RN Transition Application Information

The LSCO Testing Center is now scheduling appointments for LSCO students to complete the HESI Admission Assessment Exam (A2). 

The Testing Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 am - 5 pm.

Due to the social distancing policy, only 10 students at a time will be allowed to test. Students MUST make an appointment for testing to allow for this limited space. To schedule your appointment, email TestingCenter@lsco.edu

To be admitted to LSCO all students must:

  • apply for admission to the college.
  • submit an application for admission on the official forms (inclusion of a social security number is required on this form). Applications are available in the Admission Office or from the Nursing Secretary.
  • request official transcripts be sent directly from the issuing institution (high school and/or colleges previously attended), and
  • take the prescribed placement tests and/or have records of test scores sent to the Office of Admission and Records.

Refer to the current catalog or contact the Office of Admissions and Records at (409) 882-3364 for additional general admission criteria.


To be considered for admission to the RN Transition Program students are responsible for submitting ALL of the following to the Nursing Department by the application deadline:

  • An application to the Associate Degree RN Transition Program dated within the last current year,
  • Degree Plan from Degree Works showing transcript evaluation and course equivalency,
  • Evolve Reach Admission Assessment (A²) Exam profile taken within one year of application deadline indicating a composite score of 75 or higher with an 80 or higher in reading, and a 75 or higher in anatomy and physiology,
  • Verification of VN license printed from the Board of Nursing site.

The application is located on the LSCO website and MUST be submitted online. The remaining documents (degree plan from Degree Works, A2 scores, and LVN license) may be submitted either online (preferred) or hard copy to the nursing department.

Admission Criteria

The RN Transition Program is a selective admissions program. The goal is to select the most qualified applicants. Criteria that are considered in the admission process include professional behavior during the admission process, academic achievement, consecutive applications, and residency points. It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure the application, degree plan from Degree Works, verification of VN licensure, and Admission Assessment scores are submitted by the due date. Only applications that are complete by the due date will be considered. Conditional admission will be offered to the most qualified applicants in any given admission period. In the event that two or more applicants have the same Admission Rating Scale, the HESI A2 Reading score will be used to break the tie.

Admission Rating Scale Criteria

Science Grades. An additional point will be given for each “A” earned for the required science courses on the first attempt (BIOL 2301, 2302, 2420, RNSG 1300 and 1311). A “W” counts as the first attempt. Academic Achievement is based on points awarded for courses completed according to the following formula:  A=4, B=3, C=2, multiplied by the course credit. If courses are taken more than one time, the most recent grade will be considered in the rating scale. One additional point will be given for each of the following core curriculum courses completed with a C or better - HIST 1301, HIST 1302, GOVT 2305, GOVT 2306, ENGL 1302, MATH 1341, and a Language, Philosophy and Culture elective or a Creative Arts elective (different from the one taken for the ADN degree plan). Courses may only be counted one time. Courses in progress at the time of the application deadline will not be included in the academic achievement scale.

HESI Points (based on A2 scores). HESI A2 scores are considered in the point award ranking process. You must achieve a 75 Composite Score, an Anatomy and Physiology score of 75 or higher, and a Reading Comprehension Score of 80 to be eligible for consideration in the RN Transition program. Additional points will be given on the admission rating scale for scores over the minimum requirements according to the chart below. 




(no minimum)


(minimum 75)

English / Reading

(minimum 80)


 (minimum 75)

HESI A2 Points


80–84 = 2, 85-89 = 3,

90- 94 = 4, 95 or > =5

85-89 = 3, 90 -94 = 4, 95 or higher = 5

80–84 = 2, 85-89 = 3,

90- 94 = 4, 95 or> =5

Consecutive Applications.  An additional three points will be added to your Admission Rating Scale for the second consecutive time you re-apply for admission. Students who do not re-apply the next year will not receive the additional points on subsequent applications.

Residency Points. Three points will be given if at least 15 semester credit hours have been successfully completed at LSCO (does not include CLEP hours).

Prior RN program admission.  Students who have been unsuccessful in ADN program will have five points subtracted from the Admission Rating Scale.

APPLICATION DEADLINE for Spring admissions is September 15th. In the event that the application deadline falls on a holiday or a weekend, the applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. the next regular business day. Only complete applications will be considered. 

All applicants who have complete application files are notified of acceptance via email during the week of November 15th. Applicants who are accepted will be asked to confirm their acceptance in writing by a specific date. Applicants who do not respond by the deadline will be removed from the list and will have to re-apply during the next application period. If you do not receive notification twelve weeks after the application deadline, please contact the nursing administrative assistant at (409) 882-3344.

After acceptance into the Associate Degree Registered Nursing Transition Program, students must provide the following additional information:

  • Proof of current CPR certification. Students must provide documentation of current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) formerly known as Healthcare Provider level cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as designated by the American Heart Association. Initial documentation of certification must not expire during the initial semester and must remain current while enrolled in the nursing program.
  • History and Physical Examination, including proof of immunizations. In order to meet the program objectives, students are required to have a physical examination on the form provided with the letter of acceptance. This physical examination is at your own expense by the physician or nurse practitioner of your choice and must have been documented no earlier than 12 months prior to the application deadline. Immunizations are available at the Orange County Health Department and local pharmacies. Each immunization has a minimal fee. Students who are unable to provide proof of immunizations must provide positive lab titers.
  • Criminal Background Check. A negative or clear Criminal Background Check is necessary prior to full admission into the ADN program. Students MUST submit to the nursing department a clear CBC (blue card), outcome letter of eligibility, and/or a Declaratory Order prior to the required date. Information to complete this process will be mailed to all applicants who have submitted complete applications. Students with known eligibility or criminal background issues should start the Declaratory Order process with the BON prior to submitting their application to the program. If a student has not received a clear CBC (blue card), outcome letter of eligibility, and/or Declaratory Order prior to the required date, they must forfeit their position in the program and reapply during the next application period.
  • Criminal Background Information. Any nursing applicant who has been arrested, convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized in the past five years for schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder, or addicted to or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug within the past five years, must petition to the Texas Board of Nursing for a declaratory order concerning their eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN ® . The Texas Board of Nursing can be reached at (512) 305-7400. The application for a declaratory order can be downloaded from the BON website. This declaratory order must be completed and the student must submit a clear CBC (blue card), outcome letter of eligibility, and/or a Declaratory Order to the nursing program director to be considered for acceptance into the nursing program. If the case must be sent to the enforcement division, the processing may take 6-24 months, so applicants must start the declaratory order process early.

Graduation Criteria. To be eligible for graduation, all nursing students must:

  • Successfully complete lecture and clinical courses to progress to the next level of the program or to graduate.
  • Pass an exit exam in order to graduate. [See Student Handbook Policy.]
  • Complete an approved NCLEX-RN® Board Review in order to graduate fully prepared to take NCLEX-RN®.