Registered Nursing Program
The application deadline for Fall 2013 has ended. The next application period is May 1- 31by 4pm, 2014 for the fall of 2014.
Information sessions are being held monthly in the allied health building "U" room 126 from 6-7pm. The next ones are scheduled for August 7, September 11 and October 16th and finally, Nov 13th. All LVN students hoping to enroll in the RN program next year must attend an information session to pick up an application. Applications will only be given out at those information session. All information sessions scheduled on above dates have been cancelled till further notice.
Important to know....This is a “full” program of study (as opposed to a transition or bridge program) leading to an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Nursing. This Registered Nursing program is designed to be taken immediately following a Vocational Nursing program. While it is possible for "seasoned/ experienced" LVNs to be admitted into the program, please keep in mind all prerequisites must be taken within five years and passed with a "B" or better to receive points towards acceptance into the program. Students are not allowed to work an outside job more than 12 hours a week while in the program and must pass the criminal background and drug screen test prior to attending clinicals. All applicants must be licensed LVNs by the fall entrance date to enter the RN program at TSTC. The successful Registered Nursing graduate will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX- RN exam to obtain licensure as a Registered Nurse from the Texas Board of Nursing the folowing summer.
The program includes at least three (3) semesters of academic “core” and “prerequisite” courses and three (3) semesters of Registered Nursing related courses and clinicals. The ratio of classroom to clinical is approximately 3 to 1 with about 70% of the total hours spent in clinical related learning experiences. The entire program requires 72 credits, taking at least three years (counting the year in the vocational nursing program) to complete from start to finish.
The list of prerequisite courses and the application scoring guidelines are included in the advisory packet to the left of this page.
It is strongly recommended that students apply and take the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate level 1 and the Vocational Nursing (LVN) certificate level 2 prior to applying to the RN program as the scoring has been determined specifically to favor those who have shown a commitment to the profession and have completed those two foundational courses before applying to the RN program.
Because we want you to succeed and graduate, it’s in your interest (and ours) to make sure you know the challenges you will face when you become a student. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you attend an information session and study carefully the advising packet prior to applying to the RN program.
We are looking forward to another exciting year!
Antonio Jayoma, MSPHN RN RN Department Chair