Associate Degree Nursing

Program Info

  • Delivery: Daytime, afternoon and web enhanced/hybrid classes
  • Start:
    Traditional Track : Fall and Spring
    LVN to RN Track: Spring and Summer
    Paramedic to RN Track: Fall
  • Location: Nursing and Allied Health and Mid Valley Campuses

Major Description

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science major in Associate Degree Nursing, the graduate will be able to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a registered nurse. Registered nurses (RNs) make up the majority of workers in the health care industry and are one of the fastest-growing career fields. A registered nurse can be challenging, exciting and rewarding. Some RNs work weekends, evening shifts or on-call hours and are exposed to a variety of medical conditions. They also have fairly lucrative salaries and not to mention the satisfaction of making a valuable impact on the lives of patients and their families. RNs can also have quite various jobs, depending on their work setting and area of specialty.

Degrees & Certificates

Associate Degrees:

  • Traditional Track - Associate of Applied Science (AAS):
    Fall / Spring
  • LVN to RN Track - Associate of Applied Science (AAS):
    Spring / Summer
  • Paramedic to RN Track - Associate of Applied Science (AAS):
    Fall

Work Environment

Hospitals, acute care, day -surgery centers, long term care centers, rehabilitation centers, school nursing, physicians' offices, home health care agencies and many other areas depending on area of expertise.

Potential Job Opportunities

(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Registered nurses constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.3 million jobs.
  • More new jobs are expected to be created for registered nurses than for any other occupation.
  • Job opportunities are expected to be very good.

Salary Data

  • Average Wage: $31.82/hour (http://www.texasindustryprofiles.com/apps/win/)
  • Results from a survey in 2010, conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed that the median annual income of a nurse practicing in the United States is $64,690. The middle 50 percent earned $52,980 to $79,020.