Fact Sheet For Class Beginning Summer 2018

This one-year program is designed to prepare vocational nursing students with the experience and education to function in a variety of health care settings under the supervision of a registered nurse. Upon successful completion of the program, a certificate of completion is awarded by Temple College that qualifies graduates as eligible to apply to take the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Information Session

Information sessions are held the first Tuesday of each month at 4pm in Temple room 1003 of the Nursing Education Building and in Taylor in the nursing classroom

Admission Requirements.

Students desiring admission to the VN program must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the Temple College admission procedure. All college admission requirements must be met.  Please note:  All first-time or transfer students who did not attend the long semester immediately preceding their first semester at TC and are under 22 years of age must have a bacterial meningitis shot within the last 5 years or at least within 10 days prior to the first day of the semester.
  • Take the HESI A2 Exam between  October 30, 2017 and January 18, 2018.  (A study guide may be purchased at the Temple College Bookstore in the Arnold Student Union and in the EWCHEC-Taylor Bookstore, 516 N. Main, Taylor)
  • Testing is available at either the Temple College main campus Testing Center or the Hutto Campus Testing Center.
  • Test scores from other testing centers:
    • You may use HESI A2 scores taken at other testing centers with the following requirements:
      • The test must include the same three tests used at the TC Testing Center (reading comprehension, math, vocabulary/general knowledge)
      • The test results must be provided in an official sealed envelope from the testing center.
    When you are ready to take the HESI A2 Exam you must:
  1. Pay $65 for the test in the Cashier’s office, One College Centre. Only cash, credit cards, or money orders will be accepted for payment. This fee is non-refundable.
  2. Take the receipt to the Testing Center for your location when you are ready to take the test. The Testing Center is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday for testing sessions.
  3. You must provide a valid photo ID to be admitted to the Testing Center.
  4. There is a three (3) hour time limit to take the test.
      E. You must receive a minimum composite score of 80 in order to file an application.
 After completing the HESI A2 Exam with a minimum composite score of 80, you must:
  • Complete an application from the VN Department.  Applications may be printed from the online link or picked up at the Dell Martin Nursing Education Center on the Temple College main campus, at the Nursing office on the Taylor campus, or at the advising office at the Hutto campus. Deadline for submitting completed applications is  Thursday January 18, 2018.    Applications can only be submitted to the Nursing Offices in either Temple or Taylor.
  • If you have college credits that apply toward the VN curriculum, you must furnish official transcripts of all coursework from these colleges or universities. Biological Science courses must have been taken within the past ten years. If you have coursework that applies to the VN curriculum that is currently in progress during the Fall semester, you must arrange to have a transcript sent to the VN Department once the coursework is completed.
  • If you do not have any college transcripts, you must furnish evidence of an official high school transcript showing evidence of graduation or an official General Education Development Equivalency certificate. All foreign high school coursework must be evaluated.  For a listing of organizations that provide foreign transcript evaluation services, please go to:  www.NACES.org
  • Failure to provide required transcripts may prevent or delay processing of the application.

Applicants must meet the Core Performance Standards (ADA 2016) as specified below:

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. Must be able to hear without the aid of an interpreter. ·         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 palpitate in physical examinations and various therapeutic interventions


Southern Regional Education Board

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


After satisfactory completion of the above application process, applicants will be notified by letter of whether or not they were conditionally accepted into the program.
Note: Admission to Temple College does not constitute automatic acceptance into the nursing program. Admission to the nursing program is determined during the early spring for the summer semester. In the case of competitive admission, requirements over and above the minimum may be necessary.

Applications will not be processed if any of the stated admission requirements are missing or incomplete.

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

  • Composite A2 test score (up to 6 points)
  • Completion of the two courses: (1 point each- up to 2 points)
    1. BIOL 2404 Intro To Human A&P
    2. ITSE 1294 Special Topics in Computer Science

    NOTE: These two courses listed are not pre-requisite courses. If you have finished either of these courses (with a grade of “C” or better) by the end of the fall semester during the admission process,  you will receive one extra point for each completed course on the admission criteria. You must arrange for final official transcripts to be sent to the VN office to confirm final grades in these courses.

  • Temple College service area residency status (1 point)
  • One point will be deducted from an applicant’s point total if the applicant has failed any nursing course in another vocational nursing program.

If you are notified that you have been conditionally accepted to the VN program, the following requirements must be completed:

  • A satisfactory criminal background history check through the Texas Board of Nursing (specific instructions will be given). Any healthcare facility associated with Temple College may also require criminal background history checks. Permission to perform the criminal background history check must be given by the student. Failure to give permission could 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 history check.
  • Documentation of current immunization status will be required upon acceptance to the program.  The VN office will provide a listing of the required immunizations.  Note: Students shall receive a complete series of Hepatitis B vaccine prior to the start of direct patient care.
  • Provide 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 VN program).
Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for VN nursing students. Contact the Financial Aid office at (254) 298-8321.

Vocational Nursing Program Estimated Expenses
Tuition and General Fees $5,076 $8,178
Malpractice Insurance $20 $20
Textbooks (Nursing Only) $1,200 $1,200
Uniforms & Nurse Pack $300 $300
Exit Level Exam Fee $40 $40
Assessment Test $40 $40
NCLEX-PN Exam Fee (BON &Pearson Vue) $339 $339
Misc. Expenses
((Physical exam, supplies, pinning, CPR, immunizations, criminal history background check, drug screen etc.)
$800 $800
TOTAL $7,815 $10,917
* For out-of-state tuition, see TC Catalog

All students seeking licensure as a licensed vocational nurse must pass the NCLEX-PN administered by the 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:

  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 judgment / punishment / action?
    (You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations.)

    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 Order for Eligibility for Licensure

The Texas Board of Nursing has identified certain circumstances that may render a potential candidate ineligible for licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Texas. The BON provides individuals the opportunity to petition the BON for a Declaratory Order as to their eligibility in accordance with article 213.30 (a) of the Nursing Practice Act. Go to: http://www.bon.state.tx.us/olv/forms.html for information and forms.

Revised January 2017