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Associate Degree Nursing Program


The TVCC Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is a two-year, ACEN accredited program leading to an associate of applied science degree in nursing. Graduates will be prepared to take the NCLEX-RN to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. Nursing is currently in high demand with career opportunities available in acute care (medical/surgical areas, ICU, ER, OB, neonatal, OR, PACU), pediatrics, rehab, long term care, school nursing, home health/hospice, and others.

Our Mission Statement
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The Trinity Valley Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program’s mission is to prepare graduate professional nurses who, as members of an interdisciplinary health care team, use clinical judgment to provide safe, evidenced-based, patient-centered care to promote quality of life.

Application Information
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  • Application Dates: October 15th – December 1st
  • What do I need to apply?
    • Apply to TVCC
    • Upon acceptance to TVCC, complete the Health Occupations application online
    • Submit official transcripts to the registrar’s office by December 1st
    • Submit an unofficial updated fall transcript to the HSC Counselor by January 31st
    • TSI and HESI A2 testing documentation
  • Prerequisites:
    • High school diploma or GED
    • TSI complete in reading, writing and math
    • HESI A2 Exam: Reading =79%, Math =75%, & Grammar =75%
    • Courses:
      • BIOL 2401, PSYC 2301 or EDUC 1300 are required before applying.
      • BIOL 2402 must be completed before starting RNSG courses. *Students with less than 15 semester credit hours should take PSYC 1300; others should take PSYC 2301. The rest of the general education courses must be taken prior to, or concurrently during the semester in which they are scheduled in the curriculum.
  • Admission Testing: TSI and HESI A2
  • High school students who recently graduated should meet with the HSC counselor to make plans to take the seven general education courses during their first year of college. There will be a separate application period for those students, but students must submit a letter of intent to apply to the Terrell HSC counselor by December 1st. Applications will be accepted from May 15th to May 26th for the fall program.
Selection Point System
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All applicants who have submitted a completed application with required documentation will be considered for priority selection according to the point system provided. Maximum points for program 72.

  • Cumulative GPA (all colleges) =3.5 (4 points) =3.0 (2 points)
  • Qualifying HESI A2 Reading =90 (8 points) =80 (4points)
  • Qualifying HESI A2 Grammar =90 (8 points) =80 (4points)
  • Highest A&P I Grade A (8 points) B (4 points)
  • Highest A&P II Grade A (8 points) B (4 points)
  • Highest Microbiology Grade A (8 points) B (4 points)
  • Grade for 1st A&P I (W’s count as 1st attempt) A (4 points)
  • Completion of general education courses with C or better: (1 point each)
    • ADN Courses: BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420, PSYC 2301 or EDUC 1300, PSYC 2314, ENGL 1301, Creative Arts
    • RN-to-BSN Courses: ENGL 1302, HIST 1301 & 1302, GOVT 2305 & 2306, MATH 1342, Language, Philosophy, Culture
    • Plus 2 from one of the following options:
      • SOCI 1301, BIOL 1322, SPCH 1315
      • BIOL 1322, CHEM 1405 or 1411
      • SOCI 1301, MATH 1314, ENGL 2311
  • Credit Hours at TVCC =15 hours (4 points)
  • Completion of TVCC PCT, SGT, EMT, or Clinical Medical Assisting (4 points)
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The Associate Degree Nursing program at Trinity Valley Community College at the Terrell Health Science Center located in Terrell, Texas is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

Program Outcomes
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Program Outcomes

TVCC Associate Degree Nursing Program – Student Achievement Data

Program 2018 2019 2020 2021 3 Year Average
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate from Texas BON (All Pathways)* 90.3% 89.9% 88.1% 89.4%
Graduation Rates – Generic Students - Kaufman/Terrell Completing in 2 years = 100% time 46% 47% 53% 55% 52%
Generic Students - Athens Completing in 2 years = 100% time 50% 22% 50% 55% 42%
Combined Retention Rates for Generic Students 46% 45% 53% 55% 51%
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How long is the program?

The ADN Generic Program is a two-year curriculum over four long semesters.

How much does the program cost?

In-district about $10,000; Out-of-district about $15,000.

What is the program schedule?

The ADN Generic pathway begins each fall semester at the Health Science Center in Terrell. The nursing courses cover four semesters. In the program, the schedule covers approximately three days a week in the freshman year and three to four days a week in the sophomore year.

How many students are accepted into the program?

We currently accept about 110-120 new students each fall.

Where can I find information on the other ADN pathways?

ADN Transition Pathway

If I am going to start in fall 2022, what are the required orientation dates I need to schedule around?

  1. May 6, 2022 from 1pm-3pm
  2. July 7, 2022 from 8am-11am
  3. August 12, 2022 from 8am-11am

Where will I do clinicals in the ADN program?

Clinical experiences may be provided in Terrell, Kaufman, Athens, Palestine, Greenville, Rowlett, Forney, Mesquite, Sunnyvale, Rockwall, and Dallas.

If I got an email in January about getting my fingerprints for the FBI background check for the Board of Nursing, can I wait until after I get selected to the nursing program to get them done?

No, you should get your fingerprints done as soon as possible as the approval process can take several months, especially if there are any hits in your background.

When will selections be done for the fall 2022 ADN program?

Selections will be done by the end of March 2022.

I have heard about a concurrent ADN to BSN program, what can you tell me about this?

Trinity Valley Community College has entered into a partnership with the University of Texas at Tyler through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to offer a concurrent ADN and BSN program. Incoming ADN students who are selected for the concurrent program will take BSN courses in the summers and along with the ADN courses. Upon successful completion of the two-year program, students will graduate with their AAS and BSN degrees at the same time.

Interested students should contact the lead advisor for the UT Tyler School of Nursing. Students must have completed all the general education courses, including chemistry, statistics and nutrition, as well as being TVCC core complete.

How many points do I need to have to be selected into the program?

On average, students should aim for 40 points to meet selection requirements. For the last few years, we have been able to move to those with point in the mid 30’s. For more information on specific points needed for a given application period, contact the HSC counselor.

Who can I contact if I would like more information about admission into the ADN program?

Cherie Henson, Academic/Workforce Advisor, or 972-563-4932.



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