What does it take to be a nurse?
Mostly it takes caring and compassion for humankind and a strong science background. Critical thinking and dedication are essential to completing the course of study.
How long will it take for me to become a Registered Nurse?
The face-to-face program is designed to be completed in two years (four regular semesters) once the prerequisites are completed. The LVN Transition hybrid track takes 12 months once the prerequisites are completed (admission March 1 for fall only).
What prerequisites are required?
A student must have completed BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420 and PSYC 2301 before entering the face-to-face nursing program (clinicals). The LVN Transition hybrid students must have all seven academic courses in the ADN curriculum completed for prerequisites. One or two prerequisite courses may be "in progress" when the application is submitted.
What are the ADN program's student achievement outcome levels?
Outcome Benchmark 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Graduation rate face-to-face (on time) 60% 25% 17.98% 41.03%
Graduation rate face-to-face (150% time) 70% 33.75% 43.82% 65.38%*
PONE Graduation rate (150% time) 70% 33.33% 70% 71.43%
LVN-RN Transition rate (on time) 70% NA NA 65.22%*
NCLEX pass rate 90% 95.83% 92.59% 94.12%
Job Placement 95% 99% 100% 100%

*indicates incomplete data

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 and all three parts must be taken at the same time
  • The test MAY NOT be taken more than twice and all three parts must be taken at the same time
  • Study books are available through the bookstore
  • Click link here for free practice questions
  • 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

Because you are only allowed to take the HESI A2 twice, if you are not successful the first time, you need to take your time and ensure you are ready for the second test (only your first two times will be used in the admission process). We recommend the following:

  • Take College Algebra if you did not pass the Math section
  • Take College English (1301 and/or 1302) if you did not pass the Reading Comprehension section
  • Take a speed reading course or other tutoring such as Weaver or Lumosity using the study guide for the HESI A2
How much does the program cost?
Costs include regular tuition and fees plus some additional fees, uniforms, and lots of books. An estimate of the cost of fees, and supplies 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.
Will I be able to work while in nursing school?
The decision to work is a personal one. Students spend approximately 20 hours per week in classes/clinicals each semester. For each hour in class per week, experts recommend two hours of study time. Even though many students work part-time, you are encouraged to consider your time allotments carefully in order to be successful.
How do the clinicals for LVN Transition hybrid work?
The clinicals for the LVN Transition hybrid track are held on weekends (between 6 am Friday and 11:30 pm Sunday) and sometimes on M-Th from 3-11pm. Students will have some weekends off but the schedule is set by the instructor. You should keep your weekends available until the schedule is set. They are conducted within a 70 mile radius of Carthage and cannot be held outside of our contracted facilities. The LVN Transition hybrid program starts one time per year in August and lasts for 12 months. 
Transferring from other colleges:
Who needs a "letter of good standing"?
If you attended another professional (RN or VN) nursing program, and did not complete the program for any reason, you will need to have the Director of that Program send a letter of good standing to the Dean of Nursing at Panola College (1109 W. Panola St., Carthage, TX 75633) to be placed with your application.
What if I have failed out of another nursing program?
If you failed two nursing classes at ANY nursing program, you must wait three years and earn an LVN or related degree before you can apply to the nursing program at Panola College.
What courses transfer from other colleges?
In Texas, all community colleges have a common course numbering plan, so the prerequisite course numbers will be identical. If you have not failed any nursing courses and wish to transfer into the nursing program, you will need to contact the Dean of Nursing to review your courses.
What courses transfer from Louisiana Colleges? See chart below:


The semester of acceptance into the program determines the program requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to keep apprised of current graduation requirements. Courses with a lab must be taken with the course and lab in the same semester at the same school. This chart is subject to change without notice. The Panola College Admission office has the final say in all transfer work.






UL @Monroe 




BIOL 2401

BIOL 2402

BLGY 224/224L & BLGY 225/225L OR

BLGY 230/230L & BLGY 231/231L


282/282 (Anatomy)

BIOS 280/280L      (Physiology)

BIOL 2220/2221L or 2250/2251 (Anatomy)

BIOL 2230/2231L 

or 2260/2261 (Physiology)

BIOL 220 ( 4 hrs)

BIOL 222 (4 hrs)

(No BIOL 225)

BIOL 114/116L

BIOL 115/117L

BIOL 207/207L

(No BIOL 305)

BIOL 208/208L

BISC 225/226L

BISC 227/228L

BIOL 2420


MICR 206/206L








BIOL 214/215L

BIOL 416

(No BIOL 304)

BISC 260

PSYC 2301

PSYC 201

PSYC 152

PSYC 1010

PSYC 210

PSYC 201

PSY 200

PSYC 102

PSYC 2314


PSYC 220

PSYC 209

PSYC 2050

PSYC 250

(No PSYC 235)

PSYC 278

PSY 202

No ED 200 or 202)

PSYC 208, 308

ENGL 1301

ENGL 101

ENGL 105

ENGL 1010

ENGL 110

ENGL 101

ENG 101

ENGL 101


Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy and Culture