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Selective Admission

Vocational Nursing (VN) is a selective admission program.

After being accepted to TCC, you must meet the following requirements to be eligible to submit a separate application to the program.

Am I eligible to apply?

Check to see that you have met the following eligibility requirements.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

You must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to apply to our program.

TCC Student ID Number

You must apply to TCC, be accepted as a student and get a TCC Student ID number before you apply to the VN Program.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Requirements

You must meet the TSI requirements for enrolling in college credit courses.

Prerequisite Science Courses

You must have completed this course with a grade of "C" or higher before applying to our program:

  • BIOL-2401 Anatomy and Physiology I

Effective Spring 2020

If you are applying for Fall 2020 or later admission, the "2-attempt rule" and the "5-year rule" will no longer be applicable.

Performance Requirements

During your time in our program and throughout your career, you must meet these performance requirements to ensure patient safety and welfare.

Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI® A2) Admission Exam

HESI® A2 is the required admissions exam for the program.

You must earn a minimum score of 75 in each section of the HESI® A2:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Math
  • Anatomy & Physiology 

Visit HESI® A2 Admission Assessment to learn more about fees, test availability, and dates.

You can find study materials online or at the Trinity River Campus Bookstore.

Language Proficiency

If English was not the primary language of your high school, you must provide documentation of proof of English proficiency by submitting the results of either of the following tests.

Required time frame: You must have taken 1 of the tests and earned the passing score or higher within the 2 years prior to your application to our program.

  • TOEFL iBT®
    (Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    You must earn a passing score of 83. This is the recommended score to apply for licensure from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
    (International English Language Testing System assessment of English language proficiency)
    You must earn an IELTS Band Score of overall 6.5 with a minimum score of 6 in all areas. This is the recommended score to apply for licensure from BON.


The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) and Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation Community Standards (PDF)Listen require that all students in health-related programs complete the following immunizations before applying to programs where patient contact is a component.

If you know you will be applying to our VN Program within the next year, you will need to start these now because some will take up to 6 months to complete the series.

In order to be eligible to apply, you will need to have proof that you have completed the following immunizations:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (TDaP)
  • Rubeola / Measles, Mumps, Rubella / German Measles (MMR)
  • Varicella
  • Influenza (Flu Shot)

Note: Titers showing positive immunity to the diseases will be acceptable.

You will also need to complete a Tuberculosis Skin Test or Chest X-Ray and the TB Questionnaire (PDF)Listen.

Post-Acceptance Requirements

If you are accepted to our program, you need to be prepared to meet the following additional requirements–before the first day of class:

Attend New VN Student Orientation

1-day seminar that will give you information and tips to help you successfully complete the program.

Fulfill Health Requirements

  • Physical Exam
    Get a physical exam before starting the program.
  • CPR Certification
    Have current American Heart Health Care Provider CPR Certification
  • Health Insurance
    Have health insurance throughout the program. TCC does not offer College-sponsored student health insurance.
  • Immunization Tracking System
    Submit your health-related documentation to our online system:
    • Physical exam record
    • Tuberculosis screen results
    • Required immunization records
    • CPR certification
    • Proof of health insurance coverage

Pass Drug Screening & 2 Criminal Background Checks

Screening and background checks are at your expense. No exceptions.

After being accepted to the program—but before classes begin—you must undergo and pass:

  • Drug Screening
    (urine drug screening)
  • Criminal Background Check
  • FBI Background Check & Fingerprinting
    (Texas Board of Nursing requirement for entrance into program)



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Summer Hours: Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Updated February 21, 2020