TJC Rusk nursing graduates receive 100-percent passing rate on national exam
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In August, 17 students graduated from TJC Rusk vocational nursing program.

The Rusk cohort recently received word that they had all passed their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) as defined by the Texas Board of Nursing.

“One of the TJC promises includes providing students a quality education, and national assessments provide an objective benchmark regarding this commitment,” said Dr. Juan E. Mejia, TJC provost and vice president for academic and student affairs.

“I am very proud of our faculty, staff and our students who represent Rusk so exceptionally well.”

Rusk morning program graduates and their hometowns are: Alyssa L. Ballew, Rusk; Alice L. Beaver, Jacksonville; Bailee S. Clark, Rusk; Jared L. Cravens, Tyler; Sarah R. Davenport, Jacksonville; Marita C. Dyess, Canton; Amanda W. Gardner, Lufkin; Shuntrevia M. Horn, Jacksonville; Amber N. Lambert, Rusk; Terra M. Loden, Rusk; Kimberly G. Singleton, Jacksonville; Chelsie R. Stewart, Henderson; and Brittney P. Trowbridge, Jacksonville.

Rusk evening program graduates and their hometowns are: Rebecca R. Branham, Rusk; Paula D. Chaney, Jacksonville; Ashley Y. Cooper, Rusk; and Eric B. Heise, Denison.

The TJC Rusk Licensed Vocational Nursing Program was established in 2010 with 20 new students enrolled.

The program now accepts 30 students and starts a new cohort each August. To apply, contact Felicia Mayo, RN, vocational nursing program coordinator at TJC Rusk at 903-510-2114. 


TJC also offers an LVN-to-RN-Bridge Program at ETMC-Jacksonville, accepting up to 48 LVNs as RN students per cohort. 


“So, a Cherokee County citizen could start at Rusk, become an LVN in one year, get a good job and then enroll at TJC Jacksonville as an RN student and complete that program of study in a year and one-half (three semesters) and become a registered nurse,” said Paul Monagan, dean of the TJC School of Nursing & Health Sciences. “These are good programs with high success rates.”

Training East Texas nurses since 1951

TJC has been training area nurses since 1951, when it opened the Texas Eastern School of Nursing, in cooperation with Mother Frances and Medical Center hospitals.


In 1981, the three-year, diploma program was converted into a two-year, Associate Degree Nursing program.


Since then, thousands of area nurses have received their start at TJC.


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