Alvin Community College Nursing Program Review
Alvin Community College (ACC) was founded in 1948 as part of the Alvin Independent School District. It moved to its current location in 1963 and became a standalone community college in 1972. In 1998, the Pearland College Center was added as a remote campus.
ACC enrolls over 4000 students each semester and offers classes in the local high schools of Alvin, Manvel, Pearland, and Dawson, in addition to the two campus locations.
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program
This program provides the educational foundation for students wishing to enter the field of nursing. Students that successfully complete the program will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, and will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Alvin Community College graduates consistently have a pass rate on the NCLEX that is higher than both the state and national averages.
The ADN program is designed to be completed in two years, after finishing prerequisite classes. The prerequisites for the program are Composition I, and Anatomy and Physiology I and II. Students may also take other general education courses in the program prior to actually entering the program. To graduate, students must complete a minimum of 70 credit hours. Students are admitted in the Fall and Spring semesters. All students applying to the program must submit their ACT or SAT scores.
Students will perform their clinical rotations at local hospitals, and at the world renowned Texas Medical Center in Houston.
The ADN program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing, and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
LVN to ADN Transition Program
This program is designed to allow a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to continue their education, earn their ADN degree, take the NCLEX, and become a Registered Nurse (RN). This is a one year program (three semesters, including summer) that admits new students in May of each year.
To be eligible for the program, students must have taken Composition I, General Psychology, Life Span Growth and Development, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Microbiology.
Applicants must have a current LVN license or be scheduled to graduate from an LVN program. If they graduated over a year prior, they must have recent LVN work experience. Once accepted into the program, students will take two Concepts of Nursing Practice for Articulating Students courses. After completing these courses, students will receive 14 credit hours for prior nursing coursework.
Students interested in becoming an LVN may apply to this program. This course of study takes one year (three semesters, including summer) to complete and starts in June of each year. This is an intense, 44 credit hour program that will teach students the basic nursing skills required for an entry level nurse.
Graduates will receive a Vocational Nursing Certificate and are allowed to sit for the state licensing exam for LVNs.
Nurse Refresher Continuing Education
This program complies with the Texas Board of Nursing curriculum requirements for nurses who have been out of the workforce and wish to re-enter the profession. Nurses that have been out of clinical practice for over four years and have allowed their license to expire must take a refresher course to return to work as a nurse.
This program consists of six weeks of online theory class work, 80 hours of patient care under direct RN/LVN supervision at area hospitals or clinical locations, and an on-campus skills lab, which is held at the Alvin Community College main campus.
To apply, students must have a background check, be current on their vaccinations, and be in good standing with the Texas Board of Nursing.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
CNAs work closely with nurses and provide hands-on patient care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other health care situations. They are an important part of any health care team.
The CNA program is divided into three sections: Nurse Aide for Health Care-Lecture, Nurse Aide for Health Care-Clinical, and Nurse Aide for Health Care-Skills Lab. These courses are taken concurrently during one semester.
To be able to apply to the program, students must be at least 16 years old, CPR certified, and able to read and write in English. They will need to apply to the program, submit to a background investigation, and test negative for TB.
Graduates of the program may take the standardized exam of skills and knowledge. When they pass the exam, they will be put on the Texas Registry as a Certified Nurse Assistant.
Alvin Community College
3110 Mustang Road,
Alvin, TX 77511