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Nursing

Published or Revised September 06, 2023

The Nursing Program at Paris Junior College

Paris Junior College (PJC) has been educating area nurses since 1968. The Paris Junior College Nursing Program is classified as a one-plus-one ladder program that offers vocational nursing (LVN) and LVN-to-RN programs. The first year of study is the Vocational Nursing (LVN) program that prepares the student for entry into the health care industry. Upon successful completion of this first year, students satisfying all admission requirements may continue their education by entering into the LVN-to-RN Associate Degree Nursing program.

Vocational Nursing Program

The Licensed Vocational Nursing program prepares nurses to provide direct care to patients in acute and long-term care facilities, physician's offices, clinics, and other types of health agencies. LVNs practice under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician.

The LVN program at PJC may be completed in 12 months (Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters). Upon successful completion, the graduate receives a Certificate for Vocational Nursing and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination to become a licensed vocational nurse (NCLEX-PN).

Application Timeline

IMPORTANT: Prospective PJC nursing students need to contact the Health Occupations Secretary at 903-782-0734 as soon as possible to provide information to begin the Board of Nursing background check.

An admission application for the Licensed Vocational Nursing Program may be obtained from November 1 through mid-March. To receive a nursing application by mail, or to pick one up in person, contact the Health Occupations staff at 903-782-0734. Completed applications are accepted in the Health Occupations Office until the date listed on the application. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered for admission.

Vocational Nursing Admissions Selection Criteria

Admission to the Vocational Nursing Program is selective. Prospective students cannot register for nursing courses without permission. Admission to the program is dependent on:

  • Available Space
  • Documentation of approved Criminal Background from the Texas Board of Nursing. Students must show proof of eligibility to test from the Texas Board of Nursing.
  • Completion of the following pre-requisites:
    • PSYC 2314 - Lifespan Growth and Development
    • BIOL 2401 - Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIOL 2402 - Anatomy and Physiology II
    • BIOL 1322 - Nutrition and Diet Therapy
  • Admission criteria:
    • The following are used to calculate the 21 available admission points:
      • Preadmission HESI A2 testing (2 - 6 points)
        • Testing is available at the PJC Testing Center; information and additional sites are provided in the admission application forms.
      • GPA in pre-requisite courses (2 - 8 points)
        • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in pre-requisite courses
      • Nursing Support Courses (1 - 5 points)
        • Students are encouraged to complete some or all of the LVN-to-RN program pre-requisite and support courses: ENGL 1301, PSYC 2301, SOCI 1301, BIOL 2420, and MUSI 1306. A minimum grade of "C" is required.
      • Current health care related experience or certifications.

Accreditation Data

The Vocational Nursing Program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), George H.W. Bush State Office Building, 1801 Congress Avenue, Suite 10-200, Austin, Texas 78701, 512-305-7400. To visit the website, go to https://www.bon.texas.gov.

NCLEX-PN Pass Rates: The Texas State Board of Nursing establishes the required pass rate for nursing schools in the state. The required pass rate is 80 percent.

GRADUATE YEAR PJC PASS RATE TEXAS STATE AVERAGE
VN PASS RATE
NATIONAL PASS RATE
AVERAGE
2022 88.46% (46/52) 87.38% 79.93%
2021 82.14% (46/56) 86.49% 79.60%
2020 93.33% (42/45) 88.53% 89.05%
3 YEAR AVERAGE 87.98% 87.47% 82.86%

LVN-to-RN Associate Degree Nursing Program

The LVN-to-RN Associate Degree Nursing program is a one-plus-one program transitioning the licensed vocational nurse into professional practice. A student must maintain a current, unencumbered Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) licensure in Texas or a Compact Nursing State in order to be considered for admission and remain in the program.

The LVN-to-RN program prepares nurses for entry-level positions integrating knowledge and skills to provide care to patients in a variety of health care settings. The LVN-to-RN program may be completed in 12 months (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters). Upon successful completion, the graduate receives an Associates of Applied Science Nursing Degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination to become a registered nurse (NCLEX-RN).

