Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)
Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) who seek admission to the LVN-BSN Program must meet the same lower division requisites and degree requirements as generic students. Applicants are evaluated on an individual basis and must complete the upper division clinical studies within five years of the initial admission date
1. Be a graduate of an accredited Texas or out-of-state vocational technical or a community college program with a 3.0 GPA.
2.Current licensure as a licensed vocational nurse in the State of Texas or application for licensure in progress.
3.Completion of lower division requisite courses (63 credit hours), including core and support courses with a minimum grade of “C” per course and a cumulative grade point-average of 3.0.
4. A minimum passing score on the pre-nursing standardized admission test, which may not be taken more than twice.
5. Attend orientation for professional nursing education preparation.
6. Documentation of recent nursing practice experience, a minimum of one year, full-time employment as an LVN.
7. Two letters of recommendation: one from a faculty or administrator of the LVN nursing program and one from the supervisor at the agency of employment.
8. Official documentation of a negative criminal background check and a drug screening test.
Process for Advanced Placement
1. Upon admission to the LVN-BSN program, students may qualify for seven (7) hours of advanced placement through credit by examinations.
2. Advanced placement is achieved by obtaining a satisfactory performance score on two types of tests:
- National League for Nursing – Acceleration Challenge Exams (ACEs):
A. Care of the Adult Client
B. Clinical Pharmacology
- Nurse Entrance Test (NET)
3. Upon successful completion of the above exams, the student is eligible to enroll in the first semester of the program.
4. After satisfactory completion of the first 12 credit hours of the program and continuation of LVN licensure, the student is awarded 10 nursing credit hours in congruence with the Texas Articulation Model.
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