Additional Nursing Program Requirements

Important Notice

Math placement scores on Compass, ASSET, Accuplacer, and THEA will be valid for three (3) years.

The critical thinking portion of the HESI A2 entrance exam will be required starting with the July 2016 application period. A mimimum of 750 will be required in this section for the application to the Associate Degree Nursing Programs, and a minimum score of 700 in this section will be required for application to the Vocational Nursing Program.
HESI A2 entrance exam scores are valid for one year from the date taken. If applicants have successfully completed the HESI A2 entrance exam after January 2015, prior to scheduling a new exam, they must contact the Nursing Department of their first choice for guidance.

Pre-Admission Requirements

Selection Criteria for all Programs

There are different application periods for the different nursing programs throughout the year. Admission to a program is based on the total number of points an applicant earns based on the scoring sheet for each program. Students are ranked according to their scores. Students with high scores are accepted into a program or placed on an alternate list. Accepted students and alternates will be notified of their admission status by Lone Star College email.

As space becomes available, students on the alternate list will receive an acceptance email. Emails of non-acceptance will be sent to those who were not accepted into a nursing program. Applicants who were not accepted into a program can reapply to a nursing program during the application period. No waiting list will be kept.

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Vocational Track at LSC-Tomball will be accepting applications Thursday July 9, 2015 through Friday September 4, 2015. (Apply)

Basic Track Nursing program at LSC-CyFair and LSC-Kingwood will be accepting applications Monday July 6, 2015 through Friday September 4, 2015. (Apply)

Basic Track Nursing program at LSC-CyFair, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris and LSC-Tomball will be accepting applications Monday January 25, 2016 through Monday March 28, 2016. 

Basic Track Nursing program at LSC-Kingwood will be accepting applications Tuesday July 5, 2016 through Friday September 9, 2016.

Transition Track Nursing programs at LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris and LSC-Tomball will be accepting applications Monday January 25, 2016 through Monday March 28, 2016.

Vocational Track at LSC-Montgomery will be accepting applications Tuesday October 13, 2015 through Friday January 22, 2016.

Vocational Track at LSC-CyFair will be accepting applications Monday January 25, 2016 through Monday March 28, 2016.

Vocational Track and Transition Track Nursing programs at LSC-Kingwood will be accepting applications Tuesday March 1, 2016 through Monday May 23, 2016.

Vocational Track at LSC-Tomball will be accepting applications Tuesday July 5, 2016 through Friday September 9, 2016.

General Information

Students applying to a nursing program are encouraged to attend an information session.  Check the campus Nursing Departments for information session schedules.

In addition to the immunizations required by the Texas Department of State Health Services for all students seeking entry to a Health Occupations Program, students also may be required to obtain additional immunizations to satisfy clinical agency requirements.  Some of these may be, but are not limited to

  • the annual seasonal flu vaccination
  • pneumococcal (“pneumonia”) vaccine

Students admitted to the Health Occupations programs may be required to show proof of medical health insurance coverage or pass a drug screen as required by clinical affiliates.

Clear Criminal History (BON)

  • Applicants who have a criminal history, mental illness, or chemical dependency of any kind must apply to and resolve it with the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) by completing a Declaratory Order prior to the beginning of the program.
  • Information is available at http://bon.texas.gov/forms_declaratory_order.asp. This process may take up to 1 year and must be completed in order to be accepted into the nursing program

     

Biology Course Information

If  you have taken the required biology courses for any of our nursing programs, but took them more than 5 years prior to your application into nursing, please read our Biology Refresher Course Information.

Humanities Course Credit

Humanities Course Credit for AAS Degree programs: New Humanities/Fine Arts Requirement starting Fall 2015

Effective Fall, 2015 all students applying to an AAS health occupation program must complete an approved Humanities/Fine Arts course from the new core as listed in the 2014-2015 catalog. See approved 2014-2015 humanities course requirement list.

All ACCEPTED students and ALTERNATES will be required to have:

  1. Background check (BON)
  2. Social Security Number verification
    • Clinical facilities require Social Security Number (SSN) verification.
    • Verification cost is the responsibility of the student.

Admission Criteria: Basic Track

  • Student Code of Conduct 
  • Basic Track Nursing program at LSC-CyFair and LSC-Kingwood will be accepting applications Monday July 6, 2015 through Friday September 4, 2015. (Apply)
  • LSC-CyFair, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris and LSC-Tomball will be accepting applications Monday January 25, 2016 through Monday March 28, 2016.
  • LSC-Kingwood will be accepting applications Tuesday July 5, 2016 through Friday September 9, 2016. 
  • LSC- Kingwood on-line Quest Program is not accepting applications at this time. Please check back periodically for application deadlines. This program has the same admission requirements for those listed for the Basic Track program. For more information about the on-line Quest program go to:  http://www.lonestar.edu/quest-online-nursing-program.htm
  • Scoring Chart for Basic Track Admissions

