Students who have completed the admission process and received official acceptance to the
Associate Degree Nursing Program need to complete the following:
- A Criminal Background Check. Incoming students should not submit a background check until instructed by the program to do so. Click here for more information.
- A Physical Examination by a physician with a signed Health Data/Physical Examination Form (http://www.austincc.edu/health/dmt.php) including verification of TB testing (negative skin test annually or negative chest x-ray).
- Health Data/Physical Form must be completed within six months of admission.
- If the TB skin test expires during the first semester, it must be repeated before admission.
- CPR training. Student’s need to provide evidence of current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Certification. For a list of potential providers click on: CPR training
- If your CPR certification expires during the semester, it must be renewed prior to admission. The certification must be current the entire semester.
- Meet all the Technical Standards
Health Sciences programs establish technical standards and essential functions to insure that students have the abilities required to participate and potentially be successful in all aspects of the respective programs. Students are required to meet technical standards and essential functions for the Nursing program. Click here to view technical standards.
Minimum abilities expected include but are not limited to:
- Safe performance of physically taxing tasks
- Adequate visual acuity (normal or corrected)
- Adequate auditory acuity (normal or corrected)
- Effective communication
- Sufficient hand/eye coordination
- Stable emotional health
Information About Online Nursing Courses
- Online courses require students to have internet access and email to complete course work online. Students may use their own computers or the computer labs on campus. The nursing courses use Blackboard, internet web sites which may include the use of games, case studies, tutorials or other instructional material, and may use instructional software that is housed on the computers in the nursing computer lab.
- The online nursing courses have three components: the lab, the clinical and the theory component. The labs will be taught face-to-face at either the EVC skills lab or the CYP skills lab. The clinical will be taught at the hospitals on designated clinical days. Only the theory component is online. Students log into Blackboard, review the objectives, do the readings, and complete the supplementary content in each module. A quiz is given at the end of each module to assure comprehension of the content.
- Some on-line nursing courses have seminars periodically in which the students can attend and ask questions and clarify content. These are designated by the individual nursing instructors and are not used to lecture on the content.
- All online nursing instructors have office hours each week in which the students can come and ask questions and clarify content one-on-one with the instructor. Additionally, instructors are available by email during the week.
- Complete non-nursing co-requisite courses prior to or during the semester as indicated in the degree plan. Successful completion of these courses with a minimum grade of "C" is required for progression to the next level of the program. If a student does not complete a pre-requisite course prior to the beginning of the semester, the student will be withdrawn from the nursing program and will have to apply for readmission upon completion of pre-requisite courses.
In general, successful applicants possess qualities such as:
- A strong motivation to learn
- Well-developed study skills
- Good problem-solving and decision-making skills
- An ability to work with people with diverse backgrounds