Updated June 2014
News: All nursing students need to be proficient in their anatomy and physiology. If it has been more than three years since you took this course, or if you feel you could benefit from a refresher, please consider taking an anatomy and physiology refresher course.
Welcome to the nursing website for Brookhaven College. Please read the entire nursing site carefully. It contains all the requirements, deadlines and expenses for the program. This information has changed and the application process is different. Please read the entire document.
The Brookhaven College Nursing Program advises that all interested students in our nursing program start by seeing a nursing advisor. Nursing advisors are located in the Student Services Center, Bldg. S, and in the nursing department office, Bldg. X, Room X1082.
Nursing is a highly specialized profession that is valued and respected in the community. Research indicates that nurses are trusted more than any other professional! Brookhaven College is seeking the most qualified applicants for admission to its program. The faculty members believe that the admission process and requirements provide the foundation for preparing students to be successful in this program.
Brookhaven College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program is a 72-credit hour, five semester (including summer) block curriculum leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Upon successful graduation, the graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, commonly referred to as the NCLEX-RN.
Our program began in Fall, 2004 and has exceptional outcomes with high retention rates and excellent nursing board scores.
The Brookhaven College Associate Degree Nursing program is a 72-credit hour curriculum leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree. The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission and approved by the Texas State Board of Nursing.
The Brookhaven College Nursing Program accepts approximately 50 students, fall and spring semesters of each year.
The Brookhaven College Associate Degree Nursing Program supports the mission of Brookhaven College and is dedicated to student success. The program is committed to preparing a caring, competent, professional nurse who is a successful practitioner, providing holistic care to a diverse population in an urban setting.
To be a nursing education center of excellence producing competent and caring professional registered nurses who promote health and wellness in the Dallas Ft-Worth community.
Professional nursing is a dynamic and interactive process that views the client, family, and community holistically. Nursing integrates both the fine art of caring and scientific knowledge within an ethical and legal framework. Nursing uses high-level technical skills and critical thinking to assist in health promotion, disease prevention and management across the life span, and the care of the dying client. Nursing processes are the framework by which nurses think critically, use decision making skills and provide competent care. The nurse-client relationship is a therapeutic alliance that values communication, concern and respect. The role of the nurse is defined as provider of care, coordinator of care and member of the profession. Nurses assume accountability and responsibility for professional behaviors and practice. Nursing fosters life-long learning through continuing education and critical inquiry, ensuring the safety and well-being of the client, family and community. The nurse is a patient advocate and cares for a diverse client population.
The foundation of nursing education is derived from scientific and humanistic principles. The educational nursing environment supports and promotes the growth and autonomy of individual students as beginning practitioners and life-long learners. Empowering and nurturing students encourages adult learning. We believe that learning occurs most effectively when competent educators assume the role of facilitators during the teaching-learning process and partner with students and other health care professionals. These adult learners may need some direction to be responsible for their own learning as they move from pedagogy to andragogy. Holistic educators who demonstrate genuineness, compassion, empathy and respect for the student best model professionalism and inspire the learner. Diversity of the student population adds to the richness of the learning environment with all its experiences. Cultural competence is integral and strategic to a successful nursing college education.
The graduates of the Brookhaven College Associate Degree Nursing Program will be prepared to:
Acceptance to the Associate Degree Nursing Program is based on a point system.
Viewing the on-line nursing information session in its entirety is MANDATORY to apply to the Brookhaven College Nursing program.
Transcript pre-evaluation and course substitutions completed. Please contact the nursing office for the forms and procedures at Brookhaven College.
Course work taken outside of the DCCCD MUST be evaluated. Course substitutions are required for all courses not matching our curriculum plan. This includes courses taken at other DCCCD campuses.
|HESI A2™ testing available in the Testing Center at Brookhaven College. Please see the Web page for HESI A2™ information. Students are required to take the reading, grammar, vocabulary, math, and anatomy & physiology sections.|
|By 4 p.m., all applications for nursing admission must be received at Brookhaven College (Bldg. X, Room X1082).|
|Students will be notified of their application points by email address provided on the student's application.|
|Student dispute period: The student must email the nursing administrative assistant at Brookhaven college, describing the problem. After this dispute period, all applications will be considered correct and no changes will be made.|
|Nursing Admission Interviews and Professional Writing Sample.|
|Candidates will receive an email regarding their admission status.|
By 4 p.m., candidates must email the administrative assistant at Brookhaven College Nursing program indicating acceptance or regrets.