In addition to the admission requirements of the system and the completion of the online ADN application, the following are requirements for admission into the associate degree nursing program. The applicant must:

  1. Enrollment in LSCS.  If you have not taken classes at a LSCS campus within the last year, you must apply to the college. If you need assistance in the application process, please visit Student Services on a LSC campus (LSC-CyFair; LSC-Kingwood; LSC-Montgomery; LSC-North Harris; LSC-Tomball).
  2. Submit official copies of transcripts from all non-LSCS college or university attended to the admission office at any LSC campus.  These will take from 2-3 weeks to be evaluated.  If you have previously submitted transcripts to a LSCS campus, please verify with an advisor or counselor that your transcripts have been evaluated.  Applicants who have attended high school and/or college in another country must have their transcripts evaluated and converted to U.S. credits by an outside agency.  See http://www.naces.org/members.htm      
    • Any college transcripts must be submitted at least 1 week prior to the end of the application period in order to be evaluated.
  3. Complete college-level reading, writing, and math prerequisites or Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements. All applicants must complete MATH 0309 or 0310 with a minimum grade of "C" or achieve placement into a college level math through an assessment test (THEA, Compass, ASSET, or equivalent) or complete a college level math course with a grade of "C" or higher.
  4. Complete the following courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or higher: BIOL 2401 and ENGL 1301. (BIOL 2401 is required to meet the admission criteria; however, the highest grade in BIOL 2401 or 2402 will be used for calculation of GPA).
  5. Biology and pharmacology courses submitted for program credit must be completed no more than five (5) years prior to application to the nursing program.  See Biology Refresher Course
  6. Obtain a grade of a "C" or higher in all courses required in the associate degree nursing (ADN) degree plan. GPA in all courses in the ADN degree plan must be 2.5 or greater at time of application.
  7. At the time of application a cumulative 2.0 GPA on all credit courses earned at LSCS (graduation GPA) is required.
  8. HESI Testing Information
  9. Submit a completed application along with the following to the preferred college's nursing program:
    • Signed Score Sheet
    • Notarized copy of FERPA form
    • Copy of Credit Advising Transcript (available on myLoneStar)
    • Documentation of first Hep B vaccination.
  10. Application deadlines are posted on the college's websites.  Separate applications to the college nursing programs are only required if the deadline submission dates differ.*
  11. Valid certificate of American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers is needed. 
  12. If applicable, accepted students and alternates to LSCS Basic Track program must show English proficiency.

Admission Criteria: Transition Track for Articulating Students

  • Student Code of Conduct
  • LSC-Kingwood will be accepting applications on Monday, March, 2, 2015 through Friday May 22, 2015.  (Apply)
  • LSC-North Harris and LSC-Tomball will be accepting applications Monday January 25, 2016 through Monday March 28, 2016.  
  • LSC-Kingwood will be accepting applications Tuesday March 1, 2016 through Monday May 23, 2016.
  • LSC-Kingwood on-line Quest Program is not accepting applications at this time. Please check back periodically for application deadlines.
    This program has the same admission requirements for those listed for the Transition Track program. For information about the on-line Quest program go to:  http://www.lonestar.edu/quest-online-nursing-program.htm
  • Scoring Chart for Admission summer 2015
  • Scoring Chart for Admission post summer 2015

Follow these steps to apply. 

  1. Attend an information session at LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, or LSC-Tomball.  Admission criteria and information about the program is provided.
  2. Enrollment in LSCS.  If you have not taken classes at a LSCS campus within the last year, you must apply to the college. If you need assistance in the application process, please visit Student Services on a LSC campus (LSC-CyFair; LSC-Kingwood; LSC-Montgomery; LSC-North Harris; LSC-Tomball).
  3. Submit official copies of transcripts from all non-LSCS college or university attended to the admission office at any LSC campus.  These will take from 2-3 weeks to be evaluated.  If you have previously submitted transcripts to a LSCS campus, please verify with an advisor or counselor that your transcripts have been evaluated.  Applicants who have attended high school and/or college in another country must have their transcripts evaluated and converted to U.S. credits by an outside agency.  See http://www.naces.org/members.htm.
    • Any college transcripts must be submitted at least 1 week prior to the end of the application period in order to be evaluated.
  4. Evidence of minimum math proficiency is required prior to application to the program.  A student must have either: completed MATH 0309 or MATH 0310 with a minimum grade of "C" or achieve placement into a college level math through an assessment test (THEA, Compass, ASSET, or equivalent) or complete a college level math course with a grade of "C" or higher.   If you need assistance, please visit  an advisor on a LSC campus.
  5. Completion of the following prior to applying:

    • BIOL 2401, within the past 5 years
    • ENGL 1301
    • RNSG 1301, within the past 5 years
    If any of your required BIOL courses were taken beyond the 5 year limit, see the Biology Refresher information. 
  6. HESI Testing Information
  7. Possess current Texas unencumbered license as a LVN, current unencumbered National Registry EMT Paramedic Certification, current unencumbered Texas Department of Health EMT Paramedic Certification, OR current unencumbered Texas Department of Health Paramedic Licensure.  Must submit verification of licensure.
  8. Drug screening may be required by clinical affiliates and it is the responsibility of the student to cover the cost of the drug screen. If you fail or refuse the required drug screen, you will not be able to enter the program.
  9. The following should be included with your signed application and turned in to a LSCS Nursing Department:
    • Signed Score Sheet
    • Copy of current unencumbered licensure in the State of Texas or National Registry
    • Notarized copy of FERPA form
    • Copy of Credit Advising Transcript (available on myLoneStar)
    • Documentation of first Hep B vaccination
  10. The selection process for students into the nursing program is based on the total number of points calculated on the Scoring Chart for Admission.  Students are ranked based on the total number of points earned.  Applications to all the LSCS nursing programs exceed available openings therefore the application process is competitive.Valid certificate of American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR card) is needed upon admission. 
  11. If applicable, accepted students and alternates to LSCS Transition program must show English proficiency.
  12. At the time of application a cumulative 2.0 GPA on all credit courses earned at LSCS (graduation GPA) is required.
  13. Articulating (transition) students who are unsuccessful in RSNG 1517 or 1360 must reapply to the Basic Track Nursing Program.

Admission Criteria: Vocational Nursing

  • LSC-Kingwood is accepting applications Monday March 2, 2015 through Friday May 22, 2015. (Apply)
  • LSC-Tomball application will be open from July 9, 2015 through September 4, 2015. Please check back to apply.
  • LSC-Montgomery will be accepting applications Tuesday January 19, 2016 through Friday May 4, 2016.
  • LSC-CyFair will be accepting applications Monday January 25, 2016 through Monday March 28, 2016.
  • LSC-Kingwood will be accepting applications Tuesday March 1, 2016 through Monday May 23, 2016.
  • LSC-Tomball will be accepting applications Tuesday July 5, 2016 through Friday September 9, 2016.
  • Student Code of Conduct

  • Scoring Chart for VN Admissions  

  • In addition to the Lone Star College admission requirements and completion of the online VN application, the following are required for the vocational nursing program:

    1. Enrollment in LSCS.  If you have not taken classes at a LSCS campus within the last year, you must apply to the college. If you need assistance in the application process, please visit Student Services on a LSC campus (LSC-CyFair; LSC-Kingwood; LSC-Montgomery; LSC-North Harris; LSC-Tomball). 
    2. Submit official copies of transcripts from all non-LSCS college or university attended to the admission office at any LSC campus.  These will take from 2-3 weeks to be evaluated.  If you have previously submitted transcripts to a LSCS campus, please verify with an advisor or counselor that your transcripts have been evaluated.  Applicants who have attended high school and/or college in another country must have their transcripts evaluated and converted to U.S. credits by an outside agency.  See http://www.naces.org/members.htm.  
      • Any college transcripts must be submitted at least 1 week prior to the end of the application period in order to be evaluated.
    3. Complete college-level reading, writing, and math pre-requisites or Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements. All VN programs require completion of MATH 0309, or higher. 
    4. Complete BIOL 2404 with a grade of “C” or higher. (Completion of BIOL 2401 & 2402 is accepted in place of BIOL 2404, and is recommended for those students planning to transition into the ADN program.) Biology courses submitted for program credit must be completed no more than five (5) years prior to application to the nursing program. See Biology Refresher information.
    5. Maintain a cumulative grade point of 2.0 in college level courses.
    6. HESI Testing Information
    7. Submit a completed application along with the following to the preferred college’s nursing program:
      • Signed Score Sheet
      • Notarized copy of FERPA form
      • Copy of Credit Advising Transcript (available on myLoneStar)
      • Documentation of first Hep B vaccination 
    8. Application deadlines are posted on the colleges’ web sites. Separate applications to the college nursing programs are only required if the deadline submission dates differ.
    9. Valid certificate of American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers is needed. 
    10. If applicable, accepted students and alternates to LSCS LVN program must show English proficiency.

    Post-Admission Requirements

     

    Legal Information

    Lone Star College Associate Degree Nursing and Transition to Professional Nursing for Articulating Students programs are approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  Information regarding this program is available through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000.

    Lone Star College System Policy is consistent with Texas law as to requirements and admission of any resident or non-resident student.  For admission and tuition purposes, residency is defined within Texas Education Code §54.052.

    In addition, LSCS will notify students prior to, but not as a condition or requirement of admission, that  health care facilities will require students to have a Social Security number or a Visa as a condition of being assigned to a clinical facility. Students who are unable to complete the LSCS health program clinical skills requirement will not be able to complete the program due to a lack of clinical placement. 

    Additionally, LSCS will notify students that a Social Security number or a Visa may be required for a background check, and may also be required for taking the licensing examination upon completion of program requirements.