Kilgore College Nursing Program Review

After oil was discovered in the area, the town of Kilgore was incorporated in 1931, and Kilgore College (KC) soon followed in 1935. The school enrolls 12,000 students each semester at both the main campus in Kilgore and the Longview campus. The college also has a Police and Fire Training Facility, and the Overton Agricultural Center.

Kilgore College is home to the East Texas Oil Museum, detailing the history of the independent oil producers that founded the area. It also sponsors the annual Texas Shakespeare Festival, which has been bringing professional theatrical productions to the area each summer for over 25 years.

Nursing Programs

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

This program will teach students the basics of patient care. Students who successfully complete this program will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, and will be allowed to take the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing exam.

This program is 16 months long, including one summer session. Students are admitted into the program every fall and spring semester. About 60 students are admitted each semester.

To apply, students must complete the prerequisite courses, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, take the TEAS V admission test, and read at a 13th grade level or above. All prerequisites must have a grade of C or better. Students will also have to complete a background and drug test before being admitted. Admission to the program is competitive, and is based on prerequisite class grades and admission test scores.

The prerequisite classes for this program are Chemistry for Health Sciences, Grammar and Composition, Nutrition, Introductory Psychology, and Anatomy and Physiology I and II. Students may also take as many non-nursing support classes as they want before applying.

This program is accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the Texas Board of Nursing (TBN).

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

This program is designed to prepare students to perform basic nursing skills as a part of the nursing team. The course of study is three semesters over the course of 12 months, and students will complete 47 credit hours of classes. Applicants are accepted in the fall and spring semesters. Students who successfully finish the program will be awarded a certificate of completion and will be allowed to take the state LVN licensing exam.

To be able to apply, students will need to pass the Accuplacer exam, have a high school diploma or equivalent, be in good mental and physical health, have their Hepatitis B injections, and have a clear background and drug screening.

Students will also need to take a five-day course, Communication Skills for the Workplace, prior to being accepted. They may also take the Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health and Nutrition classes prior to applying. While these are not required for admission, the grades earned will be used in ranking applicants, and will increase the chances of acceptance. Students will also receive additional ranking points for attending a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) class before applying.


CNAs provide direct patient care under the supervision of a nurse. Students must be at least 16 years old to take this course, and have a background investigation. Classes are available either during the day or evening. After completing the program, students are allowed to take the state certification exam for CNAs.

Kilgore College,
1100 Broadway,
TX 75662-3204