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, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.


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 1:4; 1 hour credit = 4 hours clinical)

Nursing/Associate Degree (RNSA):

Registered nurses (RNs) have excellent employment opportunities in our community, such as hospitals, clinics, physicians' offices, home health care and long-term-care facilities.

Apply for the ADN Program (pdf application)


Nursing/Transition Program (RNSB) - Begins Spring 2019:

Nursing Transition ADN - (LVN-to-RN and Paramedic-to-RN) If you find yourself limited in your employment opportunities because of your level of education, consider returning to school to obtain your RN.  The Associate Degree Nursing Program values your previous education and experience, and gives you advanced placement. Applicants must have an unencumbered LVN license or Paramedic license and have practiced as an LVN or Paramedic for one year.  A student who completes the required courses may receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. The graduate is then eligible to take the licensing examination for Registered Nurses given by the National Council of States Boards of Nursing.


Course information:


UT Tyler Roadmap to Success:

The Roadmap to Success was created by Kilgore College and The University of Texas at Tyler Longview University Center to provide the details necessary for you to earn an associate degree or a bachelor of science degree in nursing in an efficient and affordable way, close to home.


Board of Nursing Link

Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) Link

Texas Center for Nursing Workforce studies LINK

Texas Team - Advancing health through nursing LINK

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org


Continue your education from RN to BSN:

UT Tyler LINK

 Texas Tech Nursing LINK

University of Houston - Victoria LINK


NOTE: For students in this course who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas.  If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.

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Associate Degree Nursing

Application Checklist - How to Apply and What is Required

(Please proceed in order according to your current academic standing.  We hope that this checklist will assist you in preparing for and applying to the ADN (RN) Program at Kilgore College.  Please read & follow the instructions below.) 

1) Apply for admission to KC

It is free to apply. Meningitis vaccine is required for all students younger than 22 years old.


2) Apply for Financial Aid


3) Request official transcripts (College/University) to be sent to:

  • 1. Attn: Registrar’s Office, Kilgore College, 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, TX  75662

(If you have only attended Kilgore College; submit (1) Official transcript with your application to the Nursing Dept.)

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


4) Complete TSI Assessment at the KC Testing Center (if applicable)


5) Complete New Student Orientation:

(Transfer students with 12 or more transferable credit hours are not required to attend New Student Orientation, if applicable.)


6) Register for required prerequisites:

Applicants must register for and complete the required prerequisites in order to apply to the nursing program: 

  • CHEM 1406 or 1411 w/lab
  • BIOL 2401 w/lab (Anatomy & Physiology I)
  • BIOL 2402 w/lab (Anatomy & Physiology II)

Additional four (4) courses required to graduate the ADN program:

  • BIOL 2420 w/lab (Microbiology)
  • PSYC 2314 (Life Span)
  • ENGL 1301 (English Composition I)
  • Language Philosophy & Culture – 1 x 3 hours course - to be selected from the following: (ENGL 2322, 2323, 2326, 2332, 2333; HIST 2311, 2312, 2321, 2322; PHIL 1301, 2306

Additional points will be given to Students for each prerequisite that has been successfully taken at Kilgore College.

  • Successfully complete the three (3) pre-requisites with a C or higher and with a minimum Science GPA of 2.75 before submitting the ADN application packet.  The remaining four (4) courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher in order to graduate the ADN program.
  • It is recommended by the ADN department to have all seven (7) courses (listed in No. 6 above) completed prior to applying for the ADN program to be a successful nursing student.  Students that have all Science courses completed will be given preference in acceptance to the nursing program.
  • All Science courses must not be older than 7 years when applying to the ADN Program.  Any Science course that exceeds the 7-year mark of completion, will need to be re-taken prior to submitting your nursing application.  This only applies to the four (4) Science Courses listed in No. 6 above.
  • The 3 pre-requisite grades and all attempts at pre-requisite courses (within 7 years) will be used to calculate the Science GPA.  (Points will be deducted after the 1st Withdraw in these courses.)
  •  If you are currently enrolled or will be enrolled, and will have completed any of the course(s) listed in number 6 above by the start of the nursing semester for which you are applying, please indicate that on the nursing application; under “Currently Enrolled” and provide the semester you will be enrolled in that course.
  • Students currently registered for a Science course (during fall or spring semesters) should apply for Priority Registration at www.kilgore.edu/datasheet about a month into the semester for a chance to register for their next Science course earlier than the general student population.  Follow the instructions exactly on the KC Priority Registration Request or your Registration Request may not be considered.

7) Additional Courses:

(Not required for an AAS degree in Nursing, but required from Kilgore College to receive an AA or AS degree.  1/2 point will be given for each completed with a "C" or better):

  • ENGL 1302
  • MATH 1342
  • Creative Art
  • PSYC 2301
  • RNSG 1201
  • HIST 1301
  • HIST 1302
  • GOVT 2305
  • GOVT 2306
  • MDCA 1313
  • HECO or BIOL 1322
  • SPCH 1315 or 1318

8)  Register for the HESI-A2 Entrance Exam:

Exam dates are limited so please register early.  Email the nursing department for the schedule at nursing@kilgore.edu.

Applicants may only take the HESI-A2 twice per calendar year.  Please prepare for entrance exam.  The exam takes approximately 4 hours.  (HESI-A2 may not be older than 5 years.)

  • HESI-A2 Exam (schedule by contacting the Nursing Department: nursing@kilgore.edu)     
  • Minimum Passing Scores:  79% Reading, 78% Math, 78% Grammar  
  • (HESI-A2 Study Guide/Workbook can be purchased online to prepare for the exam.)

