Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing, Associate of Applied Science

Nursing- Associate Degree Nursing

Associate of Applied Science


The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Laredo College (LC) is a two year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

The Two Year Program trains and prepares students to provide direct patient care in numerous settings.

Program Mission

The mission of the Associate Degree Nursing Program is to prepare individuals to become competent and safe professional nurses by providing quality nursing education with a commitment to educational excellence and promotion of student success.

Career and Transfer Opportunities

Why choose a career in nursing?


Not many jobs come as flexible as nursing. You can work where and when you want. You can work full-time or part-time. Many employers offer flexible schedules that allow you to work whatever time of day you want, in 4, 8, 10, or 12-hour shifts. You can work weekdays or weekends or a combination.

Job Opportunities

With over 100,000 vacant positions across the nation and an ever-growing need for healthcare workers, the career outlook is excellent for the nursing field.    There are many specialties available in a variety of settings and environments for nurses to work. 


Starting salaries will range from 80,000 and above depending on geographical area (location), number of hours/ weeks, shift differential, experience, and specialize area (such as emergency room, intensive care and many more).  Many hospitals will often offer sign-up bonuses.

Program Costs  

The approximate cost of the two-year program for tuition and fees is $10,000.00, not including books and other fees that will be required throughout the program.  Please refer to the LC catalog for specifics.  Students seeking financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Center at either campus for more information.

Accreditation and Licensure


The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing(ACEN) and approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).     


The Associate Degree Nursing Program is fully accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000

 The Associate Degree Nursing Program is fully approved by:

Texas Board of Nursing
1801 Congress Avenue Suite 10-200
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 305-7400


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 *25 ADN students completed the Exit Survey.

 59.26% of students ranked the ADN Program at Laredo College as excellent and 40.74% of students ranked the ADN Program as good in 2022; totaling 100%.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • 100% of students felt prepared in planning and improving patient-centered care by collaborating and communicating with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team to implement evidenced based practices.
  • 96.30% of students felt prepared in evaluating and creating opportunities for patient and family teachings that focus on the needs and preference of the individual and their family to include health promotion, maintenance, and restoration.
  • 100% of students felt prepared to simulate and justify accountability nursing care while functioning within the legal/ethical scope of practiceconsistent with the state and national regulations.
  • 100% of students felt prepared to evaluate and prepare for safe, compassionate nursing care using the nursing process which is achieved through critical thinking and problem solving.
  • 100% of students felt prepared to evaluate and improve patient outcomes and responses to therapeutic interventions to include pharmacological principles of safety.
  • 92.59% of students felt prepared to infer and prioritize the physiological, psychosocial, and developmental needs and preferences of culturally, ethically, and socially diverse patients and their families.
  • 100% of students felt prepared to determine, assemble evidence and report actual and potential unsafe practices to promote safety in the individual and family environment by following professional standards of nursing practice.


Admission Process


Please visit the Bursar's Office at Fort McIntosh or South Campus to pay the application fee(s) ($10 per program). Application fee is non-refundable.


Your application will not be submitted without proof of application fee payment.

  • Applications Open February 1, 2024, 9 am - Applications Close March 28, 2024, at Midnight.
  • Please use your legal name (no nicknames) as this information will be submitted to the Texas Board of Nursing for background check processing.
  • Students taking pre-requisite courses (flex course that ends March 8) will be allowed to apply in 2024.
  • Students taking pre-requisite courses (flex courses that begin in March and end in May) and began in January to end in May do not qualify to apply but are welcome to apply in Spring 2025.
  • An LC Palomino ID# is required to apply and your LC student email.
  • If proof of the application fee is not submitted the application is cancelled and cannot be retrieved or re-submitted.
  • “D” course grades are not considered a passing grade.
  • Students that apply must be College Ready in Reading, Writing, and Math to be considered.
  • Once an applicant applies they are screened to verify they have completed the pre-requisite courses with a 2.5 GPA or better.
  • If the pre-requisite courses were taken at another institution, official transcripts must be submitted to the LC admission office to be added to your LC student records.
  • The student must have a 2.5 or better GPA in their institutional and overall GPA.
  • At the end of March students are notified (by Pasport email) if they qualified to take the ATI TEAS pre-entrance exam.
  • Testing takes place in April and only the top 40-45 students are selected to begin the program in Fall.

You must score a minimum overall score of 65% or better on the ATI TEAS to be considered for the program.

  • Test scores from other nursing schools are not accepted.
  • Students who are chosen for the program are notified by end of April and must submit the required paperwork to register for the program in the Fall semester.

