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Bridging Advanced Placement Track, AAS

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*Nursing courses must be taken in the semester listed.


This program prepares the Licensed Vocational Nurse or Paramedic to make the transition into the professional nursing role.  

The Associate Degree Nursing program leads to an Associate of Applied Science degree and allows the graduate to apply to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing licensing exam for registered nursing (NCLEX-RN) and the Texas Board of Nursing jurisprudence exam.

The ADN program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing, www.bon.state.tx.us, and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 404-975-5000, 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 33026.

Admission to the Bridging Advanced Placement Track

Students desiring admission to the Bridging Advanced Placement Track must:

1.         Complete the Temple College admission process.  All college requirements must be met including TSI requirements.

2.         Complete the following prerequisite courses: BIOL 2401 , BIOL 2402 , ENGL 1301 , and PSYC 2301 .  These courses must be completed by the end of the Fall semester before applying. 

3.         Take the HESI A2 Admission Test.  The test will be given at the TC Student Success Center. To sign up for the Nursing Admission Test, you must:  

             A.  Pay the test fee at the Testing Center.  Only cash, check, or money orders will be accepted for payment.  You may pay by credit card at the cashier’s office in One College Centre.   

                   Take the receipt to the Testing Center, Student Success Center when you are ready to take the test.  Their phone number is 254-298-8586; verify testing times prior to arriving.

             A study guide can be purchased in the Temple College Bookstore, Arnold Student Center.  Tutoring for the admission test is available at the Math Tutorial Lab Room 3606 or Writing Center Room, 3612 of the Student Success Center.  At TC, you may only take the test twice per academic year.

 4.        Complete the ADN application process by the deadline date.  This requires proof of: 

                          A.  Graduation from a Vocational Nursing or Paramedic program

                          B.  A valid Texas VN license in good standing (no current disciplinary actions or stipulations, no compact only license); Paramedics must have a current Texas Paramedic license.

             C. A grade of “C” or better in all courses that apply toward the ADN degree; a minimum GPA of 2.8 is required (in all courses that apply toward the nursing curriculum).

             D. Recent practice experience as an LVN or Paramedic is required (minimum of 6 months FT or 1 year PT the year of application). Verification of employment may be required.

           Complete the ADN application process by the deadline.  The application and specific instructions for applying are found on the ADN Web page.

            Applications will not be processed if any of the stated admission requirements are missing or incomplete.

           5.         Applicants will be notified by email of whether or not they were conditionally accepted into the program.  If conditionally accepted into the program, the following must be completed: 

  • An acknowledgment that you are able to meet the Core Performance Standards for nursing.  These standards are available on the nursing website.
  • A satisfactory drug screen and documentation of current negative TB skin test or chest x-ray is required (specific instructions will be given).
  • Required immunizations:  2 injections Measles, 1 injection Mumps, 1 injection Rubella, 2 injections Varicella, 3 injections Hepatitis B, OR positive titers for any of the preceding immunizations be fully vaccinated for COVID 19.  Also required are Tetanus (valid for 10 years), and the flu vaccine is required annually when it becomes available.                                       

  A satisfactory background check (specific instructions will be given). The Texas Board of Nursing will conduct a background check.  The student must be cleared before being allowed to register for and attend nursing courses.  Any healthcare facility associated with Temple College may also require background checks.  Permission to perform the background check must be given by the student.   Failure to give permission will result in dismissal from the program.  It may be necessary to dismiss students from a program if they are barred from practicing at any healthcare facility.    

The ADN student/graduate is held to the registered nurse standards set by the Texas Board of Nursing. 

Written documentation of successful completion of an American Heart Association CPR course designed for health care providers (e.g., Basic Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Providers).  No student will be permitted in the clinical setting without current documentation on file (must remain current throughout the ADN program). All courses must include a hands-on skills portion.    

Students seeking admission to the Bridging Advanced Placement Track are admitted on the basis of the following criteria, with maximum point totals awarded as indicated.   




# of Co-Reqs Completed

TC VN/Paramedic Grad or Service Area Resident


























*Any one nursing/paramedic course failure within the last 10 years will result in a deduction of an admission point.  If there is a nursing/paramedic course failure during the three years prior to admission, the applicant will receive one admission only to the Temple College ADN Program.  The applicant is ineligible for admission/readmission if there are two or more nursing/paramedic course failures during the three years prior to admission. 

Admission to the Bridging Advanced Placement Track is determined during the early spring for the summer semester.  In case of competitive admissions, requirements above the minimum will be necessary.  Admission to Temple College does not constitute automatic acceptance into the nursing program.  In the event the application is not accepted for admission to the nursing program, the applicant may request a review by the Department Chair of Nursing.

Policies on promotion, readmission, and transfer apply to both Bridging and 2 year ADN students.

Must be a Licensed Vocational Nurse or Paramedic

Total Hours: 14

Total Hours: 8

Total Hours: 15

Spring Semester

Total Hours: 13

Grand Total Hours: 60

At the completion of the last semester of the program, advanced placement credit will be awarded for a total of: 10 SCHS

  1. Must successfully complete course in order to progress in the AAS Bridge Degree.

  2. Must be completed within the last 10 years.

  3. Course can be taken before acceptance into the program.

  4. Come talk to an advisor about your Temple college graduation and your university transfer plans.


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