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Frequently Asked Questions

 
1. How many applications do you receive for the nursing program?

We receive 100+ applications for 50 available spots for the Basic Track program. The LVN/Paramedic to RN Bridge/Transition Track accepts 10 students and receives ~50 applications.

2. Where can I learn more about the program?

Use the links at the top of this page to get to the information screens for your track.

3. Do I need to receive approval before taking the HESI test?

No. Anyone can take the test. Print off the HESI Test Ticket and follow the instructions on the Application and Testing Information Sheet. You will be provided with a basic calculator or you can bring your own.

4. I took the HESI but plan to take it again. Which score will you use?

We use the most current HESI scores, not necessarily the best HESI scores. You must take all five parts each time you attempt the test.

5. Should I turn in an application at all 4 sites accepting applications?

No. Our nursing applications are pooled. You will turn in one application at your first choice campus and on that application you will rank the remaining campuses in order of preference. You will be offered admission to the campus that has space available when we get to your name on the list.

6. Do all of the campuses have the same program?

We all have the same general admissions requirements but some of the procedures will vary campus to campus. All ADN programs prepare students to take the NCLEX-RN exam administered by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners.

7. Can I apply if I still have classes in progress?

Yes, as long as the in-progress classes are not prerequisites. You can not apply unless all of the listed prerequisites and other minimum requirements are met. Remember, we do not consider any courses in-progress for points on your application.

8. I will be taking my last class in the Spring. Is this okay?

As long as you have completed the required prerequisite courses and meet all other MINIMUM requirements, you can apply. Please visit the Selection Criteria grid under Admissions Criteria for more information on how you earn points on your application. Students with only one course (from the full list of required courses) left in-progress will not incur any point penalty.

9. Some of my classes are more than 5 years old. Is this a problem?

The only classes that must be no more than 5 years old are the three Biology courses and RNSG 1301, Pharmacology.

10. How can I update old Biology classes?

For Anatomy and Physiology I & II, you can complete the online refresher courses through the Continuing Education (CE)Dept in CE102 (281-618-5657) or complete BIOL 2404. For Microbiology, you can complete the online refresher through CE. Refresher courses update old grades so if you wish to earn a new grade you will need to retake the entire course for credit.

11. I am a CNA, a Medical Assistant and can get letters of recommendation. Should I include these in my application?

No. We go by a strict point system. If it is not part of our admissions criteria, it does not add to the points on your application and it will not help to include it with your application.

12. Does the nursing department need a copy of my transcripts?

No. Submit all transcripts to the admissions department. They will review the transcript and post the classes onto My Records for your review.

13. I turned in my transcript and my classes still don't show?

The admission department receives hundreds of transcripts before each semester. It may take several days or even weeks for your information to be entered into the computer.

14. I finished the HESI test and want to complete my application but my scores don't show on the computer. Do I need to do something?

No. HESI scores must be entered into our computer manually and will take anywhere from two to four business days to upload. Typically, numerous students take the exam during the last few days of the testing period, which means that scores may not show up until four days after the testing deadline.

15. Do I need to show proof of immunizations?

Yes. You will be required to show proof of the first the Hepatitis B series with your application.

16. I am transferring from another college. What do I need to do?

If you are transferring and have never taken any nursing classes, you will need to go through admissions and turn in an application, submit transcripts, etc. and follow the nursing application procedures just like our currently enrolled students. Students who have taken nursing classes and wish to transfer and receive credits for nursing classes will need to submit unofficial transcripts, a letter from your nursing dean/director to the LSC-Tomball Nursing Director for review.

17. When will I know if I've been accepted?

We will mail out notification letters in April. Basic Track begins in July/August. The LVN/Paramedic to RN Bridge classes begin in July.

18. The online application will not let me create an account. Why?

The information that you enter (zip code, date of birth, etc.) must match what is in the college's main computer. If you recently changed this information, wait two business days to allow the system to update.

