Harlingen

Program Requirements

This program is a hybrid program. Skills classes will be face-to-face in the skills and simulation labs. Clinical experiences may be face-to-face, online, virtual and in the simulation lab as determined by circumstances.

Our faculty will work with you to help you reach your full capacity providing some lectures, conferences and meetings. You will be expected to attend the conferences, classes, skills assignments and other necessary meetings, by ZOOM or Hangouts or in Face-to-Face Labs and Clinical. The faculty are available for conferences when necessary. If you are not passing, you will be given remediation assignments which you are expected to complete prior to progressing.

Information sessions are  being held face-to-face. You may receive the materials and information needed for your application from Tanya Villarreal, tvillarreal@tstc.edu or Shirley Byrd, Shirley.byrd@tstc.edu.You must have an appointment to attend since we are restricted to number in attendance.

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program will prepare students with the basic competencies to become safe practitioners in the healthcare field. Upon successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science major in Associate Degree Nursing, the graduate will be able to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a registered nurse and can work in hospitals, day-surgery centers, rehabilitation centers, physicians’ offices, home health care agencies, among other areas.

The LVN to RN Program is a highly selective program. The selection process is based on a Competitive Point System evaluation. Selection criteria are used to assess the applicant’s score.

Step 1: REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO APPLYING TO THE LVN-RN PROGRAM

 

  • Apply for general admission to TSTC in Harlingen. TSTC maintains an open admission policy. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to all programs including nursing.
  • Complete application for TSTC admission online.
  • May require official copy of high school transcript, transfer transcripts from other colleges or evidence of “capability to do college-level work.”
  • Attend TSTC New Student Orientation and set up email OR as Directed by TSTC Admissions Office.
  • Apply for Financial Aid if applicable

 

Step 2: COMPLETE PRE-PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

 

  • The LVN to RN Transition Program is designed for individuals who hold an LVN License and seek to pursue the Registered Nurse Licensure.
  • A current LVN License is required to apply and must be kept current.
  • Complete ALL pre-requisites with a “C” or better.
  • ALL SCIENCES MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN THE PAST 10 (TEN) YEARS. Your prerequisite grades are used to calculate your GPA which is important and weighs heavily in the selection process. The higher your grade is on prerequisites, the more points you get on your Admission Score Sheet.
  • The TSTC LVN to RN Transition Program for the 2022 Spring and Fall Program is a Hybrid Program.
  • If some unavoidable circumstance were to occur, we will go back to the COVID precautionary controls. This means that part of the program is completely online, some skills are online and some hands-on in the Nursing Lab and the Clinical portion is virtual and face-to-face in the clinical site. If COVID-19 prevents completion of the hands-on clinical experiences as required by the Board of Nurses, we may have to extend the clinical portion into the next semester. You will graduate and be able to take state boards, but it may be delayed. This ALL depends on the availability of the clinical sites to take students. The Board of Nurses requires a portion of your education to be at the clinical site in order for us to complete educational requirements and sit for State Boards. You will be kept advised as the program progresses.
  • Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science in Associate Degree in Nursing, the graduate will be able to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

 

