Frequently Asked Questions

What does it take to be a nurse?
Mostly it takes caring and compassion for humankind and a strong science background. Critical thinking and dedication are essential to completing the course of study.
 
How long will it take for me to become a Registered Nurse?
The face-to-face program is designed to be completed in two years (four regular semesters) once the pre-requisites are completed. The online PONE flex track takes 16 months once the pre-requisites are completed.
 
What pre-requisites are required?
A student must have completed BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, CHEM 1405 and PSYC 2301 before entering the face-to-face nursing program (clinicals). The PONE students must have all ten academic courses in the ADN curriculum completed for pre-requisites. One or two pre-requisite courses may be "in progress" when the application is submitted.
 
What is HESI A2?
HESI A2 is an admissions placement test. Prospective students must register for and take the HESI A2 test in order to be ranked for admission. You must take the HESI A2 before having a mentoring appointment to receive an application.
  • The HESI A2 consists of three parts: Reading, Grammar, and Math
  • The test MAY NOT be taken more than twice
  • Study books are available through the bookstore
  • You must pay $50 for the test through the Business Office (non-refundable)
  • Call Student Services to reserve a date and time: (903) 693-2036
  • Bring a photo ID and a pencil on the day of the test - no book bags, purses, cell phones, or calculators will be allowed at the testing station

Because you are only allowed to take the HESI A2 twice, if you are not successful the first time, you need to take your time and ensure you are ready for the second test. We recommend the following:

  • Take College Algebra if you did not pass the Math section
  • Take College English (1301 and/or 1302) if you did not pass the Reading Comprehension section
  • Take a speed reading course or other tutoring such as Weaver or Lumosity using the study guide for the HESI A2
How much does the program cost?
Costs include regular tuition and fees plus some additional fees, uniforms, and lots of books. An estimate of the cost of fees, and supplies can be obtained from the department. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid since there are many sources of support for nursing students these days.
 
Will I be able to work while in nursing school?
The decision to work is a personal one. Students spend approximately 20 hours per week in classes/clinicals each semester. For each hour in class per week, experts recommend two hours of study time. Even though many students work parttime, you are encouraged to consider your time allotments carefully in order to be successful.
 
 
Learn about transferring from other colleges:
 
Who needs a "letter of good standing"?
If you attended another professional (RN or VN) nursing program, you will need to have the Director of that Program send a letter of good standing to the Dean of Nursing at Panola College (820 W. Panola St., Carthage, TX 75633) to be placed with your application.
 
What if I have failed out of another nursing program?
If you failed two nursing classes at ANY nursing program, you must wait three years and earn an LVN or related degree before you can apply to the nursing program at Panola College.
 
What is the LVN Challenge procedure?
The LVN Challenge procedure procedure is available for download.
When LVNs are accepted into the regular curriculum , they may challenge RNSG 1201 (Pharmacology) and RNSG 1205 (Nursing skills). The student fee for the LVN challenge will be set by the Registrar’s office.

RNSG 1201 2 credit hours: The challenge for RNSG 1201 will consist of a written examination that will be administered by the faculty for the semester of acceptance. The student must achieve a 75% or better on the RNSG 1201 written examination consisting of 50 multiple choice questions.

RNSG 1205 2 credit hours: The challenge for RNSG 1205 will consist of a written exam and skills testing administered by the RNSG 1205 faculty. The practical portion of skills testing is pass/fail. The student must achieve a 75% or better on the RNSG 1205 written examination consisting of 50 multiple choice questions.

The student must successfully pass a practical examination consisting of bedside client assessment, female foley insertion, nasogastric tube insertion, demonstration of subcutaneous injection technique and sites, and intramuscular injection techniques and sites.

A letter grade will be posted based on the grade achieved on the written exam. If the student does not satisfactorily perform the practical portion of the challenge or pass the examinations with a 75% or better they will be required to take RNSG 1201 and/or RNSG 1205.

An LVN admitted to the ADN program will be required to take RNSG 1309 and RNSG 1362 with the other ADN students.

What courses transfer from other colleges?
In Texas, all community colleges have a common course numbering plan, so the pre-requisite course numbers will be identical. If you have not failed any nursing courses and wish to transfer into the nursing program, you will need to contact the Dean of Nursing to review your courses.
 
What courses transfer from Louisiana Colleges? Click HERE for a chart of courses that transfer.