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

The ADN program is fully 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.



General Information Sessions

Details of the program are presented in information sessions offered the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Dell Martin Nursing Education Center. No appointment is necessary.

Our nursing students must be available for day, evening, and possibly weekend clinicals.

Students are expected to have basic keyboarding & computer literacy operation skills.

Admission Requirements

Students desiring admission to the ADN program must:

  1. Complete the Temple College (TC) admission procedure. All college requirements must be met, including TSI and bacterial meningitis if applicable.
  2. Enroll in the prerequisite courses. These courses are BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I, ENGL 1301 Composition I, and PSYC 2301 General Psychology. The 3 prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress during the Spring semester to be able to apply for the Fall semester class. Co-requisite courses may be taken prior to acceptance into the nursing program. Students are expected to have basic keyboarding and computer literacy operation skills.
  3. Take the HESI Admission Assessment Exam (HESI A2). ONLY math (no calculator), reading, and vocabulary can be tested.  A minimum score of 80 is required in each of the three areas tested in order to be considered for admission. The exam will be given at the TC Testing Center between February 13, 2017 and April 13, 2017 (excluding Spring Break).
    To sign up for the nursing admission exam, you must: A. Pay $65 for the exam in the Cashier’s office, One College Centre. Only cash, credit cards, or money orders will be accepted for payment. (Note: price increases are pending.)
    B. Take the receipt to the Testing Center in the Student Success Center room 3613 when you are ready to take
    the exam. Their phone number is 254-298-8586. You may verify testing times prior
    to arriving.
    C. You may also test in Hutto at the East Williamson County Higher Education Center. Call the testing center for appointment and details, 512-759-5925.
    D. If you wish to use HESI A2 scores from somewhere other than Temple College then please contact us to see if the scores will transfer prior to applying.
    A study guide may be purchased in the Temple College Bookstore in the Arnold Student Union. Assistance with preparation for the exam is available at the Educational Assistance Center (EAC), 254-298-8620, in the Instructional Services Center. At TC, you may only take the exam once per admission process.
  4. Complete the ADN application process. Beginning February 13, 2017 the application packet will be available online at the Temple College Nursing Website. Print out and complete the application according to the instructions provided and submit complete application packet to the Dell Martin Nursing Education Center room 1009 by April 13, 2017. Incomplete packets will not be accepted. The application process includes furnishing to the TC Admissions & Records Office official transcripts of prerequisite course grades and any courses that may apply to the ADN program. You must also submit official transcripts with your application packet to the ADN office. Do not have transcripts sent to the office without an application. If you are enrolled in any of the pre-requisite or co-requisite courses in our degree plan during the spring semester in which you are applying, there will be an additional deadline to submit official transcripts for those courses in your packet. You must have a minimum of a “C” in every course and a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 (in all courses that apply toward the nursing curriculum) in order to apply to the ADN program. Biology courses must have been taken within the past ten years. Applications will not be processed if any of the stated admission requirements are missing or incomplete. The last date to submit an application is April 13, 2017. 
  5. Applicants will be notified by Temple College email of whether or not they are conditionally accepted into the program. If conditionally accepted into the program, you will receive instructions on completing the following requirements, do not submit any of these items with your application

    An acknowledgment that you are able to meet the Core Performance Standards for Nursing.

    Core Performance Standards

    Essential Requirements in the Nursing Program

    The Essential Requirements necessary to acquire or demonstrate competence in a discipline as complex as nursing and needed for successful admission, progression, and graduation by candidates for the Associate Degree in Nursing from Temple College include, but are not limited to the following abilities:


    Requirements Standard Examples of Necessary Activities
    Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability for effective clinical reasoning and clinical judgement consistent with level of educational preparation.



    TBON 213.29 Fitness to Practice

    TBON Rule 213.27 Good Professional Character

    TBON Rule 271.11 Standards Applicable to Professional Nurses

    ANA Provision 4

    NLN Nursing Judgement & Spirit of Inquiry

    ·         Identification of cause/effect relationships in clinical situations.

    ·         Use of the nursing process in the development of patient care plans.

    ·         Evaluation of the effectiveness of nursing interventions implemented.

    ·         Solve problems and make valid rational decisions using logic, creativity, and reasoning.

    ·         Respond instantly to emergency situations.

    ·         Exhibit arithmetic competence that would allow the student to read, understand, and perform calculations for computing dosages.

    Professional Behavior Student Nurses are expected to respect the nursing profession to which they aspire and perform and behave in a respectful, ethical and professional manner with others in class, lab and clinical.