Step 3: APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS PROCESS

  • Applicant must attend LVN-RN Information Session.
  • Applicant must take the HESI LPN-ADN Entrance Exam and meet the required score of at least 850.
    If you do not score 850, re-take the test to see if you can score higher on the next exam. You can take the Exam twice in a testing period. Submit the sheet that has the higher score.
  • To prepare for this exam, please study the HESI Comprehensive NCLEX-LPN Examination Study Guide. Contact Registration Number: 956-364-4310 for HESI Online Testing Dates.  Remember the higher the score you make, the better your chance of admission.
  • Applicant must meet the required ADN cumulative GPA of 2.7. The GPA is figured using the seven required prerequisite courses (Labs are not counted) and divided by seven. So, the more A’s and B’s you have, the higher the score you will have.
  • Complete all Health Requirements-Immunizations*.  Must be current within the last 12 months.  Health requirement, including immunizations, must be signed by you and recorded on the TSTC physical document.
  • Once you are ready to apply to the program, contact Tanya Villarreal at tvillarreal@tstc.edu for an Application Packet. Complete and submit the Admission Application. Application Period dates change with each cohort.  The application period for Spring 2022 is September 22, 2021 through November 5, 2021 at 12 Noon.
  • Email Application Packet to Tanya Villarreal at tvillarreal@tstc.edu
    • On Subject line: LVN-RN Transition Program Application Packet
    • Please list the following in email:
      Name
      Id#
      Phone number
      Application pages: _____
      Transcripts (number of transcripts submitted): ___
      Letters of recommendation (number of letters submitted):____
      Certificate from Information Session :____
      Total number of pages scanned:____
  • Tanya Villarreal will send you a confirmation email upon receiving the application packet.  If you do not receive a confirmation email within 2 days, please contact Ms. Villarreal at 956-364-4690.


STEP
 4:  ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATION STATUS

 

  • Once the application and all supporting documents have been delivered and logged in by the application deadline, the application is considered accepted.
  • It is our suggestion that you have someone, not TSTC staff, check the packet with you to make sure you have all the materials required. If you take the HESI more than once, make sure you have only the highest score listed and enclosed in your packet.


STEP 5:
  NOTIFICATION OF APPLICATION STATUS

  • Students with the highest points will be accepted into the program based upon the number of available spots in the cohort. Applicants with lower points will be denied.
  • Alternates–Should any of the admitted applicants decline admission, an alternate will be offered admissions to the program. Alternates are selected from next highest scores in the cohort.


Criminal Background Checks

After acceptance into the program, PLEASE BE AWARE that the applicant must complete Fingerprint Clearance and L1 criminal history check for the Texas Board of Nursing and Drug Screens for the Clinical Sites. You will be notified by the Program Director or Instructor if you are clear or need clearance.  Registered Nurse License Eligibility is determined through a DPS/FBI criminal history background check completed through the Texas Board of Nursing.  Information relating to the criminal history and declaratory order (DO) process is available on the Texas Board of Nursing website http://www.bon.texas.gov/licensure_eligibility.asp.

It is highly recommended to initiate the DO process at the time of your application if there is anything in your background that may show up as a criminal matter in the background check, even if adjudicated or expunged, and it happened many years ago.  Once you have been accepted in the program and you accept the appointment, your name will be submitted to the Board of Nursing for clearance into the program. You will receive a Blue Card or letter of clearance which you must turn in to the Nursing Education Office.


Drug Screens

Drug Screening is arranged through the Nursing Department. The program does initial, random and for cause drug screening. Cost for drug screening will be the responsibility of the student. Additional Criminal Background Checks and Fees may accrue with hosting clinical sites. More information will be relayed to students at orientation.


SELECTION PROCESS:

The LVN to RN selection process is based on a Competitive Point System evaluation.

  1. Selection criteria are used to assess the applicant’s score. Points are given for the following selection criteria:
  2. LVN-RN Program Prerequisite Courses Cumulative GPA
    2. HESI Exam Scores
    3. Additional Points as listed in the Application Packet/Scoresheet (Scores for A’s and B’s and previous special certifications)
    B.  Once all admission criteria are met for entrance to the program, students with completed applications will be selected by scoring.
    1. Students with the highest points will be accepted into the program based upon the number of available spots in the co-hort.
    2.  Decisions are ultimately made by the LVN-RN Department Admission Committee and confirmed by the Program Chair and may not be appealed.
    3. Students not admitted are free to reapply in the following application enrollment period.

 

  1. Qualified applicants are ranked from highest to lowest points. Admission is solely based on this ranking.  Applicants must officially accept admission to the program on or before the indicated date.
    D. Alternates: Should any of the admitted applicants decline admission, an alternate will be offered admission to the program. The highest score will be considered for admission.
    E. Once the selection is made, the admission documents are transferred into the student’s active file.
  2. Applicants not selected have three weeks to pick up their packets. After this period, packets will be shredded. The only documents filed by the program are the Score Sheets which are kept in file for two years (effective 1/2020).

Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrollment into the program. Subjects in progress must be approved by the program director and must be completed by the first day of class. One subject only is allowed. Student must submit a progress grade.

All sciences must be completed within the past 10 years.

BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I OR
BIOL 2301 Anatomy & Physiology I AND BIOL 2101 Anatomy & Physiology I
ENGL 1301 Composition I*
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development
*ACGM X3XX Humanities or Fine Arts Elective*
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II OR
BIOL 2302 Anatomy & Physiology II AND BIOL 2102 Anatomy & Physiology II
PSYC 2301 General Psychology
BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors OR
BIOL 2320 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors AND BIOL 2120 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors

Humanities-Fine Arts-Harlingen indicates classes available in Harlingen
ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation (Harlingen)
ARTS 1303 Art History I
ARTS 1304 Art History II (Harlingen)
ARTS 1316 Drawing 1
ARTS 1313 Foundations of Art
ARTS 2316 Painting 1
ENGL 2321 British Literature
ENGL 2322 British Literature I (Harlingen)
ENGL 2326 Scripture I (Harlingen)
ENGL 2307 Creative Writing I
ENGL 2331 World Literature (Harlingen)
ENGL 2341 Forms of Literature
HUMA 1301 Introduction to Humanities II
HUMA 1302 Introduction to Humanities
HUMA 2323 World Cultures
MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation (Harlingen)
PHIL 1301 Intro to Philosophy
PHIL 1304 Introduction to World Religions (Harlingen)
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics

Additional and Complete Information is contained within the LVN-RN Advisory Packet LVN-RN Advisory Packet Spring 2022-Harlingen.  Applicants should download and read the complete packet(s) and information in the Information Download section.

Sweetwater

We are glad you are interested in the Associate Degree in Nursing Program at TSTC. This is a transitional program of study leading to an Associate Degree in Nursing. Upon successful completion of the program, the ADN degree will be conferred by TSTC. The successful graduate will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to obtain licensure as a registered nurse from the Texas Board of Nursing. Students/graduates of the program may not work as a registered nurse until successfully passing the NCLEX-RN examination.

There is a significant and growing need for registered nurses throughout the state of Texas and all over the United States. The Associate Degree in Nursing Program at TSTC Sweetwater is a fast-paced associate degree program that serves surrounding rural county areas of West Texas. TSTC works hand in hand with healthcare industry leaders to train highly qualified nurses.  The program includes three semesters of nursing-related courses, simulation lab and clinicals. The entire program requires 60 credits, taking at least three full years to complete (includes one full year in the Vocational Nursing program). Academic courses taken at other schools may be accepted for credit. TSTC does not accept any nursing core course transfers.

This program is designed for Texas Licensed Vocational Nurses. The Associate Degree in Nursing program at TSTC in Sweetwater is a hybrid asynchronous online program with most of the program delivered online. Faculty supervised lab simulations are carried out at the Sweetwater campus. Hands-on supervised clinical experiences are conducted in a variety of area healthcare facilities (both acute and non-acute settings). The program may be completed in 12 months if general education courses are completed ahead of time or in two years if the student chooses to start with general education coursework.

Because we want you to succeed and graduate, it is in your best interest (and ours) to make sure you know the challenges you will face when you become a student. An open, honest dialogue with an LVN to ADN faculty member should focus on your background, time commitment, previous college experience, and other factors that will help determine your likelihood of succeeding and graduating from TSTC Sweetwater, which, after all, is our shared goal.

Please remember this program is a professional nursing program. Please keep all communication with the nursing school, ADN staff assistant, faculty, and director professional. This includes email, text, phone calls, and face-to-face conversations. We strive to always model professional behavior in nursing from nursing education to the bedside. The Associate Degree Nursing LVN – ADN Transition program at Texas State Technical College is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON). The program is further approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and is SACSCOC accredited. This advisory packet is designed by Texas State Technical College LVN to ADN staff to guide the prospective students with general information about the program and the application process.

