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LVN-RN Transition (TSTC Harlingen)

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Application Packet

Latest Important Update: 

As of June 10, 2015, the "application process" for this year's group of students has been moved to a later date. Announcement will be made and posted when it re-opens.

Jean Lashbrook, RN
Allied Health Division Director
Interim Contact 956-364-4797

Program Requirements

  • Be 18 years of age and eligible for Texas State Technical College admission; non probationary for grades;
  • Be "TSI" complete;
  • Completed Vocational Nursing (VN) Program and passed NCLEX-PN prior fall entrance date;
  • All transcripts of courses taken from other colleges sent to TSTC Harlingen Admissions Office for review;  

(This will ensure that the prerequisite courses you completed and passed in other schools or colleges do MATCH, or acceptable, with the ones required in the TSTC in Harlingen LVN-RN Transition program. Submission of transcripts of records to the TSTC Admission Office for evaluation of courses is as much important as the other requirements.)

  • One picture ID (US Passport or I-551 or current driver’s license) and copy of SSN (card); 
  • Completed and passed all prerequisite subjects with minimum grades of "C", regardless of how long ago you took them; 

(The scoring process utilizes the point system in the final selection of the applicants for acceptance. It will be affected by the number of years or how long ago the applicant took them. The benchmark for the application period is five years. Applicants who took them within the last five years will be given higher points than those who took them longer than that. The scoring process will also consider the grades of the pre-requisite subjects. Better course grades mean higher points. Re-taking prerequisite subjects to earn better grades and higher points remains an option.)

If these prerequisite courses were taken at other institutions with different course numbers, please see Advisement Center as soon as possible. 

  • Must pass L1 TX Board of Nursing Criminal Background Check (CBC) & 10 panel drug screen after being accepted;  

(During the application process, all applicants may be asked undergo fingerprinting for CBC by Texas BON, which will in return send the applicants blue cards and letters as proofs of clearance. These documents must be submitted to Program Chair prior to fall semester registration. Failure to submit blue cards or other letters of clearance will not be allowed to register or continue with the program.)

  • Outside employment of 12 hours a week or more is not recommended while in program; 
  • All immunizations must be current including Hep A and B series, TB, flu, bacterial meningitis, etc. after acceptance into the program;
  • Have a current physical assessment from a physician or practitioner using TSTC form only; 
  • Must submit a "passport-size" photo with application;
  • Must have taken the ATI's TEAS Test, the Elsevier's HESI Admission Assessment Test  and the Personality Aptitude Test here in campus; (This criterion is under review. Please wait and visit this webpage soon for the final updates. Thanks.)  

(These tests are available for the applicants when the application period opens. Taking them early on is advisable. Scheduling it at the last minute or close to submission of application packets may not allow you to take it as seats are LIMITED per testing day. Take note as well that scores from this test will be one of the primary criteria in choosing the final roster of accepted applicants. Good luck on your test..!!) 

  • Must submit a complete application packet in sealed 10x13 envelope on or prior to deadline.

 Scoring grids mostly depend on entrance test scores, overall GPA and course grades.

Please come back for more updates. Thank you.

Application Process

Updated June 22, 2015

New applicants to TSTC in Harlingen must follow these steps:  

  1. Application for both general acceptance to Texas State Technical College and the RN program must be done on-line through TSTC website. For TSTC, click on this link: Student Checklist and complete the application for admission. This webpage will be updated soon. For the RN Program, see #7 of this page.
  2. Official transcript(s) of grades from colleges and universities attended with official school seals must be requested by the applicant to be sent directly to the TSTC New Student Admissions Office in sealed envelope(s) via postal mail.
  3. To apply for financial aid, student loans and scholarship grants, applicants may contact the Financial Aid Office at TSTC in Harlingen . For veterans, you may contact local VA Certification Officer for verification of educational benefits.
  4. All applicants must take several Entrance Exams which will be announced soon at the Student Services Building, Room 312A at TSTC during the application time period. For more info, click on the dedicated webpage on the left side tab.Will post the updated tab soon.
  5. All prerequisite subjects must be completed prior to application.  All courses must have a minimum of “C” grade. GPAs will be one of the major criteria for student selection.
  6. Applicants must be Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) at the time of application.
  7. Interested parties may download the application form to the LVN-RN Transition Program in this sections once available or when posted online. (Make sure that your printed form is not double-sided.). The application form will be posted soon.
  8. Completed application form must be submitted to the RN Department Chair or the Allied Health Division Secretary.
  9. Complete background checks (CBCs) of all applicants will be carried out through the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). A roster of names of all the applicants will be submitted to the BON for verification of criminal history upon the closure of the application time period. Recent infractions of the law and other legal issues must be declared in the application form. Declaratory form must be submitted to the Texas BON immediately. Failure to disclose such information at the time of application could be a ground for removal or dismissal from the program.
  10. Incomplete application packet will not be included in the selection process. Inabilty to follow instructions may disqualify an applicant from getting into the program.
  11. The final selection of applicants for the program will be based primarily on scores of the entrance exams, overall GPAs, and grades of prerequisite courses. Applicants will be ranked in the selection process utilizing the scoring process. Science courses such as Anatomy and Physiology taken within the last five years or more will be given appropriate scores. Scoring grid will be posted soon.
  12. Random and mandatory urine drug screen tests may be required at anytime prior or after being admitted into the program when deemed necessary.
  13. All applicants must submit a proof of physical and mental well-being certified by a physician or nurse practitioner. Together with proofs of completed immunizations such as MMR, varicella, Tdap, and Hepatitis A and B, these documentations must be submitted with the application packet. A separate form will be used for this purpose. Failure to do so, the applicant may be removed from the roster of accepted applicants.
  14. All accepted applicants will be notified in writing with instructions for next steps to follow. Alternates will be notified immediately if an open spot becomes available before the program begins.
  15. A mandatory “orientation” meeting is required for all accepted applicants. Family members may attend. Applicants who failed to attend or have arrived late will be automatically dropped from the program roster.
  16. Application packet and other required documents must be submitted to:

Jean Lashbrook, RN
Allied Health Division Director
Interim Contact 956-364-4797

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