The Associate Degree Nursing program leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree and allows the graduate to apply to take the state licensing exams for registered nursing and the jurisprudence exam.

A Registered Nurse (RN) is a professional member of the health care team managing and providing care to patients in a variety of settings.

The nursing practice of the LVN and RN differs in scope and depth of patient responsibilities.  Primary responsibilities of the RN include providing nursing care as well as supervising and coordinating the care given by others.

An RN must be able to work well  with others and respond to patient needs, perform basic math skills and complex procedures, set priorities, manage time, solve problems, think critically, communicate, and maintain accountability in the profession.

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program requires a minimum of two years of study. A new class is selected each spring to begin the fall semester. An application process is required for admission to the ADN program. Applications will be available online beginning in 2016.

The ADN program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 404-975-5000, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500 Atlanta, GA 30326.

If you would like more information about choosing a nursing school check out the Prospective Nursing Student Resource Guide from the Organization of Associate Degree Nursing.



The Temple College Associate Degree Nursing program (ADN) was approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) in 1992. The first class of 24 students started in the Fall of 1993 and graduated in May of 1995. All graduating students in the first class passed the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) to become Registered Nurses.

In March of 1996, a  team from the National League of Nurses (NLN) performed an on-site survey of the program. In June of 1996, the ADN program was accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).  This organization is now known as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  This accreditation was renewed in Spring of 2001 and 2009.

Clinical Sites

The Temple College Associate Degree Nursing Program uses several settings to provide the nursing students with a variety of clinical experiences.

Temple is a hospital intensive area with Baylor Scott and White Health, and the Central Texas Veteran’s Health Care System.

In addition to hospital based experiences, the ADN students complete rotations in various extended care facilities, community agencies, and home health agencies. All of these experiences help prepare the ADN student for the workplace environment.

Articulation Agreements

The Temple College Associate Degree in Nursing Program has articulation agreements with the following Universities:

Chamberlain College of Nursing

Grand Canyon University

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Western Governors University

Mission Statement

Associate Degree Nursing Program

The mission of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is to foster student success for professional licensure, lifelong learning, and entry-level practice which provides quality, compassionate care within the ADN scope of practice to the diverse community we serve.

Spring 2017

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Utilize critical thinking processes as a basis for professional practice.
  2. Provide and advocate for the safety of self and others.
  3. Act as an advocate in providing quality holistic, patient-centered care to a diverse population.
  4. Collaborate with the patient and interdisciplinary healthcare team to facilitate quality patient-centered care.
  5. Communicate effectively in performance of professional roles.
  6. Practice nursing within a legal-ethical framework consistent with nursing practice standards.

Program Outcomes

  1. NCLEX-RN pass rates will be eighty percent or higher.
  2. Eighty Percent or greater of graduates will be gainfully employed within 6 months of graduation.
  3. Eighty percent or greater of admitted students will complete the program within 150% of time to degree.

Click on the links above to review outcomes data for the past three years.

Student Handbook Graduating Class of 2019
Student Handbook Graduating Class of 2018 Addendum to Student Handbook