Lisa Van Cleave, EdD, RN
Program Director
LVN –ADN Transition
Program Email: lisa.vancleave@tstc.edu

Contact Information
Mary Wilhite, Allied Health Student Services Specialist
marywilhite@tstc.edu
Texas State Technical College
2082 Quantum Loop, Abilene, Texas 79602
325-734-3644

Information Resource:
Kristi Hendrix, Secretary
kristi.hendrix@tstc.edu
Texas State Technical College
300 Homer K. Taylor Dr., Sweetwater, Texas 79556
325-235-7307

Steps to Apply:

  1. APPLY TO BECOME A TSTC STUDENT VIA THE TSTC WEBSITE. It is advised that you begin with your admission to the college so you will have a TSTC email address and become a part of the college system prior to starting the ADN Packet. TSTC email is the accepted way of communicating with TSTC faculty and staff. Acceptance into the college and declaring nursing as your major does not guarantee acceptance into the core LVN to ADN transition program.   ** The TSTC application has to process, and the prospective student must be rolled over as a student (all transcripts submitted) before this information is available. This information typically is given to the student when they are instructed to complete the Student Financial Obligation Agreement.**
  2.  REQUEST ALL OF YOUR OFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS ARE SENT TO TSTC ADMISSIONS. Your transcripts (official) are extremely important to the admission process along with your applications. All official transcripts are to be requested by you & sent to the Admissions Department, NOT the nursing department. A copy of your transcripts needs to be put into the packet submitted to the nursing department. ** (see above)**
  3. COMPLETE A BACKGROUND CHECK THROUGH GROUP1.
    Go to this link (Use the link below to access Group1):
    https://gp1.acciodata.com/cgibin/pub/unsolicited_portal?guid=81gLiVPUGoHxyz19h25IEIm1mnesPPoq%20 and sign up for a background check as soon as you begin the application process. You need to click on the above link NOT copy/paste it. It will be $30.00. After the background check is completed, you will get an email stating it is completed. After this you will need to go back into your GP1 account and print a copy of the background check. Submit the copy of the complete background check with the application packet.
    Note: This is a separate requirement from the BON background check.
    *IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE REPORT BEFORE YOU SUBMIT, you will need to submit the disclosure form and confirmation page that you have started the background check process.
    *ONCE THE REPORT IS RECEIVED, and it is before the application due date, please send via email to mary.wilhite@tstc.edu
    *IF IT IS AFTER THE APPLICATION DUE DATE, please send via email to Kristi.hendrix@tstc.edu
  4. ATTEND AN INFORMATIONAL SESSION. These are mandatory and will be conducted via virtually.  Register for an information session.
    Spring 2022 Info-Session Dates – September 7-10am; September 19 at 3pm; September 23 at 7pm; October 9 at 3pm; October 19 at 10am and October 21 at 7pm.  Please put one of these scheduled dates on your calendar. It is an informational session only and does not indicate or guarantee acceptance to the RN program. The purpose of the session is to give as much information as possible so that you are informed and know what the expectations are. It will outline all the details of the program, including but not limited to immunizations, uniform, clinical requirements, and class registration.  **You must attend one of the above dates. One from a previous semester is not acceptable.**

For all other information including prerequisites and testing information download the West Texas – Sweetwater Associate Degree in Nursing – Summer 2022 Application in the Information and Downloadable section.

Breckenridge and Sweetwater

Program Requirements

  • Have all official transcripts of courses taken from other colleges sent to Texas State Technical College and reviewed by Admissions.
  • Submit a copy of picture ID (driver’s license or state issued ID) and Social Security card.
  • Must be able to pass a FBI background check and 10 panel drug screen (Applicant will receive further instructions after they have applied to the VN program).
  • All immunizations must be current including Hepatitis B series, MMR series, Varicella, TDap, Meningococcal vaccine, Influenza, and TB.
  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Medical Terminology, Medical Administration must be no older than 5 years to transfer in.
  • Must take TEAS exam at least once before acceptance into the program.  Must have passed all four sections before first class day.