Vacancies may occur. The vacancies will be offered to the next ranked candidate by email or phone.
Admitted nursing students are required to attend Success Camp. This activity is mandatory and the dates and times will be emailed as soon as they are determined.
Students are required to take the Health Education Systems, Inc., Admissions Assessment (HESI A2™). The HESI A2™ study guide is available on reserve from the Brookhaven College Library or you may purchase a copy through the college bookstores. More information is available at www.hesitest.com. Key points to remember about the HESI A2™ Test are as follows:
The Brookhaven College School of Nursing admits students in the Fall and Spring. The deadline to submit all application material for admission to the Fall class is the last working day of February. The deadline to submit all application material for admission to the Spring class is the last working day of September. Please see deadline schedule for the next admitting class.
Students need to schedule an appointment with an advisor, especially if you have previous courses reviewed to establish whether more courses must be taken prior to applying to the Nursing Program or to check TSI/TASP, GPA, and Reading and Math TSI Assessment status, please contact the Brookhaven College Advising Center.
Course work from transfer nursing students requesting admission will be evaluated individually.
Note: When repeating a course for a better grade, the Grade Point Average (GPA) will only be calculated on the last same course number attempted.
Attention: General Admissions
3939 Valley View Lane
Farmers Branch, TX 75244-4997
The Brookhaven College Nursing Program does NOT accept transfer credit from colleges, universities or other institutions outside the United States of America for ANY course in the Associate Degree Nursing Program curriculum including support courses and pre-requisites.
Admission is based on a complete packet being submitted including signed course substitutions. A mathematical formula is used to compute the applicant’s score. After the application deadline, all applicant scores will be calculated. The applicants with the top scores will be identified. The applicants final admission score will be determined in two steps.
The following factors determine the score:
Nursing student applicants with the top 50 step one scores for the Spring admission and the top 70 step one scores for the Fall admission will be invited for an interview and to complete a professional writing sample. (maximum 10 points for the interview and maximum 5 points for the professional writing sample) The professional writing sample will be evaluated on composition, grammar, spelling, content and legibility.
This interview and professional writing sample score will be added to the step one score (GPA + HESI A2™ points + Course points) for a FINAL admission score of (GPA + HESI A2™ points + Course points + interview points + professional writing sample points for a maximum admission score of 55 points).
Your grade point average, GPA, is calculated by dividing the total amount of grade points earned by the total amount of credit hours attempted. Your grade point average may range from 0.0 to a 4.0.
A=4 grade points
B=3 grade points
C=2 grade points
I (Incompletes) and W (Withdrawals) do not receive grade points and do not have an effect on the GPA
Example Student Transcript
14 Total Credit Hours Attempted
31 Total Grade Points
To get the example student's GPA, the total grade points are divided by the total credit hours attempted.
Total Grade Points
Total Credit Hours Attempted
To calculate your cumulative GPA, total the credit hours and then the grade points from all semesters. Divide the total grade points by the total credit hours.
Bring your packet for submission to the division office either in person or by mail. If you are mailing it in, please note that 90 percent of mail-in applications are denied because their packets are incomplete. Applications must be received in the division office by the deadline found on the admissions timelines/deadlines Webpage.
If you have any questions about your packet, we would be happy to look it over. Please bring it to the Nursing Division office in Bldg. X, Room X1082.
Submit applications to:
Attention: Secretary: Health and Human Services Division
Bldg. X, Room X1082
3939 Valley View Lane
Farmers Branch, TX 75244
*This rule does not apply to the following courses: RNSG 1301-Pharmacology and RNSG 1311-Nursing Pathophysiology.
All materials should be submitted to the Nursing Readmission Committee chairperson at the time of exit.
Please follow the specific instructions as stated on the transfer policy.
The following information explains other requirements and expectations of the Nursing Program.
Students accepted into the Brookhaven College Nursing Program are required by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo a criminal background check and drug testing prior to beginning their clinical experience.
These procedures are conducted after a student has been accepted to the Nursing Program. Results of these screenings are forwarded to the dean of nursing at Brookhaven College for review and verification that a student is eligible to attend a clinical rotation. Students are responsible for all charges incurred.
