Associate Degree. Transfer.

About the program:

The Kilgore College School of Nursing Program 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 nursing 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 (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326.

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.

Nursing/Transition Program (RNSB)

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.

For more information, contact the nursing program at (903) 983-8168, (903) 266-2036 or email

Nursing Entrance Exam Review:

Nursing Entrance Exam Review (VNSG 1091, 18 Hours) is a focused review of concepts present in the Test of Essential Academic Skills or ATI TEAS. The ATI TEAS is the exam used for assessing a student’s preparedness for entering health science fields. Course topics include reading, English and language usage, mathematics and science.


Course information:

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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

Continue your education from RN to BSN:


 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

Admissions Grading Criteria

The typical accepted applicant has completed BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420 (all sciences require a lab), ENGL 1301, Language, Philosophy/Culture, and PSYC 2314, has a grade of C or higher and a minimum science GPA of 2.50 and has successfully completed the ATI TEAS entrance exam (A score of proficient or higher in each category).   The support courses are academic preparation for the nursing courses and it is strongly recommended that all six prerequisites be completed.

Acceptance is based on a points system.

Each student is given points for their TEAS scores and Science GPA (which includes BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, and MICRO).  Students also receive points for current health care licenses or certification that have, completed core classes and Field of Study in Nursing classes with a grade of "C" or higher.

Students are then ranked according to points:

ATI TEAS Entrance Exam: 

  • Proficient 58.7 – 68.2% = 1 point
  • Proficient 68.3 - 77.9% = 2 points
  • Advanced 78.0 – 90.6% = 3 points
  • Exemplary 90.7% and above = 4 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 March 2021 admission deadline: Science courses are acceptable within the last five (5) years prior to the application deadline.  All science courses taken more than once will be used to calculate the science GPA, including D's and F's.

Health Care License/Certifications:  Points will be given to applications for having an active license/certification in health care; excluding BLS/CPR. 

Deduction of Points: Points will be deducted for withdrawing beginning after the first withdrawal.

**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, KINE 1306, BCIS 1305, and MDCA 1313.  Applicants that have completed their Field of Study in Nursing will receive 0.5 points for each course.

How many students are accepted each year?

The nursing program at KC generally accepts 70 students for the spring class and 70 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 and paramedics?

LVNs and paramedics must meet the same entrance requirements as an entering applicant.  LVNs and paramedics will be required to attend school at least 3-4 days per week. See Transition Application Packet for more information on how to 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 Nursing Program provides a learner-centered environment that focuses on student access, success and completion via collaborative partnerships.

  • Kilgore College Nursing Program promotes access through its comprehensive financial aid and scholarship programs.
  • Kilgore College Nursing Program promotes success through high quality innovative instruction, holistic student support services and activities.
  • Kilgore College 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.

Vision Statement:

We commit to be the program of choice in Northeast Texas.

Program Design:

The program design of the 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions

For information about Associate Degree Nursing:

Dayna Davidson
Associate Degree Nursing
(903) 988-3751
Woodruff Adult Education Center (AEC), 100
Kathy Stone
Support Specialist
Associate Degree Nursing
(903) 983-8168
Health Science Center (HSCTR), G13
(903) 983-8175
Julie Blundell, MSN, RN
Associate Degree Nursing
(903) 988-7498
Health Science Center (HSCTR), 207
Krystal Bridwell, MSN, APRN FNP-BC
Associate Degree Nursing
(903) 983-8634
Health Science Center (HSCTR), 204
Mary "Lizzi" Blackmon, MSN, RN
Associate Degree Nursing
(903) 236-2037
KC-Longview Hendrix Bldg. (LVHDX), 200D
Mary Isichei, DNP, MSP, MSN, APRN CNS-BC
Simulation Lab Coordinator
Associate Degree Nursing
(903) 983-8629
Health Science Center (HSCTR), 201
Starla Lumpkin, BSN, RN
Skills Lab Assistant
Associate Degree Nursing
(903) 236-2039
KC-Longview Hendrix Bldg. (LVHDX), 200F
Kevin Powers, MARE, BSN, RN
Computer Lab Coordinator
Associate Degree Nursing
(903) 988-3758
Health Science Center (HSC), G57
Nikki Runnels, MSN, RN
Associate Degree Nursing
(903) 983-8167
Health Science Center (HSCTR), 206
Julia Schneider, MSN, RN
Associate Degree Nursing
(903) 236-2040
KC-Longview Hendrix Bldg. (LVHDX), 200E
Paulette Green, DNP, RN-BC, NPD-BC
Associate Degree Nursing
(903) 236-2041
KC-Longview Hendrix Bldg. (LVHDX), 200A