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 the ability to take the National Council Licensure Examination which will classify you as a Registered Nurse (RN).  Clinicals will prepare students with the basic competencies to become safe practitioners in the health care field.  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.

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

ADN Exam Requirements

The HESI Pre-entrance Exam for current LVN’s seeking to enter the LVN to ADN Transition Program must take the HESI Pre-entrance Exam. A score of 850 is required to apply to the program.  The test will be administered online, but the TSTC testing center will help you in making the arrangements. Contact the Testing Center  to schedule your exam.

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.

For complete program requirements, see the Program Requirement and Information and Downloadable sections.


Degree Plans

Search degree plans:
Breckenridge Harlingen Sweetwater
Associate of Applied Science
20 months
Shirley Byrd
Lisa VanCleave
Andy Weaver

June 11, 2021: Deadline to Apply for Sweetwater ADN Program

Vocational Nursing
Certificate 2
16 months

August 6, 2021:  Deadline to Apply for VN Program

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