Criminal Background Checks

    All students who apply and meet the minimum requirements for admission, will be required to complete a fingerprinting background check conducted for the Texas Board of Nursing. Students with ANY item in their criminal background including cases that have been "adjudicated", "dismissed", or "expunged" MAY take up to six months to be investigated and resolved.  You may start the process early by going to the Texas Board of Nursing website and downloading instructions for the declaratory process.

Admission Requirements

All students applying to the Associate Degree Nursing Program including LVN Transition students must meet the following requirements:

1.  Apply to Panola College and be fully admitted and TSI complete.  Send official transcripts from all other colleges and universities attended (send to: Records Office, 1109 W. Panola St., Carthage, TX 75633)

2. Complete the pre-requisites for the program - the face-to-face track requires four (4) pre-requisites with a minimum GPA of 2.5 with a minimum of "C" in each. The LVN Hybrid Transition track requires seven (7) pre-requisites with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the pre-requisites. 

ADN Pre-requisites for fall 2015 and beyond

LVN Hybrid Transition Program - Fall 2016 and beyond

BIOL 2401

BIOL 2401

BIOL 2402

BIOL 2402

PSYC 2301

PSYC 2301

BIOL 2420

BIOL 2420

*PSYC 2314

PSYC 2314

*ENGL 1301

ENGL 1301

*Humanities/Fine Arts (see p. 110 of current catalog)

Humanities/Fine Arts (see p. 110 of current catalog)

 * Required for graduation


  • For complete curriculum please see the college catalog on the website.
  • One or two courses may be "in progress" during the application process but must be completed successfully prior to starting the program. 
  • Each lab science course's theory and lab must have been taken in the same semester and at the same school
  • Enrolling in RNSG courses requires acceptance into the ADN program

3. Take the three (3) required sections (Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Math) of the HESI A2 Admission test in the Panola College Testing Center ($50 non-refundable fee) during the month of February or September. Call (903) 693-2036 for an appointment. Here is a link to a review for the HESI A2: 

Students may ONLY take the HESI two times so if you wish to repeat the exam, refer to the FAQ page for details

  • The Face-to-face program requires a minimum of 80 on the Reading Comprehension and Math and a 75 on Grammar
  • The LVN Hybrid Transition track requires the above minimums AND one year equivalent of work experience as an LVN (2000 hours verified by an employer)

4. Call (903) 694-4019 to make an appointment to receive an application to the nursing program: during the month of February for fall face-to-face and LVN hybrid Transition admission, or during the month of September for spring face-to-face admission.  

  • Bring your transcript evaluation and/or Panola College unofficial transcript with you along with your HESI A2 scores. 
  • All students applying to the ADN program will be required to show proof of at least the first Hepatitis B immunization (if you have had the series of 3, you may present that documentation).
  • All students must show their second step to accept your position in the ADN program if offered admission. Throughout the program students must stay on time with all immunizations as required.

5.  Students will be ranked on the following formula:  (GPA of 4 main pre-requisite courses) x (number of 4 main pre-requisite courses successfully completed) + (1 point if ADN “core” complete [all 7 academic courses]) OR 4 points for BSN Panola College core completion + (10% of cumulative HESI A2 score) + (1 bonus point for each lab science course taken only once AND taken at Panola College) + (2 points if LVN OR 1 point if CNA).            Click for CORE info

LVNs will be ranked on: (GPA of 7 pre-requisite courses) x (number of those 7 courses successfully completed) + 4 points for BSN Panola College core completion + (10% of cumulative HESI A2 score) + (1 bonus point for each lab science course taken only once AND taken at Panola College).

Note: A degree plan course with a grade of “D” will not receive a point in the ranking.

  • Students who meet all deadlines for background checks and other requirements will be admitted to the program based on their ranking until a full class is obtained
  • Drug screening will be required of all students admitted to the program
  • Intermediate computer skills and access to a computer with high speed internet are required for LVN Transition students and highly recommended for face-to-face

6. Transfer students from other RN nursing programs should contact the Dean for information

  • RNSG transferred courses must be within the last two years
  • Letter of good standing from previous professional nursing program is required
  • Students with two failures in nursing courses are eligible to apply after three years and earning the LVN or a degree in a related field

LVN Transition new

  • LVN Applicants must provide a valid LVN license for Texas or a license that has reciprocity with Texas to receive a point in the ranking.
  • LVNs must also be able to document 1 year of full-time work experience as an LVN (2000 hours)
  • STARTING FALL 2016!!!!

  • Classes are conducted online using Canvas
  • Evening and weekend-based clinicals are determined by the instructor and MAY be held anytime between Friday at 0600 and Sunday at 2330 and Monday through Thursday from 1430 to 2330 within a 70 mile radius of Carthage
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