Application Process

  • Apply for general acceptance to Texas State Technical College Sweetwater or Breckenridge by submission of Admission Application. Applicants may click here to apply.
  • Request official sealed copy of your high school transcript or your GED diploma to the Admissions and Records Office. If you received your GED in Texas and need an official diploma, call the Texas Education Agency (TEA) at 512-463-9292 to obtain one.
  • Submit an official college transcript from all previously attended colleges to the New Student Admissions Office. The college transcript(s) must be an official transcript – imprinted with the college’s seal and delivered in a sealed envelope.
  • Vocational Nursing program is a 16-month program with the first semester courses being completed before application into the program. West Texas has one intake per year to begin in the spring semester. The deadline for submission of completed packets is listed in the Application Packet.
  • Complete financial aid application. (We recommend that you apply at least four months prior to registration.) If you are applying for federal financial aid, complete the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA) for the Pell Grant and other financial aid and submit it to the federal processor. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information on other grants, scholarships, student loans or sponsoring agencies such as WIA or DARS. Veterans wanting to use their VA benefits should contact their local VA Certification Officer on campus. The “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” can be found at FAFSA
  • In Fall 2013, the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment established new college readiness standards for incoming students. The TSI Assessment is designed to help determine if students are ready for college-level coursework in the general areas of reading, writing and math. If the student does not meet testing requirements, the assessment will also help with student placement in courses that will aid in the preparation of student skills for college-level classes. For questions, please call 325-235-7441, Counseling and Testing.
  • Applicants to the VN Program must take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Entrance Exam, consisting of four sections; reading, math, science and English.  Information about the TEAS Study Guide Version 6.0 can be found at http://www.atitesting.com/ati_store/product.aspx?zpid=1175 .  Complete information about the TEAS test is included in the application packet.
  • Courses to be considered for transfer credit must be submitted on an official sealed college transcript. Courses which are not identical with the catalog listing of courses or equivalent in the common course numbering system require a request for substitution form to be completed by the nursing department.  The student must request this substitution and provide all official transcripts before requests.
  • Submit COMPLETE VN APPLICATION packet as instructed in the application package.
  • Applicants will be considered on an admission rating scale. See application packet for details.
  • Criminal background checks are required for students involved directly with clients in clinical facilities and by the Texas Board of Nursing for licensure.  To pass the nursing courses involved in this program, you must complete clinical rotations at these sites.  If you refuse or for any reason cannot complete this background check, or information received during this check is deemed unacceptable by the Board of Nursing and you will be refused access to a clinical facility, you will be ineligible for clinical participation and dismissed from the program due to inability to meet clinical objectives.
    Information on the procedure for obtaining a CBC and fingerprinting is available in the application packet. The Board of Nursing will issue a code and a form to be used for the fingerprinting. Prints from any other source or without the BON code will not be accepted.
  • DO NOT COMPLETE A BACKGROUND CHECK PRIOR TO APPLICATION. You will be notified when it is time to have your prints made.  If, however, you answer yes to any of the board questions on page 16 of the packet, you should begin the declaratory order procedure.
  • Employment at many healthcare facilities and agencies require mandatory drug screening. Vocational Nursing students will be required to undergo a random drug screen prior to beginning clinical experiences and at any point during the program at the discretion of the Program Chair and/or Instructor.  Failure to take or pass this drug test will result in inability to complete required clinical rotations.
  • Limited numbers of students are accepted in this program.  The admission rating scale and application packet criteria will be used to determine acceptance.  All candidates will be notified via email regarding admission status.    ** Not all qualified candidates may be accepted.
  • Some students not selected will be notified that they are alternates.  Students on the alternate list may be admitted if space becomes available.
  • Accepted applicants will be notified of the date, time and place to attend the MANDATORY ORIENTATION. Those accepted and not attending or arriving late to the orientation will automatically be dropped from consideration.