    TBON 213.29 Fitness to Practice

    TBON Rule 213.27 Good Professional Character

    TBON Rule 271.11 Standards Applicable to Professional Nurses

    ANA Provision 1, Provision 2, Provision 3, Provision 4, Provision 5,

    NLN Human flourishing, Professional Identity,  Nursing Judgement & Spirit of Inquiry

    ·         Integrates ethical behavior in nursing practice.

    ·         Performs activities safely, so as not to injure or harm others.

    ·         Interacts respectfully with peers, superiors, and patients.

    ·         Capacity to engage in successful conflict resolution.

    ·         Recognizes that as a student they represent the nursing profession, and must behave accordingly.

    ·         Respects and adheres to the policies and procedures of the College, ADN Program and clinical agencies.

    ·         Reflects on personal behavior and practice performance with patients, engages in self-evaluation.

    Communication Communication abilities sufficient for verbal, written and electronic format.



    TBON 213.29 Fitness to Practice

    TBON Rule 271.11 Standards Applicable to Professional Nurses

    ANA Provision 1, Provision 2, Provision 3

    NLN Human flourishing & Nursing Judgement

    ·         Write and speak English effectively in order to be understood by the general public.

    ·         Communicate therapeutically with clients, families, and groups in a variety of settings.

    ·         Documentation and interpretation of nursing actions and patient/client responses.

    ·         Provide health teaching information for clients, families, and/or groups based on assessed needs, available resources, age, lifestyle, and cultural considerations.

    ·         Remember pertinent information and communicate to all interdisciplinary team members, client and family where consented.

    Physical Ability Physical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room and in small spaces. Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for providing safe, effective nursing care.



    TBON 213.29 Fitness to Practice

    TBON Rule 271.11 Standards Applicable to Professional Nurses

    ANA Provision 4, Provision 5,

    NLN Professional Identity & Nursing Judgement

    ·         Movement about patient’s room, work spaces, and treatment areas.

    ·         Administration of rescue procedures-cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

    ·         Lift, move, position, and transport clients without causing harm, undue pain, or discomfort to the client or one’s self.

    ·         Stoop, bend, squat, and reach overhead as required to safely reach equipment and provide nursing care.

    ·         Correctly administer oral and parenteral medications to maintain client safety.

    ·         Calibration and use of equipment.

    ·         Provide or assist with activities of daily living such as bed bath, hygiene, toileting, positioning clients, making an occupied or unoccupied bed.

    Sensory Auditory ability sufficient for monitoring and assessing health needs. Must be able to hear without the aid of an interpreter. Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in patient care. Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment. Olfactory ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for safe client care.


    TBON 213.29 Fitness to Practice

    TBON Rule 271.11 Standards Applicable to Professional Nurses

    ANA Provision 4, Provision 5,

    NLN Professional Identity & Nursing Judgement

    ·         Ability to hear monitoring device alarm and other emergency signals.

    ·         Ability to discern auscultatory sounds and cries for help.

    ·         Ability to observe patient’s condition and responses to treatments and recognize subtly physical changes.

    ·         Ability to palpate in physical examinations and various therapeutic interventions.

    ·         Recognize environmental odors.

    Emotional Stability Emotional stability sufficient to tolerate rapidly changing conditions and environmental stress.



    TBON 213.29 Fitness to Practice

    TBON Rule 213.27 Good Professional Character

    TBON Rule 271.11 Standards Applicable to Professional Nurses

    ANA Provision 1, Provision 4, Provision 5

    NLN Human flourishing, Nursing Judgement & Professional Identity

    ·         Establish therapeutic interpersonal boundaries.

    ·         Provide clients with emotional support.

    ·         Adapt to changing environment and stress while maintaining professional conduct and standards without displaying hostility, agitation, rudeness, or belligerence.

    ·         Poses no threat to self or others.

    ·         Manage and respond to multiple priorities in stressful situations.


    Derived from the Southern Regional Education Board

    (The Americans with Disabilities Act Implications for Nursing Education, 2016)

    Required immunizations:  2 injections Measles, 1 injection Mumps, 1 injection Rubella, 2 injections Varicella, 3 injections Hepatitis B, OR positive titers for any of the preceding immunizations. Also required are Tetanus (valid for 10 years), documentation of current negative TB skin test or chest x-ray (valid for 1 year), flu vaccine is required annually when it becomes available.

    A drug screen will also be required (specific instructions will be given.)

    A satisfactory criminal background check (specific instructions will be given).  The Texas Board of Nursing will conduct the criminal background check.  The applicant must be cleared by the Board of Nursing before being allowed to register for nursing courses. Failure to be cleared by the Board of Nursing by the designated date will prevent admission. Any healthcare facility associated with Temple College may also require criminal background checks.  Permission to perform the criminal background  check must be given by the student.  Failure to give permission will result in dismissal from the program. It may be necessary to dismiss students from a program if they are barred from practicing at any healthcare facility.

