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					                                              Tarrant County College
                                              Department of Nursing
                                    Frequently Asked Questions


Questions:
  1. What kind of program do you offer?
  2. Do you have an LVN program?
  3. Do I have to be an LVN or other medical professional before I can be an RN?
  4. How many students do you accept for your nursing program?
  5. Why don't you accept more students?
  6. Is there a waiting list for the program?
  7. When may I apply for admission to the nursing program?
  8. How do I apply for admission to the nursing program?
  9. How many prerequisite courses do I have to complete before I can apply?
  10. Can I apply for an upcoming semester while my general education courses are in progress?
  11. Is there a Math prerequisite?
  12. What are the general education courses that must be completed before I can apply?
  13. Does completed coursework ever expire?
  14. How do I know what elective to take?
  15. Is there a limit to how many times a general education prerequisite course can be taken?
  16. Is there anything I can do to better my chances of being selected for the program?
  17. Is there an entrance test for the Nursing Program?
  18. Is there a study guide for the entrance test?
  19. How do I make an appointment for the entrance test?
  20. What kind of GPA do I need to get into the program?
  21. What other steps must be taken to ensure my application is complete?
  22. How are the top 100 applicants selected?
  23. I have applied to the Nursing Program within the past year. May I reapply?
  24. I am on the alternate list (or I was not selected), what can I do?
  25. How can I find out if classes I took at another school will be accepted toward a nursing degree?
  26. What if I have a transcript from another country?
  27. Is there a Nursing Advisor available to speak with applicants?
  28. Do you have a bridge program that prepares an LVN and/or Paramedic to become an RN?
  29. How does the Fast Track Option work?
  30. Can I finish the program in less than 2 years?
  31. Can I attend school at night and/or part-time?
  32. Where are the general education prerequisite and nursing classes offered?
  33. How much will it cost me to complete the Nursing Program?
  34. Is financial assistance available?
  35. Are there special scholarships for nursing students?
  36. What percent of your nursing students are men?
  37. What is the difference between a two-year program and a four-year program?
  38. Does a criminal conviction prevent me from entering the program and becoming a nurse?
  39. Will I be an RN when I finish the program?
  40. What kind of salary can I make as a nurse?
  41. What immunizations are required for applicants?
  42. Does working in the medical field or a previous degree give me any advantage for purposes of
      application?
  43. How will I know the status of my application? May I call to check on it?
  44. What do I need to do if notified that I have been accepted into the program?
  45. When are the nursing classes held?
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   46. What does being selected as an alternate mean?
   47. What happens if I am not selected for the program?
   48. Can I reapply if I am not selected for the program?
   49. What are the rules pertaining to personal appearance of nursing students?
   50. Will I need health insurance while I am a nursing student?
   51. What are the performance requirements for nursing students?
   52. Do you offer the following programs or certificates?

Answers
   1. What kind of program do you offer?
Tarrant County College (TCC) offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing (RN).
(Questions)

   2. Do you have an LVN program?
No, TCC only offers an RN program. Local LVN programs are offered at El Centro College in Dallas,
Weatherford College in Weatherford, Hill College in Cleburne, and North Central Texas College in
Corinth. For a listing of all accredited nursing programs in Texas, go to www.bon.state.tx.us . Click on
Nursing Education then click on Approved Programs. (Questions)

   3. Do I have to be an LVN or other medical professional before I can be an RN?
No. Our program prepares someone without a medical or nursing background to become an RN.
(Questions)

    4. How many students do you accept for your nursing program?
We accept 100 to 150 students for each fall and spring semester depending on grant funding and other
variables. (Questions)

   5. Why don't you accept more students?
The ability to accept more students is limited by a variety of factors: faculty to student ratio, classroom
accommodation, clinical space, and the availability of a variety of other resources. (Questions)

   6. Is there a waiting list for the program?
No, we do not maintain a waiting list. If an applicant is not selected and is still interested in the program,
he/she must reapply. (Questions)

   7. When may I apply for admission to the nursing program?
                             Fall Entry                Spring Entry
Application period:          January - February        August - September
Application deadline:        February 28               September 30
Candidates notified:         May                       December
(Questions)

