The LVN-Bridging Advanced Placement Track of the ADN Program prepares the Licensed Vocational Nurse to make the transition into the professional nursing role. Upon completion of this program, graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are qualified to apply for the state licensing examinations for registered nursing.

The ADN program is fully approved by the Texas Board of Nursing,, and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 404-975-5000, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 33026



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Tracey D. Cooper MSN, RN, CHSE
Associate Degree Nursing Director

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General Information Sessions

Details of the program are presented in information sessions offered the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Dell Martin Nursing Education Center. No appointment is necessary.

Our nursing students must be available for day, evening, and possibly weekend clinicals.

Students are expected to have basic keyboarding & computer literacy operation skills.

Admission Requirements:

Students desiring admission to the LVN Bridging program must:

  1. Apply to Temple College and complete the admission process. All college requirements must be met, including TSI and bacterial meningitis if applicable.
  2. Complete the following prerequisite courses: BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, ENGL 1301, PSYC 2301, VNSG 1160, VNSG 1423, VNSG 1231, and VNSG 1509.  These courses must be completed by the end of the Fall semester.  VNSG courses will be equated to basic courses that the applicant completed in their Vocational Nursing program. VN course descriptions may be required to identify basic content.
  1. Take the HESI Admission Assessment Exam (HESI A2). ONLY math, reading, and vocabulary can be tested. A minimum score of 80 is required in each of the three areas tested in order to be considered for admission. The exam will be given at the TC Testing Center between October 3, 2016 and December 15, 2016.  Test scores are valid for one year. If you wish to use scores from a testing facility other than Temple College the test must be the exact same three areas tested (no more, no less) and be submitted with your application packet in a letterhead sealed envelope from the testing facility.

To sign up for the HESI Admission Assessment Exam (HESI A2), you must:

  • Pay $65 for the exam in the Cashier’s office, One College Centre. Only cash, credit cards, or money orders will be accepted for payment.  (Note: price increases are pending.)
  • Take the receipt to the Testing Center in the Student Success Center room 3613 when you are ready to take the exam. Their phone number is 254-298-8586. You may verify testing times prior to arriving.
  • You may also test in Hutto at the East Williamson County Higher Education Center. Call the testing center for appointment and details, 512-759-5925.

A study guide is available for purchase in the Temple College Bookstore, Arnold Student Union Building.  Preparation for the exam is available at the Educational Assistance Center (EAC), One College Center, 254-298-8620. The websites below offer practice tests also. At TC, you may only take the nursing admission exam once per admission process.

4. Complete the LVN-Bridging application process. Beginning October 3, 2016 the application packet will be available online at the Temple College Nursing Website . Print out and complete the application according to the instructions provided and submit complete application packet to the Dell Martin Nursing Education Center room 1009 by December 15, 2016. Incomplete packets will not be accepted.

This process requires proof of:

  • Graduation from a VN program
  • A valid Texas VN license in good standing, without disciplinary action or stipulations. (Not just Compact License)
  • A grade of “C” or better in all VN courses and any course that applies toward the ADN curriculum/degree;
  • Nursing practice experience of six months full time or one year part time within the last two years, if the applicant graduated more than two years before admission (part time is defined as a minimum of 800 hours per year; a letter from the employer(s) will be required to verify work experience).
  • Furnish official transcripts of prerequisite course grades and any college courses to the Admissions & Records Office by the deadline. You must also submit official transcripts with your application packet to the ADN office. Temple College transcripts must also be included in your application packet to the ADN office, if you have taken courses at TC. Do not have transcripts sent to the office without an application. Proof of VN graduation with a minimum average of “C” must show on a transcript. Biology courses must have been taken within ten years of acceptance into the program.
  • A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 (in all courses that apply toward the nursing curriculum) is required for admission to the Bridging program.
  • Applications will not be processed if any of the stated admission requirements are missing or incomplete.
  • If you are enrolled in any pre-requisites or co-requisites during the fall semester in which you apply then you will have an additional deadline.
  1. Applicants will be notified by email whether or not they were conditionally accepted into the program. If conditionally accepted into the program, you will receive instructions on completing the following requirements, do not submit any of these items with your application.
  • An acknowledgment that you are able to meet the Core Performance Standards for Nursing.

    Core Performance Standards

    Essential Requirements in the Nursing Program

     Nursing is a practice discipline, with cognitive, sensory, affective, and psychomotor performance requirements.  The following Core Performance Standards identify essential performance requirements for participation in the nursing program. If you believe, at any time throughout the program, that you cannot meet one or more of these standards without accommodations or modifications, you may request appropriate assistance and guidance.  It will be determined, on an individual basis, whether or not the necessary accommodations or modifications can reasonably be made.