Competitive Ranking Process

  • Acceptance to the program is a competitive ranking process based on points awarded for designated criteria.  Meeting all of the criteria does not guarantee anyone admission to the program.

Applicant’s will be allocated points based on:

Pre-Requisite, Institutional, and Overall GPA’s

GPA Range


3.6 - 4.0


3.1 - 3.5


2.5 - 3.0


Maximum of 9 points from GPAs

Pre-entrance standardized examination scores

Overall Score to be considered for the A.D.N. program = 65.00






Cumulative Score


100 - 81

100 - 81

100 - 69

100 - 72

100 - 74


80.9 - 72

80.9 - 68

68.9 - 58

71.9 - 65

73.9 - 65


71.9 - 0

67.9 - 0

57.9 - 0

64.9 - 0

64.9 - 0


Maximum of 10 points from ATI TEAS Scores.

Maximum Points for each program is 19 Points.


Pre-Entrance Exam Information

What is on the ATI TEAS, Version 7 Exam?

  • The ATI TEAS, Version 7 Exam is comprised of four content areas: reading, math, science, and English and language usage. The TEAS 7 contains 39 reading, 34 math, 44 science, and 33 English and language usage scored items.
  • The table below displays the number of questions in each category as well as time limits for each section of the TEAS.  There are 170 total questions on the ATI TEAS, Version 7, which includes 150 scored items and 20 unscored, pretest items.  The total time limit is 209 minutes. The ATI TEAS, Version 7 Exam will introduce alternate item-type questions, questions that are not the conventional, single-answer multiple choice question. Click here for more information on alternate item-type questions.

The ATI TEAS, Version 7 will be released on June 3, 2022.  Official TEAS Prep by ATI has been released to prepare you for the new exam.  Visit for more details.

Pre-Req, Background Info/Vaccines/Clinical Requirements/Etc.

Please refer to the Student Handbook for criminal background verification, vaccine requirements and additional program information.


Students enrolling into Laredo College programs with external learning experiences (i.e., clinical, practicum, externship, cooperative, etc.) will be required to comply with the immunization requirements and policies of the clinical/external learning sites to engage in all clinical/external learning experiences. Vaccination requirements at clinical/external learning sites are implemented pursuant to the independent authority of such facilities and are not mandated by Laredo College. Failure to meet the immunization requirements mandated by clinical/external learning sites may limit a student’s ability to complete the program and/or may delay the student’s graduation date. Laredo College does not process exemptions, and students should address potential vaccination exemptions directly with the clinical/external learning site.

Plan of Study 

Recommended Course Sequence Semesters Offered Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I F.SP, SSI, SSII 3
*PSYC 2314 Life Span Growth & Development  or*PSYC 2301 General Psychology F.SP, SSI, SSII 3
BIOL 2301 Anatomy & Physiology I           F.SP, SSI, SSII 3
BIOL 2101 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab F.SP, SSI, SSII 1
    10 Hours
First Semester - Fall Admission
*PSYC 2314 Life Span Growth & Development or *PSYC 2301 General Psychology Fall 3
RNSG 1205  Nursing Skills I Fall 2
RNSG 1413  Foundations of Nursing Practice Fall 4
RNSG 1260  Clinical Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (Fundamentals) Fall 2
BIOL 2302  Anatomy and Physiology II Fall 3
BIOL 2102  Anatomy and Physiology II Lab Fall 1
    15 Hours
Second Semester – Spring
RNSG 1443 Complex Concepts of Adult Health Spring 4
RNSG 1360 Clinical Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (Intermediate M/S) Spring 3
RNSG 1144 Nursing Skills II            Spring 1
BIOL 2320 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors (Lecture) Spring 3
BIOL 2120 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors (Laboratory) Spring 1
    12 Hours
Summer Session II  
RNSG 1201 Pharmacology      Summer Session II 2
    2 Hours
Third Semester
RNSG 2213 Mental Health Nursing Fall 2
RNSG 2162 Clinical Nursing Clinical Registered Nursing/(Mental Health) Fall 1
RNSG 1412 Nursing Care of the Childbearing & Childrearing Family Fall 4
RNSG 2261 Clinical Registered Nursing /Registered Nurse Pediatric/Maternity) Fall 2
    9 Hours
Fourth Semester – Spring
**RNSG 2307 Adaption to Role of Professional Nurse Spring 3
**RNSG 2331 Advanced Concepts of Adult Health Spring 3
**RNSG 2363 Clinical Nursing (R.N. Training: Advanced M/S) Spring 3
3 Credit Hours  Language, Philosophy, and Culture/Creative Arts Spring 3
    12 Hours