Galveston College Nursing Program Review


Open to students since 1967, Galveston College (GC) is dedicated to providing quality education to the residents of Galveston Island, as well as the surrounding communities. GC enrolls about 2400 credit students and almost 5000 continuing education students each semester.

Galveston Island is 32 miles long and just 2.5 miles wide, and has some of the best preserved Victorian architecture in the nation. It also features miles of beautiful beaches, restaurants, hotels, and shopping, and is just 40 miles away from Houston, the fourth largest city in the nation.

Nursing Program

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

This program begins in the fall semester. Students will take a two year course of study, with 72 credit hours, and will graduate with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing. They will also be prepared to take the licensing exam (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses (RNs).

Admission to this program is competitive. Students will be awarded points based on their GPA, entrance scores, prerequisites and science classes, and general education courses taken.

To apply, students must be admitted to the college, have current immunizations, a clear background investigation, submit all transcripts, satisfy the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), complete or be enrolled in all prerequisites, and submit an application to the program. They must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 as well as a 2.5 GPA in their prerequisite classes.

The prerequisites for this program are Anatomy and Physiology I, Introduction to Chemistry I, Essentials of Medical Terminology, General Psychology, and Introduction to Algebra or a higher math class.

The recommended general education courses that will also be used in admission ranking are Anatomy and Physiology II, Microbiology for Science Majors, Composition I, Lifespan Growth and Development, Computers in Healthcare, and a Humanities or Arts elective.

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) to ADN Transition Program (EMT to ADN/ Paramadic to ADN)

Licensed Paramedics may take this program to earn an AAS in Nursing and become RNs. Students that meet the admission criteria will enter the ADN program during a summer session, and will complete it within a year.

Applicants to the program are selected competitively, using the same criteria as for the traditional ADN program. EMT-P Transition students must show proof of licensure, have at least one year of part time work experience as a Paramedic or have been a full time student while working part time, have a background check, be up to date on all immunizations, be admitted to the college, submit transcripts, satisfy TSI requirements, and take all prerequisites. They must also have a 2.5 GPA both cumulatively and in their prerequisite courses.

The prerequisites for the Transition program are Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology for Science Majors, Introduction to Chemistry I, Composition I, a Humanities or Arts elective, Essentials of Medical Terminology, General Psychology, Health Assessment, and Introduction to Algebra or a higher math class.

General education courses used in ranking students are Lifespan Growth and Development, Computers in Healthcare, and Pharmacology. It is recommended, but not required, that students take these before applying.

After admission to the program, students will take Nursing Skills for Articulating Students and the clinical course, and Transition to Nursing Practice. When they successfully complete these courses, students will receive 14 credit hours for prior education and experience.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to ADN Transition Program

Nurses with an LVN license may apply to this program to earn their AAS degree and become licensed RNs.

Entrance to this program is competitive, and applicants are ranked using the same criteria as for the traditional ADN program. LVN Transition students must have proof of licensure, have worked at least part time for one year as an LVN or have worked part time while a full time student, have a background investigation, have current immunizations, be admitted to the college, submit transcripts, satisfy TSI requirements, and complete all prerequisites. They must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA, and also a 2.5 GPA in their prerequisite courses.

The prerequisites for the Transition program are Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology for Science Majors, Introduction to Chemistry I, Composition I, a Humanities or Arts elective, Essentials of Medical Terminology, General Psychology, and Health Assessment. They must also either test out of or take Introduction to Algebra or a higher math class.

In addition, students are recommended to take these general education courses, as they are used in ranking applicants for admission: Lifespan Growth and Development, Computers in Healthcare, and Pharmacology.

Once admitted to the program, students will take a Medical-Surgical Clinical and Transition to Nursing Practice. When these have been completed, students will be awarded 14 credit hours for prior education and experience.

Vocational Nursing Certificate

Galveston College offers a program for students wishing to become entry-level nurses. The Vocational Nursing Certificate program is one year long, and after completing it students may take the state licensing exam to become LVNs.

To apply, students must be admitted to the college, have current immunizations, a background check, submit all transcripts, satisfy the TSI, complete or be enrolled in all prerequisites, and submit an application to the program. They must have a GPA of at least 2.5 in their prerequisite classes, as well as a cumulative 2.5 GPA.

The prerequisites for this program are Essentials of Medical Terminology, Essentials of Medication Administration, and Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Heath. Students will also need to test out of or take Introductory Algebra or a higher math class. In addition, it is recommended that students take Nutrition or Nutrition and Diet Therapy I, Essentials of Medial Law/Ethics for Health Professionals, and Pharmacology. These general education requirements are used in the ranking process for program applicants.

Any student that is not selected and applies the following year is automatically given two more ranking points.

Continuing Education

Nurse Aide for Health Care

This is a Continuing Education program for entry-level nursing assistants. To apply, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Students will take 86 hours of coursework and clinical practice, and will also be required to become certified in CPR for Health Care Providers.

Clinical-Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide (CNA Program)

Students that want to become Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) may enroll concurrently in this program while taking the Nursing Assistant courses. This program is an additional 24 hours of classroom and clinical time. Once students finish this program, they will be eligible to take the state certification exam.

Medication Aide

Medication Aides may administer certain medications to patients. CNAs that are currently employed in long-term care facilities are eligible to take this course. This is a 140 hour program, and after completing it students will be able to take the state licensing exam.

Contact:
Galveston College
4015 Avenue Q,
Galveston
, TX 77550

 

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