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Associate Degree Nursing at WCJC









The Wharton County Junior College Associate Degree Nursing program is pursuing initial accreditation from the National League of Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2500.

Wharton Main Campus offers acceptance once a year for the Fall Semester. Application comes out in November and the deadline is the first Wednesday of March.

Sugar Land Campus offers acceptance once a year for the Spring semester. Application comes out in April and the deadline is the first Wednesday of August.

Wharton County Junior College is uniquely suited to provide an excellent learning environment for the student desiring to pursue a career as a registered nurse (RN). A dedicated faculty, excellent clinical facilities, and a challenging curriculum make us the right choice for ADN education.

We offer two program tracks leading to the Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) in Nursing.

The ADN program is a twenty-two month program designed to prepare the traditional student for practice as a Registered Nurse.

The LVN-ADN Transition program offers an accelerated track for students who are already Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs).  Required nursing courses in this track can be completed 12 months after acceptance into the program.

The LVN-ADN Transition program is a face to face 24 semester credit hour program.  There are no online courses.

The curriculum for the Associate Degree Nursing Program focuses on the art and science of nursing, taught in classroom, skills laboratory, and clinical practice settings.  Courses cover provision of nursing care across the life span and addresses individuals and their health care needs in the context of the family and groups. 

Students have the opportunity to engage in clinical learning in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and community-based agencies in  Wharton County, Houston, and surrounding areas. Typically, students enrolled in the program will spend 14-16 hours a week in clinical settings with patients, and 4-6 hours in class work as part of the nursing curriculum.

Upon completion of the required curriculum and a standardized comprehensive examination in the final term, graduates earn the Associate of Applied Science Degree and are eligible to make application to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Some of the major strengths of the ADN program include excellent practice sites in acute, critical and community-based care, the opportunity to work with a diverse patient population, an experienced faculty with a strong clinical focus, and exceptional academic support services. Graduates of our program are highly regarded by employers because of their strong preparation for entry into professional practice. They are also well prepared to continue their studies at the baccalaureate level.

The program is fully approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.

For more information on the program please contact Lori Baumgarten, ADN secretary at 979-532-6391 or baumgartenl@wcjc.edu

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