Blinn College Nursing Program Review


Blinn College (BC) in Texas was established in 1883. The Brenham Campus, 90 miles east of Austin, was the first location. Blinn has three other campuses in Bryan, Schulenburg, and Sealy, and serves a 13 county area. Started as a private Methodist college, Blinn eventually became a public junior college in 1937. The college enrolls almost 18,000 students, and is one of the largest community colleges in Texas.

For students looking to further their education at a four year institution, Blinn has one of the highest transfer rates in the state. Almost 75% of all transfer students from Blinn go on to Texas A&M University, but students also transfer to the other top universities in the state, as well.

Nursing Programs

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

The ADN program for Blinn College is offered at the Bryan Campus, in the Texas A & M Health Science Center. This program is for unlicensed students and takes two years to complete, after completing a semester of prerequisite courses. Students are admitted to the program twice a year, in the Fall and Spring Semesters.

To apply, students must first apply to and be accepted by Blinn College, and then apply to the ADN program. Students must supply any college transcripts, proof of computer literacy, take the TEAS exam, submit an essay, and show proof of Hepatitis B vaccination.

The prerequisites for this program are College Algebra or Mathematic Analysis I, General Biology I, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, and a Social or Behavioral Science Elective.

Students that graduate the program and earn at least a C grade or higher in all courses are eligible to become Registered Nurses (RNs) by taking the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX).

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Transition Option

This program is offered at the Texas A & M Health Science Center in Bryan, as well as at the Schulenburg Campus. Students must have a current LVN license, and at least one year of nursing experience. Applicants are admitted to the program once a year in the Summer semester. It takes one year to complete this program.

Students will need to complete the same prerequisite courses as the ADN program, plus English Composition & Rhetoric, Lifespan Growth and Development, Pharmacology, and Health Assessment Across the Lifespan.

Vocational Nursing Program

Blinn College offers the Vocational Nursing Program at the Bryan and Brenham Campuses. This program trains students to become entry-level LVNs. This program is 12 months long, and starts in the Fall semester.

Students may apply to the program by applying to Blinn College, attending a mandatory information session, taking the TEAS exam, completing their Hepatitis B vaccination series, and applying to the Allied Health Program.

Students that graduate from this program will earn a Certificate of Vocational Nursing. They will also be allowed to take the licensing exam for LVNs, and the Nursing Jurisprudence Exam (NJE). Once they have passed both exams, they may practice as LVNs.

Continuing Education

The Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) program is part of the Continuing Education Health Care Professionals series at Blinn College. Students will earn a Certificate of Completion for the CNA program.After completing the program, the student is eligible for the Texas Certified Nurse Aide Registry exam.

The prerequisite for this program is a high school diploma or GED. Students will take a total of 104 contact hours of courses, labs, and clinical training. Classes are held on campus, and clinical sessions are supervised by RNs or LVNs at local long-term healthcare facilities.

After becoming a registered CNA, students have the option of studying to become a Certified Medication Aide, who may then administer medications under supervision. This program requires 140 contact hours of training, and graduates are eligible to take the exam for the Texas Certified Medication Aide Registry.

Articulation Agreements

Blinn College has entered into a number of articulation agreements with area four-year universities. Students that complete the ADN program and want to go on to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) may do so based on the terms of the agreement. Blinn has agreements for BSN transfers to Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and HSC Universities, the University of Texas at Austin, Tyler, Houston, and Brownsville, Stephen S. Austin State University, and West Texas A&M University.

Contact:
Blinn College
902 College Avenue
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Brenham, TX 77833

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