    Requirements Standard Examples of Necessary Activities
    Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability for effective clinical reasoning and clinical judgement consistent with level of educational preparation. ·         Identification of cause/effect relationships in clinical situations

    ·         Use of the scientific method in the development of patient care plans

    ·         Evaluation of the effectiveness of nursing interventions

    Professional Relationships Interpersonal skills sufficient for professional interactions with a diverse population of individuals, families and groups. ·         Establishment of rapport with patients/clients and colleagues

    ·         Capacity to engage in successful conflict resolution

    ·         Peer accountability

    Communication Communication adeptness sufficient for verbal and written professional interactions. ·         Explanation of treatment procedures, initiation of health teaching.

    ·         Documentation and interpretation of nursing actions and patient/client responses

    Mobility Physical abilities sufficient for movement from room to room and in small spaces. ·         Movement about patient’s room, work spaces and treatment areas

    ·         Administration of rescue procedures-cardiopulmonary resuscitation

    Motor skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient for providing safe, effective nursing care. ·         Calibration and use of equipment

    ·         Therapeutic positioning of patients

    Hearing Auditory ability sufficient for monitoring and assessing health needs. ·         Ability to hear monitoring device alarm and other emergency signals

    ·         Ability to discern auscultatory sounds and cries for help

    Visual Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in patient care. ·         Ability to observe patient’s condition and responses to treatments
    Tactile Sense Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment. ·         Ability to palpate in physical examinations and various therapeutic interventions

    Southern Regional Education Board

    (The Americans with Disabilities Act Implications for Nursing Education, 2016)

    Required immunizations:  2 injections Measles, 1 injection Mumps, 1 injection Rubella, 2 injections Varicella, 3 injections Hepatitis B, OR positive titers for any of the preceding immunizations. Also required are Tetanus (valid for 10 years), documentation of current negative TB skin test or chest x-ray (valid for 1 year), flu vaccine is required annually when it becomes available.

  • A drug screen is also required (specific instructions will be given).
  • A satisfactory criminal background check (specific instructions will be given). The Texas Board of Nursing will conduct the criminal background check.  The student must be cleared by the Board of Nursing before being allowed to register for nursing courses.  Failure to be cleared by the Board of Nursing by the designated date will prevent admission. Any healthcare facility associated with Temple College may also require criminal background checks. Permission to perform the criminal background check must be given by the student.  Failure to give permission will result in dismissal from the program. It may be necessary to dismiss students from a program if they are barred from practicing at any healthcare facility. Future employment and licensing may be affected by the results of a criminal background check. The ADN student/graduate is held to the registered nurse standards set by the Texas Board of Nursing.
  • Written documentation of successful completion of the American Heart Association CPR course, Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers. No student will be permitted in the clinical setting without current documentation on file (must remain current throughout the ADN program). On-line CPR courses are not acceptable; all courses must include a hands-on skill portion.

Students seeking admission to the LVN-Bridging program are admitted to the program on the basis of the following criteria, with maximum point totals awarded as indicated:

Points GPA HESI A2 # of Co-Reqs Completed TC Graduate or Service Area Resident
1 2.8-3.0 85-88 1 Yes
2 3.01-3.26 89-92 2
3 3.27-3.52 93-96
4 3.53-3.78 97-100
5 3.79-4.0

*One point will be deducted from an applicant’s point total if the applicant has failed any nursing course in another nursing program.

Admission to the LVN-Bridging Advanced Placement Track is determined during the early-spring for the summer semester. In case of competitive admissions, requirements above the minimum will be necessary. Admission to Temple College does not constitute automatic acceptance into the nursing program. In the event the application is not accepted for admission to the nursing program, the applicant may request a review by the ADN Director.

Policies on promotion, readmission, and transfer apply to both LVN-Bridging and 2-year ADN students.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for qualified LVN Bridging students. Contact the Financial Aid office at (254) 298-8321.

LVN Bridging Program Estimated Expenses (increases are pending)
Tuition & General Fees
(Does not include fees for Internet courses)
$5,237 $ 7,937
Malpractice Insurance $ 50 $ 50
Textbooks (Nursing Only) $ 1,600 $ 1,600
Uniforms & Nurse Pack $ 300 $ 300
Comprehensive Exam Fee $ 50 $ 50
Assessment Test Fee $ 50 $ 50
NCLEX-RN Exam Fee $ 339 $ 339
Misc. Expenses
(Supplies, Pin, CPR, Immunizations, Drug screen, Criminal background check, etc.)
$ 850 $ 850
TOTALS $ 8,476 $ 11,176

*Professional liability insurance will be purchased by the student at the time of registration. Additional expenses incurred as part of the program are the responsibility of the student.
For out-of-state tuition, see TC Catalog.

