Welcome to the EPCC Nursing Division. Our mission is to train a variety of nurses to meet our community’s need for well-trained professionals. Our various nursing programs (LVN, ADN, and LVN-RN) embrace a philosophy of mentoring students to success. Each of our nursing students is assigned a faculty mentor throughout their nursing student career. Our diverse faculty force comes from a wide variety of backgrounds and nationalities as well as expertise in the different areas of nursing. Many of our expert faculty have being part of the EPCC Nursing Division for over 20 years.
The Nursing Division offers many opportunities in health care. The completion of any of our programs qualifies a student to take either the Registered Nurse or Vocational Nurse licensing exam. In addition, after completing the first semester of the ADN (RN) or the LVN Program, our students are eligible to apply for a Nurse Aid Certification through the Nursing Division office. All of our nursing programs have partnerships with many of the major hospitals, health care facilities, and patient care clinics in the region; this relationship allows us to offer practical clinical experiences in a variety of health care settings.
Texas Board of Nursing
The Licensed Vocational nurse (LVN) and the Associate Degree in Nursing programs at El Paso Community College follow and comply with the most current Texas Board of Nursing (BON) guidelines and regulations. The BON sets and enforces the minimum standards for nursing practice and nursing education; they approve nursing education programs, issue licenses, and ensures that each person holding a nursing license is competent to practice safely.
Texas Board of Nursing
1808 Congress Avenue, Suite 10-200
Austin, Texas, 78707
The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program at El Paso Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN); this commission utilizes standards for nursing education and a peer-review process to promote quality improvement in nursing education.
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3390 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia, 30326
Nursing applicants will be required to take TEAS Version V- Test of Essential Academic Skills, for qualification and ranking. Also, the Nursing Specialized Admissions Orientation will be MANDATORY under Pre-Program Specific Requirements.
Specialized Admissions Orientation
Upon successful completion – (80% correct responses), of the Quiz a student will be able to download a Certificate verifying their completion of the online Nursing Specialized Admissions Orientation. The Nursing Specialized Admissions Orientation is a mandatory Pre-Program Specific Requirement for June 2013 ranking.
Students who apply for the Vocational Nursing Program (VNP), housed on the Mission Del Paso Campus, also go through a specialized admission process which is referred to as “ranking.” The VNP is three semesters in length requiring 12 months to complete. Approximately 25 students are admitted into the VNP every spring and fall semester. Students who complete this program receive a Vocational Nursing Certificate and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-VN licensing exam.
Upcoming Changes to LVN-RN Transition Program
The LVN-RN Transition program is converting to the Specialized Admissions procedure.This means that the LVN-RN applicants will follow all the Specialized Admissions requirements outlined in the 2023-2024 Program Information guide.The LVN-RN Transition Program Information Guide-2023-2024 is expected to be posted on the Nursing website In October.
Students are required to meet all specialized admission requirements identified and they are responsible to work with a designated LVN-RN Transition counselor to make sure they are receiving the most updated program information and changes.
Some of the changes for June 2023 ranking are as follows:
- RNSG 1115 will now have a three (3) year validity date.
- All the following courses will become mandatory courses for qualification:
- BIOL 2401
- BIOL 2402
- RNSG 1301
- RNSG 1115
- PSYC 2314
- RNSG 1301
- ENGL 1301
- Math 1324 or Math 1342 or Math 1314 or higher level math course
- ATI TEAS composite score is minimum of 57%
- ATI Predictor exam is still at 90% minimum
- Biol 2401, Biol 2402, and RNSG 1301-10 year limit
- Current LVN or LPN licensure required-(must be active throughout the program)
- Completion of 3 hrs. HFA elective (see catalog or program guide)
- Have 6 months work experience or 1 year full-timeexperience as an LVN
- Clinical clearance thru email@example.com one month prior to ranking
Selection will be automated by Banner and ATI TEAS composite score will have a 40% weighted percentage and the ranking courses, ( Biol 2401, Biol 2402, RNSG 1301) will have a 60% weighted factor for the mandatory courses.
Ranking will occur in June 2023 and October 2023.Clinical clearance is still one month prior to ranking.
Please work with your designated nursing counselors during this transition for the most recent updates.