Registered Nurse

Registered NurseAssociate Degree Nursing (ADN)

Nursing is as much a calling as it is a career path. Many people become interested in the profession because they feel a need to help people. As Val Saintsbury once said, “Nurses dispense comfort, compassion and caring without even a prescription.” Nurses do more than giving medicine and treat wounds. They care about their patients and help improve their lives and disease outcomes.

As a nurse, you will definitely have a positive effect on the lives of your patients, but that is just one of the reasons to become a nurse. From job security and flexibility to competitive salaries, there are plenty of other reasons why nursing is a rewarding occupation.

At Midland College (MC), the Associate Degree Nursing is an intense, high-quality program that prepares the graduate for an entry-level position in the field of nursing. Fully accredited with the Texas Board of Nursing, the traditional program track is a full-time, 4-semester program and the Transitional LVN to RN track is a full-time, 3-semester program. Both programs will prepare nursing students to apply to the Texas Board of Nursing and pass the registered nurse licensing exam.

If you like science or are intrigued by the human body, want a rewarding career in a time-honored profession with job security and financial stability, want a challenging and stimulating career that can springboard you to the travel around the country or the world, nursing is the choice for you. Nursing provides diverse career paths with excellent pay and flexible hours in multiple employment locations and fields allowing autonomy and adventure.

Midland College's ADN program is an affordable, low-cost education, with faculty committed to helping students achieve educational goals while receiving local community support. Professors and student relationships are on an individual basis. The bonus of Midland College credits transferring to 4-year institutions assist the achievement of educational career goals.

Workforce Solutions Eligible

Students choosing this academic pathway may receive funding and other assistance from Workforce Solutions. See for information on all the services they provide in partnership with Midland College.

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Joining Our Program

Marketable Skills

Pursuing a degree in this field of study will provide marketable skills in these areas:

  • Active listening – Fully concentrating, understanding, and responding to what is said
  • Social Perceptiveness – Demonstrating the ability to understand/sense verbal and nonverbal communication and elements of various cultures
  • Communicating – Listening, speaking, reading and writing associated with a diverse and integrated population including patients, families, and healthcare team members
  • Service Orientation – Providing active and proactive assistance to those in need
  • Reading Comprehension – Demonstrating an understanding of evidence-based research findings and nursing theory
  • Critical thinking – Intellectually processing information actively and skillfully to analyze and/or synthesize material presented in a variety of ways
  • Coordinating – Organizing and prioritizing patient care by incorporating all members of the healthcare team
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Evaluating different options and selecting most appropriate plans of action
  • Writing – Demonstrating complete, accurate and effective professional documentation
  • Complex Problem Solving – Evaluating complex problems with options then implementing solutions within the nurse’s scope of practice
  • Active learning – Engaging in receiving information then implementing its use

Career Opportunities

As with most industries, Information Technology careers begin with entry-level positions that lead to career advancement as your experience and expertise grow. There are a number of in-demand career options in the nursing field, including:

  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Critical Care Nurses
  • Acute Care Nurses
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Cardiovascular Technologist and Technicians
  • Psychiatric Technicians
  • Respiratory Therapy Technicians
  • First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers
  • Medical Assistants
  • Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment of nurses is projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons including an increased emphasis on preventive care, growing rates of chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population as they live longer and more active lives.

complete THE FOLLOWING before applying:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Satisfy requirements for Texas Success Initiative (TSI):

Texas Success Initiative

  • Pass the background check process with the Texas Board of Nursing
  • Take the ATI test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS ) and score a minimum level of proficient of 58.7%.