    8. How do I apply for admission to the nursing program?
Applicants for admission to the nursing program must first fulfill the general requirements for admission
to the College. Applicants should remember that acceptance by the College does not guarantee
admission into the Nursing Program. Applicants must also complete the Nursing prerequisite
coursework prior to applying to the Nursing Program. During a Nursing application period, you may
download the Application Packet from the “Apply for Nursing” section of this website. In order to
download this packet you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or an equivalent PDF reader on your
computer. The Application Packet is only posted on the website during an application period. (Questions)




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    9. How many prerequisite courses do I have to complete before I can apply?
To be eligible to apply to the nursing program, the math competency must be met and all general
education courses must be completed with the exception of Physical Education, the Humanities/Fine Arts
elective, and the Speech course. However, if possible, students are encouraged to complete all of the
general education courses prior to applying to the nursing program. By doing so, the student can focus
solely on Nursing coursework to complete their degree. (Questions)

   10. Can I apply for an upcoming semester while my general education courses are in
       progress?
No, courses in progress are not considered. (Questions)

    11. Is there a Math prerequisite?
No, there is not a specific math prerequisite. However, applicants must demonstrate mathematical
competency. Satisfaction of mathematical competency may be met by completion of MATH 0350
(Intermediate Algebra), completion of a college-level mathematics course (1300 level or above) with a
grade of “C” or higher, or by achieving an Accuplacer placement test score of a minimum of ‘64’in the
College-Level Math section.
(Questions)

    12. What are the general education courses that must be completed before I can apply?
All of the courses marked by (*) below must be completed at the time of application. All others must be
completed before you graduate from the program. You must maintain a grade of “C” or higher in all
courses.

      Course #                Details                           Course Title                        Hours
CHEM 1406*                                   Essentials of General/Biological Chemistry               4
BIOL 2401*                                   Anatomy & Physiology I                                   4
BIOL 2402*                                   Anatomy & Physiology II                                  4
BIOL 2420*                                   Microbiology                                             4
ENGL 1301*                                   English Composition I                                    3
ENGL 1302*               Select one (1)      English Composition II                                   3
OR                                           OR                                                      OR
PSYC 2314*                                   Life Span Growth and Development                         3
PSYC 2301*                                   Introduction to Psychology                               3
PHED 1164                                    Concepts of Physical Activity                            1
SPCH 1311 or 1315        Complete only       Fundamentals of Speech Communications or                 3
or 1321                  one course           Public Speaking, or
                                             Business & Professional Communication.
ELECTIVE                 Complete only       Humanities/Fine Arts Elective                              3
(To be selected by       one course
student from core
curriculum)
MATH Competency*         See below           Completion of MATH 0350 (Intermediate Algebra),            **
                                             completion of a college-level mathematics course
                                             with a grade of “C” or higher (1300 level or above),
                                             or by an Accuplacer placement test score of a
                                             minimum of 64 or higher in the College-Level Math
                                             section.


NOTES:
  1. All Biology courses must have been completed within the last five (5) years.

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   2. The Humanity/Fine Arts elective must be selected from the TCC Core Curriculum list found in the
      TCC Catalog.
   3. Satisfaction of mathematical competency may be met by completion of MATH 0350 (Intermediate
      Algebra), completion of a college-level mathematics course with a grade of “C” or higher (1300
      level or above), or by an Accuplacer placement test score of a minimum of 64 or higher in the
      College-Level Math section.

     13. Does completed coursework ever expire?
Yes. All Biology courses must be complete within the last five (5) years. These courses must be repeated
if they exceed the time limit – there are no exceptions. (Questions)

   14. How do I know what elective to take?
Select a Humanities/Fine Arts elective from the TCC Core Curriculum list found in TCC catalog
(Questions)

     15. Is there a limit to how many times a general education prerequisite course can be taken?
Yes. The Nursing program implements a “Two Attempt Rule” regarding the basic education pre-requisite
coursework. The highest grade of the first two (2) attempts in general education courses will be
considered for application purposes. Applicants should be aware that course withdrawals count as
attempts for this purpose. Two withdrawals in a course count as the two attempts. However, the course
will still need to be completed with a grade of “C” or higher for application and/or graduation purposes.
(Questions)

   16. Is there anything I can do to better my chances of being selected for the program?
Yes. Bonus points will be awarded for the completion of Medical Terminology, Pharmacology, and/or
Nutrition credit courses. Additionally, bonus points are awarded for the completion of Certified Nurse Aid
continuing education coursework. (Questions)