NOTE: Should a student who has been accepted to the Brookhaven College Nursing Program be prohibited from attending a clinical rotation experience due to findings of a criminal-background check and/or drug screening, the student will be dismissed from the Brookhaven College Nursing Program.
The Brookhaven College Nursing School and/or a clinical agency reserve the right to remove a student from the classroom or clinical facility for suspicion of drug or alcohol use and to submit to a drug and alcohol screen at the student’s expense. Additionally, the Brookhaven College Nursing School and/or clinical agency reserves the right to request that a student submit to a drug and alcohol screen at random at the student’s expense. Nursing students with a positive drug screen without an authorized provider prescription or a positive alcohol screen will be removed from Brookhaven College Nursing Program.
Failure to comply with a drug screen request from Brookhaven Nursing School or one of its clinical agencies will result in the nursing student’s immediate expulsion from the Brookhaven College Nursing Program.
Furthermore, regardless of testing or testing results, clinical agencies reserve the right to expel students from their facilities.
The drug screen follows National Institute on Drug Abuse guidelines and screens for 10 substances, as designated in the Substance Abuse Panel 10, “SAP 10.”
These substances are: amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine metabolites, alcohol, marijuana metabolites, methadone, opiates, phencyclidine, and propoxyphene.
SAP 10 test results that fall outside of any of the acceptable ranges are considered positive test results and are automatically sent for a separate confirmatory test by a gas chromotography mass spectrometry method. If these results are positive, the test results are sent to a medical review officer who will review the results at an additional cost to the student. The medical review officer will then contact the student to determine if there is a valid prescription for the drug in question. If a valid prescription exists and is verified, the test result will be deemed negative and acceptable.
An individual with a positive drug screen will not be allowed to enroll in any nursing courses for a minimum of 12 months. Prior to enrolling or returning to the clinical agency/rotation, a student must provide proof of a negative drug screen as verified by the college/school.
Failure to comply with this policy will result in disciplinary action and dismissal from the Brookhaven College Nursing Program.
The criminal-background check reviews a person’s criminal history at least seven years prior to the date of program application. The check will include all cities and counties of the person’s residency during that time period. The following histories will disqualify an individual from consideration for a clinical rotation:
Exception: If a licensing/registry body, e.g. the Texas Board of Nursing approves the individual to take the licensing/credentialing exam, the individual may participate in the clinical portion of the Nursing Program. (See Texas Board of Nursing information below)
However, even with approval from a licensing/registry body, each clinical facility reserves the right to deny access to a student with a criminal background or positive drug screen. In this event, a student may be dismissed from the Nursing Program.
A student with a positive criminal history must complete a declaratory order with the Texas State Board of Nursing. The Texas State Board of Nursing will review the legal case and determine if they will license such an individual. The Texas State Board of Nursing will notify the student in writing of their decision regarding licensing. A copy of this decision letter from the Texas State Board of Nursing must be submitted with the nursing program application by the required application deadline. IF THE TEXAS STATE BOARD OF NURSING DETERMINES THEY WILL NOT LICENSE A STUDENT, THE STUDENT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ADMISSION INTO THE BROOKHAVEN NURSING PROGRAM.
The Texas Board of Nursing regulates the Brookhaven College associate degree program.
Prior to graduation, students enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing Program are
responsible for providing the board with a legible set of fingerprint cards for the criminal-background process. The Board will not approve a nursing candidate to take the NCLEX-RN® examination or authorize the individual to practice as a graduate nurse without a valid criminal-background report. Individuals whose fingerprint cards are rejected by Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be required to resubmit new sets of cards until a set that meets criteria for DPS/FBI is submitted and processed. The board cannot accept criminal-background reports that were originated or submitted though other organizations. All criminal background reports must be submitted through the BNE to DPS/FBI.”
All nursing students, once admitted, will be required to purchase professional liability insurance. Students cannot attend clinical without professional liability insurance. The cost will be announced in Success Camp and in class.
Clinical opportunities are not available for students without Social Security numbers. Students must have a Social Security number at the time that they apply for admission to the nursing program. International students are advised to contact the Brookhaven College Multicultural Center, Building S, Room S136, concerning this requirement.
Social Security status will be verified by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) prior to taking the N-CLEX exam. This number is also used by some hospitals in the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital District as identification to allow nursing students to chart on patient legal documents.
If you do not have a Social Security number by Success Camp week, you will be asked to withdraw.