    Written documentation of successful completion of the American Heart Association CPR course,  Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers.  No student will be permitted in the clinical setting without current documentation on file (must remain current throughout the ADN program). All courses must include a hands-on skill portion.

Students seeking admission to the ADN program are admitted on the basis of the following criteria, with maximum point totals awarded as indicated:

Points* GPA HESI A2 Composite Score # of Co-Reqs Completed Service Area Resident
1 2.8-3.0 85-88 1 Yes
2 3.01-3.26 89-92 2
3 3.27-3.52 93-96 3
4 3.53-3.78 97-100
5 3.79-4.0

*Any one nursing course failure within the last 10 years in an RN or VN program will result in a deduction of an admission point. If there is a nursing course failure in any program during the three years prior to admission, the applicant will receive one admission only to the Temple College ADN Program. The applicant is ineligible for admission/readmission if there are two or more nursing course failures in any program during the three years prior to admission.

Admission to the nursing program is determined during the late spring for the fall semester. In the case of competitive admissions, requirements over and above the minimum will be necessary.
Admission to Temple College does not constitute automatic acceptance into the nursing program. In the event the application is rejected, the applicant may request a review by the ADN Director.

ADN Program Estimated Expenses (increases are pending)
Tuition & General Fees
(Does not include fees for Internet courses)
$6,429 $9,669
Malpractice Insurance* $ 50 $50
Textbooks (Nursing Only) $ 1,600 $ 1,600
Uniforms & Nurse Pack $ 300 $ 300
Comprehensive Exam Fee $ 50 $ 50
Assessment Test Fee $ 50 $ 50
NCLEX-RN Exam Fee $ 339 $ 339
Misc. Expenses
(Supplies, Pin, CPR, Immunizations, Drug screen, Criminal background check, etc.)
$ 850 $ 850
TOTALS $9,668 $12,908

*Professional liability insurance will be purchased by the student at the time of registration. Additional expenses incurred as part of the program are the responsibility of the student.
For out-of-state tuition, see TC Catalog

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for qualified ADN students. Contact the Financial Aid office at 254-298-8321.

Comprehensive Exam

All candidates will be required to complete a comprehensive exam before graduating from the Associate Degree Nursing program.


All students seeking licensure as a registered nurse must pass the Jurisprudence exam and NCLEX-RN administered by the Texas Board of Nursing. The Board may delay or refuse to admit persons to their examination or refuse to issue a license or certificate of registration for any of the following reasons:

(You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations.)

  1. For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:
    1. Been convicted of a misdemeanor?
    2. Been convicted of a felony?
    3. Pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
    4. Received deferred adjudication?
    5. Been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
    6. Been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? Court-ordered confinement?
    7. Been granted pre-trial diversion?
    8. Been arrested or any pending criminal charges?
    9. Been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
    10. Been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgement/punishment/action?

    NOTE: Expunged and Sealed Offenses: While expunged or sealed offenses, arrests, tickets, or citations need not be disclosed, it is your responsibility to ensure the offense, arrest, ticket or citation has, in fact, been expunged or sealed. It is recommended that you submit a copy of the Court Order expunging or sealing the record in question to the BON office with your application. Failure to reveal an offense, arrest, ticket, or citation that is not in fact expunged or sealed, will at a minimum, subject your license to a disciplinary fine. Non-disclosure of relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character.
    NOTE: Orders of Non-Disclosure: Pursuant to Tex.Gov’t Code § 552.142(b), if you have criminal matters that are the subject of an order of non-disclosure you are not required to reveal those criminal matters on this form. However, a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure may become a character and fitness issue. Pursuant to other sections of the Gov’t Code chapter 411, the Texas Nursing Board is entitled to access criminal history record information that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure. If the Board discovers a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure, even if you properly did not reveal that matter, the Board may require you to provide information about that criminal matter.

  2. Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?
  3. Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a professional license, certificate, or multi-state privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
  4. Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?
  5. Within the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder?

Declaratory Orders for Eligibility for License

The Texas Board of Nursing has identified certain circumstances that may render a potential candidate ineligible for licensure as a registered nurse in Texas. The Board provides individuals the opportunity to petition the Board for a Declaratory Order as to their eligibility in accordance with article 213.30(a) of the Nursing Practice Act. Further instructions and forms can be obtained at: declaratory order.asp

If you need to file a Declaratory Order (DO) then start the process early, it can take months to complete!