MC Testing Center

  • Applicant must provide an official transcript of all college work to the nursing department.
  • Obtain a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language). This requirement is for students born and educated through high school outside the United States. The TOEFL score is valid for two years.
  • BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II must be current within five years of program admission, with a minimum grade of "B" or better. See the nursing department to discuss options if either or both courses are older than the five-year limit.
  • Show evidence of a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on all college coursework.
  • LVN to ADN Transition applicants must hold a current unencumbered license to practice nursing as an L.V.N. in the State of Texas.
  • Get the immunizations and meet requirements listed in the ADN nursing packet application.
  • All BIOL2401, BIOL2402, BIOL 2404 must be passed with a "B". All other courses must be a minimum grade of a "C" or above:

Traditional Track

BIOL 2401, Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2402, Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 2404, Anatomy and Physiology
ENGL 1301, Composition I
PSYC 2301, Introduction to Psychology

LVN to ADN Transition Track

BIOL 2401, Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2402, Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 2404, Anatomy and Physiology
ENGL 1301, Composition I
PSYC 2301, Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 2314, Lifespan Growth and Development
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
RNSG 1201, Pharmacology (offered only on-line)

Application Due dates

Traditional Track

  • Spring semester, September 25 by 5 pm
  • Fall semester, May 25 by 5 pm

Transition LVN to RN

  • Due date is always April 1

Applicants may email Dian White at or (432) 685-4594 should they have questions. Email is best to ensure that we get the message.

Admission is limited and based on a point system.

Health Sciences Application (pdf)

Admission to the program is competitive. The ADN program uses selective admission criteria. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission into the nursing program. Ranking applicants is based on the number of general education courses completed in the ADN degree plan and the grade earned in those courses.

Application deadlines for the traditional option are May 25 for admission for the fall semester and September 25 for the spring semester. The application deadline for LVN to ADN Transition is April 1.

The number of students admitted each semester depends upon resources and faculty availability.

Additional points to earn to assist in consideration of a higher score to the traditional track:

  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Lifespan Growth and Development
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

Students can expect a very busy schedule in both the classroom and in various clinical sites with potentially long hours. Devoting time to study is a must to be able to succeed. Students are encouraged not to work during this educational time so that all of the student’s attention can focus on being successful.

The Student Nurse Association on campus meets for fellowship and activities with nursing students discussing nursing and learning opportunities in the community.  All semesters of nursing students are encouraged to join. The Student Nurse Association is a great way to make friends and become part of college life. 

For advisement concerning program requirements, start by seeing an assigned pathway advisor in the Student Services Center. Pathway advisors help students connect with career choices giving guidance concerning required prerequisite courses to complete prior to the application process. After successful completion of the ADN program, the graduate nurse is eligible as a candidate to take the Registered Nurse licensure exam for the state of Texas.

ADN Scholarships

Midland College awards over $1 million in scholarships each year. Many of these scholarships are specific for students in this program. To apply for a scholarship, follow the steps listed below.

Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal

FAFSA Requirement

The student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid to access the Financial Aid Portal and apply for scholarships.

If the student's FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student needs to complete the FAFSA application, and once processed, will have access to complete the general scholarship application.

FAFSA Information

How to Apply

  1. Go to our Financial Aid Portal, by clicking this link: Financial Aid Portal
  2. Log in using your SSN and Password. If this is your first time, click the "First Time User" link under the Submit button in the "Log In" box.
  3. Click the menu button at the top left-hand corner.
  4. Select the Scholarship Application.

For additional scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.

General Scholarships

Visit the course catalog for the most complete and up-to-date information.

PLEASE NOTE: Completion of Midland College degrees and/or certificates does not guarantee eligibility to take a certification/registry/licensure examination. The eligibility of each person is determined on an individual basis by the regulatory body of the specific discipline. If you have a conviction of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, physical or mental disability/illness, hospitalization/treatment for chemical dependency within the past five years, current intemperate use of drugs or alcohol or a previous denial of a licensure or action by a licensing authority, you will need to contact the specific regulatory body for an individual ruling. Some programs require a criminal background check and urine and drug screen.


 Student Success

Nursing Words

Jessica McBryde

By Christopher Hadorn
Midland Reporter-Telegram

Jessica McBryde understands how difficult it can be for loved ones to be unable to visit a COVID-19 patient at Midland Memorial Hospital because of new rules that prohibit visitors in order to curtail the virus’ spread.

McBryde, 30, is attending to COVID-19 patients as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at MMH. While the new rules may prohibit visitors, McBryde finds ways for her patients to stay in touch with their families.

Read the rest of McBryde's story

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