Comprehensive Exam

All candidates will be required to complete a comprehensive exam before graduating from the Associate Degree Nursing program.


All students seeking licensure as a registered nurse must pass the Jurisprudence exam and NCLEX-RN administered by the Texas Board of Nursing. The Board may delay or refuse to admit persons to their examination or refuse to issue a license or certificate of registration for any of the following reasons

(You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations.)

  1. For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:
    1. Been convicted of a misdemeanor?
    2. Been convicted of a felony?
    3. Pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
    4. Received deferred adjudication?
    5. Been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
    6. Been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? Court-ordered confinement?
    7. Been granted pre-trial diversion?
    8. Been arrested or any pending criminal charges?
    9. Been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
    10. Been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgement/punishment/action?

    NOTE: Expunged and Sealed Offenses: While expunged or sealed offenses, arrests, tickets, or citations need not be disclosed, it is your responsibility to ensure the offense, arrest, ticket or citation has, in fact, been expunged or sealed. It is recommended that you submit a copy of the Court Order expunging or sealing the record in question to the BON office with your application. Failure to reveal an offense, arrest, ticket, or citation that is not in fact expunged or sealed, will at a minimum, subject your license to a disciplinary fine. Non-disclosure of relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character.
    NOTE: Orders of Non-Disclosure: Pursuant to Tex.Gov’t Code § 552.142(b), if you have criminal matters that are the subject of an order of non-disclosure you are not required to reveal those criminal matters on this form. However, a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure may become a character and fitness issue. Pursuant to other sections of the Gov’t Code chapter 411, the Texas Nursing Board is entitled to access criminal history record information that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure. If the Board discovers a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure, even if you properly did not reveal that matter, the Board may require you to provide information about that criminal matter.

  2. Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?
  3. Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a professional license, certificate, or multi-state privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
  4. Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?
  5. Within the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder?

Declaratory Orders of Eligibility for License

The Texas Board of Nursing has identified certain circumstances that may render a potential candidate ineligible for licensure as a registered nurse in Texas. The Board provides individuals the opportunity to petition the Board for a Declaratory Order as to their eligibility in accordance with article 213.30(a) of the Nursing Practice Act. Further instructions and forms can be obtained at: declaratory order.asp

If you filed a Declaratory Order (DO) for your LVN license then it is necessary to file a DO for your RN license also. Start this process early it can take months to complete!

Curriculum for LVN Bridging



 LVN Bridging Program for Summer, 2017

(Must be a Licensed Vocational Nurse)


________BIOL 2401       Human Anatomy & Physiology I

________BIOL 2402       Human Anatomy & Physiology II

________ENGL 1301       Composition I

________PSYC 2301       General Psychology

________VNSG 1423       Basic Nursing Skills (credit transferred from VN program)

________VNSG 1160       Clinical (credit transferred from VN program)

________VNSG 1231       Pharmacology (credit transferred from VN program)

________VNSG 1509       Nursing in Health & Illness II (credit transferred from VN program)

Summer Semester I

________RNSG 1517       Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice I for Articulating Students

________RNSG 1146       Legal & Ethical Issues for Nurses

Summer Semester II

________RNSG 2213       Mental Health Nursing

________RNSG 1163       Clinical-Nursing III-Registered Nurse Training*

2nd Fall Semester

________PSYC 2314       Lifespan Growth & Development

________RNSG 1347       Concepts of Clinical Decision-Making

________RNSG 2201       Care of Children & Families

________RNSG 2121       Professional Nursing: Leadership & Management

________RNSG 2460       Clinical-Nursing IV-Registered Nurse Training*

2nd Spring Semester

________RNSG 2331       Advanced Concepts of Adult Health

________RNSG 1251     Care of the Childbearing Family

________RNSG 2461       Clinical Nursing-V-Registered Nurse Training*

________Elective           3 credits from one of the core curriculum courses listed below**

**ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328, HIST 2311, 2312, HUMA 1301, SPAN 1411, 1412, ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304, 2356, DRAM 1310, MUSI 1301, 1306, 1308, 1309, 1310 These course descriptions may be found at the following link under 040 or 050:

* Clinical courses generally require 12 contact hours per week.  Clinical courses may include day, evening and weekend hours.

Any general education course (non-RNSG) may be taken prior to the assigned semester, but must be completed with a minimum C grade no later than the end of the assigned semester. Biology courses must be taken within the past 10 years. Official transcripts for all courses must be on file in the Admissions and Records office and the ADN Department.

Curriculum changes may occur.  Verify requirements that may affect your application.

Student Handbook Graduating Class of 2017
Addendum to Student Handbook 2017
Student Handbook Graduating Class of 2018