9) Apply for admission to the ADN Program:

Please read the following:

Students interested in A.D.N. Nursing Program, please be advised that your background could keep you from being licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing.  If you have a question about your background and licensure, please contact the Texas Board of Nursing at http://www.bon.texas.gov/students.asp  You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Board of Nursing.

Application Packet to include the following:

  1. Completed Associate Degree Nursing (RN) Application (rev. January 2018) or the Transition Application.
  2. Submit Official Transcript(s) from all Colleges/Universities attended; including Kilgore College official transcript with your Nursing Application.
  3. HESI-A2 test score (print out).
  4. If you have attended a nursing school in the past; you are required to provide a Letter of Good Standing from the Director of the Nursing Program.  This letter can be emailed to nursing@kilgore.edu.
  5. Submit your Application Packet in a sealed envelope to the ADN (RN) Department, located in the Health Sciences Center, Room G13 no later than close of business on the deadline date.

APPLICATION DEADLINES: Fall Semester (March 1); Spring Semester (July 1)

(If the deadline date falls on a weekend/holiday; application packets will be due no later than the next business day.)


Please feel free to contact us with any questions:

Dayna Davidson
Director, Associate Degree Nursing
E-Mail: Dayna Davidson

Kathy Stone
Support Specialist, Associate Degree Nursing
E-Mail: Kathy Stone


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 1406 or 1411, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420 (Microbiology), (all sciences require a lab), ENGL 1301, Language, Philosophy & Culture: PSYC 2314, has a grade of C or higher and a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 in the completed courses, and has successfully completed the HESI A2 exam with competitive scores.   The support courses are academic preparation for the nursing courses and it is strongly recommended that all seven prerequisites be completed.


Acceptance is based on a points system.

Each student is give points for their HESI A2 scores and Science GPA (which includes CHEM, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, and MICRO).


Students are then ranked according to these points:

  • HESI A2: Each student will receive 1/10th of a point for every point above the required reading score (TEAS 65 or the HESI A2 79). Ex: A score of 90 on the HESI would give the student 1.1 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 courses taken more than once will be averaged, including D's and F's.  
  • Deduction of Points: Points will be deducted for withdrawing beginning with the first withdrawl.

**Additional points will be given to applicants for each prerequisite that has been successfully completed at Kilgore College.

**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, PSYC 2301, HECO or BIOL 1322, SPCH 1315 or SPCH 1318, RNSG 1201 and MDCA 1313.


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.  LVNs will be required to attend school at least 3-4 days per week. See Transition Application Packet for more information on apply for the 12-month Transition Program.

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 provides a learner-centered environment that focuses on student access, success and completion via collaborative partnerships.

  • Kilgore College Associate Degree Nursing Program promotes access through its comprehensive financial aid and scholarship programs.
  • Kilgore College Associate Degree Nursing Program promotes success through high quality innovative instruction, holistic student support services and activities.
  • Kilgore College Associate Degree Nursing Program promotes completion by providing concept based instruction in order for students to flourish through entry into the workforce as highly skilled and technologically advanced nurses.
  • Kilgore College leads and promotes partnerships through outreach to area health care providers, universities, hospitals and clinics and participation with Texas Academic Progression in Nursing. 

Program Design:

The program design of the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Kilgore College is based on the belief that individual is a unique product of environment, culture, and life experiences.  The Concept Based 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 JUDGEMENT, and EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE.  Patient centered care, ethical & legal practice, professionalism, 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 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 patient. 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 a 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 JUDGEMENT is both an intellectual and a creative process that enables the nurse to think critically and make sound decision making.  The nurse utilizes the nursing process in decision making to provide safe, evidence-based, holistic nursing care of multi-cultural patients 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 patient 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.
Student 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.
Other Nursing Programs Offered at KC

Frequently Asked Questions

For information about Associate Degree Nursing:

Dayna Davidson, MSN, RN
Director
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 988-3751
Office:
Health Science Center (HSCTR), G15
Kathy Stone
Support Specialist
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 983-8168
Office:
Health Science Center (HSCTR), G13
Fax:
(903) 983-8175
Dawn Bahr, MSN, RN
Instructor
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 983-8167
Office:
Health Science Center (HSCTR), 206
Julie Blundell, MSN, RN
Instructor
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 988-7498
Office:
Health Science Center (HSCTR), 207
Krystal Bridwell, MSN, APRN, FNP, BC
Instructor
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 983-8634
Office:
Health Science Center (HSCTR), 204
Carol Hardee, MSN, RN
Instructor
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 988-7588
Office:
Health Science Center (HSCTR), 208
Jackie Hobbs, MSN, RN
Instructor
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 983-8161
Office:
Health Science Center (HSCTR), 205
Starla Lumpkin, BSN, RN
Skills Lab Assistant
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 988-3764
Office:
Health Science Center (HSCTR), G50
Terri Peerenboom, MA, MSN, RN
Simulation Lab Coordinator
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 983-8629
Office:
Health Science Center (HSCTR), 201
Kevin Powers, MARE, BSN, RN
Computer Lab Coordinator
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 988-3758
Office:
Health Science Center (HSC), G57
Julia Schneider, MSN, RN
Instructor
Associate Degree Nursing
Phone:
(903) 983-8686
Office:
Health Science Center (HSCTR), 207
Laura Mulanax
Health Science Academic Advisor
Math - Science and Health Sciences
Phone:
(903) 983-8184
Office:
Canterbury Engineering Science (CANT), 208