**Place all packet requirements and forms in a 9×12 inch envelope for submission.  Applicants must submit a COMPLETE application packet to the Vocational Nursing Department, either in person or by mail on or before the application filing deadline to the address below.

** Incomplete packets will not be considered for selection.

Texas State Technical College
ATTN: Mary Wilhite, Allied Health Student Services Specialist
2082 Quantum Loop
Abilene, TX 79602

For more information call 325-734-3644.

Download the Application Packet

Must submit a complete application packet in a sealed 9X12 envelope prior to the deadline date indicated in packet.

Harlingen

Application Process

 1st Step in becoming a Vocational Nursing Student

  1. Apply for general acceptance to Texas State Technical College Harlingen by submission of Admission Application.
  2. Request an official sealed copy of your high school transcript or your GED diploma to the Admissions and Records Office. If you received your GED in Texas and need an official diploma, call the Texas Education Agency (TEA) at 512-463-9292 to obtain one.
  3. Submit an official college transcript from all previously attended colleges to the New Student Admissions Office. The college transcript(s) must be an official transcript – imprinted with the college’s seal and delivered in a sealed envelope.
  4. Complete financial aid application. (We recommend that you apply at least four months prior to registration.) If you are applying for federal financial aid, complete the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA) for the Pell Grant and other financial aid and submit it to the federal processor. Complete the TSTC Harlingen Financial Aid Office Application and return it to the Financial Aid Office. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information on other grants, scholarships, student loans or sponsoring agencies such as WIA or DARS. Veterans wanting to use their VA benefits should contact their local VA Certification Officer on campus. The “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” can be found at FAFSA. In the Fall 2013 semester, the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment established new college readiness standards for incoming students. The TSI Assessment is designed to help determine if students are ready for college-level coursework in the general areas of reading, writing and math. If the student does not meet testing requirements, the assessment will also help with student placement in courses that will aid in the preparation of student skills for college-level classes. For questions please, call 956-364-4997 or  see the Financial Aid page.
  5. Contact your Student Enrollment coach advisor Erica Garcia.
    1. Erica Garcia     956-364-4522         erica.garcia@tstc.edu
  6. Complete your three pre-requisite courses prior to applying to the program:
    1.  BIOL 2401-Anatomy and Physiology I
      or BIOL 2301/ BIOL 2101
    2. BIOL 2402-Anatomy and Physiology II
      or BIOL 2302/ BIOL 2102
    3. HPRS 1206 Essentials of Medical Terminology
  1. Pre-requisite courses Anatomy and Physiology I & II, must be within 5 years
  1. Must pass all academic courses with a “C” or better prior to starting nursing courses; no “Ds” for program of study courses.
  1. Attend a Vocational Nursing Information Session
  1. Applicants to the VN Program must take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Entrance Exam, consisting of four sections; reading, math, science and English. Information about the TEAS Study Guide Version 6.0 can be found at http://www.atitesting.com/ati_store/product.aspx?zpid=1175 . The composite score will be used within the selection criteria with additional points for GPA and any previous achievements related to nursing education.
  • The TEAS is a computerized test available through the TSTC-HARLINGEN Testing Center. Register online by clicking on date link. The total cost is $90 which includes a test fee of $65 paid online and a $25 proctoring fee paid at the Cashier Window. You must have your receipt from the Business Office, a valid credit card to pay for the exam and a picture ID at the time of the test. TEST CAN ONLY BE TAKEN TWICE PER APPLICATION PROCESS. SEATS ARE LIMITED, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. 
    TEAS V Minimum scores required to apply to the Vocational Nursing Program are as follows: Math: 50; Reading: 50; Science: 40; English: 50.
  1. The TEAS Exam must be taken through the Testing Center at TSTC on campus or online within one year of current application deadline date.
  2. TEAS Details

