of interpersonal skills, problem solving and clinical decision making, the nurse assesses, diagnoses, plans, implements and evaluates the care provided. As Patient Safety Advocate, the culture and environment is insured by the nurse to protect the physical, psychological, microbiological, chemical or thermal safety of the client. To maintain safety the nurse must demonstrate knowledge of the Nurse Practice Act and other state, federal and organizational guidelines, formulate goals and outcomes based on Evidence-Based data, maintain competency in their own skill level, comply with mandatory reporting and delegate based on patient safety and organizational policy. As Member of the Health Care Team, the nurse collaborates with patients, their families and the interdisciplinary team, serves as an advocate for health care quality and access, communicates and manages information with technology and delegates and supervises aspects of nursing care to others as appropriate.
  • CLINICAL DECISION MAKING is both an intellectual and a creative process that enables the nurse to think critically and make sound clinical judgment. The nurse utilizes the nursing process in decision making to provide safe, evidence-based, holistic nursing care of multi-cultural clients and their families.
  • EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE is the systematic process of uncovering, evaluating and using information from research as the basis for making clinical decisions and providing client care.

Statement of Beliefs:

  1. We believe the purpose of nursing education is to facilitate excellence by preparing graduates with the knowledge and skills for licensure in a rapidly changing profession in a variety of structured healthcare settings in a technological age.
  2. We believe that faculty promotes an environment that provides students with opportunities to experience learning by incorporating knowledge from the biological, behavioral, and the physical sciences toward the attainment of a unique body of knowledge.
  3. We believe that students apply this body of knowledge through the use of the nursing process and in developing clinical decision making skills.  We believe learning is an interactive process in which the faculty and students share responsibility.
  4. We believe in providing a quality education for a culturally diverse population and in recognizing varying backgrounds, skills, and learning styles, and fostering student success through a variety of educational and financial resources.
  5. We believe we have a responsibility to the public and the community to graduate only students who will be considered safe providers of nursing care and who practice with a high level of ethical integrity.
  6. We believe that nursing is a dynamic caring profession that provides an essential service to the East Texas community by preparing the graduate with skills necessary for entry into nursing practice and by encouraging graduates to have a vision for the communities in which they live and work.
  7. We believe the teaching/learning process is a lifelong commitment to remain expert learners in each individual’s practice of professional nursing:For faculty in development of a dynamic curriculum for the program and continuing education; and for graduates to pursue continuation of personal and professional growth through lifelong learning.
  8. We believe the four primary roles in nursing are Member of the Profession, Provider of Patient-Centered Care, Patient Safety Advocate and Member of the Health Care Team.
Departmental Purpose/Goals and Program Learning Outcomes

The purpose and goals for the students of the ADN program are:

  • Collaborate with other members of the health care team, patients and their families using evidenced-based practice to provide optimal health care throughout the life span. Professional Growth, Member of the Health Care Team, Communication, Evidence Based Practice.
  • Believe in the significance for continued self-evaluation and life-long learning throughout their profession. Professional Growth, Member of Profession.
  • Initiate and maintain communication and health teaching to meet the needs of clients and families of multicultural backgrounds, providing optimal healthcare throughout the life span. Caring, Provider of Patient-Centered Care, Communication.
  • Demonstrate caring interventions that include nurturing and protective, compassionate and person centered care. Caring, Provider of Patient-Centered Care, Patient Safety Advocate .
  • Provide Safe, competent and individualized care for clients and families by using clinical decision making skills that maintain consistent and precise safety measures in a variety of structured health care settings. Ethical Integrity, Caring, Provider of Patient-Centered Care, Patient Safety Advocate, Clinical Decision Making.
  • Maintain ethical integrity and uphold the standards of nursing practice consistent with the roles of the Associate Degree Nurse as a leader or member of the interdisciplinary health team. Ethical Integrity, Member of the Profession, Evidence Based Practice, Member of the Health Care Team.
  • Create and maintain a culture of client safety through proper client identification, communication with other health care workers, safe medication administration, reduction of infection risks, prevention of injury, and assessment for psychosocial risk. Patient Safety Advocate, Provider of Patient-Centered Care, Clinical Decision Making, Communication.

Program Learning Outcomes:

After completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Provide a safe and effective care environment for their patients, through appropriate management of patient care and promotion of safety and infection control.
  • Provide for patient’s psychosocial integrity.
  • Provide for patient’s physiological integrity through basic care and comfort, pharmacological and parenteral therapies, reduction of risk potential and physiological adaptation.
  • Provide for patient health promotion and maintenance.
  • Provide care for patient’s utilizing the nursing process, including assessment, analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Provide patient care utilizing critical thinking to prioritize, set goals, apply knowledge with inferential and interpretive reasoning and predict or evaluate outcomes.
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Frequently Asked Questions

For information about Associate Degree Nursing:

Dayna Davidson, MSN
Director
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 988-3751
Office:
Whitten Applied Technology Center (AT), 115
Charlotte Acree, MSN
Instructor
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 983-8167
Office:
Whitten Applied Tech. Center (AT), 202-A
David Adamson, MSN
Instructor
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 983-8634
Office:
Whitten Applied Tech. Center (AT), 206-B
Barbara Bishop
Instructor, Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 983-8168
Julie Blundell, MSN, RN
Instructor
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 988-7498
Office:
Whitten Applied Tech. Center (AT), 112
Donna Evans, MSN
Instructor
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 983-8151
Office:
Whitten Applied Tech. Center (AT), 112
Mariane Hastie, MSN
Instructor
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 983-3768
Office:
Whitten Applied Tech. Center (AT), 112
Jackie Hobbs, MSN, RN
Instructor
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 983-8161
Office:
Technical Vocational Building (TV), 113-C
Starla Lumpkin, BSN
Skills Lab Assistant
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 988-3764
Office:
Whitten Applied Tech. Center (AT), 104
Terri Peerenboom, BNS, RN, MA
Simulation Lab Coordinator
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 983-8629
Kevin Powers, BSN, RN, MARE
Computer Lab Coordinator
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 988-3758
Office:
Whitten Applied Tech. Center (AT), 206
Kellie Richardson, BSN
Instructor
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 988-7435
Office:
Whitten Applied Tech. Center (AT), 206
Julia Schneider, MSN
Instructor
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 983-8686
Office:
Whitten Applied Tech. Center (AT), 104-A