Program Summary

This transition program is an upward educational mobility option for LVN's currently licensed in the State of Texas who maintain good standing with the Texas Board of Nursing (LVN) or the Texas Department of State Health Services (Paramedic) and meets all the selection criteria as defined by the Hill College Professional Nursing Program.

The first course, RNSG 1327 Transition from Vocational to Professional Nursing, is a 5-6 week nursing course designed to evaluate the selected LVN's theory base in nursing content and skills as well as introduce nursing theory not presented in the traditional vocational nursing curricula. Successful of this first course progresses the student to the next semester of student in this integrated curricula for ADN Transition students.

The second semester contains content and clinical learning experiences associated with comprehensive nursing care of diverse clients/patients across the life span with complex health care needs including childhood/adolescent diseases, complicated perinatal care, acute mental illness, complex perioperative care, serious adult health medical issues and health concerns related to aging.

The third semester provides content and clinical learning experiences to prepare the student to apply client assessment skills, critical thinking skills and independent nursing interventions to care for diverse clients/families throughout the life span whose health care needs may be difficult to predict. Topics include nursing leadership skills, client/patient management skills, trends in nursing and health care issues, legal and ethical concerns and the significance of continued professional development.

Program locations:

Hill County Campus (Odd Year Entry)
Johnson County Campus (Even Year Entry)

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LVN-ADN Transition Education Plan

LVN-ADN Transition
Associate of Applied Science
60 Hours

In accordance with Texas' 60x30TX strategic plan, Hill College has identified ten Marketable Skills available to students through our various certificate/degree programs. Graduates completing a program with Hill College will be able to identified and communicate program specific marketable skills to area employers as they pursue a career. Students need to be aware of the marketable skills affiliated with their programs (highlighted below). These skills include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas that are valued by employers, and are primary or complementary to a major.

Ten Marketable Skills
Communication the process of transmitting information and ideas from one individual or group to another, verbally or through writing.
Critical Thinking the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
Teamwork willingness to be a part of a group of persons in a cooperative or coordinated effort in the interests of a common cause.
Adaptability the ability to be flexible and adapt to changing conditions.
Work Ethic a set of values centered on the importance of doing work and reflected especially in a desire or determination to work hard.
Continued Learning the ability to continually develop and improve one's skills and knowledge in order to perform effectively.
Social Skills skills used to communicate and interact with other people, both individually and in groups, verbally and non-verbally, through gestures, body language and our personal appearance.
Time Management the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities.
Analytical Thinking the ability to solve problems quickly and effectively through a methodical step-by-step approach that breaks down complex problems into single and manageable components.
Cultural Competency the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures.

Hill College uses College Central Network as its official resume and job posting service.  Local employers post jobs exclusively to our school via the CCN site.  Students and alumni create your account profile at to:

  • Easily search and apply to local and national Full-time, Part-time, Internship/Co-op job opportunities
  • Create and upload your resume and career portfolio to make available to employers
  • Access event announcements, career advice documents, podcasts, videos and articles.

Associate Degree Nursing Coordinator
Dawn Cox, RN, MSN/ed

For students in this course who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas. If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.

Nursing Application

The courses listed below must be completed and/or in-progress by the posted deadline date of the program of choice with a "B or better unless noted otherwise.

*BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I
*BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
ENGL 1301 English Composition I
MATH 1314 College Algebra
PSYC 2314 Life Span Growth and Development

Additional Courses - not required for selection but are part of the ADN degree plan:
*BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non Science Majors
Language/Arts Core elective

*Lab Science courses must be within 5 years by the posted deadline date.

BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402 must be completed within 5 years of the posted deadline date.
BIOL 2420/2421 must be within 5 years to be considered for the program.

         Hill County Campus - Summer Entry 2023

Important deadline date
Application and supporting documents:  April 1, 2023
Entrance testing:  TEAS Test must be completed by Noon March 31, 2023.

         Johnson County Campus - Summer Entry 2022

Important deadline date
Application and supporting documents:  April 1, 2022
Entrance testing:  TEAS Test must be completed by Noon March 31, 2022

TEAS test minimum passing (all required sections must meet the minimum passing)
Required:  Overall 66.1%; Reading 72.8%; Math 68.8%; Science 58.0%
Optional:  English 66.8%

  Schedule and pay at  
After you have scheduled your test date you will need present a photo ID at the Hill College Testing Center on the day of your test.

