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The Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing (ADN) program is a fast-paced transition program for current LVN licensees. Upon successful completion of the 12-month transition program requirements, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nurses.

In this program, students are offered a variety of hands-on clinical experiences to prepare them for becoming a registered nurse (RN). Once you are an RN you can work in hospitals, day-surgery centers, rehabilitation centers, physicians’ offices, home health care agencies, among other areas. 

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Important Information & Requirements

Requirements to enter the ADN program differ from those of other TSTC programs. so be sure to read the program requirements before applying.
Please note, students applying for the ADN program must already be a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) before applying.

Because this program may prepare you for an occupational license, read additional information about HB1508 Occupational License Eligibility.

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Exam Requirements

The ADN Nursing Program (Harlingen and Sweetwater) requires a score of 850 on the HESI LPN to RN entrance exam. Applicants to the program can schedule at testing time by emailing Complete program requirements are available in the Informational Downloads section of this page.

A mandatory Information Session is required prior to receiving the information packets and link to the program application. Grades below a “C” for any prerequisite courses are not able to transfer into the nursing program. Science courses can be no older than 10 years.

Degree Plans

Students are required to enroll in a First-Year Seminar course, TSTC 1101 College Success, in their first semester attending TSTC unless they have completed more than 24 credit hours. Please see detailed information regarding the course and exemptions in the Catalog and Student Handbook under 07. First Steps at TSTC section 04. First Year Seminar Courses (TSTC 1101 and TSTC 1102).

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Please note: Students applying to this program must already be classified as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).

Harlingen & Sweetwater are NOW accepting applications for Fall ’24. Deadline is 7/26/24. 

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