Provide proof of current CPR certification from Emergency Care and Safety Institute, American Red Cross or American Heart Association at the Health Care Provider level. A physical skills component is required.
CPR courses are available through the Brookhaven College Workforce and Continuing Education Division. See the course schedule for details. CPR training also is available through the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, various hospitals and many other agencies.
All students in the Nursing Program are required to present proof of medical insurance. Please bring your insurance coverage information to Success Camp for verification. Insurance provider information is available on the Dallas County Community College District Web page: https://www1.dcccd.edu/catalog/ss/sd/insurance.cfm
If you have any questions, please contact the Nursing Program Office at Brookhaven College.
The Brookhaven College Nursing Program requires the following immunizations to be completed before the first day of classes. If all immunizations are not completed before the first day of classes, the student will be administratively dropped from the Brookhaven College Nursing Program.
A current physical examination is needed for admission into the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The medical forms and immunization records include a medical history, physical exam and current, required immunizations. These forms are available on the Brookhaven College Nursing website. The completed forms are submitted prior to Success Camp.
Once a student is accepted to the Nursing Program, all medical documents submitted will become property of the Nursing Program and will not be returned or photocopied for the student.
Sudden illnesses, pregnancy, injuries and other emergency medical conditions that prevent a student from attending clinical laboratory sessions will be handled by the dean of nursing. A signed statement regarding the condition may be required from a physician.
Students are responsible for their transportation arrangements to campus, field trips and to assigned health care facilities for clinical experience. Clinical assignments may vary from semester to semester or within the semester.
Students should contact the Scholarships/Financial Aid Office at Brookhaven College for application forms, filing procedures and deadlines. A number of area hospitals offer financial assistance to students pursuing health care careers. For a listing of those hospitals with contact information, application procedures, etc., please contact the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council at 972-719-4900 to obtain their scholarship booklet.
The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, of 1990 was enacted by Congress to prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. Schools of nursing, like other state- and federally-funded entities, are required to comply with the stipulations of the ADA. The ADA defines a qualified individual as an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodations, can perform the essential functions of the employment position that such individual holds or desires. In addition, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination in admissions of a qualified person with disabilities.
ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 eligibility requirements vary depending on the type of services, activities and functions needed in particular areas. Because the practice of nursing is an applied discipline that uses cognitive, sensory, affective and psychomotor elements, students must be able to perform the functions that are necessary for the safe practice of nursing. Included are:
|Prerequisites||Dallas County Resident||Out of County Resident||Out of State/Country Resident|
|Tuition (13 credit hours)||$585||$1,079||$1,716|
|Textbooks, Lab Manuals||$500||$500||$500|
|Semester I||Dallas County Resident||Out of County Resident||Out of State/Country Resident|
|Tuition (19 credits)||$855||$1,577||$2,508|
|Support Course Textbooks, Lab Manuals||$175||$175||$175|
|Nurse Pac (Skills Lab practice materials)||$85||$85||$85|
|Professional Liability Insurance||$20||$20||$20|
|Physical Exam and Immunizations**||$500||$500||$500|
|Uniforms, Medical Supplies||$350||$350||$350|
|Background Check/Drug Screen||$100||$100||$100|
|Semester II||Dallas County Resident||Out of County Resident||Out of State/Country Resident|
|Tuition (15 credit hours)||$675||$1,245||$1,980|
|Support Course Textbooks, Lab Manuals||$200||$200||$200|
|Nurse Pac (Skills Lab Practice Materials)||$154||$154||$154|
|Semester III||Dallas County Resident||Out of County Resident||Out of State/Country Resident|
|Tuition (13 credit hours)||$585||$1,079||$1,716|
|Elective Course Textbook||$75||$75||$75|
|Semester IV||Dallas County Resident||Out of County Resident||Out of State/Country Resident|
|Tuition (11 credit hours)||$495||$913||$1,452|
|NCLEX-RN Application Fee||$200||$200||$200|
|NCLEX-RN License Fee||$150||$150||$150|
|Professional Liability Insurance||$20||$20||$20|
|Total Estimated Program Expense:||$8,369||$11,067||$14,546|
|**||Immunization charges are estimates|
|***||Tuition and other costs are subject to change. Please refer to the current course schedule for the tuition table: http://www.brookhavencollege.edu/studentsvcs/tuition/index.aspx|