Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is the Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) program accredited?
A.  Yes, in January of 2018 the Texas Southmost College received initial accreditation from the Texas Board of Nursing to offer an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program.

Q.  Upon completion of the ADN program, will my nursing coursed be accepted by other Colleges or Universities for admission into a BSN degree program?
A. Yes, students graduating with an ADN at Texas Southmost College are graduating from an accredited college and nursing program.  Therefore, students will be able to transfer to a higher institution of learning into an RN to BSN program.

Q. Do I have to be a LVN or CNA to apply for the ADN program?
A. No, you do not have to be an LVN or CNA to apply for the traditional track ADN program.  We do offer a LVN to RN track (starting Summer 2020) for currently licensed and working LVNs.  However, LVNs and CNAs are welcome to apply to the traditional ADN track.

Q. What is the difference between pre-requisite and co-requisite courses?
A. Pre-requisite course must be complete prior to applying to the ADN program. These courses include: BIOL 2301/2101 Anatomy & Physiology I with the lab, BIOL 2302/2102 Anatomy & Physiology II with the lab, and MATH 1342 Elementary Statistics. 

Co-requisite courses are courses that may be taken along with the nursing program; however, if a study completes these courses prior to submitting their application, the student will earn points based on the grade earned in these courses.  The co-requisite courses include: PSYC 2301 General Psychology, ENGL 1301 Composition I, BIOL 2320/2120 Microbiology for non-science Majors with a lab, and a Language, Philosophy, & Culture/Creative Arts Elective.

Q. Can I substitute College Algebra for Elementary Statistics?
A. If you took College Algebra PRIOR to 2019, yes a course substitution will be granted.

Q. How can I study for the entrance HESI exams?
A.  The Testing Center webpage has listed some excellent study materials for the HESI A2 and Critical Thinking Exams. To prepare for the LVN to ADN entrance exam, the recommended study supplies of NCLEX-PN books or apps.

Q.  Is there going to be a Fall 2020 application cycle for the ADN program?
A.  Currently, the ADN program will only accept students into the Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer (LVN to RN) 2020 semesters.  Once the first cohort of students graduate and pass their NCLEX-RN with an minimum of an 80% pass rate, the program will then begin the admission process again.  There will not be a cohort of students admitted in the Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, or Fall 2021 semesters.  The next anticipated enrollment date for the ADN program will be Spring 2022.

Q.  What course should I be taking if I am not ready to apply for Fall 2019 or Spring 2020?
A.  Students are encouraged to work on their pre-requisite courses and any co-requisite courses in the ADN degree plan during the “pause†in admissions between Fall 2020 and Fall 2021.  The application deadline for Spring 2022 will be approximately September 1, 2021.

Q. What happens after I turn in my application?
A. Applicants will be ranked according the point system posted for the ADN program under Admission Requirements, and reviewed by the selection committee.  Qualified students will be offered conditional acceptance into the ADN program.  Upon acceptance of their conditional offer, students will be required to attend an orientation session to learn about the remaining steps to fulfill before the first day of class.  This process includes a required background check, Texas Board of Nursing fingerprint process, a drug test, immunization tracking, a CPR card, and a physical exam.

Q. Can I work while enrolled in the ADN program?
A. The ADN program is a full-time program.  Classes times vary, but some will begin as early as 6:00 am on clinical days, and end as late as 7:00pm.  Classes will meet generally Monday – Thursday; however, Fridays are reserved for open lab practice and remediation testing.  Students will spend an average of 20-30 hours each week in class and an additional 20-30 hours of study time each week.