Criminal Background Checks

    All students who apply and meet the minimum requirements for admission, will be required to complete a fingerprinting background check conducted by the Texas Board of Nursing. More information will be given when you pick up your application packet.

The conditions for admission to the LVN program are outlined in the current Panola College Catalog. Because the nursing profession requires a high level of performance, nursing students are held to a higher admission standard than students enrolled in general academic classes.


  • Biology 2404 or Biology 2401 & 2402 (must have a C or higher in the biology course /courses).

LVN Admission Procedures and Selection Process

All applicants will be required to take an admission exam. A minimum score of 75 must be achieved in Reading Comprehension, Grammar and Math on the HESI A2. The admission exam may only be taken twice for purposes of admission, but selective scoring will be allowed.

  • To receive an application you must bring your HESI A2 scores and valid identification
  • All students applying to the Vocational Nursing program will be required, at the time of picking up an application to show proof of EITHER:  a positive Hepatitis B titer and dates of three vaccinations OR proof that your are in process with the series of 3 vaccines as scheduled (#1, #2 one later, #3 4 months after #1).  Bring proof of all shots or titers you have received and stay on schedule.  
  • Positions will be offered until class limit is met.
  • Acceptance letters will be sent out after all applications have been reviewed and checked for accuracy. This process will take 3-4 weeks after deadline.
  • The LVN Program uses a mathematical formula to compute an applicant’s ranking score. The ranking score is based on four criteria. This ranking score is used to select qualified applicants for admission.

    The formula is as follows:
          Rank: =
  • Points for HESI A2 cumulative test score (minimum 75 required on Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Math): points = 10% of total score (e.g. score of 79 earns 7.9 points)
  • 2 points for having an active CNA license or 1 point for CNA course
  • 1 point for having been employed as a CNA for one year
  • 1 point for Med Aide, MLT or HIT; EMT, Paramedic or Military Medic
  • 3 points for a C, 4 points for a B, or 5 points for an A in A&P (BIOL 2404 or BIOL 2401 & BIOL 2402);  extra point for having BIOL 2401 & BIOL 2402
  • 1 point for completing Biol 2404 or Biol 2401 & 2402, or CNA course at  Panola College

Examples: Rank: (10) + (2) + (1) + (1) + (6) + (1)= 21 maximum number that can be achieved

Rank: (7.9) + (2) + (0) + (5) + (1) = 15.9

Students will be ranked according to this formula and the top 40 positions will be offered a place in the program.  The rank list will be used to complete the roster in the event a student declines or does not meet all admission criteria.