2nd Step in becoming a Vocational Nursing Student

TSTC Vocational Nursing Program Application Requirements 

Complete all items as described in step one

  1. Print out the Vocational Nursing program Application
    1. VN Program Application | Complete application information and obtain all documents as described in the application to be ready to submit online. (Update Application to the one I uploaded to the email with the Aug 2022 dates please)
  2. **Applicants must submit a complete application packet prior to deadline via online submission on or before the application filing deadline. Incomplete packets will not be considered in the selection process. **    
  3. Submit VN Application via the Online portal link before the application deadline as announced per semester (NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED).
  4. Create New Account and submit VN Application
  5. Applicants will be evaluated on an admission rating scale consisting of TEAS score, GPA, and Prerequisite courses points and other credit as described on your application. The rankings will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for consideration as a component of the total admission criteria.
  6. Limited numbers of students are accepted to this program.  The admission rating scale and application packet criteria will be used to determine acceptance.  All candidates will be notified via email regarding admission status.

3rd  Step in becoming a Vocational Nursing Student

You have completed step one and two

  1. You have received an email with a response to your Vocational Nursing application- There are three outcomes- accepted, alternate or denial.
  2. Students receiving a denial outcome are encourage to reach out to the Program Director Heather Sauceda, RN to review packet and guidance to reapply. 956-364-4762  hmsauceda@tstc.edu
  3. Students receiving an outcome that they are alternates.  Students on the alternate list may be admitted if space becomes available and encouraged to complete all step as directed via email.
  4. Students receiving an outcome of Accepted into the Vocational Nursing program. Follow all instructions as directed in email regarding Letter of Intent, Orientation, and pending documents.
  5. Eligible applicants will be notified of the date to attend both MANDATORY ORIENTATIONS. Those applicants not attending or arriving late to the orientation will automatically be dropped from consideration. 
  6. Students receiving an accepted outcome are subject to the next steps- Review all
  7. Criminal background checks are required for students involved directly with clients in clinical facilities and by the Texas Board of Nursing for licensure.  To pass the nursing courses involved in this program, you must complete clinical rotations at these sites.  If you refuse or for any reason cannot complete this background check, or as a result of the information gathered in this check, you will be refused access to a clinical facility, thereby ineligible for clinical participation; you will be dismissed from the program due to inability to meet clinical objectives. Information on the procedure for obtaining a CBC and fingerprinting will be given to the accepted students. This information will be sent via email. Must use a valid email address that you have access to. This will be used to submit your information to the Texas Board of Nursing.
  8. DO NOT COMPLETE A BACKGROUND CHECK PRIOR TO ACCEPTANCE TO THE PROGRAM.
  9. The selected applicants will be admitted pending proof of physical and mental health on a physical examination taken and completed by the beginning of the program. Immunizations required by TSTC and Clinical facilities must be current and the Hepatitis  B series must be completed by the beginning of the program.
  10. Criminal background checks are required for students involved directly with clients in clinical facilities and by the Texas Board of Nursing for licensure.  To pass the nursing courses involved in this program, you must complete clinical rotations at these sites.  If you refuse or for any reason cannot complete this background check, or as a result of the information gathered in this check, you will be refused access to a clinical facility, thereby ineligible for clinical participation; you will be dismissed from the program due to inability to meet clinical objectives. Information on the procedure for obtaining a CBC and fingerprinting will be given to the accepted students. This information will be sent via email. Must use a valid email address that you have access to. This will be used to submit your information to the Texas Board of Nursing.
  11. DO NOT COMPLETE A BACKGROUND CHECK PRIOR TO ACCEPTANCE TO THE PROGRAM.
  12. After acceptance into the program, PLEASE BE AWARE that the applicant must complete Fingerprint Clearance and L1 criminal history check for the Texas Board of Nursing and Drug Screens for the Clinical Sites. You will be notified by the Program Director during your first mandatory orientation with further directions. Vocational Nurse License Eligibility is determined through a DPS/FBI criminal history background check completed through the Texas Board of Nursing.  Information relating to the criminal history and declaratory order (DO) process is available on the Texas Board of Nursing
    1. https://www.bon.texas.gov/licensure_eligibility.asp
  13. Employment at many healthcare facilities and agencies require mandatory drug screening. Vocational Nursing students will be required to undergo a random drug screen prior to beginning clinical experiences and at any point during the program at the discretion of the Program Director and/or Instructor.  Failure to take or pass this drug test will result in inability to complete required clinical rotations.

