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Admission Criteria

Notice: The Fall 2024 application deadline is extended to Monday, June 17, 2024.
Notice: Turn in all completed applications to the drop box in Health Professions, Room 222. For questions regarding your application, please email
Emailed applications will NOT be accepted.

"The admission committee reserves the right to deny or revoke applications for nursing admission or readmission of any applicant whose former record(s) and/or observed conduct is incongruent with the established guidelines for student behavior and academic responsibility at McLennan Community College and regulatory agencies."

MCC LVN studentPoints are assigned for ranking applications by using categories A+B+C+D below.

A. The Vocational Nursing Program requires the HESI A2 Exam for Admission. A score of 75% or higher must be made in each of the following categories:

  • Reading
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Math
    • Critical Thinking (this portion must be taken but does not need to meet the 75% or higher score for admission)

Students applying to the LVN program are permitted to take the HESI A2 three (3) times per application cycle.

Students must submit printed HESI A2 scores from their Elsevier/Evolve account with their Application. Screenshots or photos of scores will not be accepted.

HESI A2 scores are good for five years. Please visit Testing Center or call 254-299-8347 or 254-299-8367 for details.

B. Average of GPA from the following courses:

  • SPCH (CHOOSE ONE) 1311, 1315, 1318, or 1321
  • HPRS 1206
  • PSYC 2301
  • BIOL 2404 (BIOL 2401 & 2402 are the course substitution)
Compute the average of your GPA and multiply by 10 to get point total. If BIOL 2401 & BIOL 2402 are taken, GPA will be computed on highest average of either BIOL 2404 or BIOL 2401 & 2402.

NOTE: Science courses must be have been complete within five years of admission application deadline. 

All applicants must be TSI complete in reading, writing, and math by the application deadline.

C. Receive a 4.0 average in all four prerequisite courses on the first attempt = 3 points

  • SPCH (CHOOSE ONE) 1311, 1315, 1318, or 1321
  • HPRS 1206
  • PSYC 2301
  • BIOL 2404 (BIOL 2401 & 2402 are the course substitution)

NOTE: Points are determined at the admission application deadline, and all courses must be completed by this date.

D.  Residence - McLennan County "Proof of residence" required (utility bill, DL, etc.) = 1 point

E. HESI A2 Exam

The HESI A2 is the admission exam for the Vocational Nursing program. The minimum score for the HESI A2 is 75% in each of the following categories: reading, grammar, vocabulary, anatomy & physiology, and math. The HESI A2 exam may be taken three (3) times per application period. If student needs an additional attempt to test, they must contact the Program Director at 254-299-8347 for permission.

In the event multiple students have the same amount of points, the HESI A2 Anatomy & Physiology score will be used to determine admission followed by the Critical Thinking Score.

F. HESI A2 Exam - Critical Thinking scores

Points will be awarded to the HESI A2 Critical Thinking score in the following manner: 
951-1000 = 6 points
900 - 950 = 5 points
851 - 899 = 4 points
800 - 850 = 3 points
799 or below = 0 points



International students must meet the general admission requirements of McLennan Community College. International admission requirements are applied to all students who have international secondary or post-secondary educational credentials, regardless of country of citizenship, immigrant status, or visa status.

Each high school and college attended must be listed on the application for admission. Official transcripts for each high school and college attended must be attached to the application. Official records must be provided in the original language and, when that is not English, accompanied by a certified translation into English. Unofficial records that do not bear the original signature of the institution's representative cannot be used. Records must be signed by the registrar, dean, or headmaster of the institution issuing the documents. Photocopies will be accepted if they bear the institution's original seal and the original signature of the school official certifying the documents. Transcripts and other records attested as certified by a notary public or solicitor (non-institutional official) will not be accepted as official.