   17. Is there an entrance test for the Nursing Program?
Yes. The TCC Nursing Program utilizes the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). It consists of four
content areas: Math, Reading, English, and Science. (Questions)

    18. Is there a study guide for the entrance test?
Yes. The study guide may be purchased from the South Campus Bookstore. Check with the bookstore
for current prices and availability. (Questions)

    19. How do I make an appointment for the entrance test?
The TEAS test is given at the South Campus Testing Center. It is only administered during an
application period. The dates and times will be listed in the application packet. Contact the South
Campus Testing Center at 817-515-4535 for more information. Please be aware that this test is only
offered a limited number of days so it is helpful to reserve a testing appointment early. (Questions)

    20. What kind of GPA do I need to get into the program?
All applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. However, you are in competition with the other
applicants, so a higher GPA increases your chance of being selected. Most accepted applicants strive
for a high GPA in the sciences and have an overall GPA of 3.2 or better. (Questions)

    21. What other steps must be taken to ensure my application is complete?
In addition to fulfilling the general education courses and taking the TEAS exam, all applicants are
required to attend an Information Session during the application period for which they are applying. If the
applicant is not accepted and reapplies, the session must be repeated during the application period in
which he/she reapplies. (Questions)


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   22. How are the top applicants selected?
Applicants are selected for admission based on the following criteria, listed in random order:
   • Scores on the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
   • All science courses except CHEM 1406 must have been completed within five years of
       application to the Nursing Program
   • Attendance at an information session during the period of application
   • Overall GPA with bonus points awarded for completion of Medical Terminology and
       Pharmacology credit courses (the highest grade of the first two (2) attempts in General Education
       courses will be considered)
       (Questions)

     23. I have applied to the Nursing Program within the past year. May I reapply?
Yes. Be sure you update your file (updated application, transcripts, immunizations, etc) and check “yes”
in the re-applicant box on the application. Print the entire application packet and follow the instructions
for that application period. Be sure to attend an Information Session each time you apply. (Questions)

     24. I am on the alternate list (or I was not selected), what can I do?
A list of alternate students is established in case someone who was selected decides not to enter our
program. If you are on the alternate list, you may be selected as late as the week before school begins.
Therefore, it is important that the nursing office has your correct contact information. If you were not
selected or called in from the alternate list, you are encouraged to reapply. (Questions)

     25. How can I find out if classes I took at another school will be accepted toward a nursing
         degree?
If you have earned college credit from another institution(s), you must submit an official transcript(s) to
the TCC Registrar and request that your transcript(s) be evaluated for the Nursing program. This will
provide you with an official record of which courses will transfer toward a nursing degree. This process
must be completed prior to application to the Nursing program. (Questions)

     26. What if I have a transcript from another country?
All foreign transcripts must be translated into English and evaluated by Tarrant County College’s
International Services at the May Owen Center which is located at 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX.
For further information, please contact their office at 817-515-5543. Applicants with foreign transcripts
cannot be considered eligible for entry into the Nursing program without an official transcript evaluation
from the May Owen Center. (Questions)

   27. Is there a Nursing Advisor available to speak with applicants?
Yes. There is a Nursing Advisor who can assist applicants with the application process. However, the
Advisor has limited availability so it is wise to schedule an appointment in advance. Also, it is a
requirement that a transcript evaluation or degree audit be conducted prior to meeting with the Nursing
Advisor. The evaluation must be presented to the Advisor in order for her to assist the applicant.
(Questions)

   28. Do you have a bridge program that prepares an LVN and/or Paramedic to become an RN?
Yes. It is referred to as the Fast Track Option. An LVN or Paramedic can apply during the
January/February application period for our Fast Track Option. Requirements for admission are the
same for all students applying to the TCC Nursing Program. (Questions)

    29. How does the Fast Track Option work?
Upon acceptance into the program, potential Fast Track students will take a series of three examinations
during the first summer session that cover the first semester of nursing coursework (Foundations for
Nursing Practice, Clinical Foundations for Nursing Practice, and Nursing Skills). An optional, non-credit,
preparatory course (Building Foundations for Nursing), is offered through Continuing Education to
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prepare students for the exams. Students will only be allowed to test once and must pass all three
examinations. A nominal fee is charged for each examination and grade posting. If successful, students
receive credit for these three courses and will enter into the second summer session of Mental Health
Nursing. They will then enter the second semester of the Nursing Program in the fall. More detailed
information regarding the Fast Track Option is available on the website. (Questions)

