Nursing

Program Summary 

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The Hill College Nursing program offers the highest quality health-related education and training to students of our community and surrounding areas.

The program offers students the ability to dedicate themselves to increase their knowledge and developing their talents thus allowing them to become highly skilled nurses able to provide patient-centered care in hospitals or other health care facilities.

At Hill College, we strive for excellence to ensure the classroom theory and evidence-based practice in the clinical settings attainable. With the collaboration of Hill College and our community hospitals in our service area, it is our privilege to offer this program to our students.

Submitting Health and Community Services application does not guarantee selection.  Each program has specific entry/documents/deadlines.  It will be the applicant’s responsibility to contact the program of choice for further application information/completion.

 Applications submitted will be kept on file for 1 year.


See the individual programs websites for additional program information. 

Instructor teaching to students

Program Highlights   

  • Hands-on training
  • Five areas of study/specialization available
  • Program offered in Cleburne and Hillsboro
  • Certificate of completion, certificate of technology and associate degree options available
  • Prepares students for licensure examination

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The Hill College Nursing Program offers the highest quality health-related education and training to students of our community and surrounding areas. The program offers students the ability to dedicate themselves to increasing their knowledge and developing their talents thus allowing them to become highly skilled nurses able to provide patient-centered care in hospitals or other health care facilities.

At Hill College, we strive for excellence to ensure the classroom theory and evidence-based practice in the clinical setting is attainable. With the collaboration of Hill College and our community hospitals in our service area, it is our privilege to offer this program to our students.

Sampling of Classes   

  • Anatomy
  • Clinical
  • Health & Illness
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Integrated Client Care Management
  • Maternal Neonatal
  • Medical Terminology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychology
Program Contacts add

General Information
HILLSBORO
(254) 659-7920

CLEBURNE
(817) 760-5921

Interim Associate Degree Nursing Coordinator
Lori Moseley, MSN, RN
Dean of Instruction, Health and Community Services

lmoseley@hillcollege.edu  Office Hours
(254) 659-7921 or (817) 760-5920

Associate Degree Nursing Faculty
Jan "Olivia" Sanders-Patrick, MNA, RN, 254-659-7982, jsanders-patrick@hillcollege.edu Office Hours
Chad Schoen, MSN, RN, 817-760-5928, cschoen@hillcollege.edu Office Hours
Pam Miller, BSN, WHNP, 817-760-5923, pmiller@hillcollege.edu Office Hours
Teresa Hamilton, MSN, RN, 817-760-5923, thamilton@hillcollege.edu Office Hours

Skills Lab Coordinators, Health Sciences
Paula Hutchings, MSN, RN, (254) 659-792, phutchings@hillcollege.edu
Katina Castro, BSN, RN, 817) 760-5925, kcastro@hillcollege.edu

 

Administrative Support
Julie Britton, (817) 760-5921, jbritton@hillcollege.edu, Office Hours
Teresa Palinkas, (254) 659-7920, tpalinkas@hillcollege.edu, Office Hours



Professional Nursing Student Handbook



For students in a nursing course who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas.  If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair.  You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.

Associate Degree Nursing Degree Option

Associate Degree Nursing Degree Option (2 year) add

ASSOCIATE DEGREE NURSING (RN)

Associate in Applied Science
60 hours
Capstone Experience
AAS Degree - TSI required

ADN Transition Degree Option

LVN to ADN Transition add

LVN to ADN TRANSITION

Associate in Applied Science
60 hours
Capstone Experience
AAS Degree - TSI required
Paramedic to ADN Transition add

PARAMEDIC to ADN TRANSITION

Associate in Applied Science
60 hours
Capstone Experience
AAS Degree - TSI required

Vocational Nursing

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Vocational Nursing
Certificate of Technology
48/49 hours
Capstone Experience
Level II - TSI required

Background Procedure

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The Hill College Nursing department uses the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) FBI background check process during the application process.  The nursing program will submit the required documents to the BON.  The BON will notify the nursing department of names of students who will be required to submit their fingerprints to the BON.


Please contact the Health and Community Services Division for further information or questions. Having a criminal history does not automatically preclude you from entry but your selection is dependent upon the charge, age of the offense and final disposition. Students will eligibility issues related to a criminal offense must submit a Declaratory Order with the Texas Board of Nursing. All Declaratory Orders must be complete before enrollment in any Hill College nursing program.

