Frequently Asked Questions

What do LVNs do?

What does it take to be an LVN? 

How do I take BIOL 2404?

How do I sign up for CNA – and how much does it cost?

What is HESI A2?

How much does the program cost?

What is Texas Success Initiative (TSI)?

Do I have to pass the Accuplacer for the Vocational Nursing Program?

What Biology courses transfer from other colleges?

What is the difference between an LPN and an LVN?

Will I receive a degree from Panola when I finish the VN program? Will classes transfer?

Is the Vocational Nursing program offered online?

 

What do LVNs do?

LVNs work in multiple heath care settings including but not limited to long-term care facilities, hospitals, and home health agencies. The responsibilities include performing basic nursing skills, administering medications and assisting with all aspects of patient care while under the supervision of a registered nurse.

 

What does it take to be an LVN?

Mostly it takes caring and compassion for human-kind plus critical thinking and strength in science. The program at Panola College takes one year and you must have BIOL 2404 and be a CNA (Certified Nurse Aide) before starting the program. The National licensure exam must be taken after graduation in order to obtain a license to practice nursing.

How do I take BIOL 2404?

You must apply to Panola College and complete all the paperwork to receive an ID number. Then you can register through "campus connect" online for the BIOL 2404 and 2404L (lab) that meet your schedule.

How do I sign up for CNA – and how much does it cost?

The CNA classes are offered through Continuing Education: http://www.panola.edu/workforce/class-schedule.html

The cost is approximately $400. You can also take the course for credit in case you qualify for financial aid, that might help pay for it.

What is HESI A2?

HESI A2 is an admissions placement test. Prospective students must register for and take the HESI A2 test in order to be ranked for admission. You must take the HESI A2 before having a mentoring appointment to receive an application.

  • The HESI A2 consists of three parts: Reading, Grammar, and Math
  • The test MAY NOT be taken more than twice
  • Study books are available through the bookstore
  • You must pay $50 for the test through the Business Office (non-refundable)
  • Call Student Services to reserve a date and time: (903) 693-2036
  • Bring a photo ID and a pencil on the day of the test - no book bags, purses, cell phones, or calculators will be allowed at the testing station

How much does the program cost?

Costs include regular tuition and fees plus some additional fees, uniforms, and lots of books. An estimate of cost can be obtained from the department. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid since there are many sources of support for nursing students these days.

What is Texas Success Initiative (TSI)?

TSI is the method used in Texas to determine if a student is college ready. A test is used such as the Accuplacer. If a student does not pass all parts of the Accuplacer, they are placed in developmental courses to help them be more prepared for college-level coursework. Other exemptions may apply.

Do I have to pass the Accuplacer for the Vocational Nursing Program?

You must take the Accuplacer (or be exempt [check with Records Office]) but you do not have to pass it. If you do not pass a portion of the exam, you must take a developmental course along with BIOL 2404. Once you are in the Vocational nursing program, you do not have to take additional developmental courses.

What Biology courses transfer from other colleges?

The BIOL 2401 AND BIOL 2402 from any Texas College will also count for BIOL 2404. The transfer courses from Louisiana are below:

BIOL 2404 TRANSFER FROM LOUISIANA COLLEGES

  Panola     Bossier           LSUS     NW (LA)     Southern     UL @ Monroe (Northeast)   Grambling     LA Tech  
  BIOL 2404     BIOLL120/120l     None   None 

  No Equivalent  

BIOL 210 does not have a lab

  BIOL 114/BIOL 116   BIOL 208/208L   None

 

What is the difference between an LPN and an LVN?

Different states use different designations for this level of nurse: LVN is Licensed Vocational Nurse and is used in Texas and other states. LPN is Licensed Practical Nurse and is used in Louisiana and other states. The role of the LVN and LPN are equivalent under the nurse practice acts.

Will I receive a degree from Panola when I finish the VN program? Will classes transfer?

The Vocational Nursing program awards a certificate of completion to the graduate. Once you complete, you will take part in the commencement ceremony in a cap and gown. The certificate level courses transfer to other colleges with technical programs but not as college credit.

Is the Vocational Nursing program offered online?

The Vocational Nursing program is clinically intensive. Currently the program is not offered online but some of the courses are using online elements and are moving toward becoming hybrids.