ATI offers study material options which can be purchased at
Prices are subject to change

Hard Copy study guide - $40-$50.00
2 practice tests - $35-46.00
Study Guide with 2 practice test $115.00
Test Prep package $209.00
            2 MMR’s or positive serological titer

            Varicella 2 injection series or positive serological titer

            HEP B 3 injection series or positive serological titer

            Tetanus (within last 10 years)

            Tdap (once as an adult)

            Seasonal Influenza

CPR – American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Provider.  No other CPR card accepted.  No exceptions. 

NOTE:  AFTER selection the student will be required to submit a physical (on the Health and Community Services approved form) and a negative 2 step TB results. 

Candidates must be aware that clinical facilities may have other requirements than those listed above.

Board of Nursing requirement (High School Graduates OR GED)

  • Official High School Transcript with a date of graduation/completion or GED scores (Mandatory for ALL applicants).
  • Out of Country High School Transcripts must be translated into English by a certified translator. The original document must be also be submitted. 

 TOEFL Procedure Demonstrate English proficiency as an admission requirement.

This may be demonstrated by:
       2 years of High School in the United States and its territories.
       Submission of acceptable scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Test (TOEFL)            within two years of the posted deadline date of program application.

 TOEFL minimum passing: Internet score of 80 or a computer-based TOEFL score of 250 or a paper/pencil test score of 600.  Scores will not be considered if they are more than two years old. TOEFL Test score reports must be sent directly to the Health Science Department from the testing center. Information about the TOEFL may be obtained from the web site: or by calling 1-800-468-6335.

TOEFL Waiver (RN applicants only) The student can request a TOEFL waiver form from the Health Science department if they meet the following criteria:  completion with a “B” or better of 4 different college level English courses and 1 college level communication course; from an accredited US college/university.  

Program Information

Hill College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Hill College.

Texas Board of Nursing: Approved Professional Nursing Education Programs

Texas Board of Nursing granted the Hill College Professional Nursing Program full approval status. 

The Hill College Nursing department uses the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) FBI background check process during the application process. The nursing program will submit the required documents to the BON. The BON will notify the nursing department of names of students who will be required to submit their fingerprints to the BON.

Please contact the Health and Public Services Division for further information or questions. Having a criminal history does not automatically preclude you from entry but your selection is dependent upon the charge, age of the offense and final disposition. Students with eligibility issues related to a criminal offense must submit a Declaratory Order with the Texas Board of Nursing. All Declaratory Orders must be complete before enrollment in any Hill College nursing program.

For students in this course who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas. If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.


Practice - Registered Nurse Scope of Practice

The Texas Nursing Practice Act (NPA) defines the legal scope of practice for professional registered nurses (RNs).  “Professional nursing” means the performance of an act that requires substantial specialized judgment and skill, the proper performance of which is based on knowledge and application of the principles of biological, physical, and social science as acquired by a completed course in an approved school of professional nursing. The term does not include acts of medical diagnosis or the prescription of therapeutic or corrective measures.  Professional nursing involves:

  1. the observation, assessment, intervention, evaluation, rehabilitation, care and counsel, or health teachings of a person who is ill, injured, infirm, or experiencing a change in normal health processes;

  2. the maintenance of health or prevention of illness;

  3. the administration of a medication or treatment as ordered by a physician, podiatrist, or dentist;

  4. the supervision or teaching of nursing;

  5. the administration, supervision, and evaluation of nursing practices, policies, and procedures;

  6. the requesting, receiving, signing for, and distribution of prescription drug samples to patients at practices at which an advanced practice registered nurse is authorized to sign prescription drug orders as provided by Subchapter B, Chapter 157;

  7. the performance of an act delegated by a physician under Section 157.0512, 157.054, 157.058, or 157.059; and

  8. the development of the nursing care plan.

The RN takes responsibility and accepts accountability for practicing within the legal scope of practice and is prepared to work in all health care settings, and may engage in independent nursing practice without supervision by another health care provider. The RN, with a focus on patient safety, is required to function within the parameters of the legal scope of practice and in accordance with the federal, state, and local laws; rules and regulations; and policies, procedures and guidelines of the employing health care institution or practice setting. The RN is responsible for providing safe, compassionate, and comprehensive nursing care to patients and their families with complex healthcare needs.

Educational Requirements:
Texas Board of Nursing (2010), Differentiated Essential Competencies (DECs) of graduates of Texas Nursing Programs.

Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 301

Nursing Practice Act (NPA) Section 301.002, Definitions

Rule 217.11 - Standards of Nursing Practice


Texas Board of Nursing
Texas Administrative Code (TAC)
Professional Nursing

The following Texas Administrative Code rules are included in this section:


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