Brookhaven College Nursing Program Review

Brookhaven College (BHC) is one of seven colleges in the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). It was founded in 1978 to serve the Northwest part of Dallas County. The school enrolls almost 13,000 degree students, and over 8000 continuing education students.

Brookhaven has a Core Curriculum that allows students to take at least 42 credit hours that will transfer as a block to any public Texas college or university. This program makes it easy for students to begin their studies at Brookhaven in an affordable environment, and then continue on at a four year institution. The Core Curriculum also allows students to earn an associate degree by taking an additional 19 credit hours.

Nursing Programs

Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN)

This is an accelerated program. Students will attend class for 16 months, including summers, and will earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Graduates will be eligible to take the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing exam (NCLEX). Since the program’s inception in 2004, Brookhaven students have a better than 90% pass rate on the NCLEX.

Brookhaven admits about 60 students into the ADN program each fall, and about 40 each spring. Admission to the program is competitive. Students are given a numerical score based on their admission materials, and ranked according to their score. Students with the top scores will be invited to interview. The score from the interview is then added to the student’s previous score, for their final admission score.

The admission score is based on having a GPA of 2.75 or higher, at least a C grade in all prerequisites, the required courses that have been completed, and the HESI A2 exam score, plus the interview score.

The prerequisites for this program are English Composition I, Introductory Chemistry I or General Chemistry I, Anatomy and Physiology I or Applied Anatomy and Physiology I, and General Psychology. Students are also recommended to complete as many of the support courses as possible, as these are included in the point system for admission. These include Anatomy and Physiology II or Applied Anatomy and Physiology II, Nursing Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Foundations for Nursing Practice, Dosage Calculations for Nursing, Lifespan Growth and Development, End of Life Issues, and a Humanities/Fine Arts elective.

Students accepted into the program will be required to complete a background check and drug screen before they may begin their clinical course work.

Continuing Education

The Workforce and Continuing Education Division is dedicated to providing individual and corporate training to suit the needs of students and companies.

The Health Care Careers Program offers a Home Health Care and Hospice Aide program. To apply, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Students will complete 80 contact hours of course work, and will learn basic skills of patient care and be able to apply their knowledge to the home care setting. After completing the program, students will be allowed to take the National Home Health Care Aide certification exam.

Students that are Certified Home Health Care Aides may continue on to the Nurse Aide Certification course. To qualify, will also need to have had three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine, have taken Basic Cardiac Life Support for Healthcare Providers, and undergo a background check.

This course is aimed at those who plan to work in long-term care. Students will complete 88 hours of classes, 60 hours of lab and lecture, 24 hours of clinical, and four hours of makeup/remedial time. After completing this course, students may take the state certification exam for Nurse Aides.

Articulation Agreements

Brookhaven College has articulation agreements with the nursing programs at Texas Tech University and the University of Texas, Arlington. Students transferring to these four year universities to pursue their BSN degree will receive credit for prior coursework and experience.

According to the articulation agreement with Texas Tech, ADN students will receive 28 credit hours in transfer credit toward their general education courses, and 41 credit hours for advanced placement in the BSN program. That leaves the Brookhaven graduate with an additional 51 credit hours left to ear toward their degree.

According to the agreement with the University of Texas, Arlington, students from Brookhaven many begin earning their BSN while still at Brookhaven. Students will complete the Pathways Program Participant Form during their first year of nursing classes at Brookhaven, and in their last year they will apply to UT Arlington’s Professional Nursing Pathways program.

After they finish their ADN degree, they will be admitted to UT Arlington’s BSN program. They may finish their BSN degree in as little as 13 months.

Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Lane,
Farmers Branch
, TX 75244-4997