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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Nov. 4, 2022: Deadline to Apply for Sweetwater ADN Program

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Harlingen Vocational Nursing Program deadline to apply for SP 2023 is November 1, 2022 at 5 p.m.

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