Health care is a growth industry

As a nurse, you will meet the health care needs of individuals, families, and communities. You will also work collaboratively with other members of the health care team, and have a positive impact on both the patient and the health care system. The nursing profession is a large part of the high-demand health care field. It’s the largest health care profession and one that is highly respected. 

Program Details

TSTC offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Nursing (ADN). This is a fast-paced transition program for current LVN licensees which will lead to an AAS degree in Nursing in a short 12 months and Upon successful completion of the ADN (LVN to RN) program requirements, the student will be
eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nurses. In the ADN nursing programs, students are offered a variety of hands-on clinical experiences to prepare students for becoming a registered nurse As a registered nurse you can work in hospitals, day-surgery centers, rehabilitation centers, physicians’ offices, home health care agencies, among other areas.  

TSTC also offers a certification in Vocational Nursing. Upon completion of this HYBRID program and passing the National Council Licensure Examination, you will be classified as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). In the Vocational Nursing program, students participate in an innovative hands-on training environment that helps develop their caregiving skills. Instruction consists of classroom, simulation learning labs, interactive online sessions, virtual clinicals, and on-site health care clinicals.  Whichever you choose, a nursing career is rewarding and awaiting you. 

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Additional Information and Requirements

Requirements to enter the Nursing Program differ from those of other programs; be sure to read the program requirements for the different nursing programs before applying.  Students applying for the ADN program must already be a licensed LVN before applying.

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

ADN Admission Exam Requirements

The ADN Nursing Programs (Harlingen and Sweetwater) requires a score of 850 on the HESI LPN to RN mobility exam. The exam must be completed within 90 days prior to submission of the application for admission to either program. Applicants to the program can schedule at testing time by emailing Complete program requirements are available in the Information Download Section.

VN Exam Requirements

The ATI-TEAS exam is used as part of the admission process for the Vocational Nursing program.  This exam is available and should be taken at any of the TSTC Testing Centers.  Applicants to this program should schedule a testing time.  Complete program requirements are in the Information Download section.


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Registered nurses (RNs) make up the largest health care occupation in the United States. Statistics show that there are almost 3 million jobs available and over 100,000 vacant positions. Nurses are a critical and essential resource in patient care. They consider the patient as a “whole,” which includes emotional, mental and physical needs. They work to restore health and wellness, prevent disease, provide and coordinate patient care, and educate patients and the public about various health conditions.

RNs can work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home health care services, nursing care facilities, correctional facilities, schools, the military and more. TSTC nursing students participate in an active learning environment, including simulation learning labs that are led by instructors with multiple medical/surgical backgrounds.

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at TSTC is a fast-paced associate degree nursing program. TSTC works hand in hand with health care industry leaders to train highly qualified nurses. There is a significant and growing need for registered nurses throughout the state of Texas and all over the United States.

The program includes three semesters of nursing-related courses and clinicals. The entire program requires 60 credits, taking approximately three years to complete from start to finish (including one full year in the Vocational Nursing program).

Students scoring less than 80% as a final course average in nursing courses will not progress to the next level or graduate from the program. Otherwise, they will be dismissed and given the option 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 without the opportunity to apply for readmission to the TSTC RN program.

The 80% passing rate in the TSTC RN program is based on preparation of our students to pass the Texas Board of Nursing NCLEX Exam. The NCLEX Exam, which is required to become a registered nurse, requires 80% to pass.

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Associate Degree in Nursing
AAS Associate of Applied Science

Deadline to apply for Harlingen ADN Program: June 16, 2023

Deadline to apply for Sweetwater ADN Program: TBD

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The nursing profession is a large part of the high-demand health care field. In the Vocational Nursing program, students participate in an innovative learning environment that helps develop their caregiving skills. Instruction consists of classroom, simulation learning labs, interactive online sessions, virtual clinicals and on-site health care clinicals. In the simulation learning lab, students practice the skills and techniques introduced in their classes, and they will be challenged to work through real-world scenarios. After time in the simulation learning labs, students move to clinical sites at hospitals, nursing homes and doctor's offices where they experience the reality and pace of the nursing profession.

The Vocational Nursing program is a progressive learning program with each class built on knowledge from previous classes. It is necessary for 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 80% or higher in each nursing course with the exception of A&P I and II, in which a grade of 70 or higher is acceptable.

Graduates of the Vocational Nursing program have many employment opportunities to consider, including hospitals, nursing homes, home health care, doctor's offices and insurance companies.

Requirements to enter the nursing programs differ from those of other programs. Limited numbers of students are accepted. The admission rating scale and application packet criteria will be used to determine acceptance. See the application packet for details. The Vocational Nursing application packet may be accessed at

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Vocational Nursing
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Harlingen and West Texas Vocational Nursing Program deadline to apply for Fall 2023 is June 9, 2023 at 5 p.m.

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