Application Timeline

IMPORTANT: Prospective PJC nursing students need to contact the Health Occupations Secretary at 903-782-0734 as soon as possible to provide information to begin the Board of Nursing background check.

An admission application for the LVN-to-RN Associate Degree Nursing Program may be obtained March 1 through mid-May. To receive a nursing application by mail, or to pick one up in person, contact Health Occupations staff at 903-782-0734. Completed applications are accepted in the Health Occupations Office until the date listed on the application. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered for admission.

If you have not attended PJC in the last year, contact the PJC Office of Admissions and Records; the PJC Application for Admission is available upon request or at www.parisjc.edu/apply. All college transcripts must be reviewed by the PJC Office of Admissions and Records staff prior to admission. Only those courses approved by PJC will be used to calculate the admission score.

LVN-to-RN Nursing Program Admission Selection Criteria

Admission to the LVN-to-RN Associate Degree Nursing program is selective. Prospective students cannot register for nursing courses without permission.

Admission to the program is dependent upon:

  • Available space.
  • Documentation of approved Criminal Background from the Texas Board of Nursing. Students must show proof of LVN licensure and eligibility to test from the Texas Board of Nursing.
  • Completion of the following pre-requisite courses:
    • PSYC 2314 - Lifespan Growth and Development
    • PSYC 2301 - General Psychology
    • BIOL 2401 - Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIOL 2402 - Anatomy and Physiology II
    • BIOL 1322 - Nutrition and Diet Therapy
    • ENGL 1301 - Composition I
  • Admission Criteria point score
    • The following areas are used to calculate the 16 available admission points:
      • Preadmission HESI RN Mobility Exam or HESI Exit PN (2 - 5 points)
        • Testing is available at the PJC Testing Center. Information and additional sites are provided in the admission application forms.
        • A minimum score of 850 is required.
      • GPA in pre-requisite courses (2 - 8 points)
        • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in pre-requisite courses.
      • Nursing Support Courses (1 - 3 points)
        • Students are encouraged to complete some or all of the LVN-to-RN program support courses (ENGL 1301, PSYC 2301, SOCI 1301, BIOL 2420, and MUSI 1306) prior to admission.
        • A minimum grade of "C" is required.

Accreditation Data

  • The LVN-to-RN Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), George H.W. Bush State Office Building, 1801 Congress Avenue, Suite 10-200, Austin, Texas, 78701, (512) 305-7400. Click http://www.bon.texas.gov to visit the website.
  • This program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, 404-975-5000. Click www.acenursing.org to visit the website.

In compliance with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the following student achievement data is made available for the Associate Degree Nursing (RN) program:

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates: The Texas State Board of Nursing establishes the required pass rate for nursing schools in the state. The required pass rate is 80 percent.

GRADUATE YEAR PJC PASS RATE TEXAS STATE AVERAGE
RN PASS RATE
NATIONAL PASS RATE
AVERAGE
2022 86.21% (50/58) 84.28% 79.91%
2021 75.00% (48/64) 86.77% 82.13%
2020 85.96% (49/57) 91.00% 86.76%
3 YEAR AVERAGE 82.39% 87.35% 82.93%

 

Program Completion Rates: The completion rate addresses the number of students that graduate the nursing program and are eligible to take the NCLEX examination for licensure. Readmissions occurring during the program year are not calculated as part of the completion rate. The graduation rate includes all students graduating the program.

GRADUATE
YEAR
ADMITTED COMPLETED COMPLETION
RATE
GRADUATION
RATE
2022 66 56 84.82% 85.51%
2021 62 56 91.94% 95.16%
2020 60 55 91.67% 91.67%
3-Year Average 62.67 56 89.48% 90.78%

 

Program Placement Rates: Graduate placement rates are a required reported outcome to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and for the purposes of program evaluation. Placement rate is defined as: employed in the nursing environment or directly related field, active-duty military placement, or continuation of education. The most recently-reported Paris Junior College (PJC) placement outcomes are provided below:

GRADUATION YEAR PLACEMENT RATE
2019-2020 95.83%
2018 - 2019 87.76%
2017 - 2018 98.11%
3-Year Average 94.00%