   30. Can I finish the program in less than 2 years?
Yes, if you are an LVN or Paramedic and have successfully passed the credit-by-exam process.
(Questions)

    31. Can I attend school at night and/or part-time?
For the general education courses, you can attend at night or part-time. The nursing courses are only
offered during the day and must follow a set sequence. (Questions)

    32. Where are the general education prerequisite and nursing classes offered?
General education prerequisite courses can be taken at any TCC campus in any format (on campus or
online). Nursing courses and related labs are only offered on the South Campus. Clinical courses are
offered at hospitals predominantly located within Tarrant County. (Questions)

    33. How much will it cost me to complete the Nursing Program?
Based on current fees, a resident of Tarrant County will spend approximately $8,200 to complete the
entire program (general education and nursing courses). This amount includes tuition, textbooks,
uniforms, and graduation fees. This amount is only an estimate and is subject to change. The Tarrant
County College Catalog is the official source of information about tuition and fees. Payment for tuition
and books is made during registration each semester. (Questions)

    34. Is financial assistance available?
Information concerning scholarships, loans, and student employment is available from the Office of
Financial Aid. You may call 817-515-4564 to contact the Office of Financial Aid on the South Campus.
(Questions)

   35. Are there special scholarships for nursing students?
Yes, nursing scholarships are available to students who are enrolled in the Nursing program and have
completed their first semester. Information is posted on the scholarship board in the Nursing building.
(Questions)

   36. What percent of your nursing students are men?
Each semester is different, but usually 15-25% of students are male. (Questions)

   37. What is the difference between a two-year program and a four-year program?
The TCC program awards an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing; a four-year program
awards a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. A four-year program requires more hours in the basic
education courses as well as nursing courses. These additional hours will include courses in
management, research, and community health. (Questions)

    38. Does a criminal conviction prevent me from entering the program and becoming a nurse?
Not necessarily. You will need to complete a Declaratory Order Information Sheet which is part of the
TCC application packet. If you answer “yes” to any of the questions listed on the Declaratory Order
Information Sheet, it is necessary that you complete the entire Declaratory Order process and be cleared
by the Texas Board of Nursing prior to applying to the Nursing program. If you determine that this
process is necessary, go to www.bon.state.tx.us and click on “Other Applications and Forms.” Scroll
down to “Candidates for Licensure” and download the Declaratory Order. (Questions)


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    39. Will I be an RN when I finish the program?
No, you will be a Graduate Nurse (GN). Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the
state board examination for RN licensure (NCLEX-RN). Once you pass the NCLEX examination you will
obtain your Registered Nurse (RN) license. (Questions)

    40. What kind of salary can I make as a nurse?
Salaries will vary according to the area and hospital where you are interested in working. The average
starting salary in the Dallas/Fort Worth area is approximately $24.00 an hour. Contact area hospitals for
estimated salary ranges. (Questions)

   41. What immunizations are required for applicants?
The required immunizations include:
   • Hepatitis B series
   • MMR
   • Tetanus
   • Proof of Chicken Pox or immunization

At the very least, applicants are encouraged to begin their Hepatitis B immunizations since it is a series
of three (3) injections over a period of six (6) months. Applicants should also submit copies of other
immunization records that they may have. Upon acceptance into the program, current CPR certification
and immunizations are required and must remain current for each semester throughout the entire
program. (Questions)

     42. Does working in the medical field or a previous degree give me any advantage for
         purposes of application?
No. Only the criteria listed are evaluated and considered for the purpose of selection and admission to
the Nursing program. The selection committee does not consider degrees completed at other
institutions, other college coursework (except what is required for the Nursing degree at TCC), work
experience, personal motivation to be a nurse, whether the applicant has or has not applied previously,
or has been on the alternate list previously. Applicants are not screened on the basis of race, color,
religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability or marital status. (Questions)

    43. How will I know the status of my application? May I call to check on it?
Because of federal privacy laws, acceptance information cannot be given over the phone. Nursing
department personnel cannot answer questions regarding an applicant’s admission. The selection
committee notifies all candidates by US mail of their admission status: accepted, alternate, not accepted,
or incomplete. Therefore, it is imperative that the current mailing address be included on the application
form and the Nursing department office be notified immediately of any address change. (Questions)