For students in a nursing course who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas.  If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair.  You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.
Board of Nursing Declaratory Order add

If a student has any criminal background they must submit a Declaratory Order Petition to the Board of Nursing. 

Please contact the Health and Community Services Division for further information or questions. Having a criminal history does not automatically preclude you from entry but your selection is dependent upon the charge, age of the offense and final disposition. Students will eligibility issues related to a criminal offense must submit a Declaratory Order with the Texas Board of Nursing. All Declaratory Orders must be complete before enrollment in any Hill College nursing program.

If you answer Yes to one or more listed under Question 1 you will need to submit a Declaratory Order Petition to the Board of Nursing. 

 1) [ ] No [ ] Yes *For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:

  1. been arrested and have a pending criminal charge?
  2. been convicted of a misdemeanor?
  3. been convicted of a felony?
  4. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
  5. received deferred adjudication?
  6. been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
  7. been sentenced to serve jail time, prison time, or court-ordered confinement?
  8. been granted pre-trial diversion?
  9. been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
  10. been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military

    judgment/ punishment/action?

 (You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations or offenses previously disclosed to the Texas Board of Nursing on an initial licensure or renewal application.) 

NOTE: Expunged and Sealed Offenses: While expunged or sealed offenses, arrests, tickets, or citations need not be disclosed, it is your responsibility to ensure the offense, arrest, ticket or citation has, in fact, been expunged or sealed. It is recommended that you submit a copy of the Court Order expunging or sealing the record in question to our office with your application. Failure to reveal an offense, arrest, ticket, or citation that is not in fact expunged or sealed may subject your license to a disciplinary order and fine. Non-disclosure of relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character. (See 22 TAC §213.27)

NOTE: Orders of Non-Disclosure: Pursuant to Tex. Gov’t Code § 552.142(b), if you have criminal matters that are the subject of an order of non- disclosure you are not required to reveal those criminal matters on this form. However, a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non- disclosure may become a character and fitness issue. Pursuant to Gov’t Code chapter 411, the Texas Nursing Board is entitled to access criminal history record information that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure. If the Board discovers a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure, even if you properly did not reveal that matter, the Board may require you to provide information about any conduct that raises issues of character and fitness.

Board of Nursing Scope of Practice

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Practice - Registered Nurse Scope of Practice

The Texas Nursing Practice Act (NPA) defines the legal scope of practice for professional registered nurses (RNs).  “Professional nursing” means the performance of an act that requires substantial specialized judgment and skill, the proper performance of which is based on knowledge and application of the principles of biological, physical, and social science as acquired by a completed course in an approved school of professional nursing. The term does not include acts of medical diagnosis or the prescription of therapeutic or corrective measures.  Professional nursing involves:

  1. the observation, assessment, intervention, evaluation, rehabilitation, care and counsel, or health teachings of a person who is ill, injured, infirm, or experiencing a change in normal health processes;

  2. the maintenance of health or prevention of illness;

  3. the administration of a medication or treatment as ordered by a physician, podiatrist, or dentist;

  4. the supervision or teaching of nursing;

  5. the administration, supervision, and evaluation of nursing practices, policies, and procedures;

  6. the requesting, receiving, signing for, and distribution of prescription drug samples to patients at practices at which an advanced practice registered nurse is authorized to sign prescription drug orders as provided by Subchapter B, Chapter 157;

  7. the performance of an act delegated by a physician under Section 157.0512, 157.054, 157.058, or 157.059; and

  8. the development of the nursing care plan.

The RN takes responsibility and accepts accountability for practicing within the legal scope of practice and is prepared to work in all health care settings, and may engage in independent nursing practice without supervision by another health care provider. The RN, with a focus on patient safety, is required to function within the parameters of the legal scope of practice and in accordance with the federal, state, and local laws; rules and regulations; and policies, procedures and guidelines of the employing health care institution or practice setting. The RN is responsible for providing safe, compassionate, and comprehensive nursing care to patients and their families with complex healthcare needs.

Educational Requirements:
Texas Board of Nursing (2010), Differentiated Essential Competencies (DECs) of graduates of Texas Nursing Programs.

Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 301

Nursing Practice Act (NPA) Section 301.002, Definitions

Rule 217.11 - Standards of Nursing Practice

Scope of Practice Position Statements: 

Note: For the complete list of position statements, click here.

Six-Step Decision Making Model for Determining Nursing Scope of Practice

Note: For the complete list of nursing practice FAQs, click here.