Panola College Nursing Program Review

Panola College (PC) was established in 1947 in order to allow students to earn the first two years of a baccalaureate. Panola College is located on 35-acres of land at the Texas state highway 315 and U.S, 79 in Carthage. The current student population is 1,800 and offers distance learning via Television and the Internet.

Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN)

The Panola College Associate Degree Nursing program promotes healing, excellence in nursing and holistic health. The program is geared toward training individuals who would like a career as a registered nurse and to aid in the transition of the Licensed Vocational Nurse into a professional nurse. Once a student completes the program, the student can then complete the National Council Licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed as a registered nurse. For students that are unable to attend classes during weekdays, there is an online option available. The program is approved by the Board of Nursing for the State of Texas and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. Upon completion of the program and successful completion of the NCLEX-RN examination, individuals become Registered Nurses and can work in various healthcare environments including; hospitals, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, hospices and many more.

In order to be admitted into the Associate Degree Nursing program at Panola College, applicants must complete the application process before the beginning of March for fall or October for spring admission. Students must have a minimum “C” grade in each course, with a 2.5 GPA in pre-requisite courses. Drug screening is also required.

Project Belize

During the Spring semester, Panola College AND students are offered an opportunity to apply for a course that will send them to Belize to offer health care to the Mayan Indians in village clinics, who would normally not receive care.

Registered Nurse Refresher Course (RN)

The RN Refresher Course at Panola College allows registered nurses to refresh their skills if they have been out of the nursing profession for a specific amount of time. If a nurse has let his or her license expire, this course will allow him or her to re-enter the nursing profession and become re-licensed.

Vocational Nursing Program (LVN)

Program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and has two extension locations, one at the Carthage program, which begins in June with a March deadline, and another Center program, which commences in January, with an October application deadline. The program is currently not available online, as it is heavily clinically based.

Prerequisites for the LVN program include a current certified nurse aid license and a “C” grade in specific biology courses. All applicants will need to take the HESI A2 admission placement exam and achieve a score of 80 in Reading Comprehension and 75 in Grammar and Math.

Upon completion of the Vocational Nursing program, the graduate receives a certificate of completion. The certificate allows graduates to transfer to other colleges with technical programs, but is not a college credit.

Panola College
1109 W. Panola,
Carthage, TX 75633
(903) 693-2000