     44. What do I need to do if notified that I have been accepted into the program?
If you are accepted into the Nursing Program, you will receive a packet of information that identifies
critical activities and due dates. If you accept, the following items will be required:
• Immunizations and TB screening are required and must remain current for each semester throughout
     the entire program
• Current Healthcare Provider CPR course completion card (CPR program must be certified by the
     American Red Cross or American Heart Association)
• Negative drug screen and background check results
• Proof of medical insurance
• Social Security Card
• Participation in a one-day Nursing program orientation
• GPA must be a minimum of 2.0 to remain in the program
If you do not accept admission into the program, you must notify the program immediately so another
applicant can be admitted. (Questions)
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     45. When are the nursing classes held?
Primarily, all Nursing courses are held during daytime hours Monday through Friday. Specific schedules
will vary. Some evening clinicals can last until approximately 7:30 p.m. (Questions)

    46. What does being selected as an alternate mean?
If any of the applicants selected for the program do not accept the opportunity or fail to meet all
requirements, an alternant applicant will be selected to replace the declining applicant. The alternate is
selected according to level of application scores. (Questions)

   47. What happens if I am not selected for the program?
Since all applicants cannot be accepted into the TCC Nursing Program, it is important that an applicant
consider available alternatives. Applicants who would like to be advised regarding alternate careers
should call the Counseling Center at 817-515-4558. (Questions)

   48. Can I reapply if I am not selected for the program?
Reapplication to the Nursing Program is not restricted. Applicants may apply as many times as they
wish. Repeat applicants are evaluated using the same criteria as first-time applicants. It is neither an
advantage nor disadvantage to be a repeat applicant. (Questions)

   49. What are the rules pertaining to personal appearance of nursing students?
There is a complete overview of the dress code for nursing students in the TCC Nursing Student
Handbook. Please note: Applicants should be aware that all tattoos must be covered at all times and
jewelry for piercings must be limited to one small stud per ear. (Questions)

    50. Will I need health insurance while I am a nursing student?
Yes. You must show proof of health insurance at the beginning of each semester. TCC does not provide
student health insurance nor does it endorse or recommend health insurance providers. However, as a
courtesy to students, there are several links to insurance companies listed on the TCC website.
Additionally, nursing students may contact the Health Services Department on South Campus for further
information. (Questions)

    51. What are the performance requirements for nursing students?
In order to accomplish the objectives of the nursing program, students must be able to meet the following
performance requirements:

•   Visual acuity with corrective lenses to identify cyanosis, absence of respiratory movement in patients,
    and to read small print on medication containers, physicians’ orders, monitors, and equipment
    calibrations.
•   Hearing ability with auditory aids to understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the
    speaker’s face and to hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, call bells from patients, and
    stethoscope sounds originating from a patient’s blood vessels, heart, lung, and abdomen.
•   Physical ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, lift
    patients, and move from room to room or maneuver in limited spaces.
•   Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form. Ability to speak clearly and succinctly
    when explaining treatment procedures, describing patient conditions, and implementing health
    teaching. Ability to write legibly and correctly in patient’s chart for legal documentation.
•   Manual dexterity to use techniques, insert catheters, and prepare and administer medications.
•   Ability to function safely under stressful conditions and adapt to ever-changing clinical situations
    involving patient care.
    (Questions)


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   52. Do you offer the following programs or certificates?
   • Nurse aide
   • Medication aide
   • RN Refresher
   • Phlebotomy
   • Nurse Tech

These are non-credit courses offered by the South Campus Office of Continuing Education. For more
information call 817-515-4592. For other allied health programs such as Pharmacy Tech, Physical
Therapist Assistant, Radiological Technology, and Dental Hygiene contact the Northeast Campus at 817-
515-5718. (Questions)




                       HELPFUL TCC SOUTH CAMPUS PHONE NUMBERS

                      Bookstore                             817-515-4565
                      Center for Academic Success           817-515-4924
                      Continuing Education                  817-515-4204
                      Counseling                            817-515-4558
                      Financial Aid                         817-515-4243
                      IT Help Desk                          817-515-6411
                      Nursing Advisor                       817-515-4669
                      Nursing Main Number                   817-515-4173
                      Registrar                             817-515-4393
                      Security                              817-515-8911
                      Testing                               817-515-4535
                      Work Force                            817-515-4320




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