Registered Nursing (ADN)

Program Description

The nursing program provides an integrated nursing curriculum that assists students in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to function as a beginning practitioner of nursing. The curriculum includes classroom, skills lab, and clinical courses. Students must satisfactorily complete all the nursing courses in each semester concurrently in order to progress to the next semester of the program, and all semesters must be taken in sequence. The Grayson College Registered Nursing program requires 60 credit hours and can be completed in five semesters following completion of pre-requisite courses

Upon completion of the program of study, the student will have earned an Associate of Applied Science degree. Graduates of the program may then apply to the Board of Nursing to take the licensure exam to become a registered nurse. The program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON)* and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).** To qualify to take the licensing exam, students must meet eligibility requirements stipulated by the Board of Nursing. Applicants who have reason to believe they may be ineligible to take the licensing exam may petition the BON for a declaratory order. This should be done prior to entering the nursing program, since these eligibility issues also prevent the student from enrolling in the clinical courses. Information about eligibility is available in the RN Information Packet and on the website for the Texas Board of Nursing.

Detailed information about the program is provided in the RN Information Packet, or available by sending an email request to Completion of this information packet is required for all applicants to the program. 

Graduation Rates:

2013 - 84%

2014 - 88%

2015 - 78%

Graduates' Success on the NCLEX-RN Licensure exam:

Fall 2012-Spring 2013 - 90.08%

Fall 2013-Spring 2014 - 78.79%

Fall 2014-Spring2015 - 86.44%

Job Placement Rates of Graduates

2009-2010 - 95.3%

2010-2011 - 98.3%

2011-2012 - 95.8%

Accreditation Status:

Approved by:  Texas Board of Nursing, 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460, Austin, TX 78701,  phone 512-305-7400,

National Accreditation:  Accreditation Commission for Education In Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Rd. N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, Phone 404-975-5000,

Department Information for Prospective Students

Registered Nursing (ADN) and LVN-to-RN Transitional Entry program information is available by emailing to request the appropriate packet. These packets provide information about the programs including: application process, important deadlines, and frequently asked questions. After reviewing the packet, additional questions may be emailed to

Mission Statement

The mission of the Grayson College Associate Degree Nursing program is to:

prepare graduates to successfully pass the National Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN®)
and practice professional nursing in a variety of health related settings


The Nursing Faculty supports the vision, philosophy, and mission of Grayson College.  The Faculty believes that the community college provides an optimal setting for nursing education.  The College provides an atmosphere in which nursing education is complemented through the study of other disciplines.

The Faculty ascribes to the following beliefs:

  • Nursing is a profession that uses a comprehensive approach in assisting patients across the lifespan to achieve and maintain optimal health.
  • Health and illness are relative states reflecting how patients perceive their ability to function and interact with their environment.  The environment refers to all the internal and external factors affecting the patient and the nurse.  The patient’s state of health fluctuates on a continuum.
  • The patient is the recipient of nursing care and includes diverse individuals and families who may receive nursing care in institutional or community-based settings.  Although patients share common needs, each may experience unique responses.  Patients may have multiple complex needs with either predictable or unpredictable outcomes.
  • The registered nurse with an associate degree fulfills the overlapping roles of Member of the Profession, Provider of Patient-Centered Care, Patient Safety Advocate, and Member of the Health Care Team.  Within these roles, the registered nurse utilizes assessment and analytical skills to plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care.  The registered nurse prepared at the Associate Degree level functions as a professional in both autonomous and collaborative practice.
  • Nursing education is a continuous learning process empowering students to grow from learners to novice practitioners.  The faculty plan and facilitate learning experiences which promote the application and integration of concept-theoretical knowledge necessary to achieve the program outcomes.
  • Major concepts integrated throughout the program of learning include:  professionalism, personal accountability, advocacy, clinical decision making, patient teaching, caring approach, skill competency, resource management, safety, risk reduction, communication, coordination, and collaboration.  The program of study prepares graduates to demonstrate the essential competencies of graduates of Associate Degree Nursing Education Programs as defined by the Texas Board of Nursing.
  • Opportunities are provided for individualized instruction, evaluation, guidance, and academic counseling, but the student is ultimately responsible for meeting learning outcomes and establishing a plan for lifelong learning as a professional.

Anticipated Costs for Four Semesters

Tuition for 60 hours - View 2015-2016 Tuition and Mandatory Fees

Additional expected costs to complete this program:

Lab Fees


Matriculation Fees


Parking Fees


Student ID




State Board Exam Fees


HESI Exams


ExamSoft Registration




Lab Kit


NCLEX Review Course


Nursing Pin (optional)




Approximate Total

$3836.00 (plus tuition and mandatory fees)

On-campus housing (room and board) is extra. Prices are subject to change without notice

Career Pathways

Achieving your educational goals in the shortest amount of time possible, and possibly collecting credentials along the way, will help you join the workforce faster. There are a number of ways to reach your goal, and Grayson College's "Pathways" will help you visualize this important journey you are about to begin. Visit Career Pathways.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial aid is available to eligible students enrolled in this program, including loans, grants, scholarships and work study jobs. All students should visit the Paying for College page for valuable information and resources. All students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) over the internet at (GC’s school code in Step Six is 003570) and a GC Application for Financial Aid available on the GC website on the Paying for College page. All applications should be filed by March 31st to ensure full consideration.

The Grayson College Foundation awards thousands of scholarship dollars to deserving students every year. Once you complete the FAFSA process, consider submitting an application for a scholarship. The priority deadline is March 15; however, applications are accepted until funds are depleted for the year. Learn more by visiting Scholarships.

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