Upon being accepted into the program Non-Progression Policies

STANDARDS OF PROGRESSION

The Vocational Nursing program is a progressive learning program with each class built on knowledge from previous classes; therefore, it is necessary for the student to pass each class before moving on to the next level. In order to progress in the vocational nursing program, a student must make an average of 79.5 percent or higher in each nursing course with the exception of A&P I and II where a grade of 70 or higher is acceptable. HPRS 1206 requires a grade of B or higher. To be accepted into the Vocational Nursing program, you must attain a C or higher in HPRS 1206, A&P I and II. A&P I and II courses must have been taken within 5 years of the start of the program.

At the end of semesters two, three, and four, students are required to take an NCLEX-PN simulation exam created in the LWW online resource. Students must meet a minimum mastery level in semesters two and three in order to progress to the next semester. Only one attempt will be administered in semester two and three. Mastery levels for each semester are progressive with the goal of every student achieving a minimum proficiency level of 8 before graduation. This level reflects a high probability of success on the NCLEX-PN. Students failing to achieve the minimum mastery level in semesters two and three will be dismissed from the program and will have to reapply for the next cohort. Students not achieving a mastery level of 8 at the end of semester four will not receive an Affidavit of Graduation until they have reached a Level 8. The benchmark for Level II is a minimum mastery level 2. Level III minimum mastery level is 5, and Level IV minimum mastery level is 8. Assignments in each course during Levels II, III, and IV are designed to give students the tools and experience to confidently meet the mastery levels and pass the NCLEX-PN on their first attempt.

Non-Progression Policy-Grading

Non-Progression Policy-Grading – Students scoring less than 80% (B) as a final course average on Nursing courses will not progress to the next level or graduate the program. Should a student fail a course, student will be required to reapply and repeat the program in FULL. If students fail more than one course with less than an 80%, they will be dismissed from the program. Readmission to the TSTC VN program will not be allowed in this case.

 

Non-Progression Policy-Attendance and Absences.

Vocational Nursing Program

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Clinical                    Absences: A doctor’s excuse is required to get a makeup assignment which will be graded and then 15 points deducted.  Below is the maximum allowed clinical hours without a medical excuse.

Semester 1            12 Hours- No more than 2 Clinical days

Semester 2            12 hours-No more than 2 clinical days

Semester 3            12 hours- No more than 2 clinical days

Tardy: Any arrival 30 minutes past scheduled time will count as a full day absence.  Student will not be allowed to remain in the clinical area.

Example:  Clinical Time 6:45 a.m.  Tardy 6:45 to 7:15 a.m.  Absent if arrival is after 7:15, 3 tardies make up one absent day. No makeup work will be allowed with an absence related to tardies.

Classroom             Absences: No more than 2 calendar days per semester.

Repeatedly leaving the classroom will not be tolerated and may result in an absence.

You must email your designated instructor if you are going to be absent.

Tardy:  Any arrival to class 30 minutes past the scheduled class time will be counted as 1 full day’s absence. The student may be allowed to remain in class for that day. No half-day absences are allowed.  3 Tardies = 1  absence

If a student is absent from clinical, the student must contact the designated instructor via email.  In order to receive a makeup assignment, the student must provide the instructor with a doctor’s excuse (for self or child) or other form of documentation of absence (ex: picture of flood waters, car accident, flat tire with receipt for tire, etc.) upon return to class. The assignment will be graded and a 15 point deduction will be given. Makeup assignments will not be given for failure to plan ahead (ex: no child care, waking up late).

Vocational Nursing Application Packet

Immunization Form

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