Cisco College offers optional pathways to a career in nursing. LVN's can obtain an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) in one year. The LVN to RN program is a 12-month Health Sciences program beginning in the Fall and Spring semester of each year.

Not an LVN yet? Cisco College can help!

As part of Cisco College’s partnership with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in Abilene, all graduates of both transition programs are guaranteed a spot in Texas Tech’s RN to BSN program. The LVN/RN Bridge option prepares the graduate to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Licensure as a registered nurse must be granted by the Board of Nursing for the State of Texas.

Prerequisites for Texas Tech’s RN to BSN may be taken at Cisco (Abilene), followed by two semesters of online coursework through Texas Tech to finish a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). Students seeking to begin their nursing career at the BSN level can complete all their general education courses at Cisco College. Program costs may include entrance and periodic exam fees, background checks, drug screening, immunizations, and specialized course supplies or supplements.

Prospective students should meet with Michaela Bradford, Health Sciences Counselor, and then with the Health Sciences Assistant to ensure all requirements are met. Applications should be submitted to the Health Sciences office.

Application Procedure

The LVN to RN program accepts a limited number of students; as a result, the admittance process is deliberate and decisive. Completion of the application procedures is required no later than May 31st for the August class and October 31st for the January class.

  1. Apply to Cisco College. Prospective nursing students must have completed the Cisco College general admission application and be enrolled as a student of Cisco College.
  2. Must be TSI complete or college-ready in Reading, Writing, and Math.
  3. Must submit official copies of all college transcripts regardless of classes or grades.
  4. Must fulfill the Cisco College requirements for the AAS degree.
  5. Must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
  6. Students who have attended another nursing program prior to applying to Cisco College must submit a Letter of Good Standing from the Program Director at the previous institution.
  7. Must be an LVN licensed to practice in the state of Texas. Students who graduated from the Cisco College VN program can apply prior to taking the NCLEX but must pass the NCLEX to remain in the program.
  8. Students may apply with two final prerequisites in progress; however, these classes must be completed with a "C" or better prior to the start of the program to maintain eligibility. The 3-hour Language, Philosophy & Culture, or Creative Arts credit or the 3-hour Literature credit (classes beginning with ENGL 23xx) may be taken in the second semester of the program if not taken prior to the start of the program.
  9. Must submit a current, complete nursing program application – available in the Health Sciences counslor's office.
  10. Must have completed the Hep B immunization series of 3 shots or provide serologic confirmation of immunity to the Hepatitis B virus.
  11. Must take the Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI A-2) Admission Assessment during one of our scheduled testing sessions. A minimum passing rate is 65% on each component of the test; however, scores of less than 65% do not automatically preclude a student from consideration. The test includes the following subjects: Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary and Knowledge, and Critical Thinking.

Selection Criteria

The selection of candidates for placement in the August program takes place in the summer semester and for the January program in the Fall.

1. All applicants who meet the minimal admission criteria will be considered; however, the number of applicants normally exceeds the number of students who can be admitted to each class.

2. Preference for admission is determined by the following factors:

a. Number of appropriate technical/academic courses completed
b. Cumulative GPA will be based on all classes pertaining to nursing, including the prerequisites – 3.0 GPAs are preferred, but applications with a minimum 2.7 GPA will be accepted.
c. Science GPA – 3.0 GPAs are preferred, but applications with a minimum 2.7 GPA will be accepted.
d. HESI scores
e. Oral interview


BIOL 2421 Microbiology (4 Hours)

BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 Hours)

BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 Hours)

HPRS 2301 Pathophysiology (3 Hours)

PSYC 2301 General Psychology (3 Hours)

PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development (3 Hours)

ENGL 1301 Composition I (3 Hours)

LVN to ADN students will need 3 hours of either ARTS 1301 (Art Appreciation) or MUSI 1306 (Music Appreciation) as their Creative Arts class. If a student chooses, they may alternatively take 3 hours of any Literature class beginning with ENGL 23xx (Language, Philosophy and Culture, or Creative Arts credit). If the student plans to continue to Texas Tech to complete their BSN, they will need to complete whichever category they did not use for their ADN program. If they do not plan to continue, they may choose which category they want to use to complete the ADN program.

Please see pages 111-113 of the Cisco College Course Catalog for complete course information.

About this Program

Degrees & Certifications Program Length
Associate of Applied Science Degree 3 Semesters/12 Months

What Can This Program Do For You

  • Potential Career Paths
    • Registered Nurse
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • Nursing Assistant
    • Clinical Nursing
    • Pediatric Nursing
  • Salary Information

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  • Courses
    First Semester-SpringSecond Semester-Fall
    RNSG 1118 Transition to Professional Nursing1Language, Philosophy & Culture, or Creative Arts *3
    RNSG 1128 Introduction to Health Care Concepts1RNSG 1137 Professional Nursing Concepts III1
    RNSG 1361 Clinical Transition3RNSG 1538 Health Care Concepts III5
    RNSG 1424 Concept-Based Transition to Professional Nursing4RNSG 2360 Clinical III3
    RNSG 1331 Principles of Clinical Decision-Making3
    Third Semester
    RNSG 2230 Professional Nursing
    RNSG 2238 Professional Nursing
    Concepts IV
    RNSG 2361 Clinical IV3
    RNSG 2539 Health Care
    Concepts IV
    TOTAL 12

    * See core curriculum course options.
    Capstone: Departmental Exam
    HESI Exams required throughout program

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Tracey Cunningham

Simulation Coordinator & Associate Degree Nursing Clinical Instructor
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Ouida Hart

Associate Degree Nursing Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Abilene Campus

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Brynn Martinez

Associate Degree Nursing Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Abilene Campus

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Anna Morgan

Associate Degree Nursing Professor
Abilene Campus

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Rebecca Perkins

Associate Degree Nursing Retention Specialist
Abilene Campus

Diane Rickman

Clinical Educator
Abilene Campus

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Spencer Woody

Director of Nursing & Associate Degree Nursing Clinical Instructor
Registered Nursing Program
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