19. Do I have to change my major? I want to apply for the LVN program, too?

If you plan to apply to an LVN program at another campus the computer will allow you to have multiple, active majors in the system. Declare both LVN and ADN and the computer will recognize both of them.

20. Why do you encourage everyone to visit the website?

Hundreds of students are interested in our nursing program. We request that all interested students read through the requirements and other basic information on our website because 1) the website is the most accurate and up-to-date source of nursing program information, 2) you will not remember what you are told verbally so having a printed version is of more long-term use, and 3) with limited resources, it is more efficient to have basic information provided in print so that our staff can help current and prospective students with more pressing issues. Information sessions are designed to provide you with information on how to turn in a COMPETITIVE application that exceeds the minimum requirements and gives you the best chance of being admitted. Information sessions, the website and informational handouts should be guiding you rather than advice from other students or co-workers.

21. I can't get through to the nursing office on the phone and I need to drop off my materials. How do I know when she's there?

The nursing office receives 50+ calls and many visits each day of the six week application period. Leave a message of your needs and someone will respond with a phone call. Students who visit in-person have first priority over phone requests.

22. Do I have to submit my application materials in person?

No, you can FAX or mail in your application and score sheet but please review your documents before you sign them to check for accuracy. All applications must be received by the deadline.

23. I've finished all of my classes. What should I take now?

Well, you can pick classes for an RN (ADN) to BSN program at one of the universities or you can focus on classes that will help you in our program. Here are some options: RNSG 1301 Pharmacology, BIOL 1322 Nutrition, CHEM 1305/1105 or 1405 Chemistry, PSYC 2317/MATH 1342 Statistics, HITT 1305 Medical Terminology, COSC 1401 Intro to Computers (if you are not computer savvy). You can pick up information on RN to BSN program requirements in the Counseling Department or visit university websites online.

24.  Do I have to take the ASSET/COMPASS, ACCUPLACER/THEA tests?

If using the tests, the scores must be current within the last 2 years at the time of application.  All students must complete the Texas Student Success Initiative (TSI) either by testing or by completing the appropriate developmental courses.  See an advisor or counselor if you have questions.

25. How much does the program cost?

Please see the following link for Lone Star College Nursing program costs:    http://www.lonestar.edu/nursing-program-costs.htm.

26. How long is the program?

The VN program must meet the state board requirement of approximately 1400 hours, therefore, the program is a full-time, one year program that begins each January. Students typically are in class all day Monday through Thursday, except holidays and breaks recognized by the college district. The Transition program is three semesters long. It begins in July, with graduation the following spring. The (Basic Track) ADN program is four semesters long, starting once a year each July/August.

27. Is there a waiting list to get in the program?

No, the nursing program fills their allocation, then, places approximately 10-15 applicants as alternates. If you are not accepted into a program, you must reapply the following year.

28. Can I go part time?

No, the VN program is geared for full-time, Monday - Thursday. The Transition program is three days a week at approximately 25 hours per week. The ADN program also meets 25 hours per week. Students are encouraged not to work more than 20 hours per week. Classes can begin as early as 6:30 am for clinical classes.

29. Do you offer evening classes?

No, ADN evening classes are currently offered Lone Star College-Kingwood.

30. How much homework will I have?

Students average about 2-3 hours per evening.

31. Can I become a nurse if I have been convicted of a felony?

Texas law states if you have ever been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors, you may be ineligible to receive a nursing license in the State of Texas. You must submit a criminal background check. Drug and assault related offenses are carefully scrutinized. If this affects you, please contact: Texas Board of Nursing, 333 Guadalupe Street, Ste. 3-460, Austin, Texas 78701.

32. What is the difference between an LVN and RN?

One difference is the schooling. LVN's typically go to school for one year and RN's typically go to school from 2-4 years depending on whether you are going for an Associates degree in Nursing or a Bachelor's degree in nursing. LVN's and RN's also have different responsibilities. The LVN delivers care to the bedside, in hospital, clinics and home care. The RN delivers, plans, and manages care of clients in acute care and specialty areas. Salaries significantly increase in relationship to number of years of training.

 

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