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ADN Transition Pathways


The Trinity Valley Community College LVN-to-ADN and Paramedic-to-ADN Transition Pathways are both one-year, ACEN accredited programs leading to an associate of applied science degree in nursing. The pathways are designed to build on the prior experience and education of licensed vocational nurses or certified paramedics. Upon successful completion of transition courses in the summer, the transition students enter the second year of the generic ADN program. 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, homehealth/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
    • HESI A2 Exam: Reading =79%, Math =75%, & Grammar =75%
    • Current LVN license with at least one year experience or score of 10 or higher on the Application of Admission with less than one year of experience, or Paramedic certification or license with at least one year of experience.
    • COURSES:
      • BIOL 2401 & PSYC 2301 are required before applying.
      • BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420, and PSYC 2314 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
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 or BIOL 2404 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 VN or Paramedic program (4 points)
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The Trinity Valley Community College ADN program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. 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

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

Trinity Valley Community College ADN Transition Program Student Achievement Data

Program 2018 2019 2020 2021 3-Year Average
TVCC NCLEX-RN Pass Rate from Texas BON 90.3% 89.9% 88.1% 89.4%
Graduation Rates - LVN-to-ADN Transition Completing in 1 year = 100% time 58% 55% 54% 61% 57%
Graduation Rates: Paramedic-to-ADN Transition Completing in 1 year = 100% time 50% 50% 29% 64% 48%

Threshold: 70% passing CST Exam on first attempt

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How long is the program?

This three semester (12 month) pathway is designed to validate and update the previous experiences and education of licensed vocational nurses and paramedics. Upon successful completion of the transition courses in the summer, the transition students enter the second year of the ADN program.

How much does the program cost?

In-district about $9,000; Out-of-district about $12,000. This includes all general education courses.

What is the program schedule?

The LVN-to-ADN and Paramedic-to-ADN Transition pathways begin each May and students graduate the following May. The schedule covers approximately three days a week in the transition courses in the summer and three to four days a week during the sophomore year.

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

Orientation dates will be Thursday, April 14, 2022 from 1-3pm, Tuesday, May 10, 2022 from 8am-4pm and Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 8am-3pm.

When will selections be done for the summer 2022 transition pathway programs?

Clinical experiences are offered at various sites including Terrell, Kaufman, Athens, Palestine, Greenville, Rowlett, Forney, Mesquite, Sunnyvale, Rockwall, and Dallas. Clinical locations for the summer clinical will be limited due to the class size. Clinical sites are rotated to give the students a variety of experiences.

Where will I do clinicals in the ADN program?

Selections will be done before March 11, 2022.

How many students are accepted into the program?

We currently accept 60 LVN / Paramedics into the transition program annually.

Where can I find information on the generic ADN pathway?

Associate Degree Nursing Program

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 and we sometimes get to those in the mid 30’s. For the last few years, we have been able to accept all qualified paramedic transition students. 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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